I love a Margarita. I think it goes perfectly with fatty foods, and it's just the thing on a hot summer night. Unfortunately, I don't always have Sweet & Sour Mix or Triple Sec handy (Ina would be so disappointed). This is the recipe for when you have tequila, a couple lemons, a few limes, a craving for Margaritas, and nothing else. I always make this as a double, so that's the measurement in parentheses. Enjoy responsibly! Yields 1 serving.
- 2 parts tequila (4 fl. oz.)
- 1 part lemon juice (2 fl. oz.)
- 1 part lime juice (2 fl. oz.)
- 1 part simple syrup or agave nectar (2 fl. oz.)
- ½ part triple sec, optional (1 fl. oz.)
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt for coating the rim
- Lemon juice for coating the rim
- Two small plates for coating the rim
- Ice for shaking and serving
- Cocktail shaker and strainer
- A large glass
- Onto one small plate, squeeze about a teaspoon of lemon juice. Spread the salt on the other plate.
- Lightly swirl the glass in the plate of lemon juice, then in the plate of salt. Just lightly dip if you like light salt, or swirl for max salt. Add a handful of ice cubes, smashed or not.
- Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, and sweetener.
- Cover and shake vigorously until the shaker is well frosted. Strain into the glass. If you must, garnish with a slice of lime.