I’ve been in the mood for a margarita. It’s not just because tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, a day we celebrate in this household as an excuse to gorge on Tex-Mex deliciousness. It’s because they are light and refreshing and delicious and one of the perfect excuses to make up a nice fresh pico de gallo, pull out some chips and ‘waller’ in the ‘Lord.I.Crave.Salt.Pass.Me.A.Lick’ sty.
Now, I have to say, I’m not one to care a lick (salt or otherwise) for any margarita that’s concocted with sweet and sour mix. And I don’t much care for those versions that use a simple syrup. They are just too darned sweet for my taste. And I know my margaritas. It’s a practice thing. Trust me.
I’ve made watermelon, mango, raspberry, strawberry and even carrot juice margaritas; this version is one of my favorites.
I think the reason I love it so much is the tartness of a margarita is intact, with just the right pinch of sweet. Anyway…I thought I’d post it a day early, in case anyone wanted to add it to their own Cinco de Mayo celebration:
- 8 ounces tequila (I used Patron)
- 4 ounces of orange flavored liqueur (I used Cointreau)
- Juice from one lime
- 2 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
Pour all four ingredients into a pitcher with some lime and grapefruit slices and stir. Rub the edge of a glass with either a lime or grapefruit slice, dip the damp rim into some margarita salt (kosher salt will work fine), toss in some ice and pour from the pitcher into the salted glass.
Remember, they don’t call that stuff ‘ta-kill-ya’ for nothin’. Be sure to drink responsibly.