My friends and family call me the “margarita queen”. I enjoy all flavors (lately jalapeño infused is my fave) and formations (frozen, slushy, on the rocks)… Salted rim always please! The day I met my true margarita love, though, was one sweet day a few years ago… I was poolside in Cabo San Lucas.
In Cabo they take tequila very seriously and they favor fresh lime juice over sour mix- boy, does it make a huge difference! Later, as I danced at Cabo Wabo Cantina (enjoying another margarita or two) I thought to myself, my margaritas will never be the same!
Upon our return I adapted the “Cabo way” into my margarita recipe adding a few other touches- namely the fresh orange juice- which balances out the tartness of the lime. Add some of the orange pulp if you like it to be extra fresh tasting. If you like your margaritas more tart, only use one orange. If you are a tequila lover, and are not operating machinery or a vehicle, add an extra TBSP or 2 of tequila.
Here is my recipe for Approx. 2 “Margarita Queens”
• 6 to 8 Limes (just under a cup)
• 1 to 2 Oranges (depends on size- about half a cup)
• 1/4 C. Tequila (Milagro, patron, cabo wabo, el corazon, homemade jalapeño infused)
• 1/8 C. Orange Liquor (Triple Sec, Patron Citronge, Grand Mariner)
• 1/8 C Agave (for an extra touch of sweet)
• Good Ice (I know it sounds snobby, but good ice does make a difference!)
The agave is thick so combine all the juices, and a few cubes of ice to a shaker… add the agave and shake, shake, shake! Also, whisking, blends the agave in nicely. Next, add the tequila and orange liquor and shake, shake, shake again. (Dancing while shaking is highly reccomended!)
To serve, use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass and dip the glass in kosher salt (thick crystals are a bonus). Fill the glass with ice and pour… YUM!
This Sunday, we are headed to an end of summer BBQ, and I’m bringing our hosts a “Margarita Queen” Kit. All the fresh citrus supplies plus a bottle of agave, salt in a cello bag and my jalapeño infused tequila. For an added bonus you could always add a cute citrus squeezer to this basket. I’ll include a recipe card and from now on will include a sweet and lovely Margarita Queen (crown made with paper, scissors and a glue dot in back). She is guaranteed to turn anyone from sour to sweet! If not, these margaritas definitely will!
Cheers! xoxo Dani