Fresh Lime Margarita
In honor of Carlos “Danny” Herrera, the inventor of the Margarita, let’s try a recipe for one.
There are many mixes you can use of course, but the honest-to-goodness way to make one is with three simple ingredients.
Tequila. Triple Sec. Lime Juice.
Now, I have tried it this way, and I do need a little sweetness added. You have two options. You can use sweet & sour mix or make simple syrup. I’ve done both and like both. I do prefer the simple syrup way better though. So, let’s go with that one.
Simple syrup is, well, quite simple to make. Just take a small pot and fill it with a cup of water. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup of sugar and dissolve. Let it cool and you have syrup that can be stored in your fridge for quite a while. I’ve even made it with hot water in a pinch. That works too.
When you have that ready, chill it and you can move on to the Margarita ingredients. The one I’m going to post here is my favorite, so far, that I’ve made.
- 4 ounces good-quality Tequila
- 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 2 – 3 ounces of simple syrup (or to taste)
- Freshly sliced limes and oranges
- a whole lotta ice
- coarse salt for rimming the glass if you so desire
Fill a shaker at least half way with ice cubes. Into that pour the lime juice, simple syrup, triple sec (or Cointreau) and tequila. Shake vigorously. Garnish with limes and oranges.
Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with a piece of lime. Dip rim into a dish of salt to coat. Fill glass with fresh ice. Strain Margarita into the glass, add a lime wedge and drink up.