Margarita mix vs swetened lime juice?

JEDI

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I make Margaritas on the rocks:
2 shots patron tequila, 1 shot triple sec, 1 shot sweetened lime juice

then I saw Margarita mix at Costco for 1/4 the unit costs of my lime juice. :eek:

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for those that have tried both, How's the Margarita mix vs lime juice?
 

dullard

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I honestly prefer it best with margarita mix as the sweetener + two freshly squeezed limes.
 

GagHalfrunt

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Sweetened lime juice? Blech. Without even tasting it II vote for the Kirkland mix by default. A Margarita is not a sweet drink.
 

lxskllr

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I like my Margarita in a room temperature glass. Add room temperature 1800 añejo. Done.
 

GagHalfrunt

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the Margarita mix is advertised "made with real cane sugar"

Then the choice becomes something akin to "do you like your bacon made from squirrel belly or possum belly?" You lose either way. A Margarita is made from 3 ingredients and 3 ingredients only: blanco tequila, Countreau or Triple Sec and fresh, unsweetened lime juice. Anything more than that screws it up and makes it worse.
 

JEDI

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Then the choice becomes something akin to "do you like your bacon made from squirrel belly or possum belly?" You lose either way. A Margarita is made from 3 ingredients and 3 ingredients only: blanco tequila, Countreau or Triple Sec and fresh, unsweetened lime juice. Anything more than that screws it up and makes it worse.
how much fresh lime?
1/4 of a lime per shot of tequila?
 

GagHalfrunt

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how much fresh lime?
1/4 of a lime per shot of tequila?

I go with the lime juice and the Triple Sec at about 50% each of the ratio of the tequila. So 2 oz tequila, 1 oz Triple Sec and 1 oz lime juice. If you want them less sour and more sweet go with something like 1 1/2 oz of Triple Sec and only 1/2 oz of lime. To make them crisper and more sour use a little less Triple Sec and a little more lime. Try them all three ways and see which you prefer.
 

JEDI

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I go with the lime juice and the Triple Sec at about 50% each of the ratio of the tequila. So 2 oz tequila, 1 oz Triple Sec and 1 oz lime juice. If you want them less sour and more sweet go with something like 1 1/2 oz of Triple Sec and only 1/2 oz of lime. To make them crisper and more sour use a little less Triple Sec and a little more lime. Try them all three ways and see which you prefer.
from this site, 1/2lime = 3/4 oz
http://consumatorium.com/2015/07/how-much-juice-comes-from-a-lime/

so a whole lime = 1.5oz
so to keep the ratios, I need 1.5oz triple sec and 3 oz tequila

I like it :)
 

JulesMaximus

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I just buy fresh limes, Grand Marnier and some fine tequila.

Other than that only ice and salt are necessary ingredients... well, a nice cold rocks glass and a shaker help too.

FTR-Sweet and Sour is just lime juice and sugar. If you have fresh limes and Triple Sec or Grand Marnier, that adds the sweetness. Nothing else is needed. And people love it when you make them a killer drink using nothing other than fresh limes and booze.
 
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MrSquished

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add a splash of fresh orange juice to the fresh squeezed lime juice and take it to another level
 

MrSquished

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I probably wouldn't even be considered a Margarita at that point either.

Just a splash. Used to drink Margaritas all the time. Used to prefer the Stirrings brand Margarita mix if not going with homemade.

Best one I ever had was on a bike ride to Piermont, NY. Went to a nice joint and ordered Margaritas. Best one I ever had. Bartender gave us the recipe and it was standard with all freshly squeezed lime juice and triple sec. His little secret was a splash of OJ. It did the trick, I've been converted.
 

child of wonder

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Margarita mixes are super sugary, disgusting trash.

Fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar simple syrup, Cointreau, a good blanco tequila, and a splash of mezcal FTMFW.
 
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JEDI

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I make Margaritas on the rocks:
2 shots patron tequila, 1 shot triple sec, 1 shot sweetened lime juice

then I saw Margarita mix at Costco for 1/4 the unit costs of my lime juice. :eek:

Kirkland-Signature-Premium-Margarita-Mix-Costco-1.jpg


for those that have tried both, How's the Margarita mix vs lime juice?
so costcos margarita mix doesn't even require triple sec.
just 2.5x the tequila.
for every 1.5 oz tequila, add 4oz of this mix :eek:

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to sweet. :(
I think I'm going to try 2 shots tequila, 1 shot triple sec, 1 shot of this mix
aka treat this mix as the lime juice in the classic margarita recipe
 

ElFenix

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I probably wouldn't even be considered a Margarita at that point either.
margarita is just spanish for "daisy" which is a type of drink involving a base spirit, citrus juice, a liqueur or cordial, and often an additional sweetener such as gum syrup (liqueur/cordial is usually considered a sweetener to start with). without the liqueur/cordial it'd be a sour (all daisies are sours but not all sours are daisies).

so, yes, it would still be a margarita.


all that said, mixes and most premade juices are horrible and you should always used fresh for the best product.
 
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But if its your wife who cares how she's getting liquored up. As long as she passes out and you can have your weay with her limp body for a few hours.
 

NetWareHead

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I order my margheritas Jamaican style when I go out. None of the sour mix or excess sugar. Jamaican style is booze and lime juice with some salt. Perfect IMO.