Happy Margarita Day!
Simple, yet so satisfying, it seems natural that this refreshing concoction of salt and lime would have its own holiday. Whether it’s frozen, on the rocks or served straight up, these recipes will surely help you celebrate a historically beloved cocktail.
Jamie Oliver keeps it classic. No need to dabble in fancy salts or fruit-flavored liquors when you have the right equipment, which includes:
- A shaker
- A strainer
- A seive
- A cocktail glass
- 1 part Cazadores Tequila
- ½ part triple sec liquer
- ½ park lime juice
- 1 lime wedge
- Cubed ice
How to mix:
- Chill your glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice)
- Put lots of ice in and all of the ingredients into a shaker, then shake hard for about 30 seconds to chill the liquid really well
- Run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of your glass before rolling the rim in salt
- Double strain the mix into the glass
If you like to keep things on the sweeter side, take a shot at making your own homemade simple syrup to keep the tartness at bay. For best results, consult Dr Rachael Ray as she keeps it easy for any and every day.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
- 1 lime wedge, plus ¾ oz of fresh lime juice
- 2 ¼ ounces of silver tequila
- 1 ½ onces of triple sec
- ¾ ounce of Rich Simple Syrup
Rich Simple Syrup:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Bring sugar and water to a boil and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Let it cool.
Now for the Margarita:
- Spread the salt on a small plate.
- Moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge; turn the glass in the salt to coat.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Add the lime juice, tequila, triple sec and Rich Simple Syrup.
- Cover; shake vigorously until cold, about 15 seconds.
- Strain into the salt-rimmed glass and toss in the lime wedge.
But if you’re feeling fancy and impress a few party guests, look no further than Emeril Lagasse’s Top Shelf Margarita Grande. Show off your zesting skills with this recipe.
What you’ll need:
- Finely grated lime zest
- Coarse kosher salt
- Lime wedge
- 2 ounces of top-shelf tequila (Cuervo Gold or anejo tequila recommended)
- 1 ounce of orange-flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau recommended)
- 1 ½ ounces of lime juice, or according to taste
- 1 ½ cups of ice cubes
How to put it all together:
- In a small shallow bowl or rimmed saucer combine the lime zest and salt and mix well.
- Run the lime slice around the rim of a stemmed, wide mouthed glass to moisten it, then turn the glass upside down and press the rim in the salt mixture.
- Set glass aside.
- In a cocktail shaker combine all remaining ingredients and shake well to chill.
- Strain into the prepared glass and, BAM! Serve immediately.
Whether you’re by the pool or just getting out of the office, celebrate National Margarita Day the way you like it; shaken, frozen, fruit flavored or extra sweet. Cheers!
Written by Southern mixologist Cat Martin