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Tommy's Margarita

A distinctly different version of the traditional margarita, this Tommy's margarita recipe is smooth, honeyed and refreshing.

This drink was originally created in 1990 at Tommy's restaurant in San Francisco, when Juilio Bermejo started experimenting with using agave nectar. While a traditional margarita uses triple sec, which adds another dimension to the lime juice, his version substituted that for agave, which creates the distinct flavour profile. This also adds some sweetness to the drink, and it makes it relatively smooth. You get the citrus kick, of course, that you expect from a margarita, but it's slightly muted.

Tommy's Margarita


  • Cocktail glass
  • 1 double shot of Casco Viejo Reposado tequila
  • 1 single shot of lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of agave nectar
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice

How to serve it

  • Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake.
  • Strain into the glass and serve.

We recommend an aged tequila in this Tommy's margarita recipe to give a slightly smoky flavour to the drink, but you can, of course, substitute it with a traditional white tequila – although this can add a slightly harsher flavour to the cocktail. If you get hold of some mezcal (also made from agave, but in different Mexican states), give it a go, as you'll find that the flavour combinations are quite different from margaritas made from tequila.