February 22, 2014

Celebrate Salty + Sweet

national margarita day recipe

Today is National Margarita Day! Will you be celebrating? 

Since it's beginning, the Margarita has taken on many forms, from on the rocks, to frozen and with the addition of different fruits and liquors.  In honour of the Wardo household's favourite cocktail, I thought I would share one of our "go to" margarita recipes, made with fresh ingredients, because there's none of that store-bought, bottled crap going on here.

Fresh Margaritas

4-5 limes
1 lemon
granulated sugar
ice cubes
Grand Marnier

Places glasses in the freezer to make get them nice and frosty.

Make your simple syrup: Measure an equal volume of granulated sugar and water into a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completed melted. Allow to cool before using. Extra simple syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Break down 4 limes and 1 lemon (peel, remove seeds) and place in blender. Add simple syrup and ice cubes and blend. If you are not a fan of pulp, pour sweet and sour mixture through strainer.

Salt the rim of your now frosty glass. Add ice to the glass, along with 1 oz tequila and 1 oz Grand Marnier. Top with sweet and sour mixture. Add a lime wedge for a garnish. Voila!

*If you prefer sweet and sour mix from the bottle, Costco sells one of the best, and most inexpensive, sweet and sour mixes we've tried.

Now all we need is a tropical beach, or a view like this...

Do you enjoy margaritas? 

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  1. I celebrated National Margarita Day a little (a lot) too much last year since it semi-conincided with my 21st birthday. I think I'll take a break this year, but will bookmark your recipe when I can stand the taste of tequila again. And I absolutely agree on skipping the bottled sweet and sour mix; it just doesn't have the fresh taste.

  2. Oooh I love Margaritas! I had (a standard) one in honour of their National Day yesterday. Costco really does have great mixes :) Great post!

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  4. Yum! I will definitely try this recipe!

  5. Dang it! How could I have missed such an important day? :o)

    The very best margaritas I've ever had came from a tiny little cafe in midtown Memphis called Cafe Ole. I've never had a better one so I've stopped ordering them anywhere else!


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