Indulge in a Tommy's Margarita, where the zesty burst of fresh lime blends seamlessly with the natural sweetness of agave syrup. It's simple to make and perfect to enjoy on a warm summer evening.
I've only recently discovered Tommy's Margarita whilst Instagram scrolling. I didn't think I would enjoy it more than a classic margarita, but I was wrong! The flavour is smooth, with just the right balance of tequila, lime juice and agave.
As limes come in all shapes and sizes, I've specified the amount in Mls and ounces. If you're lucky, a big juicy lime will yield enough for one, but usually, I end up using 2 limes for this recipe.
Why is it called a Tommy's Margarita?
Tommy's Margarita has its roots in the iconic Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. Created by bartender Julio Bermejo in the late 1980s, this spin on the classic margarita swaps triple sec for agave syrup. The result is a more pronounced agave flavour, which emphasises the tequila.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- A refreshing summertime drink.
- Super quick and easy to make.
- 3 ingredients + ice (and salt for the rim if you like).
Note: The full quantities are shown in the recipe card below.
Tequila Blanco - also known as silver or plata. It's clear and strong and perfect for margaritas. Choose a high-quality tequila; my favourite is Espolon, but I'll buy Patron if I'm splashing out.
Agave syrup - also known as agave nectar. It's sold in most large supermarkets.
Lime juice - freshly squeezed lime juice is a must in this recipe. Do not use bottled!
Step by Step Instructions
Note: This is a summary of the instructions. The full ingredients and instructions are shown in the recipe card below.
1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of salt to a small dish. Rub the rim of the glass with lime juice, then press it into the salt.
2. Squeeze the limes with a juicer.
3. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then add a couple of ice cubes. Put the lid on tightly, then shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
4. Strain the Margarita into a glass with ice and drink straight away.
- Virgin Tommy's Margarita (mocktail) - use Lyre's non-alcoholic Agave Blanco Spirit instead of tequila.
- Spicy Tommy's Margarita - cut up 6 thin jalapeno slices and deseed them. Add them to the cocktail shaker with the tequila and muddle them. Proceed with the recipe.
Tommy's Margarita can be served in a traditional margarita glass or old-fashioned glass.
This recipe makes 1 glass, but it can easily be doubled or tripled to make more.
FAQs & Expert Tips
Tommy's Margarita is 3 parts tequila, 2 parts lime and 1 part agave; a Classic Margarita is 3 parts tequila, 2 parts orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or triple sec) and 1 part lime juice.
Tommy's Margarita is traditionally made with agave syrup instead of triple sec, providing a distinct flavour profile. You could use a simple sugar syrup, but it won't taste as good.
Tequila Blanco tastes better in Margarita recipes. Reposado has a robust taste but can be used if you prefer.
The ratio is 3-2-1. Three parts tequila, two parts lime juice and one part agave syrup.
You can garnish a Tommy's Margarita with a fresh lime slice.
- cocktail shaker
- 60 mls tequila blanco, note 1
- 30 mls lime juice
- 15 mls agave
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of salt to a small dish. Rub the rim of the glass with lime juice, then press it into the salt.
- Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add a couple of ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
- Strain the Margarita into a glass filled with ice and add a slice of lime for garnish if desired.