The Tommy’s Margarita

The classic Margarita cocktail is a well-loved blend of tequila, fresh lime and orange liqueur. For us it is a go to cocktail to sip by the pool while on holiday and so sipping at home transports us back to our favourite tropical poolside spot.

Of course, you’ll find different versions whichever bars you visit, but like most classic cocktails, it’s difficult to beat the original. However, in San Francisco in the 1990s, bartender Julio Bermejo made the simple alteration of repalcing the orange liqueur for the natural sweetness of agave nectar. Bermejo’s place of work was Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant a San Francisco favorite dating back to 1965, so his concoction became known simply as “Tommy’s Margarita."

Create by shaking the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar together with ice. It’s typically served on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass.

A Tommy’s Margarita has enough sugar to keep the lime in check, without the finish being too sweet. When you take a sip, the agave lasts just a second on the palatte and the finish is acidic, and refreshing. It’s bright, citrusy, quaffable and a welcome treat ready to whisk you away on holiday!


2 ounces blanco tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce agave nectar
Salt for rim


Combine tequila, lime juice, and agave in a cocktail shaker.
Shake with ice until the shaker is slightly frosted over.
Strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass.

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