I’ve recently discovered I’m a true fan of tequila. Not in the chug five shots with copious amounts of salt and lemon to wake up wondering what your name is kind of way, but more in the traditional sense. A friend introduced me to the right way to drink it and I’ve been taking little sips ever since.
If you’re not ready for all of that (I feel you, it takes time and the right tequila) one of the most popular ways to drink this Mexican liquor is with citrus, à, margarita.
Being that it’s the time of year where we Canadians are getting a little desperado for some sunshine, I thought I’d share my favourite recipe for a great margarita with a citrus twist. Though it may be winter, there are tons of beautiful varieties of citrus that are fresh and in season like the blood orange and cara cara that make for a beautiful cocktail.
- kosher salt to rim the glasses (optional – I’m not a fan of the salt rim so I omit this part, but if you are, go for it!)
- lime wedge
- 2 oz of tequila made with 100% agave
- the juice of 1 juicy blood orange and 1 lime
- .5 oz of Cointreau
- if you’re salting the rim, run the wedge of your lime around the top of your glass
- shake some salt on a small plate and dip the rim of your glass into the salt on an angle
- in a shaker shake up tequila, blood orange and lime juice and Cointreau vigorously with some ice (you want it nice and cold)
- pour into your cup and enjoy!
If you can’t find blood oranges or cara cara, reach for a traditional orange, or even a grapefruit. We tried all three and enjoyed them equally.
Happy National Margarita Day!