Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo -- and beyond

Try one of these recipes for either classic or unusual margaritas -- perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party, a summer weekend taco party, or many other occasions one can create around these tasty drinks.

Blood Orange Margarita with Ginger (pictured)
  1. 4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  2. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh blood-orange juice
  3. 3 tablespoons tequila
  4. 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  6. Lime slice, for
Put the grated ginger in a small sieve set over a small bowl and press to extract the juice. Combine the ginger juice with the orange juice, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with the lime slice and serve. (Makes one drink)

Classic Margarita
  1. 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  2. 3/4 ounce triple sec
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 1/2 tablespoon Simple Syrup (optional)
  5. Ice
  6. Lime slices and salted rim, for garnish
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into chilled, stemmed glass. (Makes one drink)

Blackberry-Mint Margarita
  1. 8 blackberries, 2 skewered on a pick
  2. Ice
  3. 10 mint leaves
  4. 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
  5. 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  6. 1 ounce simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 of the berries. Add ice, the mint, tequila, lime juice and Simple Syrup; shake well. Pour into a rocks glass; top with the 2 berries. (Makes one drink)

Source: Food and Wine Magazine

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