Food Network is not just about the food. As we know, beverages play an important part in how we feel about a meal, and this blog post tries to hold on to summer by featuring six summer margarita recipes that you just have to try!
1. Ultimate Margarita
Use giant glasses to hold these gold tequila and freshly squeezed lime juice margaritas.
- 1 lime, halved
- Coarse salt
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 4 limes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- 1 cup gold tequila
- 1/2 can of good quality lager-style beer
- Lime wheels, for garnish
To salt the margarita glasses, rub the outside rims of 4 big glasses with a cut lime and press them lightly into a plate of kosher salt, to coat. Combine the lime juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, tequila, and a big handful of ice in a cocktail shaker (or blender). Shake the margarita really well, for a good 20 seconds, add a splash of beer and strain into the salt rimmed glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
2. Top-of-the-line Margarita
Feeling fancy? Use silver 100 percent agave tequila and orange liqueur for these margaritas.
- Lime wedges
- Coarse salt
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 1 large lime
- 1/4 cup silver 100 percent agave tequila
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 1/2 cup coarsely cracked ice cubes
Rub the rims of 2 martini glasses with a lime wedge, then dip the rims in a dish of course salt. Refrigerate the glasses if desired. In a shaker, combine the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and shake 10 to 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glasses.
3. Traditional Margarita
It does however veer off the traditional course by using Hamlin or Valencia oranges and agave nectar instead of sugar.
- 2 ounces 100 percent agave silver/blanco tequila, divided
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 4 limes, divided
- 1/2 small Hamlin or Valencia orange
- 2 tablespoons light agave nectar
- 3/4 cup ice cubes, about 3 to 4
Pour 1/2-ounce of the tequila into a small saucer. Spread the kosher salt in a separate small saucer. Dip the rim of a martini or other wide rimmed glass into the tequila. Lift out of the tequila and hold upside down for 10 seconds to allow for slight evaporation. Next, dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim. Set aside. Halve 2 of the limes, cut a thin slice for garnish, and set aside. Juice the halved limes into the bottom of a Boston-style cocktail shaker. Cut the remaining 2 limes and the orange into quarters and add them to the juice in the shaker. Add the agave nectar to and muddle for 2 minutes until the juices are release. Strain the juice mixture through a cocktail strainer into the top of the shaker and discard the solids. Return the juice to the bottom of the shaker, add the remaining 1 1/2 ounces of tequila and any remaining on the saucer. Add the ice to the shaker, cover and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture through a cocktail strainer into the prepared glass, garnish with reserved lime slice, and serve immediately.
4. Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
If you prefer your margarita blended, then this fresh watermelon and lime juice frozen version is just for you.
Puree 1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon, 1 cup tequila, 1/2 cup each lime juice and orange liqueur, 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3 cups ice in a blender. Divide among glasses; garnish with lime and watermelon. It couldn’t be more easy.
5. Whole Citrus Margaritas
Take advantage of in-season summer produce and make a fresh juice base from tangerines, Meyer lemons and key limes before adding your alcohol.
- 4 navel oranges, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 2 lemons, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 2 limes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- 1 1/2 cups good quality tequila (recommended: 100 percent agave)
- 10 cups ice
- Fine salt, for the rims of the glasses
- 10 lime wedges
Put the oranges, lemons, and limes through a juicer. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Then stir in the Cointreau, Triple Sec, and tequila. To serve: Pour salt onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the top of each glass and dip the glass in the salt. Fill each glass halfway with ice and pour in the juice mixture. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve. Tip: Farm freshness is the key here. Look for the citrus that is mostly in season and adjust the recipe. Tangerines, Meyer lemons, and key limes all have amazing flavor if you can find them.
6. Paloma Margaritas
Interested in experimenting? These margaritas get their sweetness from grenadine, grapefruit juice and even grapefruit soda.
Fill 4 tall glasses three-quarters of the way with ice. Pour 1/2 teaspoon grenadine into each glass. Combine 1 cup tequila, 1 cup grapefruit juice, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons superfine sugar and a pinch of salt in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour into the glasses. Top each drink with 1/4 cup grapefruit soda.