margaritas on friday nights with recipe

So, Friday nights in my house are also known as “Margarita Fridays.” And I am not talking about Cuervo and some Margaritaville mix in a blender with ice: this is the real deal! The Margarita does not get better than this recipe, and I say this with all of my 50% Latina expertise!

How did this all come about, you ask? Well, I got this great book on Margarita recipes years ago and had to try one on a Friday after a long week of work. Then we discovered we had a key lime (Mexican lime) tree in the orchard, which made for one heck of a good recipe. Yup, I was hooked! I was also a novice, so initially my Margaritas were, let’s just say, a bit on the strong side. My Margaritas got a reputation among co-workers and beyond, and the motto became “What doesn’t knock you on your butt makes you stronger for round 2.”

This recipe has since been toned down, but can be easily modified to suit your taste. We have made these with regular limes, and although they don’t quite have that key lime sweet/tart taste, they are excellent nonetheless. BTW, go shaken, folks; there is just no other way to do it!

Items  you will need:
  • 1 glass
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 metal shaker
  • 1-2 ounces of a good tequila (we like Cazadores)
  • 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice (key limes or whatever is available to you)
  • 1 ounce of Tuaca
  • 1 ½ ounces of Triple Sec
  • 1 splash of Grand Marnier
  • Garnish and small plate with a bit of salt

In your shaker, add the ingredients as listed above in order minus the Grand Marnier.  Add ½ your ice cubes and shake for 10 sec.  Dip the rim of your glass in some lime juice and then in your plate of salt.  Add remainder of ice and shaker contents to your glass.  Add a splash of Grand Marnier, garnish and enjoy!

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