My go-to mixed drink? The classic margarita.
Whenever I sip this limey-salty-sweet concoction, I am taken immediately back to my first legal drink in Italy. I turned 21 in Florence (during the four-month journey that totally changed my life) and we celebrated at a Mexican restaurant. Yes, I know. I was in the land of AH-mazing food and I chose to gorge myself on tacos, guacamole, and churros for my birthday… hey, I was a little homesick! (and they made surprisingly decent fare at this restaurant)
As we ordered huge platters of tacos, enchiladas, rice + beans, and burritos, we also ordered huge margaritas laden with salt-crusted rims and tons of fresh lime wedges. Despite being able to legally drink already, it was special to receive the huge glass and toast my coming-of-age with my friends.
Every time I sip a margarita, I think about that wonderful night with all my friends. While I can never recreate that delicious margarita, I think I have cracked the code for awesome classic margs at home.
All you need is some simple ingredients and a mason jar. That’s it!
In a mason jar with a tight fitting lid (mine wasn’t too tight and margarita got EVERYWHERE), combine fresh lime juice, tequila, grand marnier, and simple syrup. Pop the lid on the jar and shake vigorously. Pour the lime-booze mixture over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Toss in a lime wedge and enjoy!
Definitely the king of cocktails!!
So, what’s your favorite mixed drink?
- For the Margaritas:
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup tequila
- 1 tablespoon grand marnier
- Simple syrup, to taste - I used one tablespoon
- Kosher salt, for the glass rims
- Lime wedges for garnish
- For the simple syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- To make simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Heat mixture over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely. Let syrup cool completely before pouring into a container and storing in the fridge.
- To make the margaritas:
- In a mason jar, combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and grand marnier. Shake to combine. Taste and adjust to taste.
- Rub a lime wedge around edge of a glass and then dip the glass into the salt, making sure to evenly coat rim. Pour margarita into the glass and garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy!