How To Make The Original Margarita With Cointreau + Takeout Options To Pair It With
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Cointreau, the iconic orange liqueur, is like the perfect tee shirt - it goes with everything. Distilled from a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, making it highly aromatic, balanced, and not too sweet, Cointreau can be mixed with almost any type of liquor to make a better cocktail. You can find it in literally hundreds of cocktails, including some of our favorites.
Favorites like the margarita, best encapsulated in The Original Margarita recipe, consisting of three simple ingredients - Cointreau, tequila, and lime. Created over 70 years ago, The Original Margarita is simple, elegant, and an excellent drink for almost any occasion.
Below, you’ll find a recipe for The Original Margarita, plus suggestions for Mexican takeout in Los Angeles, NYC, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco to go with it.
The Original Margarita
This classic cocktail was created when Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed her two favorite spirits, Cointreau and tequila, together with lime juice while vacationing in Acapulco in 1948.
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 2 oz blanco tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
5 Great Spots For Mexican Takeout
This Mexican spot in Los Angeles has locations in Inglewood and Del Rey, and serves fresh, fantastic Nayarit-style seafood. You can’t go wrong with any of the citrus-y ceviches or aguachiles, but make sure the savory marlin tacos and whole grilled snook, in an addictive salty house sauce, hit the table as well. Both locations are now open with expansive back patios.
If you stick your head out the window and shout that you’re looking for Poblano-style food in Manhattan, the answer you’re looking for is Tulcingo del Valle. This Hell’s Kitchen spot makes excellent cemitas, mole, and juicy pork ribs in pools of salsa verde.
This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Chicago, and we’re happy to report that it’s just as good when you’re ordering carryout. There’s a great selection of tacos, enchiladas, fantastic carne asada, and an ahogada torta with carnitas that happens to be one of the best sandwiches in Chicago.
This small Mexican restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana has outstanding tacos: al pastor, carne asada, lengua, barbacoa, and more. They don’t skimp on the filling, and give you a small mountain of cilantro and onions on the side so you can sprinkle to your liking.
This Mexican restaurant is located on Balboa in the Outer Richmond in San Francisco, and serves everything from breakfast burritos to enchiladas to carne asada tortas. The birria tacos are excellent.