Beat the Heat With the Perfect Summer Margarita

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, or so they say.

Summer starts June 21, so I thought it proper, or at least nice, to blog about a favorite sunny-day treat many of us like to indulge in: the margarita.

Though there is some dispute as to who actually invented the drink, the thing that matters most is that you like drinking them, comfortably ensconced in your Capitol Hill apartment. If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or a bit of yard with a table and chairs, even better. People watching in cozy Capitol Hill with a margarita in your hand on a summer Saturday afternoon: That’s the life.

So I’ve enlisted Christine Gallary of CHOW’s Test Kitchen to show you how to make a simple margarita.

Here are the essentials:


  • One glass.
  • One plate.
  • One cocktail shaker.
  • Kosher salt.
  • Lots of ice.
  • 100 percent agave silver/blanco tequila.
  • Triple sec.
  • Two limes.


  • Cut a lime and rim the glass with its juice.
  • Pour the salt on the plate, then take the glass and place it, rim first, onto the plate.
  • Fill your glass with ice and put it in the freezer while you make the drink. This will chill the glass.
  • Remember your 3-2-1: Use three parts tequila (1.5 ounces), two parts triple sec (1 ounce) and one part lime juice (0.5 ounces; about one lime). Add these to the shaker.
  • Fill up your shaker halfway with ice, then make like Tom Cruise in “Cocktail.” (Later, if you feel the need – after putting the shaker down of course – find a couch to jump up and down on, fully clothed or in your underwear. We’re not picky at
  • Strain it into your glass, and if you’re really feeling it, add a slice of lime (hence the two limes).
Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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