Tommy's Margarita Cocktail Drink

Tommy’s Margarita

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Andrea Ottaiano

The Tommy’s Margarita recipe is your go-to if you want to make a standout drink! This cocktail is easy to make with just a few ingredients and is always a hit.

Tommy's Margarita Recipe

Bring the fiesta to your backyard with this easy-to-follow Tommy's Margarita recipe, where Tequila, lime, and agave nectar meet to create the ultimate refresher!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

182 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado or Silver
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz agave nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz agave nectar, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Tequila Reposado or Silver.
  • Add Ice: Fill the shaker with ice cubes and put the lid on tightly.
  • Shake: Shake the mixture vigorously until the exterior of the shaker feels cold.
  • Replace Ice: Replace the ice from your Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice.
  • Strain: Strain the shaken mixture into your glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel or wedge on the rim of the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: I sometimes use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile if I run out of Tequila. It's different but equally delicious. For those avoiding alcohol, a non-alcoholic tequila alternative can work, too, although it will lack the complexity of traditional Tequila.
  • Agave Nectar: When I don't have agave nectar, honey is a good substitute. It adds a different kind of sweetness and body to the drink. Remember, it's a bit sweeter than agave, so you should use less.

Making a Pitcher of Tommy's Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8 people, you'll need 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of lime juice, and 4 oz of agave nectar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients. Stir thoroughly until the agave nectar is fully dissolved.
  • Serve: Serve over ice in individual Old Fashioned glasses, garnished with a lime wheel or wedge, and enjoy right away.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute available in the market, or if you're feeling creative, a dash of apple cider vinegar mixed with water can mimic the bite of alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps for a refreshing drink everyone can enjoy.

Making it Vegan:

  • Agave Nectar: Luckily, Tommy's Margarita is already vegan! Agave nectar is a plant-based sweetener, making this drink suitable for vegans. Be careful when choosing a substitute for agave nectar; honey, for instance, is not vegan. Opt for maple syrup or simple syrup as vegan-friendly alternatives.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
182
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Tommy's Margarita Cocktail Drink

Tommy's Margarita Recipe

Andrea Ottaiano Written by Andrea Ottaiano
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Bring the fiesta to your backyard with this easy-to-follow Tommy's Margarita recipe, where Tequila, lime, and agave nectar meet to create the ultimate refresher!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 182

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado or Silver
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz agave nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz agave nectar, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Tequila Reposado or Silver.
  • Add Ice: Fill the shaker with ice cubes and put the lid on tightly.
  • Shake: Shake the mixture vigorously until the exterior of the shaker feels cold.
  • Replace Ice: Replace the ice from your Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice.
  • Strain: Strain the shaken mixture into your glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel or wedge on the rim of the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: I sometimes use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile if I run out of Tequila. It's different but equally delicious. For those avoiding alcohol, a non-alcoholic tequila alternative can work, too, although it will lack the complexity of traditional Tequila.
  • Agave Nectar: When I don't have agave nectar, honey is a good substitute. It adds a different kind of sweetness and body to the drink. Remember, it's a bit sweeter than agave, so you should use less.

Making a Pitcher of Tommy's Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8 people, you'll need 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of lime juice, and 4 oz of agave nectar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients. Stir thoroughly until the agave nectar is fully dissolved.
  • Serve: Serve over ice in individual Old Fashioned glasses, garnished with a lime wheel or wedge, and enjoy right away.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute available in the market, or if you're feeling creative, a dash of apple cider vinegar mixed with water can mimic the bite of alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps for a refreshing drink everyone can enjoy.

Making it Vegan:

  • Agave Nectar: Luckily, Tommy's Margarita is already vegan! Agave nectar is a plant-based sweetener, making this drink suitable for vegans. Be careful when choosing a substitute for agave nectar; honey, for instance, is not vegan. Opt for maple syrup or simple syrup as vegan-friendly alternatives.

What is a Tommy’s Margarita?

The Tommy’s Margarita, which replaces the traditional orange liqueur of a classic Margarita with agave nectar, first gained popularity at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, hence its name. This substitution introduces a smooth sweetness that complements the lime’s zest and tequila’s boldness. It’s recognized as an IBA (International Bartenders Association) cocktail, marking its status in the world of mixology.

A side shot of a Tommy's Margarita cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a green cloth on a white table with a jigger and a shaker around and blurred background.

What is Tommy’s Margarita made of – The ingredients

For mixing a delightful Tommy’s Margarita, you will require:

  • Tequila: The primary spirit of the drink, providing a robust and earthy base.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy acidity that balances the cocktail’s sweetness.
  • Agave Nectar: Offers natural sweetness, complementing the tequila and lime juice while smoothing out the flavors.

Tequila, agave nectar and two limes laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make Tommy’s Margarita?

Step by step, we’ll guide you through the journey of making a Tommy’s Margarita:

1
<p>Fill and stir the ice cubes into your Old Fashioned glass to chill it.</p>

Fill and stir the ice cubes into your Old Fashioned glass to chill it.

2
<p>Pour agave nectar into the shaker.</p>

Pour agave nectar into the shaker.

3
<p>Add lime juice to the shaker.</p>

Add lime juice to the shaker.

4
<p>Pour Tequila into the shaker.</p>

Pour Tequila into the shaker.

5
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

6
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled, which you’ll feel from the condensation on the shaker’s exterior.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled, which you’ll feel from the condensation on the shaker’s exterior.

7
<p>Remove the ice cubes from the chilled Old Fashioned glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from the chilled Old Fashioned glass.

8
<p>Refill the chilled Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.</p>

Refill the chilled Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.

9
<p>Strain the mixture over fresh ice into the chilled glass, this removes any pulp or fragments, ensuring a smooth drinking experience.</p>

Strain the mixture over fresh ice into the chilled glass, this removes any pulp or fragments, ensuring a smooth drinking experience.

10
<p>Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge on the rim of the glass for an aesthetic touch and an extra burst of flavor for those who want it.</p>

Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge on the rim of the glass for an aesthetic touch and an extra burst of flavor for those who want it.

What is the difference between a Margarita, a Skinny Margarita, and a Tommy’s Margarita?

A Margarita, Skinny Margarita and Tommy’s Margarita share a common base — Tequila — but diverge significantly in their compositions and caloric contents.

The classic Margarita blends Tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, often accompanied by a salt rim on the serving glass. The orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau, adds a sweet, citrusy depth, complementing the lime’s sharpness and the Tequila’s robustness. Served in various ways, including on the rocks or blended frozen, the classic Margarita is a rich, balanced symphony of flavors with a moderate calorie count due to the liqueur and possible added sweeteners.

The Skinny Margarita aims to reduce calorie intake, stripping the drink to its essentials. It typically includes Tequila, fresh lime juice, and a sweetener like agave syrup or simple syrup, but in small amounts. It omits the orange liqueur entirely using orange juice instead, cutting down significantly on sugars and, consequently, calories. This version is a hit among those who prefer a cocktail lighter on the palate and the waistline, focusing on the natural interplay between lime and Tequila.

Tommy’s Margarita takes a unique turn by removing the orange liqueur, a staple in the original recipe, and introducing agave syrup as the primary sweetener. This tweak adds a different flavor profile with the agave syrup complementing the Tequila and streamlines the cocktail’s taste by removing the competing citrus flavor from the liqueur. Usually served on the rocks without a salt rim, Tommy’s Margarita puts the spotlight on the Tequila, demanding a high-quality selection, and offers a smoother, more tequila-forward drinking experience.

A Tommy's Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a green cloth on a white table with a jigger and a lime around.

Variations of Tommy’s Margarita

Keen to see more varieties? Here’s a selection of our personal favorites:

  • Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita: This combines the sweetness of pineapple with the heat of jalapeno, creating a thrilling taste adventure. I really enjoy the surprising kick from the jalapeno; it adds an exciting dimension to the sweetness of the pineapple.
  • Frozen Margarita: This offers a refreshing, slushy texture perfect for hot days. The icy consistency makes it a great choice for cooling down while enjoying the classic flavors.
  • Spicy Margarita: This infuses a bold heat into the mix, ideal for those who like a bit of spice. The heat adds a lively burst, enhancing the overall experience.
  • Vodka Margarita: This substitutes vodka for tequila, offering a smoother taste. It’s a subtle change that brings a different character to the forefront, appealing to vodka enthusiasts.
  • Coconut Margarita: This blends creamy coconut with the traditional flavors, creating a tropical escape in every sip. The coconut adds a rich, velvety layer that I find really inviting; it’s like a vacation in a glass.
  • Skinny Margarita: This is a lighter option, focusing on fresh ingredients and fewer calories. It’s a guilt-free way to enjoy the classic flavors without compromising on taste.

A side shot of a Tommy's Margarita cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a green cloth on a white table with a jigger and a shaker around and blurred white background.

History and Origins of Tommy’s Margarita

The Tommy’s Margarita traces its roots back to the 1980s in San Francisco, born at the famous Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, a landmark known for its vast tequila selection. The man behind this new take on the classic Margarita was Julio Bermejo, who fundamentally changed the traditional margarita recipe by swapping out the usual orange liqueur for agave syrup.

Julio wanted to highlight the flavor of the agave, the plant from which Tequila is distilled. Using agave syrup, he brought a richer sweetness to the drink and created a smoother beverage that better showcased Tequila’s natural flavors. This revolutionary choice showed Julio’s deep understanding and appreciation of Tequila.

A Tommy's Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a white marmol table with an agave syrup bottle, a tequila bottle and two limes around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Tommy's Margarita?
A typical Tommy's Margarita contains approximately 150 to 200 calories, depending on the precise measurements of the ingredients.
How strong is a Tommy's Margarita?
The strength can vary based on the Tequila used, but generally, it has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is in a Tommy's Margarita?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Tommy's Margarita, specifically 100% Agave, for its pure agave flavor.
What does a Tommy's Margarita taste like?
It has a smooth, slightly sweet flavor profile with a robust tequila presence, the tanginess of fresh lime juice, and the subtle sweetness of agave nectar.
What's the ratio of ingredients in a Tommy's Margarita?
The classic ratio is 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice, and 1/2 part agave nectar, though some variations may adjust the sweetness with more or less agave nectar.
How is a Tommy's Margarita typically served regarding ice?
It's usually served over ice, commonly called "on the rocks," which chills the drink while slightly diluting it for a balanced taste.
In what kind of glass is a Tommy's Margarita served?
This cocktail is traditionally served in a rock glass, also known as an old-fashioned glass.

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