Friday, July 4, 2014

Margaritas for the Fourth

Let it be said, we are a tequila household.  

We love margaritas. Like really love them.

I'm going to share some of our favorite flavor combinations to help inspire you beyond that neon green "margarita mix" garbage they sell at the grocery store so you can ring in the 4th loud and proud with a tasty drink in hand!

First, for the margarita beginner, some basics: at it's core, a marg consists of tequila (always use one made from 100%  blue agave), triple sec (we usually use Grand Marnier instead), and lime juice served with a salted rim either shaken and on the rocks or blended with ice (aka a frozen margarita).

The earliest known record of the margarita dates back to 1938 at a little restaurant nestled halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico. It gained popularity after Esquire named it the "drink of the month" in 1953 stateside. Some say that it was a rebirth of a popular prohibition cocktail known as a "Daisy" that was originally made with brandy and then reinvented with tequila.

Basic Recipe
3 oz Good Tequila
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup (skip if you like them more sour)
1/2 oz orange liquor
Good Salt, for the rim of your glass

Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of your glass. Dip into salt. Add ice into glass. Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled in a martini shaker and then pour over ice. Enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite margarita combinations beyond the basic >>

Blood Orange Margaritas 
use 3 oz fresh blood OJ, 1 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz orange liquor, and no simple syrup

Passion Fruit Margaritas 
use the nectar of 1 fresh passion fruit, 1 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz orange liquor, and 1 oz simple syrup

Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas with Fresh Cilantro
use 3 oz fresh pineapple juice, muddled fresh jalapeno, sprig of fresh cilantro, and no simple syrup

Wishing you all a safe and patriotic Independence Day!! Happy Fourth of July!! xx

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