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.
- ice cubes
- 2 ounces white tequila
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (or use bottled lime juice - I won't tell!)
- 1 ounce simple syrup***
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (I love using Grand Marnier too!)
- coarse salt to rim the glass
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Shake until well mixed.
- 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.
- Strain margarita mix into your glass and be transported to straight to Mexico!
- ***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 ;)
- This recipe yields slightly more than one highball sized drink.