Essential Cocktails: How to Make, and Where to Find, the Perfect Margarita, 2/1/14 – LA Magazine

March 3rd, 2014 — 4:17pm

perfect-margarita-tutorial-las-perlas__1600WEssential Cocktails: How to Make, and Where to Find, the Perfect Margarita, 2/1/14 – LA Magazine

Essential Cocktails, Week 4: The Margarita

If you’re like me, your first encounter with a Margarita was the sports bar or Mexican chain restaurant variation: fruit flavored concoctions made with prefab triple sec and a mystery mix. Amiright? Prepare to have your mind blown. Turns out the perfect Margarita isn’t made with pre-packaged triple sec or mix and doesn’t taste like a tequila-laced slushee.

I had Las Perlas general manager Raul Yrastorza confirm. And he would know; he’s had a love affair with tequila ever since he lived in San Diego in the late ‘80s, hopping the border pretty frequently. In 1998, he opened El Carmen, the first tequila-dedicated bar in Los Angeles. Fast-forward to when 213 Nightlife’s Cedd Moses was thinking of opening an agave-focused bar of his own downtown, and naturally, he recruited Yrastorza. Read the rest here!