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A classic as staunch as the margarita can usually bear countless tweaks and variations without giving way to a new recipe. This held for decades as people enjoyed classic, frozen, golden, and endless seasonal variations of this mix of tequila, lime, and orange liqueur. The Tommy’s Margarita (famed house version from the eponymous restaurant on Geary Street in San Francisco), substituting agave nectar for orange liqueur, accomplishes a rare feat: The variation actually moves the drink to a more foundational archetype. It doubles down on the power of agave and has captured the affection of a generation of bartenders who now mix this exciting potion as their go-to recipe every time a guest orders this standard.
What you’ll need:
2 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
½ oz agave nectar
pinch of salt (optional)
Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a cocktail glass or on the rocks. No garnish.