I've been pondering my first blog post for about a week now, and today became the obvious choice for its debut. It's #nationalbestfriendsday AND margarita Monday; I have a best friendship that's almost sickening in its fabulosity and, together, the two of us have perfected a damned tasty margarita. So why not write about both? This one's for you, J.
We keep it simple and classic. If we've learned anything from a decade of being best friends it's that frills aren't what makes a friendship great, and you can carry that motto right on over into your boozin'.
I may live in Texas, but I didn't have to move to the Lone Star state to know that sour mix is a crime. Joyce and I learned that early into our (legal) drinking years. No, really -- anyone who uses store-bought sour mix in their margaritas deserves the hangover they're going to be nursing tomorrow. Please, for the sake of tequila lovers everywhere: no more.
From our shakers to your rimmed glasses, Here's all you need to make a bad-ass classic marg (this recipe makes TWO margaritas):
--> 1 cup water
--> 1 cup sugar
--> 3 oz tequila (or, you know, 4)
--> 1.5 oz triple sec
--> 5 limes
--> 1/2 lemon
--> sugar + salt (for glass rimming)
For the perfect pairing to your Taco Tuesday night, here are your instructions:
The cup of water and the cup of sugar are to make simple syrup. If you don't already know how to make simple syrup, I'm guessing you're wine-or-beer folk -- at least when your drink is your responsibility to make. Let's change that. There's a reason it's prefaced with the word "simple." Even the laziest and the thirstiest have the energy and the time for it. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer into a glass bottle and you can refrigerate after using in this recipe.
In a shaker, combine ice, tequila, triple sec and a shot of your simple syrup. Squeeze (use a handheld juicer to get the most out of those babies) the juice out of 5 limes and half a large lemon. Save one half of one of your squeezed limes! Shake that all up, now.
[Insider tip: If you want to be a bit more daring, you can switch out your triple sec for blood orange liqueur.]
Use the half of the lime you saved and run it over the rims of your glasses. On a plate, shake either loose sugar or salt. Coat the rim of your glass in it and pour your drinks.
Joyce likes a salted rim. I prefer a sugared one. She also tops hers off with a little extra simple syrup for balance. I like mine tart. Just like margaritas and tacos, we're the perfect pair.
Cheers to friendship and three cheers for tequila, ya'll!