Whatever your specs (the 7:4:3 standard proportions set by the International Bartender Association, the 3:2:1 used by cocktail expert Gary Regan, or the 2:1:1 ratio found in the early daisy), the ingredients remain the same: tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon or lime juice, shaken and served in a glass with ice and a salted rim. Any deviation from this classic formula, and you've got full creative license to quote Doc Holliday from Tombstone, and say, "You're no daisy. You're no daisy at all."
Nick Bennett is the bar captain at NYC cocktail bar Booker & Dax and Thrillist’s cocktail correspondent. He prefers his margaritas with salt on the rim and paid for by somebody else. Follow him @TheNickB for cocktail recipes and knowledge you didn’t know you wanted.