I have unofficially sanctioned this second week of March, a Margarita Week. Why? you ask. Don't worry, I have several very good reasons.
1. My cousin Nic and girlfriend Mel were [finally] able to come over last Sunday for our
much discussed, highly anticipated dinner date (Mexican at our house this time, Thai at
theirs next time). Yeah!
2. Miles's mom and dad are returning from a nearly two week stay in Mexico this week.
Care for a homecoming margarita?
3. We are having a Mexican feast on Saturday. Miles and I are planning the menu; we
need some inspiration.
4. It's raining; it's sloppy; it's dreary. Need I say more?
Now, I feel I should tell you Miles usually makes the margaritas around our house. He uses Rick Bayless's "Margaritas for a Crowd," which can be found in one of our favorite cookbooks, Salsas that Cook. They are very simple, very authentic, and very tart. Miles loves them, and they are delicious, but I think I have made them even better (sorry, Rick). I prefer to start with the basic recipe, and add a little sugar to balance out the tartness. Sure, maybe I add a few calories in the process, but I guarantee these are much better tasting and MUCH better for you than a ready to use mix. The final product has morphed into Katie's Perfect Margaritas.
Katie's Perfect Margaritas
These margaritas are unique in the fact that they are made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. I don't usually like margaritas on the rocks, but these are cold, frothy, and perfect! Plus, you don't have to clean you don't have to drag-out and clean the cumbersome blender.
You will need
.5 ounces triple sec
1-2 limes for juicing (1 ounce juice)
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
ice (1/2 a shaker)
1 lime wedge
First, juice your limes. You may want to juice a bunch at a time. It's more convenient for sharing, and for seconds.
Ready for this? Fill your shaker with ice, and measure-out all your ingredients. Replace the cover, and give it a good shake. I like to shake for at least 30 seconds. The longer you shake (I know, it's cold), the frothier they will get. Also, some of the ice will melt a bit and help balance out all that liquor.
Now, grab a lime wedge, run it along the rim of your serving glass, and dip it in coarse salt.
Add ice to the glass, drop in the lime wedge, and fill the glass with margarita.
YUM! Tell me that's not perfect.