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Old 05-22-2007, 01:58 PM   #1
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Question Real Mexican Margaritas

Okay, so I love margaritas, but don't usually drink them due to headaches or hangovers. When my husband and I were in Puerto Vallarta we were drinking them all day long though Neither of us were hung over or felt bad, so I was trying to figure out the difference because yes I did taste the tequila.

I think because they are made with no sugar and that is why we did not get that "sugar" hangover.

Does anyone have a recipe that is a more authentic margarita....they were sooooooo yummy!!!!

Thanks for any input.

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Old 05-22-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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There's a very simple answer to your problem - one that's been outlined in several newspaper & magazine articles in the past several years. It's not your recipe - it's your TEQUILA!!!

Never buy a tequila that does not state somewhere on the label that it's 100% Agave or 100% Blue Agave. Tequilas without this designation on the label can legally be adulterated with Lord knows what, & it's those additives, according to The New York Times, The Washington Post, & several of my Mexican cookbooks that cause those awful post-Margarita headaches.

My husband & I had the same problem as you did - even after having just one drink apiece, so we knew it wasn't overindulgence. After switching to 100% Agave tequilas, it never happened again, so I can only say that I fully believe there's something to it.
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Sugar? No added sugar in a margarita.

Margaritas are made with tequila, orange liqueur (this has sugar) and lime juice. With ice, a lime wedge and salt.

Usually the proportion is 3/2/1.

And I totally agree that you should always use good tequila, though really good tequila is wasted on a margarita IMO (it's a sipping liquor).

Tequila, by definition, comes from the agave plant. It has to be at least 51% agave but is allowed to be 49% other stuff, usually corn or sugar-based liquor.

Gold tequila labeled "oro" can have all kinds of artificial colors and flavors and crap added, in addition to the non-agave liquors.

My usual go-to is "reposado" which is also almost always 100% agave.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:04 PM   #4
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I agree that the very pricey "sipping" tequilas are wasted with mixed drinks.

There are two brands I purchase that are both 100% agave & both reasonably priced ($20 or so). I don't have the names down pat, but one is, I believe, "Sauzas Hornitas" (or close to that), & the other has the silouehette of a crow on the label band at the top of the bottle, & the labels are in gold, black, & white. I believe it's put out by Jose Cuervo, but at their higher end.

Both of the above make terrific Margaritas & are also smooth enough for less sugary drinks as well. And best of all - NO HEADACHES - lol!!!
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:12 PM   #5
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Sauza Hornitos is my absolute favorite tequila for margaritas.

It is also a great tequila for shots.

It's comparable in quality to patron, for alot less.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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tequila makes my clothes fall off.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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MMMMMMM!!!

Can I buy you a drink??!??!?
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well, of course, darlin. Let's dance first.
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tequila makes my clothes fall off.
Would you prefer the champagne brunch? Bacardi punch? Jell-O shooters full of Smirnoff?
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I've never heard of the 3-2-1 tequila-triple sec-lime mixture. The margaritas i have made have always been more in the neighborhood of 5-5-3 Lime-Tequila- Triple Sec.

The 3-2-1 sounds like it makes for a strong drink.
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