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Margaritas

Updated February 23, 2016
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Now America's favorite mixed drink, Margaritas can be made in numerous ways. Nothing, however, is better than the original Margarita made with quality ingredients. The origin of the Margarita is a bit fuzzy; most people seem to agree that the first one was named for a beautiful woman named Margaret. A man at a bar in a Mexican village, some say San Miguel de Allende, couldn’t take his eyes off the woman. He was drinking shooters of tequila with fresh lime and salt. Because he was so enraptured watching the woman, the bartender accommodated him by squeezing fresh lime juice into a salt-rimmed glass and adding tequila. Years ago, our backyard neighbor in Albuquerque, Bob Tolliver, began calling my Perfect Margaritas, made with three parts tequila, “crawl home Margaritas” and the tamer ones, made with two parts tequila, “walk home Margaritas.” The names stuck; I even tell the story in my cooking classes. My favorite recipe follows. I prefer them made with the optional egg white.

You may prefer the stronger flavor of gold tequila. And instead of Triple Sec, you can substitute Cointreau, Curacao, or Grand Marnier. For the stronger “crawl home Margaritas,” which I call Perfect Margaritas, increase the amount of tequila to 1½ cups.

An hour or so before serving, rub a lime rind (left from squeezing the juice) around the rim of footed glasses. Gently dip the rim in salt or sugar and place the glasses in the freezer.

4 to 6 servings

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party

Recipe Coursebeverage

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, lactose-free, low carb, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentblender

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturefruity, salty, tart

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage

Ingredients

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • ½ cup Triple Sec or orange liqueur
  • 1 cup tequila, silver or clear (see Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh egg white-preferably pasteurized (optional)
  • Salt or sugar, for edging the glass

Instructions

Place the lime juice, Triple Sec, and tequila in a blender with a few ice cubes. Add the egg white, if using, and process until well mixed and frothy. Pour into a chilled glass edged with salt or sugar (see Notes) and containing 4 or 5 ice cubes.

FRUIT VARIATIONS: For other fruit flavors, cut fruit such as watermelon, strawberries, or pineapple into chunks and place in a liquid measuring cup, not exceeding ½ cup. Pour lime juice over the fruit to the ½-cup measure. The juice will fill in the nooks and crannies and always seems to be just the right blend of lime to fruit. Frozen fruits can be used.

Place the lime juice, Triple Sec, and tequila in a blender with a few ice cubes. Add the egg white, if using, and process until well mixed and frothy. Pour into a chilled glass edged with salt or sugar (see Notes) and containing 4 or 5 ice cubes.

FRUIT VARIATIONS: For other fruit flavors, cut fruit such as watermelon, strawberries, or pineapple into chunks and place in a liquid measuring cup, not exceeding ½ cup. Pour lime juice over the fruit to the ½-cup measure. The juice will fill in the nooks and crannies and always seems to be just the right blend of lime to fruit. Frozen fruits can be used.

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