I’ll admit it, I like girly drinks…no beer, hard liquor or shots for me. That’s why when it comes to margaritas, I like mine a little fruity. These here are citrusy and slightly sweet — a much more refined version of the syrupy-sweet, fake tasting margaritas served at many bars and restaurants.
The trick here is to use a good quality, all-natural limeade, such as Newman’s Own. (I don’t usually like juices from a carton but this stuff is really good. Try it!) It’s easier than using an artificial margarita mix or frozen concentrate – ick! – and so much better for you.
Of course, with any good margarita you need a premium quality tequila and a splash of orange-flavored liqueur.
Fresh lime juice is also a must — no bottled stuff! And finally, salt on the rim of the glass is optional but I definitely recommend it; too much is unappealing but a little goes a long way in bringing out all the sweet and sour flavors.
Serve with Roasted Garlic Guacamole and tortilla chips. Cheers!
Makes one drink
4 ounces (½ cup) all-natural limeade, such as Newman’s Own
1 ½ ounces (1 shot) best quality Tequila, preferably Patron Silver
½ ounce (1 tablespoon) orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
Juice from ½ lime (about a tablespoon)
Lime slices, for garnish
Coarse salt for rimming the glass
1. Place coarse salt on a small plate. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt if desired. Add ice to glass if using.
2. Combine drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add some ice and shake vigorously, then strain into prepared glass. Garnish rim with lime slice.
If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.