With Superbowl Sunday almost a week away, have you thought of what you’re going to serve? Along with the Superbowl staples like pizza and wings you have to think about what you’re going to serve to quench your thirst. We always have beer on hand for such occasions, but I am margarita girl myself. Although margaritas are on of my favorite summertime drinks, they also happen to be one of my favorite football drinks too because they pair perfectly with spicy food, chips, salsa, wings and pizza. If you’ve never made margaritas from scratch, you’re really missing out. There’s no margarita like a margarita made with fresh-squeezed juice. They’re incredibly simple to make and I can guarantee you’ll never buy margarita mix again. There’s simply no comparison.
This recipe makes enough for six margaritas. They’re great to make ahead of time and so perfect for entertaining. Just mix everything in a pitcher and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to serve them. The longer the zest and juice mixture is allowed to steep, the more developed the citrus flavors in the finished margaritas. I highly recommend steeping for the full 24 hours, although they will still be great if the mixture is steeped only for the minimum 4 hours.
They’re potent folks, no doubt about it. Watch yourself, they go down easy and can really sneak up on you! What’s your favorite margarita flavor? How do you like your margaritas..on the rocks or frozen?
The refreshing classic margarita made with fresh limes and lemons.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
4 teaspoons grated lime zest
1/2 cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
1/4 cup superfine sugar
pinch table salt
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup 100 percent agave tequila
1 cup Triple Sec
1. In a large liquid measuring cup combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
2. Divide 1 cup of crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita glasses. Strain juice mixture into a 1-quart pitcher. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately.
Source: Cook's Illustrated, July 2000
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