Margarita

from The Craft of the Cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • .75 ounce Lime Juice
  • Salt (Garnish)

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a salted rim. Salting the rim: Rim the edge of the cocktail glass by rubbing a lime piece on the outside rim of the glass, then dipping the outside rim into a saucer of coarse salt.

One day Joe came in with Gerard Pangaud, who announced that he had just won the Margarita contest in Paris and challenged me to make one. They began to sip several versions of my Margarita, trying to determine the perfect proportions of lime juice, Cointreau, and Cuervo Gold down to the milliliter. While they were drinking all those Margaritas, I tried to cut them oM because Joe was getting drunk. But he just snarled at me that he owned the joint and ordered another one — and another. Later, Joe slipped and fell in front of his home and suMered a cut to his head. I hate to say it, but unfortunately it took twenty-six stitches to prove that I had finally won him over with my Margaritas.