Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

May 5th is a day to honor and celebrate Mexican tradition and culture. And what better way to celebrate than with food, and libations? My Cinco de Mayo drink of choice? The margarita of course!  But not the manufactured, neon concoctions you see lining the isles of your local grocery store, no sir. Call me a purist, I’ll take my margarita made with fresh, natural, make your lips pucker ingredients.

Here is one of the smoothest, most enjoyable margarita recipes that I’ve come across, which in my book pretty much epitomizes margarita greatness.

The Purist Margarita
Adapted from a recipe (Top Shelf Margarita Grande) by Emeril Lagasse


Coarse kosher salt
Lime slice or wedge
2 ounces tequila, Cuervo Gold or Patron is my recommendation
1-ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
ice cubes

  • Place the salt in a small shallow bowl or rimmed saucer
  • Run the lime slice around the rim of a stemmed, wide mouthed glass to moisten it, then turn the glass upside down and press the rim in the salt mixture. Set glass aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker combine all remaining ingredients and shake well to chill. Strain into the prepared glass and serve immediately.
P.S. Please, please, please resist any temptation you may have to put this drink in the blender. On the rocks, shaken, not stirred, is how this drink shines.

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