Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy's Margarita
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The world of cocktails is filled with timeless classics, each with its own unique origin story. One such iconic cocktail is the Margarita, a drink that has captivated taste buds and conquered the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts around the globe. Renowned for its simplicity and exceptional flavor, Tommy’s Margarita stands as a testament to the artistry and ingenuity of its creator, Julio Bermejo.

Tommy’s Margarita History

The roots of Tommy’s Margarita can be traced back to the late 20th century, with various claims to its invention. However, it was Julio Bermejo, a legendary figure in the world of tequila, who revolutionized this classic cocktail. In 1987, Julio, along with his father, Tomas “Tommy” Bermejo, owned and operated the famous Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, California. It was within these restaurant walls that Julio sought to perfect the Margarita, blending traditional Mexican flavors with a modern twist.

Julio’s vision for the Margarita stemmed from his deep appreciation for tequila, a spirit ingrained in his family heritage. Recognizing the potential to enhance Margarita’s flavors by using agave nectar as a sweetener. The result was the Tommy’s Margarita, a harmonious blend of tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar, served on the rocks. This new interpretation of the Margarita struck a chord with patrons, quickly gaining popularity for its smoothness, balance, and the natural sweetness imparted by the agave nectar.

Julio Bermejo’s contributions to the world of tequila extend far beyond the invention of Tommy’s Margarita. As the ambassador of tequila, he dedicated his life to elevating the spirit’s reputation and educating others about its rich history and production. His extensive knowledge and passion for tequila have earned him international recognition and made Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant a pilgrimage site for tequila enthusiasts.

Tommy’s Margarita Recipe

  1. 30 ml Reposado tequila

  2. 30 ml fresh lime juice

  3. 15 ml agave nectar

  4. Ice

  5. Garnish: salt rim and lime wedge

Tommy's Margarita recipe

How to Make Tommy’s Margarita

  1. Rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, and set aside.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar.

  3. Shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  4. Strain into the rimmed old-fashioned glass.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.