Margaritas first appeared on the scene in the 1930s, and are in the sours family, which are made with 2 parts strong, one part sour, and one part sweet. The original recipe included those three components, 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice, and 1 part simple syrup. Many recipes today call for things like Cointreau, triple sec, and even orange juice! Definitely not my style, or what a margarita was originally intended to be.
I like my recipes to be as simple and straight forward as possible, and that includes the occasional margarita I enjoy. Nothing fancy, just a sweet-tart drink, with no extras added to muddle the flavor. A margarita was intended to have a clean, fresh taste, and that's exactly what you get with this recipe.
The most important thing I can tell you, is to use fresh squeezed lime juice. Please don't use that bottled stuff. It doesn't taste anything like real lime juice, and will give you an inferior margarita. So take the extra few seconds needed to squeeze a lime, your margarita will thank you.
Once you try this version, you'll never go back to those pre-made mixes, and orange flavored margaritas again.
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Old Fashioned Margarita
1/4 cup silver tequila
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 slice lime
Kosher salt, optional
Place tequila, lime juice, water, simple syrup, and a handful of ice in a shaker container. A mason jar with a lid works too.
Shake vigorously till blended and chilled, (about 10 seconds) then strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.
Garnish with a slice of lime if desired.
Optional: Moisten the outside rim of the glass with a lime wedge, then dip rim in a shallow dish of kosher salt before pouring the drink in.
Makes one margarita.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved, and mixture comes to a boil.
Allow mixture to cool, then pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
Will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.
Want to make margaritas for a crowd?
3 to 4 cups tequila, depending on how strong you like your margarita
2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
2 cups simple syrup
Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher and stir well. Serve over ice.
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