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Making the perfect margarita

Story and photos by Kate Magandy Holzhauser

Gulfport's El Agave restaurant is famed for its award-winning blood orange margarita, so in honor of Cinco de Mayo this month, we asked owner Mercedes Carranza how to prepare the perfect margarita cocktail.

Carranza recruited a member of his staff, Joana Alvarez, to demonstrate how it’s done

The “perfect” margarita is the Agave Royal margarita, which starts with top-shelf tequila. For Carranza, that's Don Julio 1942 premium tequila, but any high-quality tequila may be used. Here’s what you need to create the delicious drink:


• Two lemons, juiced

• One lime, juiced

• 1 ½ ounces Don Julio 1842 tequila (or any other good tequila)

• 1 ounce Grand Marnier

• 1 ounce triple sec

• 4 ½ ounces blood orange juice

Put ingredients in a shaker and mix. Pour over ice in a salt- (or sugar-) rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

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