I think one of the greatest overarching pleasures of summer, is the wonderful magic of patio drinking. I have a poster above our bar cart that reads “I am outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios” and I think I still laugh every time I read it. Seriously, I cannot emphasize how much I like summer drinking enough without concerning my parents…I like it so much that I just call white wine “patio wine” because that is the only time I find it enjoyable to ingest. Point is that summer is in full swing now so you know what that means…MARGSSSSSSS. There is nothing more magical than a crisp refreshing margarita on a hot and humid day.
There are so many iterations of margaritas that I love (blood orange, coconut, cucumber, elderberry, lavender even) but today I just wanted to focus on the perfect classic beverage before we branch out into the wide world of variations. This recipe comes to you after lots of grueling trial and error – sipping two, three, four different kinds of margaritas in an afternoon….I know, I suffer for my work…it is all for you guys though.
After we visited Mexico and toured an agave plantation/tequila distillery, we had a much better idea of what constitutes a “good” tequila (not just ruling out anything in a plastic bottle) and what should and should not be added to it to make the perfect beverage. So enough dilly dallying, here is the only margarita recipe you will ever need (not to brag, but I am bragging).
- -2 oz. tequila (Use tequila blanco)
- -1 oz. Cointreau (triple sec and Grand Marnier work too)
- -1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- -1 lime sliced
- -1 tbsp salt for rimming
- -1 tsp cayenne
- -crushed ice
- In a shallow dish, mix together cayenne pepper and salt.
- Cut lime into wedges. Cut the wedge in half and swipe it around the edge of your glass to wet it.
- Place glass upside down in your shallow dish and gently rotate to ensure an even coating of salt mixture.
- In a pitcher, combine tequila, Cointreau and Lime juice with crushed ice.
- Gently pour mixture into your glasses (making sure not to splash the ice) and top the rim with a lime wedge.
- Note, I am not a huge fan of sugary drinks (I think that the Cointreau adds just enough sweetness), but some people add agave or simple syrup to make them sweeter if desired.