Someone pointed out the other day that I’ve been going nuts with the beverage posts lately. It’s true. The only action my kitchen has seen in the last few days is fruit-squeezing, ice-making, and cocktail-stirring. Before you ask, no…I have not suddenly developed a drinking problem. It’s just that for food-blogging purposes it’s a lot easier to throw together a big pitcher of margaritas than to come home, scramble to cook/plate a meal, stage a scene, and try to take pictures before the sun is gone.
Plus, I love margaritas. Give me any excuse to make and/or drink it, and I’m there. I used to find the taste of tequila repulsive, but my taste buds must have changed a lot since college because these days I can’t get enough of the salty-sweet tang of a well made margarita. And with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I have the perfect excuse to indulge my cravings.
When we go out, I like to order flavored margaritas — usually peach or mango, because I rarely have peaches or mangos on hand at home. But, every once in a while I get a craving for the taste of a classic, no-nonsense lime marg. It’s simple, it’s un-fussy, it’s delicious. And, aside from the fact that you have to squeeze a million limes by hand if you don’t have a juicer, it’s one of the easiest drinks you’ll ever make. I guarantee you have all the ingredients in your fridge/pantry right now, so get on it! Bottoms up.
Classic Lime Margarita (Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (~8-12 limes)
- 3/4 cup silver tequila (or less to taste)
- Lime wedges/slices for garnish (optional)
- Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Pour sugar water (simple syrup!) mixture into a pitcher with lime juice.
** Voila! Now you have homemade margarita mix. I used to just stir sugar and lime juice into my margaritas straight up, but now that I have experienced the joys of homemade margarita mix, I’m never going back!
- Add tequila, and stir. Throw a few slivers of lime into the pitcher for color and added flavor.
- Pour over ice and garnish with lime slices.
- Enjoy, preferably with salty chips and homemade guacamole.