I was racking my brain today coming up with my blog topic. In the past, I’ve stuck to Throw Back Thursdays in an effort to catch up on old blog posts. (Ha! Like that will EVER happen!) But, I knew that a throw back post would take a lot of time (which I do not have today), and so, I was hoping to come up with an alternative theme. Last night, we had some leftover Mexican, and I made some margaritas to go with it. I had them ready for when Hubby got home – tequila, citrus liqueur, and two margaritas waiting. Of course, I took a picture. I almost posted it to Instagram last night and was coming up with a possible hashtag when I remembered Wet Your Whistle Wednesday. Now, that takes me back!
When Hubby and I were first married, we moved into an apartment in the ATL. We had a few college friends who lived in the city, and we were determined to stay in touch. So, Hubby had the bright idea to have a weekly cocktail night at our place. We had a catchphrase for every night of the week! But, Wet Your Whistle Wednesday was one of my favorites. Unfortunately, or fortunately, today is not Wednesday. It’s Thursday. (Nice calendar lesson for you 😉 ) So, I give you Thirsty Thursday.
This is my go-to margarita recipe, if you can even call it a recipe. Think along the lines of Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade. For starters, you want a decent tequila. Please don’t buy anything in a plastic jug. The next day will not be pretty. We have several favorites that we alternate, but one of my favorites is 1800 Reposado.
Isn’t that bottle pretty?! So, I really don’t know much about tequila other than I like to drink it. We first “discovered” 1800 on our trip to Mexico for my 30th birthday. We stayed on the club level of our resort, which came with a private lounge. One of the bartenders introduced us to 1800, and we began requesting it for all of our margaritas. It’s delicious! At any rate, any tequila you like will do!
Next, you want a citrus liqueur. Really any flavor will work. Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, etc. Hubby has been known to make a mean Limoncello margarita. He picked out a Patrón citrus liqueur. Perfect!
Finally, you need the margarita essence: limes. Now, I wish I could tell you that I squeeze fresh limes every time I mix a new drink. Or rather, I wish I could tell you that someone else squeezes fresh limes for me every time I want a margarita. Where is my butler? But, I rarely have that many limes on hand. Plus, then I usually need some sort of simple syrup or other sweetener to tone the tartness of the limes down a notch, and it just becomes a mixology lesson when I just wanted an easy mixed drink. You may be thinking, “Why don’t you just keep some margarita mix on hand? They sell it already mixed!” In a sense, I do use a mix, but it’s not fluorescent green and it doesn’t contain the name of a popular song 😉 My secret ingredient: Limeade. But, if you’re heading towards the frozen concentrate, let me stop you. You want a limeade that comes in a jar. My favorite: Santa Cruz Organic.
You can find this at just about any grocery store. I like to stock up when it’s on sale during the summer. My second choice is Simply Lime. If you have a favorite limeade, feel free to use that as well!
Tequila (1800 or your favorite)
Citrus Liqueur (Triple Sec, etc.)
Lime for garnish
Fill a lowball halfway with ice. Pour tequila until glass is half full. Add a splash of citrus liqueur. Fill the rest of the glass with Limeade. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop into glass. Stir. Sip. Enjoy. That’s it!
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