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Old Fashioned Cocktails-Tommy’s Margarita

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Old Fashioned Cocktails – Tommy’s Margarita:

When was the Tommy’s Margarita Invented?

The Tommy’s Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, and it was invented in the late 1980s.

The cocktail was created by Julio Bermejo, the owner of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, California. Bermejo wanted to create a Margarita that was made with high-quality ingredients and had a more balanced flavor profile than the classic Margarita. The Tommy’s Margarita quickly became popular in the San Francisco Bay Area and has since become a beloved cocktail around the world.

What You Need?

  • Ice
  • reposado tequila
  • fresh lime juice
  • agave syrup (1 spoon of agave nectar mixed with 1 spoon of water)

How to Make a Tommy’s Margarita?

  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Add 1½ oz. of tequila to the shaker.
  • Add ½ oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.
  • Add 1 oz. of agave nectar or simple syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake the ingredients together until the shaker is cold and frosty, for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

How To Serve it?

How to Make Agave Syrup

Agave syrup is a natural sweetener that is commonly used as an alternative to sugar and honey in cocktails, baking, and cooking. Here’s how to make agave syrup:


  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine 1 cup of agave nectar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the agave nectar has dissolved completely.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer the mixture for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded together.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.
  • Once the mixture has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

That’s it! Making your own agave syrup is easy and allows you to control the sweetness of your cocktails and other recipes. You can adjust the sweetness of the syrup by adding more or less water, depending on your preference. Agave syrup is a great natural sweetener to have on hand for all of your cocktail and culinary needs.

Tip For Making it:

  • Use fresh, high-quality ingredients. It is a simple and delicious cocktail, but it relies on the quality of its ingredients to truly shine. Use a tequila that is made with 100% agave, and look for fresh, ripe limes to squeeze for your lime juice.
  • Agave nectar is the traditional sweetener for a Tommy’s Margarita, but you can use simple syrup if you prefer. Make sure to measure your ingredients carefully and use a shaker to mix the cocktail thoroughly.
  • Finally, don’t forget to garnish your Tommy’s Margarita with a lime wedge to add a pop of color and flavor. With these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfectly balanced and delicious Tommy’s Margarita every time!

Frequently asked questions

What kind of tequila should I use for It ?

For a Tommy’s Margarita, it is best to use a high-quality tequila that is made with 100% agave. Look for a tequila that has a smooth flavor and complements the other ingredients in the cocktail. Blanco or reposado tequila work well in a Tommy’s Margarita, but you can also experiment with different types of tequila to find the perfect flavor.

Can I use honey instead of agave nectar in this Cocktail?

While agave nectar is the traditional sweetener for a Tommy’s Margarita, you can use honey as a substitute if you prefer. However, keep in mind that honey has a stronger flavor than agave nectar, so it may affect the overall taste of the cocktail. You can also use simple syrup as a sweetener if you don’t have agave nectar or honey.

Can I make it  without a shaker?

While a shaker is the best way to mix a Tommy’s Margarita thoroughly and create a frothy texture, you can still make a delicious cocktail without a shaker. Simply stir the ingredients together in a glass with ice until the cocktail is chilled and well-mixed. You may not get the same frothy texture as you would with a shaker, but the flavor will still be delicious.

How do I adjust the sweetness of a Tommy’s Margarita?

The sweetness of a Tommy’s Margarita can be adjusted by changing the amount of agave nectar or simple syrup in the cocktail. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, use more agave nectar or simple syrup. If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, use less agave nectar or simple syrup. Be sure to adjust the sweetness carefully to avoid overpowering the other flavors in the cocktail.

Old Fashioned Cocktails-Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy's Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes

Tommy's Margarita, born in Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, is one of the most famous modern cocktails born in the 20th century. This cocktail makes a seemingly simple but deep understanding change from the Margarita, with a more stable recipe framework and less alcoholic stimulation than the Margarita, yet it has a rich and fresh agave herbaceous and more natural citrus aroma, with a moderate sweet and sour taste.


  • Ice
  • 1½ oz reposado tequila
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz agave syrup (1 spoon of agave nectar mixed with 1 spoon of water)


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, fresh lime juice and agave syrup and shake well. Pour the drink into a chilled glass.


You can adjust the sweetness of the cocktail by adding more or less agave nectar or simple syrup, to suit your taste. You can also experiment with different types of tequila to create a unique flavor profile. Enjoy and have fun experimenting!

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About Robin Lee

Robin is author, photographer, and cocktail enthusiast. He has a passion for life, love of mixology, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Robin’s cocktails are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. He’s always pushing the boundaries of mixology and loves to experiment with unique ingredients and techniques. With Robin’s guidance, you can learn the art of mixology and create cocktails that are sure to impress.

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