The BEST Margarita (plus Cinco de Mayo Recipes)
I can honestly say, without hesitation, that my dad makes THE BEST MARGARITA! Hands down! No Question!
Not that I want to make you feel insecure about our national security, but I’m convinced he honed his bar-tending skills during his 26 years in the US Navy. My dad was a submariner, so after 6 months underwater they were always ready for a party when they came back home.
It’s because of my dad and his margaritas that I consider myself a margarita snob. I can’t just order a margarita in a restaurant without interrogating the server about the specific ingredients in their margarita.
And with Cinco de Mayo next week, you are going to want one of these margaritas! But, do yourself a favor and don’t limit yourself to just having this delicious libation once a year. Once you’ve tasted the clean, brisk and simple flavor of this drink, you’ll be spoiled too.
In my humble, yet educated (through years of Margarita tastings) opinion…the very best Margaritas are made with 4 very simple ingredients…Good Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and just a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau.
Let’s talk Tequila a minute…while there are variations within the two types of Tequila, generally they fall in to the Silver or Gold category. The Silver, which is the clear, colorless tequila is usually cleaner and crisper tequila while the Golds tend to have more of a caramel, earthy tone given that they are aged in barrels. I’m a Silver gal, but that’s just a personal preference; use the tequila of your choice.
And while it definitely takes a bit more time, freshly squeezed limes are the way to go. Depending on your lime, you can get close to 2 ounces out of a large one. I use an electric citrus juicer. If you just don’t have time to juice your own, use RealLime as opposed to limeade.
N&N Tip: Microwave your limes for 20 seconds and then roll them on the counter to help get the juices flowing!
The Very Best Margaritas
A fresh and crisp Margarita...just sweet enough but not too sweet.
- 3 ounces Tequila, Chilled
- 2 ounces Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Chilled (or bottled lime juice)
- 1 ounce Simple Syrup, Chilled 1 part sugar and 1 part water
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
If you like your rim salted, run a little lime around the edge of your glass and in salt.
If you like your Margarita on the rocks: put ice in your glass, mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over the ice. Top with a slice of lime.
If you like your Margarita chilled but not over ice in your glass: add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake for 10-20 seconds and then strain into your glass. Top with a slice of lime.
Easily multiplied for larger batches.
Now that you know what you’ll be drinking on May 5, you might need some food to go with it. I gathered some delicious looking recipes from around the internet.
I know I love Italian Bruschetta, so this Mexican Version is right up my alley.
When tomatoes are in season and the avocados are ripe, this is a perfect combination.
This sure looks like it is a delicious layered salad…and pretty too!
My family loves Tortilla Soup…what’s not to love?
And on a related note…how about a Taco Soup? This one comes with a nice little back story!
Oh my, this Roasted Poblano and Corn Chowder has my name all over it.
Like fried rice, Mexican rice is one of those side dishes that seem really hard to duplicate at home. Excited to try this one.
Shakshuka is such a flavor-filled one dish meal, so this Mexican version needs to get made…’andale!’
Fish tacos with mango salsa is that perfect combination of sweet and savory.
And who doesn’t love pork carnitas? Well, I guess if you don’t like pork…or you don’t like Mexican food…but other than that. And this recipe has the added bonus of a tomatillo salsa.
Need a little something sweet to properly finish off your Cinco de Mayo meal?
My friend Carol’s recipe for this Mexican Fruit Cake (not to be confused with those boozy cakes dotted with unnaturally colored cherries that make their way to every office party) came from a family member of Mexican heritage.
No need to skip dessert even if you follow a Paleo diet…try these Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies.
So there you have it my friends all the fixings, and then some, for a delightful and festive Cinco de Mayo meal. Especially when you start with my dad’s ‘Oh so Excellent’ Margaritas!
Feliz Cinco de Mayo¡
Pin for your Cinco de Mayo planning! Or…just because you want THE VERY BEST MARGARITA!
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