Thursday, July 9, 2015

Best Ever Margaritas

A long time ago, someone in Key West told me that the secret to a great margarita is to use orange juice in the recipe… Years later I met a bartender in New York who urged me to opt for sugar around the rim instead of salt. It was a friend who always took her margaritas on the rocks that turned me off the frozen version… All of these little influences have helped me arrive at what I think is the best recipe for a margarita. Of course I understand that cocktails are quite a personal thing, so feel free to alter this as you will, but this is how I make one of my favorite summertime treats and you can use it as a guide to concoct your own favorite. I've given you the recipe in parts here, so feel free to make up a whole pitcher or mix them up one by one… The choice is yours.

If you like your margarita sour, consider omitting the sugar completely and/or replacing it with salt. If sweet is what you fancy, feel free to plunge the sugar covered strawberry straight into the drink. I always do this to take the bite off and then eat the strawberry afterwards for a yummy treat.

1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
2 parts orange juice (freshly squeezed or best quality bottled)
2 parts Patrón Silver Tequila
1 part Cointreau or other orange liqueur
Lime slices for rubbing on the rim of the glass
Sugar for rim of glass
Strawberries for garnish

1. Add the lime juice, orange juice, tequila and Cointreau to a pitcher or a glass you're not planning to serve the drink in such as a pint glass or a tumbler. Stir with a wooden spoon or a butter knife if using a glass, until will mixed.You can use a cocktail shaker here of course, but it's not necessary if you don't have one.

2. Pour some sugar into a shallow dish. Rub the rim of the glass you intend to serve the drink in with a lime wedge and dip it into the sugar, twisting and turning the glass until the whole rim is covered.

3. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the cocktail, being careful not to wet the sugared rim.

4. Slice a strawberry 3/4 of the way starting at the tip and working up to the green part. Dip the sliced strawberry 3/4 of the way into the margarita to wet it and then coat with sugar and place it on the rim of the glass and enjoy.

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