It is a few days after you hosted your Mexican friends at your place. Just as you pass the dining bar area, you spot some lone bottles carefully housing some of that fantastic left-over margarita mix calling out to you.
Time is ticking; you need to decide what to make of the whole situation. At the back of your mind, you don’t remember if margarita mixes go bad because that nasty hangover is still lingering around. To worsen the situation, you have no clue whether the mixture is beyond its bloom or how long it lasts after you’ve opened the bottle.
Well, you’re in luck today, we are about to dive into all the details you’ll need to preserve that margarita, but it’s quite unfortunate that it will not last until the next national margarita day.
It’s uncouth to throw away a perfect margarita mix or, even worse, drain it down the pits or something.
Buckle up as we get into the education; you need to know all the essential things about this drink, especially how to preserve it.
Table of Contents
- How to Make Delicious Margaritas
- The Methodology of Margarita Preparation
- How to Properly Store a Margarita Mix
- What Is The Shelf Life Of Margarita Mixes?
- How to Tell If A Margarita Mix Is Stale
- Related Questions
Imagine having a refreshing drink of margarita on a hot afternoon. The good news is that you can make it in the comfort of your home.
Below is how to prepare a margarita mix.
To arrive at the right balance in your margarita, you need to have some citrus juice, spirit, and a sweetener to balance the citrus’ acidity.
The main ingredients are:
On the off chance that your salt becomes a pain and is not sticking to the glass, some syrup would help it adhere to the glass.
Mix all the ingredients into the salted glass, then shake them together. Be sure to get the measurements of the ingredients right because we are trying to make a perfect margarita here, guys.
Then, place your ingredients into a shaker and shake or whisk it vigorously.
After you are done with the shaking, pour it on the garnished glasses, and there you have it. Your margarita is ready.
The drink can be garnished with a lime wedge or even an orange wedge that will hang on the rim of the glass.
You can change up how you take your margarita. Consider giving it your sense of style by adding your favorite fruit. You can serve it frozen as well. Imagine having a frozen margarita by the poolside on a hot summer day.
Several margarita mixes are non-alcoholic—for instance, the big bucket margarita mix.
First and foremost, before you open a margarita mix, the best place to store it would be in a dry, cold, and dark place. A perfect example of such a place would be in the kitchen pantry or store, but if you don’t have any of these in your house, then a dry kitchen cabinet furnished with doors would do.
For this tip to work, the temperatures in the storage unit should be at constant room temperatures.
Onto the next big point…what happens when you have already opened the bottle,
To retain and preserve the margarita’s quality, the fridge should be your go-to place to store your margarita.
It would help if you did not leave opened margarita in the pantry because, in as much as it will not go bad, it will no longer be fresh because of loss in quality.
Then again, everyone enjoys some chilled margarita on a hot summer day, so the fridge should work well for you.
It’s best to remember this important information:
- Before opening the bottle, margarita belongs in the pantry
After opening the margarita, it belongs in the fridge
Pro tip: For margarita mixes that have tequila as an ingredient, they will perform better when preserved at room temperature either in a cabinet or on a floor than the blends with zero alcoholic content.
It is paramount always to make sure that the margarita mix is stored in an airtight container.
Alternatively, you can opt to freeze homemade margarita to extend its shelf life.
Margarita mixes have very long shelf lives and rarely ever go bad.
When you go for bottled margaritas, they usually have dates on the label to help you know how long it is good for. The dates are generally an estimate of the time the mix will still be at its best. There is usually a chance that the margarita is still safe for consumption for quite a while after the indicated periods.
To clarify, the dates mean that the quality of the margarita after the indicated dates will begin diminishing slowly. However, if the bottle is still sealed and has not been opened, the drink might be safe to consume for up to two years past the expiry dates.
So do not refuse a margarita offered in May that indicates it expired in January. Taste it and see if it still kicks.
You may be wondering how to know when a margarita mix has gone stale. Let’s talk about that.
Margarita mixes consist mainly of sugar and have high acid levels. This means that they will go bad but only after a long time.
However, like anything else, once it’s opened, it slowly loses its quality and slowly degrades.
In case you have a margarita bottle seated in the far corner of your refrigerator, it would be best if you first checked to see if it’s still fit for consumption before you use it to mix a drink.
This precautionary measure is best suited to avoid getting food poisoning or, even worse, alcohol poisoning from what is supposed to be a refreshing drink.
An opened margarita bottle will have a slight change in its taste; thus, you can quickly tell if it’s still okay or has gone stale.
If the bottle’s contents look okay to you, the next step should be to taste it because the taste is one of the most reliable ways to know if the drink is still eligible for a party.
Before you host a party, you should taste your margarita mix to assess its quality.
In case the margarita is stale, you can opt for the store-bought margarita.
Now on to the big question, what does stale margarita taste like?
Whenever stored margaritas become stale, it will taste flat or be too sour. The smell from the bottle will also have some slight odor indicating it is not fresh.
Tequila is the main star of the show in a margarita. Other players include squeezed lime and some nectar. Lime juice is a crucial ingredient as it helps revive the margarita and add some flavor to it. You can think of it as a lifesaver of some sort.
The salted rims are a garnish. Apart from being a garnish, the salt also enhances the taste of most cocktails, and it is no different when it comes to margaritas. The salt stimulates receptor cells located in the taste buds. People who do not prefer the salt crystals can use saline crystals, which will produce the same effects.
A typical margarita is made up of an ounce of lime, two ounces of tequila, and an ounce of nectar to give a total of two hundred and eight (208) calories.