Classic Lime Margarita

Monday, February 16, 2015 2 0

It felt blissfully, sumptuously, tantalizingly like Spring this past weekend. The sun streamed through our curtains and onto our bed and I opened the window and lay in the sunshine and dreamed I was on a beach in Mexico. And then J and I took our bikes out of storage for the first time this season and cycled down to the beach to the spot where he proposed a few weeks ago.

It was much different at the beach today – half the city of Vancouver was outside beachcombing! I’m glad J didn’t pop the question on a sunny day – we would have had quite the audience!

We had the loveliest afternoon biking and soaking up the sun that I couldn’t help but think about summer approaching. So excited! I love love love the sunshine and find it difficult to get through Vancouver’s soggy grey winters sometimes.

So when we got home, I decided to mix up the summeriest drink I could think of – margaritas! Classic lime margaritas – sweet, sour, and perfectly salty. We had some simple syrup in our fridge already, and using bottled lime juice, these are a breeze to whip up. I swear I felt transported to a Mexican beach!

Why wait until Cinco de Mayo to have a margarita?! Have one now in the depths of winter! It will cure all your winter blues.

Mixing up some margaritas

Classic Lime Margaritas
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Use bottled lime juice for these Margaritas - I won't tell!
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Ingredients
  1. ice cubes
  2. 2 ounces white tequila
  3. 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (or use bottled lime juice - I won't tell!)
  4. 1 ounce simple syrup***
  5. 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (I love using Grand Marnier too!)
  6. coarse salt to rim the glass
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Shake until well mixed.
  2. Crack some coarse salt onto a small plate. Rim the edge of your glass with lime juice, then press the rim into the coarse salt to rim the edge.
  3. Strain margarita mix into your glass and be transported to straight to Mexico!
Notes
  1. ***To make simple syrup: put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until sugar dissolves. Cool. Store in refrigerator for up to one month for the next time you make margaritas ;)
  2. This recipe yields slightly more than one highball sized drink.
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{ Drinking one of these Classic Lime Margaritas with a yummy appy plate doesn’t hurt either! I could eat appies for dinner anytime. Psst, that jam is my homemade Spicy Apricot Habanero Jam! }

Margaritas and appies!

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