Normally, nothing says "Summer" like a tart, sweet Margarita. Although this summer, nothing says "Summer" like ginger tea and toast...ahh, the joys of pregnancy! Back to the Margarita...I am not a fan of pre-made Margarita mix, it's way too sweet and loaded with dyes and preservatives. My recipe is simple, delicious, tart and, most importantly, it's fresh! (Don't worry Mom, I didn't drink it, I made it for Kyle).
Ingredients (for one cocktail):
1/3 cup room temperature water
1-1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar, plus more for the rim of the cup (depending on how sweet you'd like it, I prefer it with just 1 Tablespoon)
1/3 cup lemon and lime juice (equal parts of each)
1/3 cup of your favorite tequila
Directions (for one cocktail):
In a measuring cup, make a simple syrup by mixing together the sugar and the water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the lemon/lime juice and tequila and mix together. This is a great time to do a taste test and you can add more sugar, juice or tequila depending on your preference, but remember that the drink gets watered down a bit when you add it to the ice! Sprinkle a bit of sugar onto a small plate.* Use a lime or lemon wedge to wet the rim of your cocktail glass and dip it into sugar. Fill your glass up with ice and pour in your drink! Garnish with the lime or lemon wedge you used to wet the glass. Sit, sip and enjoy!
To make a pitcher, a juicer is recommended but not necessary...it just makes it a lot less work! Just convert the recipe above to make enough drinks to fill your pitcher, it's easy since it's all equal parts of the main ingredients. About 2 cups of each juice, water and tequila should do the trick with about 6 Tablespoons of sugar.
On a side note, if this recipe is too tart for you, just add in a bit of orange juice and that will sweeten it up a bit!
*You can substitute salt if you prefer, but because this recipe is pretty tart I've found that the sugar is a nice touch and the salt can make it a bit bitter/sour.
Fresh Squeezed Margarita