Cocktail of The Month – Classic Margarita…
Cocktail recipe by Hayley from The Lucky Pineapple
Happy National Margarita Day gang – not that I ever need an excuse to knock up (or knock back!) a cocktail or two…
When it comes to margaritas, my one piece of advice is to always, ALWAYS, choose a good quality tequila if you don’t want it tasting like the naff 2 for 1 you used to get down at the student union back in the day!
I love Don Julio or Herradura tequilas and in fact, I would be happy to sip these neat over the course of an evening, they are that delicious.
A good drink should have you feeling all kinds of fabulous (at least until the morning after!), so it’s quite fitting that the classic margarita was apparently invented by a bartender back in 1938, in honour of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.
My inner showgirl definitely makes an appearance after a few of these…
To make your own at home:
1. Pour the Tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.
2. Add a handful of ice cubes and shake hard for 10-15 seconds.
3.Strain into a Martini glass with half the rim damped with water, then dipped in salt.
4. Garnish with lime wheel
Now that you’ve mastered the classic (look away now, purists!), why not try one of the many variations out there to mix up your marg.
Fruity, frozen, shaken, sweet & spicy, there’s some cracking recipes to be found out there to suit your taste.
A good place to start when experimenting with flavours for your margarita is with INFUSIONS. A favourite of mine is infusing tequila with spice, and habanero chilli works really well. This can be done really simply by putting chillis into a bottle or jar, pouring tequila over and sealing the bottle. Leave the infusion for 24 hours, before straining off the chilli into a new bottle. Delish! And if sweeter tastes are your bag, the same can be done with fruits like strawberry!
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