How to Make the Best Homemade Margaritas
As today is Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d say a few words about everyone’s favorite fiesta beverage, the margarita. Organic citrus is the basis for a delicious margarita. Whether you prefer a standard lime affair, or a flavorful grapefruit and orange concoction. You can’t go wrong with good citrus.
No matter what flavor float’s your boat, there are a few essentials you’re going to need:
And lots of it. You’ll need at least one-two limes per beverage. Multiply that by the number of people and the number of drinks and you’ll be supporting a small organic Mexican farm before you know it.
Cointreau or other orange liquor–
For the sake of the recipe below I put orange liquor, but don’t be fooled—cheap liquor, makes bad drinks. And not all liquors are made the same. I prefer a delicious blood orange liquor, but Cointreau is the tried and true option, and it’s readily available.
And hold on just a sec there before you go charging off to your local purveyor of fine distilled beverages. For God’s sake don’t buy the bottom shelf, don’t even look down there. If you’re on a budget, if you have lots of thirsty guests, or if those guests might be less-than civilized, Sauza Hornitos will work just fine. For you and your closest, I’d recommend something reposado—El Tesoro de Don Felipe, Don Julio, or Herradura.
Just a quick word here: Yes, salting looks pretty, and takes some of the bite off the agave, but listen… use good salt. No table salt, no iodized, kosher at the very least. That is all. On to the recipe.
- 2oz fresh citrus
- 2oz fresh lime juice
- 2oz tequila, silver 100% agave
- 2oz orange liqeur
- ½ cup coarsely cracked ice
- Salt for rim (optional)
- Lime wedges
- Combine all liquids in a shaker with large chunks of ice. Shake for 10 seconds, or until properly chilled.
- Using a lime, wet the rim of your chosen receptacle, be it martini, rocks, or pint, and swash in salt.
- Fill with crushed ice (you can easily make crushed ice by wrapping a couple of cups of whole ice in a towel and beating it on the floor or with a meat cleaver, a great job for the kiddies), pour to the rim with liquid goodness.
- Serve immediately.
Any good versions you want to share? Leave them in the comments below. Looking for something to nosh along with your bebidas? Try our post Five Meals to Make for Cinco de Mayo!
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