23rd Mar2012


Save the Water drink the Tequila

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

Save the Water drink the Tequila!!!

Fun Margarita Facts:

  • The refreshing margarita- National Margarita Day is celebrated on February 22nd
  • There are many claims to the invention of the Margarita, but the prevailing credit goes to Margaret “Margarita” Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite.

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Sugar, Salt, or Naked: How to Rim Your Margarita

I believe if it tastes good then go for it. And if you’re not sure you can always try to mix a 2:1 ratio of salt and sugar. Personally, I like to do half the glass in sugar and the other half in salt… and just like that you have two completely different drinks in one!!!

As for a no sugar (Naked), I personally like a naked rim when using a Reposado Tequila, because I wish to taste the complexity of the Tequila.

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Roasted Jalapeno Blackberry Margarita

Ingrediants:

  • 8 blackberries
  • 1½ oz. Roasted Jalapeño Infused Tequila
  • 1½ oz. Margarita Mix (recipes below)
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec or Citronge orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Syrup
  • Garnish lime wheel
  • Top with a 1/2 oz. of soda water

Preparation:

Spread out a layer of coarse sea salt onto a small plate. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a short glass. Place the lime soaked rim into the salt. Move the glass around in the salt until the rim is evenly coated then place prepped glasses in freezer.

Place the blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler thoroughly mash up the blackberries. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup and margarita mix. Add crushed ice and shake until ice cold and then strain into prepared chilled glasses. Fill the glass with crushed ice and strain the margarita into the glass. Top off with a splash of soda water and gently stir to combine.

Roasted Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita Martini

Ingrediants:

  • 2½ oz. Roasted Pineapple Infused Tequila
  • 1½ oz. Margarita Mix (recipes below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec or Citronge orange liqueur.
  • 1/2 oz. Roasted Jalapeño Simple Syrup (recipes below)
  • Garnish lime wheel

Preparation:

Spread out a layer of coarse sea salt onto a small plate.  Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a stemmed martini glass.  Place the lime soaked rim into the salt.  Move the glass around in the salt until the rim is evenly coated then place prepped glasses in freezer. Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and chill.   Add crushed ice and shake until ice cold and then strain into salted rimmed prepped stemmed glasses and then garnish with lime wheels.

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Basic Margarita Recipes: Single Portion or Party Pitcher

Margarita Martini (single portion)

Ingrediants:

  • 2½ oz. white tequila
  • 1½ oz. Margarita Mix (recipes below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • Course Sea Salt for glass rims (optional)
  • Garnish with lime wedge

Preparation:

Rim a stemmed glass with a wedge of lime and twirl it in coarse sea salt, shaking off the excess. Shake all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Margarita Party Pitcher

Ingrediants:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) white or infused tequila
  • 1½ cups Margarita Mix (recipes below)
  • 8 oz. Triple Sec
  • Course Sea Salt for glass rims (optional)
  • Garnish with lime wedge

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together in a glass pitcher and chill before serving. Serve with salted rimmed glasses and then garnish with lime wheels.

Option: Adding half an egg white to a single portion recipe will make the drink frothy and add new nuances to the drink.

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The best margarita mix I’ve ever used was taught to me years ago by a bartender that worked at the old Playboy Key Club. Here is the recipe.

DIY Margarita Mix

Ingrediants:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice & 4 tablespoon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice & 4 tablespoon zest
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch or 1/16 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation:

Mix citrus zest, juice fruit, sugar & salt in a glass or metal container until sugar is dissolved. Steep the container for 24 hours in refrigerator and then strain out the zest, pulp, and seeds.

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One of the best Silver Tequila I’ve ever tried straight is Tequila Siete Leguas Blanco.  Made from 100% Blue Agave, and is expertly distilled into a wonderfully aromatic and flavorful spirit that showcases the savory, herbaceous and vegetal characteristics of the agave, and no alcohol burn. Furthermore, it has an excellent cocktail component, however, its best enjoyed on the rocks with a lime or my favorite fresh lemons.

Named after Pancho Villas horse and this distillery was responsible for producing the “original” Patron Tequila brand, and brand rights were sold to St. Maarten Spirits, owners John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell Hair Products and Martin Crowley in 1989. As the brand grew, Tequila Siete Leguas was no longer able to keep up with production, and Patron built a new distillery and moved all production in 2002.

One of my Favorite Reposado Tequilas for mix drinks is, Cazadores Reposado. There is a full, mellow attack with moderate agave intensity. It has mild caramel and smoke aromas, with slight hints of agave, pepper, fruit, and floral elements. It is medium body and sweet in the mouth. The flavor is oaky with moderate agave and some pepper, but the major component tastes like dough or cardboard, possibly from the new oak barrels. The finish is moderately long and sweet, with that doughy taste lingering through the tingly alcohol.

Tip: You should only drink tequila made with 100% Blue Agave!!!

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Simple Syrup Recipes: Flavored or Not!

The most common syrup is the 2:1 formula, which is pretty much standard for most cocktails. To make this, simply add 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup water to a pot and gently heat until all of the sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup into a clean bottle and it’s ready to use. You don’t need to boil the water when making simple syrup. To make flavored simple syrup, you can use different herbs, fruit juices, spices, and extracts. Just put them in once the water boils right before adding the sugar, and then strain the items out before bottling. After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator (Any clean and sealable container can be used). The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Photo Sources: SweetLifeBake.com, rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com, PinkMemo.com. FoodNetwork.com, CaribbeanTrading.com

 

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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