When Gotham opened in 1984 its bar featured, of all things, a frozen margarita machine. Adding booze to a pre-made mix, out came the “perfect” frozen treat. The revival of the artisanal cocktail movement and the ever- improving spirits market has given us the ability to improve this ’80s classic.
“The Classic Margarita has competing stories regarding its origins; however, the recipe has always been tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. It’s a classic combination that works.”
Gotham bartender and cocktail maven Jeremy Hawn has come up with a revised version of the frozen margarita for your summer parties.
2 oz. dulce Vida Blanco tequila
1 oz. cointreau orange liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Handful of ice
Jeremy thinks Dulce Vida is perfect for a frozen margarita: it is a 100-proof pure agave tequila made with the highest- quality agave. The high proof prevents the drink from becoming diluted by the ice, and the tequila has a distinctly herbaceous note that gives the cocktail a boost in flavor. Cointreau is the best orange liqueur available, and fresh lime juice is imperative.
For on the rocks: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake.
For a frozen version, at home:Put all ingredients into a blender and blend at high speed until you have a smooth consistency.