Happy National Margarita Day! These sweet and sour alcoholic beverages are so much fun to sip by the pool or on the patio. If it’s too cool to sit outside where you are, don’t worry – the tequila will warm you up.
A margarita at its most basic is a blend of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and (though some may disagree with me) simple syrup. It can be served frozen or not, over ice or not, and in a salt-rimmed glass or not. My favorite combination is a frozen margarita in the classic bowl-shaped glass with salt on the rim.
A good margarita starts with the tequila. The other flavors of the margarita won’t cover up a rotgut tequila. Several good brands of tequila are available in the $15-30 range for the plata variety. If you want to go a little fancier and get an even smoother feel, try a reposado, which has been aged a bit. I like Republic Tequila — it’s not just tasty, it’s also organic — but use whatever brand you like.
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Adobo Grill put together an app for the iPad that contains a delicious margarita recipe. It has a total of five recipes for cocktails and five recipes for appetizers for when you’re craving Mexican food. Links to more margarita recipes follow this one.
1 ½ ounces Herradura Blanco Tequila
Splash (¼ ounce) Gran Torres Orange Liqueur
2 ½ ounces margarita mix*
Salt, for glass rim
Lime wedge, squeezed, for garnish
- Fill shaker with ice and all ingredients.
- Shake vigorously for a minimum of 44 shakes. Pour in concentric circles into salted rim margarita glass.
- Garnish with squeezed lime wedge.
*Margarita Mix is fresh lime juice balanced with simple syrup. Lime juice varies greatly day to day in the level of acidity and sweetness. On a perfect day, the mix would be 1 part lime juice to 1 part simple syrup.** When the lime juice is too tart, increase the level of simple syrup. If the lime juice is too sweet, decrease the level of simple syrup.
Remember, when tasting your mix should be a little sweet but tart at the end.
**Simple Syrup: 1 cup sugar simmered in 1 cup water until completely dissolved.
For a twist on the classic margarita recipe, try Sage Gordon’s Mango Mamma Margarita, which has the added health benefits of chia seeds.
Just because Valentine’s Day has passed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set your Heart on Fire – it’s a peach cocktail that’s a bit like a spicy margarita.
How about a rhubarb margarita? It starts out in the crockpot. Bet you never thought of using your crockpot for cocktails.
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