With Cinco de Mayo being today, I find only appropriate that I share my favorite margarita recipe with you. I have a love/hate relationship with margaritas, well, at least I did. I have always loved the idea of sitting outside on a pretty day sipping an ice cold margarita (rocks and salt of course), but unfortunately I have many unpleasant memories of overly sugary mix drinks with a faint lime concentrate flavor. Honestly, those pre-made mixes are what steered me from this wonderful drink for so many years. A while back I found this margarita recipe, created by Jamie Oliver, and thought it sounded good enough to sample. I really like his fresh and wholesome approach to cooking and this drink is a prime example of his talent. There are not any additives or sugary substitutes in this drink, only the basics. The one thing I will say about this drink is that as refreshing and delicious as it is, there are almost three shots of alcohol in it so proceed with caution! When having a party, I will mix the ingredients in advance and store them in the refrigerator until guests arrive and then shake them prior to serving.
The Perfect Margarita
Courtesy of Jamie Oliver
2 shots of tequila
1 shot Cointreau
1 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and lime wedge, to serve
Put all the ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and serve over ice with a salt rim and a split lime wedge.