I love margaritas. Yes, I know, I also love the Peach Vodka things … but a classic margarita is really hard to beat! And when one of my girlfriends showed up with a bottle of Patron, I knew we had to make these.
I mean, it’s not like I was WAITING for a bottle of Patron to show up on the doorstep … I’ve got a pretty good selection of tequila already …
Let’s make one thing clear, right off the top. Use good quality tequila! Skip right on past the bottle of Jose … and take my advice and skip past the ones that aren’t clear … the darker the tequila, the more “woodier” it will taste and just not meant for a margarita … I have eight bottles of tequila right now … and only a few limes which means I should have hit up Costco to buy the big bag worth for a couple of dollars (instead of 3 for $1) … *the limes I do have came from Aldis and were like 99 cents a bag, which has about 6 in there or so. Not the very best but they were adequate.
I do like margaritas made with some premixes … primarily the Kirkland brand Golden Margarita Mix … but I’ll be honest, the sweet and sour mix can sometimes hit my stomach a little hard and Hubby is a good guy to put out the heartburn medicine if he sees more than two going down the hatch … I think it’s got a lot to do with the sour mix and the triple sec stuff … ick.
So, how about it … let’s make TWO lovely Classic Margaritas …
4 oz lime juice (2 to 3 good limes should do the trick)
3 oz good tequila
1 1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz simple syrup (more or less depending on taste)
coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Tip #1 (or 20?): If you aren’t looking to be fancy while making this, grab yourself a glass measuring glass and measure everything in the glass. Seriously, using the jigger/shot glass method can get tedious and messy after a few rounds 😉
Go ahead, measure out all your ingredients and pour into a shaker filled with ice. Cap the shaker and shake it like you mean it!
Tip #2 … get yourself some cute napkins like so …
If desired, rub the rim of a glass (I prefer wine glasses due to the spill factor) with a lime and lightly dip in the salt. I personally do NOT like a lot of salt but go heavy if that’s the way you roll …
Gently add some ice to the glass, keep in mind that the salt will fall off little as you do so 😉
Strain the shaken margarita over the ice, squeeze a lime wedge over the top and drop it in. Add a straw, sip, smile and do a little (discreet) happy dance.
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