Less is always more. 

Living in Arizona, there are a lot of different ideas about what makes for the best margarita. The truth is, just like anything else in life, a margarita is only as good as the ingredients that go in it. There's a way to forgo those pre-made mixes to craft something simple, but also potent with natural flavors and of course, tequila. Many a TATEJONES design day ends with these organic, spirit-forward, Minimalist Margaritas. 

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  • 2 basil leaves, slapped
  • 1/4 cup tequila or mezcal
  • 1/4 cup amaro
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice made from organic limes
  • 2+ bitters
  • 1/8 cup fresh and organic orange juice
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, amaro, lime juice, bitters, orange juice and ice. Cap and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass containing large ice, add the slapped basil leave and garnish with the lime wheel. Bottoms up.

Our shaker of choice – The Stelton Shaker designed by Arne Jacobson. It looks and feels as modern today as it did in 1967. 

Tequila – Fortaleza Reposado and Casamigos Joven Mezcal are go-tos.

Ice – Using larger ice cubes, cuts down on water usage and keep your cocktail from tasting watered down. These Peak Everyday Ice Trays do the trick. You can squeeze in fresh citrus in to your tray to add even more flavor. 

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