Longer days and warmer weather is finally being felt in the Maritimes. The thought of wearing a light jacket and shoes instead of a winter coat and boots is a pleasure! The sun was out in full force yesterday warming my face and allowing me to believe the nasty winter we endured is a thing of the past. Spring, yes it might be here in theory, was off to a rocky start but yesterday erased any ill thoughts I had and to celebrate, I made this classic summer cocktail – a Margarita. It’s one of many delicious drinks from Maria Del Mar Sacasa’s aptly named book, Summer Cocktails.
I had been asked by Quirk Books if I would like to write a review. When the book arrived, I quickly thumbed through the pages and saw many drinks I wanted to make. Maria’s book is loaded with classic cocktails, a simple guide to knowing your glassware, what to stock in your bar, and will make even a novice feel like a pro bartender. The aesthetics of the book is so fresh, pretty, and summery-feeling it’s hard not to want to dive in and make a few cocktails.
The margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America and yours truly has had her fair share of this Latin drink. It is served shaken with ice (like this recipe), without ice, or frozen and served in a typical margarita glass but you can easily use other types of glassware. Using fresh lime juice is the only way to give you a true margarita cocktail…the commercial mix is not so pleasant erring on the side of bitter.
2 tablespoons sea salt or sugar (I prefer sugar)
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lime juice (1 or 2 limes)
Spread salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of the glass with a lime slice and dip rim into salt. Shake off any excess. Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Pour into prepared glass and top with a lime slice or wedge.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: I hear that a kiss with a Latin accent makes its recipient weak in the knees. That may well be fiction, but this drink is guaranteed to make anyone swoon. This is Maria’s introduction for the drink and I tend to agree with her. Enjoy!