A Quest For the Perfect Margarita


I have found that the tequila a person picks either makes or breaks the taste of the margarita. I have experimented for the better part of the last 25 years with combination after combination looking for the perfect margarita. In the beginning I thought it was the mix but then I found that all mixes do NOT mix the same. This fact is true with tequila as well, some tequilas are made for sipping, some for shooting, some for cooking, and some are for mixing margaritas. I have been to the bottom of the bottle of pretty much every tequila I could ever get my hands on, looking for the best one for each thing I want to do with it. I can now complete that list, I think the search is finally over. I will write another post soon enough about my favorite three tequilas for sipping, shooting, cooking, and mixing margaritas.

My quest for the perfect margarita is finally over, I have found, in my own personal opinion, the perfect tequila and mix combination, and I will now spend my time perfecting it. I say my quest is over, which may or may not be true, it might just be on a long break. Now, years ago I found that Mr. & Mrs. T margarita mix was the best blend for me. It has become my favorite and has become the only one I ever use. It has always been the tequila that was in question because all tequilas are NOT created equally. This past weekend I was in our local liquor store and the scorpion on the label of the Jose Cuervo Cinge intrigued me enough to pull the bottle off the shelf and take a closer look. With closer inspection I was pleased to see that this tequila was infused with a blend of cinnamon. Although I was unsure of the flavor combination of tequila and cinnamon, I decided to pick a bottle of it up and give it a try. The only true way to see if you like a tequila is to take a shot, let it stand in your mouth a little while, and then slowly swallow it. I was impressed, it was very smooth, very well flavored, and had a nice cinnamon burn going down.

Next was the margarita test. I use a basic margarita shaker, one that you put the tequila, mix, and ice in, followed by vigorous shaking to make it ice cold. Here is the method I use and works for me. I fill the mixing glass to the top with ice, I put in two full shots of tequila, then fill in the remaining volume with mix. Shake it for a few minutes to get it frothy and ice cold. pour it into the glass of choice thru the strainer, top off glass with ice from the mixer, and then enjoy. I don’t use fancy glasses and I do not salt my rims. I was so impressed that I had a few more made the same way. I think the day I thought I would never see is finally here, I found the perfect margarita combination to be repeatedly enjoyed. Granted, I know there are many of y’all out there who don’t like cinnamon, tequila, or margaritas, and that is a choice y’all have made.


Drinking margaritas may not be your particular thing and I understand that. In fact, I don’t actually condone drinking because of the social stigmata that goes with it. I prefer to let each adult make his or her own decisions. Y’all see me write about drinking here on The Sting Of The Scorpion because it has been a big part of my life. As mentioned, I will do a post in the very near future about the tequilas I use for sipping, shooting, cooking, and making margaritas. It’s funny how we search for things and sooner or later find something we couldn’t imagine not having available to us. But, for now, my quest for the perfect margarita is complete, and that makes me happy.