Fresh lime juice. The only way to go. Roll the lime on the counter before cutting and juicing to release more juices.
And simple syrup. You can buy it at better liquor stores, but why not make your own? One part sugar to one part water, heated and simmered for about 5 minutes until the sugar is totally incorporated. I use cane sugar, which gives a darker-hued simple syrup. You can use white sugar.
- 1 part fresh lime juice (1 oz.)
- 2 parts tequila (2 oz.)
- 1/2 part Curacao (1/2 oz.)
- 1/2+ part simple syrup (1/2+ oz.) (sweeten to your taste)
Shake with ice, strain into a glass dipped in curacao and rimmed with, preferably, margarita salt (I use a pink grapefruit salt sprinkled with fresh lime zest).Pour a splash, or two, or Grand Marnier on top to float, then garnish with a fresh lime slice. Sip. Repeat. Let the weekend begin!
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