1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor!

IMG_2521(1)Not only is it Friday, it’s also National Tequila Day.  And you know what that means.  No, not shots!  I want to enjoy my Saturday!  It’s summertime, hot and humid, and I’m ready for a cold margarita.

Fresh lime juice.  The only way to go.  Roll the lime on the counter before cutting and juicing to release more juices.

IMG_2513And a better tequila.  I prefer Carralejo Reposado, plus the bottle is beautiful!

IMG_2516(1)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.

And some sort of orange liqueur.  Today I’m using Potter’s Orange Curacao (cure-ah-sah-o). Top it off with a splash, or so, of Grand Marnier and a lime slice.IMG_2519Summer-y Fresh Lime Margarita

  • 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).IMG_2514Pour 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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