Drinks

Margarita

A summer would not be complete without at least one good Margarita.  There are a lot of varieties out there.  This past winter in Ixtapa, we made a Tamarindo Margarita that was delicious.  But I like this Margarita.  It is simple, clean and refreshing.

There seems to be some controversy about who invented the Margarita and where it was invented.  If you’re interested, these are a couple of links I found about it.

Food & Think – Smithsonian Magazine

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2009/05/the-history-of-the-margarita/

Once Upon a Time in Mexico – The Origin of the Margarita – Imbibe Magazine

http://imbibe.com/feature/once-upon-time-in-mexico/7589

The basic ingredients are silver tequila, Cointreau, and limes.  But you can very easily make your own version by playing with these ingredients a bit.

Below is a classic take on the Margarita.

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Margarita

1 cup tequila (silver) –  I use Herradura

½ cup of Cointreau (you can use triple sec or Grand Marnier)

½ cup (or more) of freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 – 3 limes)

Some agave nectar, if you like a sweeter drink

1 lime, to rub on the rim of each glass

Kosher salt

Ice, crushed

Pour the first four ingredients into a pitcher and stir.

Take your glasses (I use martini glasses) and rub the rim with the reserved lime.  Place the salt on a small plate and level it out.  Dip the glass rims into the salt and twist it around so you have an even amount around the rim.

Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.  Pour half of the contents of the pitcher into the shaker.  Cover and shake.  If you want a stronger drink, shake enough for the drink to cool down.  Shake longer so the ice melts into the drink, if you want one that isn’t so strong.

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Pour into the prepared glasses and enjoy!

 

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