Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite days of the year, because to me, it signals the unofficial beginning of summer. I am not really a liquor drinker and usually favor a good glass of wine. But, give me a good margarita and I am forever your girl! It is hands-down, my favorite cocktail and I love making them (and drinking them) during the warm summer months. I like to experiment with different flavors and I made the Best Blood Orange Margarita this past weekend, so I had to share it with you. I consider myself a margarita connoisseur and have a few tips to make the best ones:
Alway use fresh citrus
I prefer my margaritas light and fresh, and not too sweet and this is key. Fresh juice makes all the difference. Squeezing citrus for a crowd can be quite the pain in the butt, so I use this awesome lemon squeezer (works for both, lemons & limes) and this citrus juicer to help me for the larger fruits, like oranges and grapefruit.
Go light on the simple syrup
I hate those sickeningly sweet margs you get at restaurants, full of fake lime juice and sugar. When I make my classic margaritas (deets on those soon) I use hardly any agave at all, but rather, a splash of fresh orange juice to sweeten them. Only after adding the juice, do I add a tiny bit of agave to taste.
Use crushed ice
I always use crushed ice. It cools the cocktail more evenly and I just prefer it in general.
Add a bit of zest
I always add a bit of fresh zest to mine, no matter what kind of margarita I am making. It adds the prettiest touch, especially to a classic margarita, and gives your cocktails that little extra something special.
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I will be making these all summer long. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as I do.
The BEST BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA
2 cups blood orange juice, freshly squeezed (about 8 oranges)
1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (about 2 limes)
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur
1 3/4 cups silver tequila
2 to 3 tablespoons agave nectar, to taste
8 blood orange slices for decorati
salt for the rim (optional)
Mix blood orange juice, lime juice, liqueur, tequila and agave nectar together.
Strain into large pitcher.
Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
Moisten outer rim of 8 glasses with orange or lime, and dip rims into salt to lightly coat.
Add ice to pitcher, and stir well.
Pour into glasses. I just got these and I love them.
Top with seltzer.
Garnish with blood orange slices, and serve over crushed ice.
Have a great weekend, girlies!
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