After looking at my twitter feed today and seeing some pretty stressed out moms, I think this post is appropriate. So at 5-ish today, I’d like you all to get out your blenders and mix up some margies. I’ve got a couple tried and options below for you. When you run to the store for ingredients, don’t forget to pick up some tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole!
First off do not buy Skinny Girl Margarita mix unless you plan on wrapping it up in a paper bag, drinking it on your front stoop. That stuff is awful. It is so easy to make a margarita that you do not need to waste your time with lousy mix and bad tequila.
Let’s start with tequila. My husband is a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to tequila. He sips some fabulously expensive tequilas – these are not what you want to use for a margarita. I’m not a huge fan of Cuervo because I think there are better tequilas out there at the same price. I like Hornitos Tequila. Plus the name makes me giggle. What you are looking for is a nice Repasado, all-agave tequila that isn’t expensive. Hornitos fits that bill.
Next up is the mix. It takes about 2 minutes to make a good mix, so it is completely worth your time. Here is an easy recipe that can be used as a base for all margaritas. This will make approximately 5-6 margaritas.
3/4 cup lime juice, fresh is best, but I will use bottled Key Lime juice too
1/4 cup lemon juice, again fresh is best
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup light agave syrup
In a medium pitcher, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, pineapple juice, and agave. Shake until agave has dissolved in the mixture. Refrigerate until chilled.
At this point you have a decision to make — frozen or on the rocks? Rocks is a snap. Get out a cocktail shaker, throw some ice cubes, mix and tequila in to taste (start out at about 1 oz). Shake it up and pour in a salted-rimmed glass. Enjoy!
Now for frozen, you can simply add your mix to the blender along with ice cubes and tequila and blend, pour and enjoy. However, if you want to mix it up a bit, use frozen fruit in lieu of ice cubes. My favorite is using frozen watermelon chunks. Tasty and good for you!
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