The margarita: a summer cocktail favorite. There are oh so many recipes out there for the margarita, but I stand by this one.
This particular margarita recipe was introduced to me by a bartender years ago, and it’s still written on a post-it note conveniently located in my silverware drawer.
One summer while visiting my parents’ lake house, I made several batches of these bad boys and brought them out for an evening “booze cruise” boat ride with my parents. My parents jovially approved…however it was a bit of a bicep workout squeezing all of the limes for increased demand throughout the weekend.
- 2 oz Tequila (Corazon Tequila recommended, but whatever "better than Cuervo" option you have should be fine)
- Juice from 2-3 limes
- 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- Lime for garnish
- Coat your glass rim with sea salt (optional)
- Pour margarita ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake then pour into margarita glass or rocks glass with a single large ice cube
This margarita recipe does not skimp on quality ingredients. That weekend cost me a pretty penny entertaining my family. In that situation, it was totally worth it. However, f you’re just sitting on your back porch reading through your summertime reading list (hint, hint), you can easily substitute Cointreau for Grand Marnier and even use 1 oz. lime juice from a supermarket to avoid spending the time (and energy) going the fresh-squeezed route.
As my spice drawer can attest, I’m not above cutting corners.