Tony's Toxic Margarita
This takes the original to a “fall down drunk” level in one fell swoop. All I do here is increase the alcohol significantly, while leaving the fruit juice the same, thus making this a strong-as-hell drink. The taste obviously changes as well, leaning more towards liquor than a balance of liquor and juice. Thus, the quality of tequila has to supremo to make this work. You’ll feel every sip of this drink, but you’ll only need one to be forgetting all of your troubles.
Named after one of my best friends in the world, this is the freshest, truest, tastiest margarita I have ever had. Tony, who is retired and lives in Arizona, has both the time and proximity to the motherland of margaritas to have perfected his recipe. Be warned, this is a true, authentic margarita; meaning there’s no silly mix used and you actually taste the ingredients. As a result, you really need to find top of the line FRESH fruit and liquor. It’s also fairly strong so I recommend enjoying it as a sipping drink on a hot day when you don’t have very far to go that night. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy these is as a breakfast drink!
I find this drink is best made using a juicer (whether it be a nice cheap one that you have to grind the pulp of the fruit on with your hand or an electric juicer that does the work for you) and a martini shaker to help get the right mix
One other note; I realize that our entire culture has been ruined by drink mixes so allow me to point out that this margarita will NOT turn out green; it will be a gorgeous yellow/orange…sort of like a Mexican sunrise if you’ve ever seen one.
Makes one margarita
4 ½ ounces Reposada Tequila (I recommend Centenario, Tony uses Hornitos; either way the Reposada is the difference. It gives the drink perfect body, trust us)
2 ¼ ounces Gran Marnier
1 ounce triple sec
4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice. (1 medium sized fresh, ripe orange usually does the job)
2 ounces fresh lime juice - 1 medium sized fresh ripe lime (for a less sweet drink, use only half the lime)
A 16 ounce glass (salted rim if desired)
1. Fill the martini shaker halfway with ice and add each of the three liquors. Allow shaker to sit while moving on to step #2 (this is a seemingly benign yet necessary part of this; the chilling and slight watering of the liquor is vital to the finished product. In the end, the shaker will sit for less than 3 minutes.
2. Juice the orange and lime
3. Add fruit juices to the shaker
4. If you desire a slated rim, do so now to your glass.
5. Shake the margarita vigorously for about 5-10 seconds. Any more than that and you become a parody of Tom Cruise.
6. Fill your glass with ice and serve.