Updated for Cinco de Mayo with new photos!
Who doesn’t love drinks with dinner? Usually we stick to wine, but I just had to make margaritas for my Southwestern food night (chipotle-lime chicken recipe here and black bean & corn salsa recipe here). You will find a ton of variations for margarita recipes on the web, but I love this particular combination of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. I prefer fresh lime juice over sour mix because it has a brighter flavor and really perks up the drink for me. I also love salt around the rim because it’s a great compliment to the strong flavors in the margarita. If you want, you can throw this mix into a blender to make frozen margaritas, but I like mine on the rocks.
Margaritas, Jersey Cook Style
2 parts white or gold tequila
2 parts Grand Marnier (can substitute triple sec)
1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice
Pinch of sugar (about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per portion)
Coarse kosher salt (or margarita salt, if you have it)
Lime wedge for garnish
1. To create a salted rim, do one of the following:
- Fill a shallow dish with water and another shallow dish with coarse salt. Turn your serving glass upside-down and dip it first in the water, and then in the salt.
- Another way to do this is to rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then dip the glass into coarse salt.
- Sometimes I’ll sprinkle salt into my hand and dip the lime-rubbed rim into it, spinning it until the whole thing is covered.
2. Mix your margarita ingredients in a pitcher or martini shaker, fill your glasses with ice, then pour the margaritas into the glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge.
To salt the rim of the margarita glass, first dip it into a shallow bowl filled with water…
Next, dip it into coarse salt…
Garnish with a lime wedge, add the ice, carefully pour in the drink and voila! Fun and pretty margaritas!
You can be creative! Use classic margarita glasses…
Or fun, stemless martini glasses! Or any other fun glass you have laying around the house.