Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Margaritaville: Not Your Only Option

Jimmy Buffet has taken the margarita to the next level through his music and the number of restaurants themed after “Margaritaville”, however, if you want to enjoy the taste of a delicious margarita you do not need to put yourself through the craziness of the Margaritaville scene.

There are countless competing opinions concerning the “best” margarita recipe, so in attempt to avoid stepping on any margarita toes, here are a few tips I’ve come across in order to make your own delicious margarita!

1. Use the best of the best: don’t spoil your drink by using low quality tequila or liquor. Patron Silver and Grand Marnier bring out the flavors of your drink.

2. Salt or no salt: often times it is believed that the salting of the glass is used in order to mask the bad flavoring of inexpensive tequila. Therefore, feel confident with your mix and don’t feel that you have to salt your glasses to make a great taste (although the look is great)!

3. Freshest is the Bestest: Using fresh lemons and limes instead of the bottled juice adds to the crisp flavoring of the drink. When given the option between fresh fruits and frozen or canned fruits, the obvious choice, for any occasion, is FRESH!

4. Plan Ahead: The best margaritas are ones that after mixing, are placed in the freezer for one week before serving. When ready for a party, just add ice! The flavors explode and the colors are just as beautiful.

With these failsafe tips, your margaritas will surely be the best around the neighborhood! Below is an extremely simple recipe that will drive your taste buds crazy!

Margarita Madness
1 cup lime juice
1 cup tequila
½ cup cointreau