Saturday, March 28, 2009
Not to be a total braggart, but I can make a really mean margarita. The authentic kind you'd get in a dive bar in Mexico. The trick: perfectly proportioned spirits, fresh limes and an appropriately-sized glass. Read my lips: No Mix!
The realization of how to make a good margy has its downside: I am unable to order margaritas in restaurant without being a total pain and quizzing the server or bartender on how it's made, what it's served in, etc... I go ballistic when they serve it in a big pint glass. Suffice it to say I only drink them at home now, or at my friend Renee's -- who also knows how to rock it. (Sadly, she lives in Florida so I don't get to do this often anymore.)
Recently we were having friends over for dinner and I thought it was time to mix up a batch.. until I went to Safeway and found limes for 79 cents each! What is that about? Considering I need to juice 10-12 for good batch, I just couldn't justify the purchase. I rarely go to Trader Joe's in Redmond since it's a bit of a hike to get there, but sometimes it is really worth it ... ta da: a whole bag of limes (maybe 8) for less than $3.00. I inquired why this was the case and the TJ checkout guy says it has to do TJ's buying practices -- basically they don't use a middleman to purchase from the grower but buy directly so they can price lower. [Update: just discovered you can get a value pack of 10 large limes for $4.99 from Amazon Fresh!]
So here's the margy recipe -- trust me, it will not disappoint.
One tip before you start: it makes a HUGE difference to have a juicer for the limes. I bought a cheap one from Bartell Drugs (about $15).
1.5 parts tequila (2 if you want it stronger) I prefer Sauza or Patron
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 packet of Splenda
Put in shaker with a bit of ice.. Shake it up. Serve either up in a martini glass, or on the rocks in a small (7 to 10 oz) tumbler glass. If you like salt, rub the glass rim with a lime and then twist in salt.
PS: I am always on the lookout for good margaritas. So far, I would say the best I've had is at Cactus in Kirkland. Let me know if you have other suggestions for the Margy Nazi to try.