Mis queridos amigos—What would a Cinco de Mayo Celebration be without margaritas? Margaritas are fun, always, because they’re festive and refreshing—not to mention versatile! Actually, with this gorgeous weather we’re having in the Lower Hudson Valley, it’s hard NOT to think about barbecues and festive drinks al fresco. Well, since Sunday is, after all, Cinco de Mayo, I figured it’s time to pull out a classic tried and true Margarita recipe!
Now I’m of the mindset of making several at a time. Here’s a recipe, adapted from Mambo Mixers, for a single classic margarita, though I’ll be sharing one for 6 at dawn on Buenos Días Nueva York on Telemundo early this morning (I will share the You Tube with you!).
The classic margarita has just three ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau or triple sec. Vary the amounts according to what you enjoy most (yes, my friends, play with your drinks!), but these three components are key!
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt (for the rim of the glass)
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Rub the rim of a glass with a wedge of lime to moisten it.
- Pour the salt onto a plate and press the rim of th glass into it, turning it gently until the rim is evenly coated.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice cubes.
- Shake well and strain (if you'd like it straight up!) or just pour into the prepared glass.