Last week, my husband, son and I went to dinner at a new Mexican restaurant in town as kind of a belated Cinco de Mayo, early Mother’s Day thing. It was a gorgeous day, and I’d worked very hard, so when I saw a picture of a frosty margarita on my menu, I just couldn’t resist.
Halfway through, I remembered why I don’t drink margaritas very often: those things are strong! (And that’s coming from a dedicated dry martini drinker.)
It was delicious, though. For days after I was craving another, so I stopped by the liquor store to pick up the fixings. One glance at the ingredient list on the margarita mix was enough to change my mind:
Water, high fructose corn syrup, wine, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate (to preserve flavor), cellulose gum, natural flavors, polysorbate 60, and FD&C yellow 5.
Notice what’s not in there? Actual juice. So I grabbed the tequila (Milagro) and headed to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make my own mix. Of course, I had to experiment a bit to come up with just the right combination of citrus juice, sugar and tequila, but I’m a hard worker that way, willing to slog down one margarita after another until I found the perfect combination… and then try it again the next day just to be sure. You’re welcome.
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
- In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature.
- Combine sugar water with remaining ingredients. Shake or stir well.
- Can keep in fridge for up 2 days, or in freezer for up to 2 months.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Great, Katie, but how do I turn this into margaritas???” Here’s how:
- ¾ cup homemade margarita mix
- ¼ cup tequila (I used Milagro Reposado)
- 1 tbsp. Cointreau
- 2 cups ice
- 4 slices of fresh lime
- Put all ingredients except for the lime slices into a blender and blend well. (For margaritas on the rocks, don’t put the ice into the blender. Put it in the glasses, but go ahead and blend the liquids together.)
- Dip rims of glasses in water, then in sugar or salt.
- Pour mixture into glasses and garnish with lime slice.