My favourite cocktail…

cocktail pr founder, Louise LOVES a margarita – “it’s my favourite cocktail and the one I know won’t let me down.”

Louise enjoying a margarita!

According to diffordsguide cocktail 7 “The Margarita can be considered a Tequila Sour, or a Tequila Sidecar, and two variations of this classic cocktail date back to the 1930s: the Tequila Daisy and the Picador. Both, however, lack the distinctive salt rim. There are many people who claim to have invented the Margarita, which, as Spanish for ‘daisy’ and a popular woman’s name, would have been a very common name for a drink.”

cocktail pr asked Mark Pope, General Manager of 12a, Cambridge’s exclusive private members’ club for his perfect margarita recipe…


* 35ml good quality 100% agave Tequila (we recommend Tapatio reposado, Corralejo reposado or El Tesoro reposado)

* 15ml Cointreau

* 25ml lime juice

* Maldon sea salt


1. Pre-prepare salt rimmed glass by running a lime wedge around the outside of a margarita glass, cocktail glass or coupette, roll the rim in a dish of sea salt and set to one side.

2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake HARD until the outside of the shaker is frosty.

3. Strain into your salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

For a ‘frozen’ margarita, strain into a crushed ice filled rocks glass and insert a straw.

Important points:

* Always use fresh lime instead of bottled juice.

* Use Maldon sea salt as opposed to table salt as it has a much nicer texture and slightly sweet element to the taste – make sure to wipe any salt out of the inside of the glass: the salt is for the lips, not for the drink.

* Be sure to use as much as ice as you can when shaking to avoid over diluting / under chilling the drink.


As long as your method is sound, a drink is only as good as the ingredients it contains, so use a decent tequila!

Thanks Mark – we will be making it like the pros in no time!!


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