Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Summer's coming. Are you ready?

You know you'll need it in your summer repertoire. You know your friends will be asking for it. At some point this summer the question for you is: "Will you be able to satisfy your friend's needs?" Because I care, I am here to save you, and all of America, from the shame of the "disappointed guest".

When you throw down the chips, spoon out the homemade guacamole, this perfectly delicious, and perfectly balanced margarita, will put the smiles on everyone's faces. Three ingredients, made in a 2-1-1 ratio. Summer thirst quenching is that easy! Get ready, 'cause you know it's coming!!
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The Perfect Margarita

2 oz good tequila
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (save one half of squeezed lime)
1 oz cointreau (or in a pinch triple sec)
Kosher salt

1-Using half of already squeezed lime, run around the edges of martini glass. Sprinkle kosher salt on a flat late. Dip and twist edge of glass in salt to coat.

2-Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and cointreau. Shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime wedges. Relax. Enjoy!


Fearless Kitchen said...

Beautiful and refreshing... making a fresh margarita is really a lost art around here.

noble pig said...

As long as I'm using Patron it's all good right?

bb said...

fearless- That's why it's so important to have this is your repertoire. Believe me, it's hard to get a good one here, too.

np- Patron never sucks, but it is SO good on its own it's hard to mix. But if you were to offer, I'm sure no one would say no!

Kristen said...

I love that glass... and of course, the margarita! Mmmmm!

bb said...

Kristen-The funny thing about that "fancy" glass (I love it too!) is it came as a gift set from Cointreau with two glasses and a bottle of booze. The "Cointreau" is etched along the bottom of the clear part (artfully hidden of course!). And when doesn't a margarita elicit the "mmmmmm" response?!

bbum said...

Patron is a solid tequila. Nothing wrong with it. But nothing particular right, either. Patron is more about the brand than about the contents of the bottle. With that said, a part of their brand is a consistent product and, thus, like I said, nothing wrong with it.

However, there are so many wonderfully unique and much better quality tequilas on the market. Tequilas made by families who have been making tequila There Way for decades and generations.

El Tesoro, Fortaleza, Espolon, Centinela, Casa Noble, Partida, Arette, Lapiz, and Tequila Ocho are all examples of small batch tequilas, often very reasonably priced, that carry a much more distinct, complex, and delicious flavor than anything from Patron.

And with a basic margarita recipe like this one, you'll find that the distinct flavors of the tequila will carry through nicely. Though I would recommend skipping the salt, it is largely there to cover for crap tequila (Cuervo Gold, for example) and isn't needed when drinking Patron or Beyond!

I wrote a rather lengthy bit on What is good tequila?. Some of your readers might find it interesting.