Sunday, May 04, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

Back when I was a recent transplant in NYC, I didn't have a liquor cabinet in my apartment—I didn't even have a liquor shelf. But what I did have on reserve was a bottle of the best tequila reposado I could afford, and a tiny bottle of Cointreau. Because if I was going to make one drink, ever, it was going to be my favorite... A perfect classic margarita on the rocks.

My go-to margarita recipe is stupid simple (and will make one large, harmoniously strong drink, perfect for sipping with a meal):

For one drink:
2 oz. tequila (100% agave, preferably a reposado or blanco)
2 oz Cointreau
1 to 1 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice, to taste
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt for the rim of the glass
Lime wheel for garnish

Moisten rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. 

Shake tequila, Cointreau and lime juice with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Photography and styling by Alyssa. Photo ©Alyssa Yeager

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