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The Big Squeeze

When Jason and I were expecting our first baby together, he decided that margaritas were pretty darn tasty. He thought it was great that any time we went out for a meal, he had a designated driver and could indulge in a few drinks if he liked. I was annoyed that I couldn’t have any, but even more annoyed at the price of a $15 top-shelf cocktail!

We didn’t dine out frequently, which left us learning how to make drinks at home. Most recipes called for pre-made margarita mixes, which are essentially artificial flavoring, coloring and high fructose corn syrup. So I came up with my own recipe and we’ve never looked back. It has changed a little over time as we tailored it to become the perfect citrus cocktail.

Using all fresh-squeezed juices really makes a difference. A few minutes of work juicing is worth having a refreshing, delicious drink and if you make a large batch, it can be stored in the fridge and sipped on for days to come. It’s also a great make-ahead for when you have company coming.

The liquors you choose can also make or break a cocktail recipe. Yes, you can use cheap booze, but if you’re going to put the extra effort into having a great drink, buy your liquor at Costco or BevMo and save a bundle. Yes, I know you are looking at the size of those bottles and thinking “Holy cow! That’s a lot of booze!” Hey, when you make good cocktails and like to entertain, you’ll find that those bottles empty faster than you might anticipate. Notice the distinct lack of contents in the tequila bottle? Yeah, I used the last bit to make this recipe for you tonight. Now don’t you feel special?

While you may think of margaritas as a summer drink, lets think about when citrus is in season. We are just now coming into citrus season, so not only is it a bargain, but you can get it fresh, local and organic for very little cost. I paid just 39 cents a pound for my valencia oranges today, and got great prices on my lemons and limes too!

3 C fresh squeezed orange juice (6-8 oranges)
1 C fresh squeezed lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
1/2 C fresh squeezed lime juice (3-4 limes)
1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 C Sauza Hornitos tequila
1/4 C Cointreau
1/4 C triple sec

mix well and serve on the rocks. we don’t bother salting the glass most days. It gets messy and it’s just as easy to grind a bit of salt right over the ice before you fill the glass. you could do a blended margarita, but those are for sissies. plus they give you brain freeze if you drink them too fast :p

makes 1.5 qt of ready-to-serve margaritas, which seems like it would serve about 3-4 people, but these are REALLY tasty, so plan to make a double batch or more if you are making them for more than 2 people. Extra can be stored a few days in an airtight container in the fridge, but we rarely have any leftover.

it’s also wise to have a guest bedroom if serving these to friends. Enjoy!

One Response to “The Big Squeeze”

  1. Kimmy says:

    So these are the margaritas you are always on about! YUM!

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