The Contenders

Price

Size

Tequila

Color

Ice

Mariano’s Hacienda

$4.95

8 oz.

Manik

Celadon

Cubed; too much of it for the short glass

Desperados Mexican Restaurant

$3.50 at happy hour; $5.50 at not-so-happy hour

14 oz.

Manik

Lime green

Frosted milkshake glass with a nice amount of ice

Javier’s

$8.95

10.5 oz.

Cuervo Gold and Cuantro

Citrine

Crushed, Sonic-like ice in a water glass

Taco Diner

$8

8 oz.

Sauza Blanco

Hue de Alka-Seltzer

Not enough ice for the large water glass

Gloria’s

$3

11 oz.

Manik

Cucumber

Appropriate ice to margarita ratio for the highball glass

Mariano’s Papa’s Margarita

Margarita salt or other coarse salt
2 oz. of Herradura Silver 100% agave tequila
3/4 oz. of Cointreau
2  oz. of lime juice
2 wedges of limes (Cut into 4 small pieces.)
3 tsp. of simple syrup or agave nectar* or 1/2 oz. of sugar (Adjust to taste depending on tartness of the lime.)

Step 1: Rim a 10 oz. rocks or old-fashioned glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt.

Step 2: Muddle lime wedges with simple syrup. Add tequila, Cointreau, and 2 oz. of lime juice.  Fill glass with crushed ice. The secret is in the muddling because it releases the oil in the lime rind.

*Note: Agave nectar available at Whole Foods and Central Market.