All Natural Margaritas

Tipsy Tuesdays: All Natural Margarita Recipe

Olé! Some days, tequila is the answer no matter what the question was. I happen to be 1/4 Hispanic and so feel obligated to be able to mix up a darn good ‘rita whenever the need arises. Do me a BIG favor and just skip all that store bought margarita/sweet and sour mix. I’m going to teach you how to make an all-natural margarita from scratch. Break out the chips and salsa, throw on some musica de Latino and let’s get this fiesta started. Sombrero optional.

Somedays, TEQUILA is the answer, no matter what the question was!

Tools:
Any 16 oz. glass
Coarse-ground salt for the rim
Citrus squeezer (or your hands….)
Ice

Ingredients:
3-4 limes (you’ll want about 2 oz of juice) per margarita
(sub one of the limes for a lemon or half an orange if you like to mix things up!)
Tequila
An orange liqueur like Cointreau, Grand Marnier or a triple sec
Simple syrup (see recipe below), honey or agave syrup

If you’re making simple syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. It should only take a few minutes. Don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Let me take a moment to explain my ideal margarita making experience:  This is all about a loosey-goosey, easy going attitude. There is no wrong way to make these margaritas. OK, continue.

Juice your citrus, make sure no seeds get in. You’ll want about 2 ounces of lime juice for each 16 ounce margarita you make. Squeeze accordingly.

Dip your finger in some water and lightly wet the rim of your glass, or take a lime slice and wet the rim with that. We are not picky here! Pour some coarse salt on a plate and dip the rim to coat.

Fill your glass halfway with ice.
Add:
2 oz. lime juice
~2 oz. water (to taste)
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. orange liqueur
honey/simple syrup/agave to taste
If there’s room left, fill the rest of the way with ice.

There are no rules when you’re making margs! If you like it a little sweeter add a bit more, or try adding a dash more orange juice. If you’re sweet enough as you are, skip the honey/agave/simple syrup all together and let the orange liqueur counter the tart citrus. If you need a little more tequila, by all means, add yourself another ounce of tequila! That’s it! Really! Stick a straw in there and find somewhere to put your feet up. Margaritas are not meant to be drank while on your feet. I’m pretty sure that’s a rule (unless estas bailando).

Note: If you’re making this in a batch for multiple margs, try to keep the lime juice to water ratio around 1:1.

So? How do you like your ‘ritas??

Jenna Danielle

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