Margarita | How to Drink

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– This is How to Drink, the show about making cocktails,
and how to drink them. I’m Greg, and I have never
been a professional bartender. I’ve never even had a job in a bar. I don’t worry too much about
precision and technique, because at the end of the day, if the drink you like is in the glass, you did it right. Let’s get going. (joyful, jaunty music) How to Drink is back. ♪ I’m back in the saddle again ♪ Some things are the same, some things are a little different. That’s all right, everybody’s
a little different. Life moves on, man, whatevs. Welcome back to the smooth
and more filling flavor of How to Drink for season five. You’re amazing, I feel amazing, let’s make some drinks. That’s enough of an intro, it’s boring. Nobody wants to hear about it. Let’s make a cocktail. Today we’re gonna make a margarita. Know why we’re making a margarita? We’re gonna make a margarita
because of Cinco de Mayo. Not because of Cinco de Mayo, we’re gonna make a margarita
in time for Cinco de Mayo. And I thought about putting
on a really offensive costume, but I realized that that would
be really offensive, so no. I love margaritas, we
haven’t done one on the show. I don’t know why. I make mine extremely simple, I don’t mess with orange
juice or sugar or anything. It’s just lime and curacao and tequila. It’s really stripped down, actually, when you make it right, I think. But to do that, I think you
should use a better tequila. I would definitely use a
100% agave reposado tequila. I like Fortazela. Oh no, Fortaleza, I like Fortaleza. You know, but, other
tequilas are fine as well. I just would, you know, middle shelf? Middle shelf, not bottom
shelf, middle shelf. You don’t need like top
shelf, but middle shelf. To do that, I’m gonna need a shaker. This is a shaken drink. And I’m going to need a lime. I’m gonna cut this lime in half. So, it’s one ounce of lime
juice, one ounce of lime juice. (joyful, jaunty music) (lime juice pours) We’re gonna use one ounce of curacao. (curacao pours) (cork squeaks) Ooh. Mmmhmm. And two ounces of tequila. (tequila pours) I have saved the hull of the
lime that we juiced before, and just the outside, I’m going to kind of
moisten with lime juice. Now, why am I doing just the outside? Because when you rim a glass, you don’t wanna rim the
inside of the glass. You don’t wanna add salt
to the cocktail liquid, just to where the outside is. So, that’s well done. I’m not very good at rimming glasses. Some of you are probably
better at this than I am. I don’t actually make, I’m not a professional, and so I make the drinks I make at home, and I don’t actually in my home bar do much rimmed cocktails. Nonetheless, that’s the glass we’re
gonna put this margarita in. Eh, it’s okay. You can probably do a
better job than that. I’m going to put some ice in my shaker. Here I’m gonna throw in
one cube whole like that, and then the other one I’m gonna crack. Why am I gonna do that? Well, (smacks) come on baby. (ice chips fall) I’m doing that because Dave
Arnold did this really fun study a number of years ago, trying to prove that the kind
of ice you used didn’t matter, and he proved himself wrong, and he found out that the
best way to set up your shaker was with one big heavy object that displaces a lot of liquid, and around it some, what
he calls agitator cubes, but smaller cubes to provide the dilution. (liquid pours) (smacks) (ice shakes) (smacks) Just a quick shake. And I’m ready to pour. (joyful, jaunty music) I’m gonna garnish this with
a lime wheel, keep it easy. (slices) If you look at this, you’re gonna see that there are cells and, you know, the natural wedges there, and then there’s a center. You wanna make sure you cut
not quite to the center. Like that, and that way
it’ll stand upright, instead of sinking and
falling all the way across. I made a margarita, I made it. Let’s see how it is. (sips) Oh yeah, okay, ooh yeah. Mmmm. I needed this. This is a hell of a damn drink. Salted margaritas stumble on something that people in the cooking world have known for a number of years, which is that salt is a flavor enhancer. Dave Arnold, for example, advocates for making saline solution, and he uses saline solution and salt as an ingredient
in a lot of drinks. This drink is fantastic,
the salt is a part of it. You don’t need to salt the rim. Some people only do a 50/50, so you have an option on a
sip, or they do a lighter salt. The drink is citrusy and bright and fresh and you can really
taste the tequila still. A lot of times the margarita
recipe involves orange juice, or simple syrup, and just a lot of ingredients
that shouldn’t be necessary if you’re using a quality tequila. And if you’re using a quality tequila, you should let it come
out in front, you know. History of the margarita
is a little bit murky. David Wondrich holds that it is a evolution of a tequila daisy that kind of comes out of a hotel, I forget the name of
off the top of my head, but that’s okay you can
tell me in the comments, from Tijuana during prohibition. I think he’s probably right,
I’ve heard some other stories. I won’t misquote them now, because I don’t have them memorized. I don’t really care. It’s a damn good drink. I will be enjoying them all summer long, as we approach the warmer months. Got a little bit on my mustache there. I don’t know what else
to say about a margarita. You’ve probably had a margarita. This is a good margarita,
and I like this recipe. It’s very easy, I never forget the recipe. Two, one, one, only three ingredients and the salt, and they’re taste phenomenal. Oh my god, it’s good. What’s a good time for a margarita? Sunset, how about with dinner? For me, actually, it’s like a dinner drink because some cocktails
are like dessert drinks, some cocktails are before dinner drinks, some cocktails are day drinking drinks, breakfast cocktails. I like a margarita at dinner because it doesn’t conflict
with the flavors for me, ’cause it’s like a palette cleanser, kind of like the ginger
that goes with sushi. Oh yeah, I’m being told I
was supposed to say beach. I was supposed to say I like
a margarita at the beach. I don’t go to the beach, I live in an edit suite. There’s no window, only darkness. Cheers! So this is How to Drink, the show about making cocktails
and how to drink them, and it’s season five, so thank you for watching. And I’m gonna see you guys next week with another drink on How to Drink. Oh, by the way, happy,
happy Cinco de Mayo. Hey, who knows the history on that one? ‘Cause Cinco de Mayo, a lot of people think, a lot of guys think that
Cinco de Mayo was when Spain, no when Mexico got free from
Spain, but that’s not true. Cinco de Mayo is when Mexico
got free from Napoleon. That’s right, yeah, they
got free from France. It’s actually, I think it’s not kind
of a big deal in Mexico. Like Mexican independence
day is another day. I don’t know it, but that’s
when they got free from Spain. That’s a big day. That’s, you know, Napoleon,
tiny man, Bonaparte. You ever read the Aubrey
and Maturin novels? They take place during
the Napoleonic wars. It’s about Captain Aubrey
and his doctor, Maturin. They made one of them into a movie, Master and Commander: The
.Far Side of the World Great movie, it’s about sailing. This is How to Drink, the show about making cocktails
and how to drink them. It’s season five, we’re back. Hey, why don’t you check
out my Instagram @how2drink or my twitter, also @how2drink, or my blog at If you want any of the
stuff I use on the show, you can buy it there at and when you do that, I get
a cut of it and that’s nice. You know, to help me make the show. There’s a Patreon that I have, and I’m gonna provide a link to. And you guys are the best, the best fans. I’m gonna finish this cocktail. Ah. (joyful, jaunty music) You traitorous lime!


Kit Groeber

May 5, 2018, 9:43 pm Reply

I've been with the channel since about 13k subs. What drew me was the production quality and the general atmosphere Greg and the gang created, on top of making cocktails far less intimidating than I had previously thought. I'm ecstatic we're now at over 130k subscribers and I know the channel will continue to grow. Greg has something special here and as someone who was new to making cocktails when I stumbled upon the channel, I now not only know what I like, but also how to make it. Thanks for the awesome content!

MrMother Sole

Mar 3, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

How to drink- a cocktail from all the over pour from each episode

Ian Lange

Mar 3, 2019, 1:13 am Reply

Your videos are great, but I think you should try to get more of the liquor into the shaker.

Mark Vazquez

Mar 3, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

I find using a teaspoon to pour salt over the rim is easier to control amount of salt.

Nick Coleman

Mar 3, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

Would using reposado tequila be considered a poor decision

construct apex

Apr 4, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

I love getting rimmed at the bar…i mean…happy sinko day mayo

Anomander Rake

Apr 4, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

why would wearing a costume be really offensive?


Apr 4, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

Five seasons before you got to a margarita? That's a bit weird.


Apr 4, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

Fortaleza is top shelf! Too good to use as a mixer, I have found that something between bottom and middle shelf works fine.


Apr 4, 2019, 3:45 am Reply

brother what is that salt rim


Apr 4, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

"There's no windows… only darkness…. CHEERS"

Urik Mainstrum

Apr 4, 2019, 8:01 am Reply

I can find a better rim job on a porn website ?

Dan Witzke

Apr 4, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply



Apr 4, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

It’s ok to be offensive, it’s called comedy. Don’t let the SJWs scare you. You’d look adorable in a sombrero.


Apr 4, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

Love that you explained cinco de Mayo so simply. It’s not hard yet no one knows about it

Bert M

Apr 4, 2019, 5:35 am Reply

Gregg! Half the free world could get drunk on the amounts of booze you spill!?

Andrew Castellano

Apr 4, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Try a Grand Margarita, just a margarita with Grand Marnier, its my favorite way.


May 5, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

How many red/black plaid shirts do you own?

Alex Williams

May 5, 2019, 11:28 pm Reply

Is it okay to use moonshine and not tequila?

Ian Strange

May 5, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

You need this? I need one

john serra

May 5, 2019, 4:50 am Reply

23sec in and I’m out

Spooker Red Menace

May 5, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

napoleon was not a short man.. he was average height… 5'6-5'8


May 5, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply


Ashley Pleschourt

May 5, 2019, 10:38 am Reply

Don't make me dislike you. If you don't want to wear a costume (For whatever reason, but side note people are ok with St. Patricks day? Odd…) then dont. Do not mention that to me. Otherwise just do you, I don't want the political stupid. Just a drink and some fun. Cheers. 🙂

That RVA Guy

May 5, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

Cheers brother. I was sipping on a Russel’s old fashioned with a couple of filthy cherries watching your vid lol. Your margarita looks dank. ??


May 5, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

You'd probably enjoy the Tommy's Margarita- it's the first margarita I made, and I didn't regret it one bit. It just uses half an ounce of agave nectar as the sweetener, which lets the tequila shine. Since agave nectar is pretty cheap, you can splurge on a better reposado.

Eric Swift

May 5, 2019, 5:09 am Reply

terrible rim job there. ☺️

Dirty Doigler

May 5, 2019, 4:00 am Reply

Personally, I do not think a silly costume, as you put it, would be offensive. However, this could throw off the professional appearance of your channel. I agree with the move you made, but for a different reason. Keep doin what your doin. I'm diggin it, my friends dig it. You're awesome end fan-girling


May 5, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

+How to drink
5 de Mayo celebrates the battle of Puebla, where Mexico forces and Mexican peasants armed with pitchforks and knives and machetes defeated a much larger and better equipped French military. I'm not sure that Mexico was ever under French rule like they were under Spain. I think France was trying to take control of a large area which belonged to Mexico. Don't quote me on that tho! Lol


Jun 6, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

I recently stumbled across your videos and I absolutely love them. You have definitely inspired me to come up with my own signature cocktail that involves a combination of vodka and tequila because those are my 2 favorite spirits. Any pointers on that would be awesome but keep up the good work regardless

Tom C

Jun 6, 2019, 1:54 am Reply

hey i added an eggwhite to this recipe. its amazing. what type of bitters would you add to this

pwdr tst

Jun 6, 2019, 9:11 pm Reply

You'r amazing!

This video has aged very well

Marty Angelina

Jun 6, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

I'd love to know your opinion on using sour mix in margarita as it is so often made today


Jun 6, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

I discovered this channel earlier today, and have binged watched…quite a few episodes, but when I saw a video for a margarita I HAD to click on it. Probably my favorite "go-to" drink, as it's usually rather hard to muck it up–although I have had one where I am 90% certain the bartender dropped the salt IN the drink, incredibly disgusting result and she had to make me a new one. You got yourself a new subscriber today, please keep producing wonderfully entertaining and tasty content! <3

Dario Carafa

Jun 6, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

Anybody that would get offended at a big sombrero or a poncho or even a big fat giant mustache costume doesn't deserve to breathe those kinds of people are worthless offense nazis don't even trip food just wear your Mexican costume love it get drunk af

Dario Carafa

Jun 6, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

I bet you're good at rimming


Jun 6, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

can u ake the slushie style margarita?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:22 pm Reply

Rim the glass… the whole glass either way salt that mofo! Lol

lukas Caro

Jul 7, 2019, 6:57 am Reply

Okay, so, my house existed back when the neighborhood was a forest and yes this is important, my great grandparents fled from Germany after finally adopting my grandma because they were infertile, my great grandpa, having open forests all around, had a gun for safety. One night he heard a noise and getting scared for the safety of his family in this new still wild land, went out guns ablaze
He accidentally shot a male pheasant. He felt bad so he took it and had it stuffed as a reminder, looks exactly like the one in your background and its lived in the garage since i was a literal baby.
We also have shed antlers a deer shed in the yard right in front of my grandma as a kid! My older sister owns them now and i now own the pheasant as my great grandparents have passed. Hes very dusty now.
This has been my pheasant story.
Ps, apparently red wine can make edibles hit harder, or so i have heard from my mother.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

costumes arent offensive… people are just..(not nice words)

Miff Miff

Jul 7, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply

If you're going to make videos about learning something be clear about it and stop all the nonsense

Tom Hale

Jul 7, 2019, 5:37 am Reply

The best margarita I've ever had is 1 part white tequila, 1 part triple sec and one part Rose's Lime -it's Soooo good.
"In short, today there are no hard and fast differences between curacao and triple sec (other than curacao is sometimes colored)."

Kory St. Aoro

Jul 7, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

get good tequila and drink it straight up no ice or salt or lime, at room temperature

Christopher Rubines

Jul 7, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

I thought it was triple sec orange not curacao


Jul 7, 2019, 6:43 am Reply


Anthony Rossano

Jul 7, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

You should try this recipe:
Rim glass with Himalayan salt
1/4cup lime juice
1/4cup tequila
1 tbsp agave syrup
It's like a tequila old fashioned does not degrade the liquor


Jul 7, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

I have a hard time finding decent curacao.

Darius Zanzibar

Jul 7, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

Just tried this recipe. It worked.

Colin Zinngrabe

Jul 7, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

As a believer in the scientific method, Kudos to Dave Arnold for still communicating his results, even when they did not line up with the hypothesis he was trying to validate (cough Exxon CO-USUCK-GH).

Kimberly Foster

Jul 7, 2019, 12:31 pm Reply

Sexy . You can shake and pour any time

Robert Porter

Jul 7, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

Just made one with Exotico Reposada, Cointreau and Fresh Lime. An outstanding cocktail! Best Margarita I’ve ever had except maybe a Ghost Pepper Margarita I had once but that was gussied up and fancy. This is how you do it when you’re the host!

Sheldon Robertson

Aug 8, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

Being a Midwesterner, I'm always fascinated by those of you from southern New England who can find an "a" at the beginning of the word orange. ? Love your channel.

Jacob Faltin

Aug 8, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

Bro you're spilling your ingredients all over yourself ?


Aug 8, 2019, 3:12 pm Reply

Fuck it, wear the mariachi costume mate.

Chief Shitlord

Aug 8, 2019, 5:41 pm Reply

I personally prefer my margaritas frozen, because of a trick my mom taught me. If you get frozen, the brain freeze risk prevents you from drinking it too quickly (or too many too quickly).


Aug 8, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

Half of the drink is on the floor!!! Is it too hard to aim at the shaker ?

Alex Kuhn

Aug 8, 2019, 9:11 pm Reply

I scrolled down to check the comments about ten seconds from the end, and was assaulted by what I thought was "YOUUU TRAITOROUS SLIME!"
It freaked me out, and I had to back it up to realize he was talking about a bit of fruit.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:38 pm Reply

Is it ok to use Aperol instead of Curaçao? ?

john carter

Aug 8, 2019, 9:01 am Reply

Dude. I'm gonna be straight up here, I love you.

Ying the Eevee

Aug 8, 2019, 8:16 pm Reply

The salt is the best part. as a kid whenever we would go to mexican places i would sneak the salt that fell on the table. also frozen margaritas are undeniabley better. (thats what my parents always ordered) my mother would give me the lime wedge garnish on hers and sometimes a bit of margarita would be on it. not too bad.

Rodney Bagley

Aug 8, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

It's Taco Tuesday. We will make this until we are out of limes. I need this.

Roy Bokelman

Aug 8, 2019, 3:38 am Reply

I go a little strong for the rita. 3oz blanco tekillya, 1oz triple sec, 1.5 oz lime, a splash of agave syrup, and a float of gran mariner after shaking and pouring over rocks.

Zachary Forbes

Sep 9, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

Greg: Don’t cut all the way into the center.
Also Greg: cuts directly to the fucking middle

Nikos K.

Sep 9, 2019, 8:41 am Reply

It is a fact… you can't poor smthing in to the shaker and no drop falls. ?. But who cares. Keep going


Sep 9, 2019, 4:18 am Reply

Rimming what?!

Steven M

Sep 9, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

Dam, got a lot of love for a guy who salts the whole glass and cant pronounce the tequila you like using. Not tryin to hate, it just really shows the fan base appeal and loyalty. Good work

Marianne Kunitz

Sep 9, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

I love Margaritas!! I like it with the salt around the rim of the glass. Its got to have crushed ice in it!! It's my number one drink!!!

Lulu Galván

Sep 9, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply

Of course that’s not a Mexican margarita. If you want to mix tequila, it has to be a white one.
The tequila Reposado and the añejo one have to be enjoyed pure and straight.

Charles Zoffuto

Sep 9, 2019, 1:24 am Reply

Love that you referenced Maturine and Aubrey. By far my favorite book series.

Mats Jansson

Sep 9, 2019, 11:27 am Reply

O, the loud annoying music overtakes it all!! Outside rimming was all i got, great tip though!


Sep 9, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

I’m going to have to stop watching these for all the spilled liquor.

John Olmos

Sep 9, 2019, 7:01 am Reply

Try Tommy’s Marg.2oz tequila 1oz Lime juice fresh squeezed 1oz blue agave nectar

Darwin’s Arbiter

Sep 9, 2019, 7:35 pm Reply

mexican here, sombrero and pancho outfit is NOT offensive.

Marcos M

Oct 10, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

Just bought my first bar kit for my brand new bar. Sooooo just subscribed and hoping to make some damn good drinks! Cheers! ?

John Calhoun

Oct 10, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

Making me thirsty. I use 2:1:1/2, though I promise to try your version. I wish I could get good curacao here…

Jenni Rayflo

Oct 10, 2019, 9:10 pm Reply

That's quite the mat shot you got there ?


Oct 10, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

Wish I could find a specialty liquor store that sells dry undyed curacao.
Nola Metro area pretty dry.


Oct 10, 2019, 7:53 am Reply


Erin B

Oct 10, 2019, 3:47 am Reply

I love margaritas, and I don't like the frozen sugar bombs, but I find it needs a tiny bit of simple syrup. Is triple sec ok?


Oct 10, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

Espolon is a very good tequila and at not a bad price, for a tasty margarita (I think it's like 30 bucks for a good reposado, or blanco).

Manuel Perez

Nov 11, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

Offensive custome paying homage to another culture? No, nosotros no somos los que tienen el problem. We're not the ones that get offended. Go for it.

Julio A. Gonzalez

Nov 11, 2019, 9:58 pm Reply

This is the first time I’ve seen a margarita done with a dry curaçao. Interesting. Wondering why.

CryWolf Adam

Nov 11, 2019, 3:38 pm Reply

I need a winter tequila drink….

CryWolf Adam

Nov 11, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

There's no window… only darkness…. ?


Nov 11, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

Cinco de Mayo isn't even freedom from Napoleon, it's about one battle in the war against some Austrian guy who was backed by Napoleon's nephew.

Nathan Hunt

Nov 11, 2019, 10:31 pm Reply

Greg has to overfill everything because he spills so damn much, lol.

Joe Hoe

Nov 11, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

Nice margarita. I like that kind, with the rimmed glass…and sticking to alcohol and lime. The one I often end up doing is without the rimmed glass….and I add some agave nectar to give a nice sweetness Just as good, I would say, but just tastes different. I also use cointreau instead of curacao.


Nov 11, 2019, 5:25 pm Reply

my mom used to make a drink for new years, kids friendly, where she'd do that sugar thing on the rim but she'd slice a piece of lemon or lime, put it on the rim like garnish and just drag it around and then dip it into sugar. sometimes she did that multiple times to really make it look almost frosty. I think she also put them in the fridge but I might be remembering that wrong. can't remember what kinda drink it was or how it tasted but I remember licking the glass for quite a while before the sugar was gone.

Daniel Schneider

Dec 12, 2019, 5:53 am Reply

I've always thought of margharitas as Mexican gatorade- the salt and lime juice replae valuable electorlytes that you lose in the ho sun

Joel William

Dec 12, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

I love this channel, and the fact that he seems to get smashed each video haha

Brandon Doty

Dec 12, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

5 ingredients:
Lime Juice
Kosher Salt


Dec 12, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

Did you have a drink before you made this video? Lol

Alexander Marquardt

Dec 12, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

I feel a "Rimjob"- joke was avoided here, which is professional, but pretty sure: Greg wanted to.

Ben Schwader

Dec 12, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

Great movie, wasn't the same Napoleon, mine is Sauza silver, Bols triple sec and lemon juice, the lemon, because it's more consistent in sweet vs sour. This is a recipe from Maria's of Sante Fe.

Savannah Rose

Dec 12, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

The idea of a margarita without salt in every sip makes me sad

oMrCuddles Gaming

Dec 12, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

I'm sad, the bars around my area dont do shake drinks.

Harry Bryant

Dec 12, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

When I rim a glass, I would take that pile of salt that you had and just turn the glass upside down and place the rim on the table on top of the salt. Then I give it a good rotational swish back and forth. That creates a very thick but short profile of salt. The profile of the salt is only as tall as the height of the salt pile. It’s also a lot quicker. It takes longer to clean the salt up than to salt the rim so if I’m making margs for a lot of people, its quick and easy. I’ve seen people do it the way that you did. It’s too messy for me.

András Ribánszki

Dec 12, 2019, 2:56 am Reply

Say something new…

Colossal Dingus

Dec 12, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

I love hearing the history of these drinks and methods used. really great work, and love the videos Greg!

Colby Brochu

Dec 12, 2019, 8:01 pm Reply

I think margaritas like this are great rimmed with sugar. I know you like sweet so give that a try

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