Thursday, May 5, 2011

Perfect Margaritas

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today I'll be sharing with you my favorite margarita recipes. As this is my mixed drink go-to, especially on a hot day or festive occasion, I have had many different types. I generally believe using the best high quality ingredients and simple recipes usually yield the best results. So at home I've developed this recipe (and bonus they are less than 150 calories per serving!):

You will need:
Tequila (Silver or Reposado will do, whatever your palate prefers!)
Fresh limes
Shot glass
Serving glass(es)

Because these are so tasty and strong, I make them one at a time. You could easily drink these like water, so be careful! Start by putting ice in the shaker. Then add two shots of tequila, one shot of lime juice, and agave to taste. I usually squeeze it in for about 3 - 5 seconds. Shake for 20 - 30 seconds to get it nice and cold. Pour into your favorite glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Take it outside and enjoy!


I use the agave nectar here as it is made from the same plant, Agave, as the tequila. They compliment each other nicely and the agave takes the edge off the tequila without over powering it or hiding it's fruity, earthy goodness. The lime is all you need to add the tart, fresh, flavor which we all love about this drink. No triple sec or margarita mix needed. They only add calories and sugar and muddle up the simple freshness of the tequila.

As you work with each of the ingredients, taste them. Taste the tequila. How smooth it is? How tart is it? This will not only help you adjust the amount of the other ingredients accordingly but also help you to discern which tequilas you prefer. For example, I found this Cabo Wabo Reposado to be quite fruity and sweet. So I added less than 1oz of lime juice and barely any agave as a result. Truly this tequila could be had on its own but we are mixing drinks here today people.

I used two lime slices to garnish, why not?

*Side note: We are basically staying in a long term hotel at the moment so all of our lovely barware is in storage. Sadface! Point being, only having a glass, plastic cutting board, and dull knife shall not stand in one's way of making a festive beverage!

1 comment:

  1. I missed my margarita yesterday, so will have to find one today...looks very tasty...


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