Before you make a Cinco de Mayo margarita, check out these secrets from America’s best bartender, Ivy Mix.”>
No matter if its a sub-zero January evening or a sweltering August afternoon, you can now find drinkers enjoying margaritas around the country.
The amazingly refreshing concoction has made the ultimate jump for a beverage from seasonal favorite to year-round staple. So what do you mix up on a special occasion like Cinco de Mayo?
Well, to help you take your margarita to the next level we got Ivy Mix, who was named best American bartender at last years Tales of the Cocktail conference and is co-owner of Brooklyn pan-Latin cocktail bar Leyenda, to give us some of her expert tips. (And, yes, that is her real last name.)
THE BASIC RECIPE
While there are a number of recipes for making a margarita, at Leyenda Mix uses a pretty simple and delicious formula calling for: One-and-a-half ounces tequila, three-quarters of an ounce fresh lime juice, three-quarters of an ounce Cointreau and a quarter-ounce simple syrup (one part sugar and one part water).
It all goes into a shaker with ice and can be strained into a margarita or rock glass filled with fresh ice. One of the reasons why she likes this ratio is that its not overly boozy. On Cinco de Mayo you probably want more than two drinks before hitting the floor.