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What makes a perfect margarita?

Allison Morgan, Fiesta del Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Ashley McKinnon, for The Surge.
Allison Morgan, Fiesta del Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Ashley McKinnon, for The Surge.

Cinco de Mayo is here again, so Surge asked local bartenders what they think makes a perfect margarita.

▪  James Daniel, Banditos Restaurant & Cantina

10 years bartending

“My perfect margarita is our Cadillac Margarita. It’s Hornitos Reposado, Cointreau, house sour mix and a Grand Marnier floater. The 100% Blue Agave tequilla makes it perfect.”

▪  Nathan Brown, Abuelo’s

5 years bartending

“The Platinum Margarita is El Humidor Silver Tequila, hand squeezed lime, lemon and orange juice and topped with Grand Marnier.”

▪  Justin Blue, El Cerro Grande, Surfside Beach

1 1/2 years bartending

“The perfect margarita depends on the type of liquor. I prefer Patron. In my personal drinks, I use a splash of orange juice, Patron, Triple Sec and lime juice.”

▪  Allison Morgan, Fiesta del Burro Loco

A little over a year bartending

“Our Black Jack Margarita. The Chambord adds that extra sweetness making it perfect.”

▪  Richard Michaleck, Señor Frogs

2 years bartending

“Don Julio Silver, lime juice, sour mix, Triple Sec and orange juice.”

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