Behind the Bar: Margaritas

Every month, we feature Craig Green, Manager of Culinary Services, in an article where he shares tips, recipes and great information on all the latest bar trends or happenings at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. 

Margaritas are some of the most refreshing beverages during the dog days of summer! Who doesn’t crave a margarita during happy hour or while you’re lounging by the pool? Being a native Texan, the margarita — even more so the frozen margarita — has a special place in my heart: it was created here!

All frozen margarita lovers must give honor to Mariano Martinez, a Dallas restaurateur who created the frozen margarita machine. Martinez, using an old soft-serve ice-cream machine, added in a mix of his father’s margarita recipe, churned it all together, and thus the frozen margarita was born! With this discovery, happy hours all over the country became complete.

Now that we’ve had a nice history lesson, let’s talk margaritas.

From sweet to spicy to skinny, margaritas are one of the most versatile beverages around. At home, I make my classic margarita, and when I like extra flavor, I will blend fresh fruit and add it to the margarita.

I find it best to blend frozen fruit like blueberries, strawberries or cherries so when they’re added to the beverage, it ends up with a cool, slushy flavor.

Here’s a margarita recipe to get you started:

  • 2 oz. of Tequila
  • 1 oz. of Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. of fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. orange juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

For some even more delicious flavors, I’ll plan ahead at the grocery store and pick up some fresh fruit to blend, such as watermelon or peaches, and then place the liquefied fruit in the freezer. After 15 minutes of chill time, I add the mixture to my margarita.

For even more flavor, just add 1 oz. of your favorite puree, flavored syrup (Monin or Finest Call) or any freshly blended fruit.

After a long day at the office, I’m always in the mood for a margarita. Luckily for me, the company I work for mixes up some great drinks. Stop by Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for one of our amazing margaritas.

top shelf margaritas
One of our favorites, the Top Shelf Margarita, is the perfect start to any weekend.

Texas Margarita

Made with gold tequila and fine liqueurs, served on-the-rocks or frozen

Grande Top Shelf

Sauza Conmemorativo Tequila, Grand Marnier, on-the-rocks or frozen, also in Strawberry or Sangria Swirl

Shaker Margarita

On-the-rocks, hand-shaken margarita made with Jose Cuervo Gold, Grand Marnier and Presidente Brandy

Top Shelf Shaker

Make it a top shelf with one of these premium tequilas: Patron Silver, Cabo Wabo Reposado, Milagro Silver, Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo

Texas Frozen Swirl

Frozen Texas Margarita swirled with your choice of strawberry or Sangria

Maui Margarita

Half strawberry, half mango, accented with kiwi and a shot of DeKuyper Cactus Juice

Milagro Pomegranate Margarita

Milagro Silver, Hiram Walker Triple Sec, Monin Pomegranate, sweet & sour

El Patrón

Patrón Silver tequila, Patrón Citrónge, sweet & sour, on the rocks

Skinny Margarita

Sauza Gold tequila, Cheddar’s Skinny Agave Sour

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