Down here in Texas, margaritas are more of a religion than anything. Salted, frozen, flavored, rocks… you name it we have a combination for everyone. And although the slap the bag, gas station style sippers have their time and place, the best margarita happens when you are just plain getting back to basics.
I am sure by now is apparent that simple ol’ lime juice is the basis of this beloved beverage, but finding that perfect ratio of sweet verses sour makes all of the difference. When it comes to the tequila factor, we all have our favorites, however using top shelf tequila does not always an amazing margarita make. Avoid the incredibly cheap stuff (although I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that), something cost effective and mid range should just about do the trick. And when it comes to the lime juice, cutting that tartness with equal parts water allows for a subtle freshness and allows you to cut that sugary simple syrup.
Here is my absolute favorite recipe for making that killer margarita.
Directions: Place salt in a shallow dish, wet the edge of the glasses with lime juice, dip in the salt to garnish. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and serve your margarita over ice or stand alone, your choice!
- 1 1/2 oz of Tequila
- 1 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz of Water
- 1/2 oz of Orange Liqueur
- Stevia to taste – if you need little extra sweetness
- Salt for garnish -think out of the box here, there are so many great salts that can be used to amp up your margarita. I love a good spicy salt on mine!