One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!
During my senior year of collage, Margarita Mondays was a real thing. (Nowadays, not so much.) I guess having just turned 21 meant Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Winesday Wednesday, and Thirsty Thursday was appropriate and totally justifiable.
You really only need three ingredients to make a pretty darn tasty margarita. Those items being: good tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. None of that sour mix or margarita mix nonsense. I like to add a lime zest-coarse salt rim and a splash of Grand Mariner (orange-cognac liqueur) because I like to be different.
While rimming the glass in regular old salt is perfectly fine, go the extra distance by adding some lime zest. It not only looks pretty; it adds a nice little zing and pop of flavor.
Fresh lime juice does wonders. Fresh squeezed lime juice is the only way to make a margarita. After Alex bought me this citrus squeezer, I’ve been finding all sorts of ways use up lemons and limes.
Have all your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cocktail making.
Moisten the rim of your serving glass with a lime wedge.
Turn the glass upside down into the lime zest-salt mixture. Twist the glass around to throughly salt the rim.
Pour 1 1/2 oz of tequila, followed by 1 oz fresh lime juice to the serving glass. And 1/2 oz Grand Mariner, or any similar orange liqueur like Cointreu and Triple Sec. Test it out to determine which your taste buds prefer, or simply omit it.
Depending on how sweet you like your drinks, add simple syrup. I added about 1 1/2 Tbsp of simple syrup. I don’t like to add too much sweetener because I figure the drink will somewhat dilute with the amount of ice I like in my drink.
Drop a couple ice cubes and lime wedge. If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle a little lime zest over the drink.
Cheers, you’ve just made a delicious and refreshing fresh lime margarita!
Fresh Lime Margarita
Yield: serves 1
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz orange liqueur
- 1 1/2 Tbsp simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp coarse salt or kosher salt
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- zest from 1 lime
- Moisten the rim of serving glass with a lime wedge. Invert glass on lime zest-salt mixture. Twist glass to ensure it is thoroughly coated.
- Turn glass right side-up. Pour in 1 1/2 oz tequila, followed by 1 oz fresh lime juice. Add 1/2 oz orange liqueur and 1 1/2 Tbsp simple syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice. Garnish with lime wedge. If desired, sprinkle a little lime zest on top of drink.
- Place water and sugar in a small sauce pot. Set over medium heat and cook until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer to another container and store in the fridge to chill.
- On a flat surface combine salt, sugar, and lime zest. Mix together.