I happen to like the taste of tequila, which is odd because I dislike strong cocktails. But margaritas, made with tequila, can be really tasty. The ones I like are also refreshing.
Recently I visited an old friend out of town, and on our first night she made margaritas to celebrate. And I was blown away by them.
Gabriella went to visit my friend Stéphane with me in France a few years back. Here we are trying not to giggle about something.
Gabriella has given me permission to share her recipe, which includes expected ingredients, plus a few unexpected ones.
So, one more margarita recipe!
makes one drink
Lime and salt if desired
2 ounces tequila
3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2-3 ounces club soda
Twist of freshly ground pepper
Lime and salt a tall glass, and fill with ice cubes.
Mix the tequila, lime juice, and Grand Marnier together in a pourable pitcher. In this photo I hadn’t added the lime juice yet.
Add the agave nectar and stir well.
Pour the margarita over the ice cubes, not filling the glass by more than 2/3 full.
Add club soda and stir to combine.
Then top the margarita with a twist of black pepper.
And that’s it!
It’s more refreshing than a 3-ingredient margarita, what I call a real margarita, because it’s smoother and doesn’t have that bite. But I love both.
The other evening I made myself a real margarita, mostly because it’s the easiest to remember – 1 part tequila, 1 part Cointreau, and 1 part fresh lime juice.
And out of curiosity and for the sake of culinary research, I added Fresca to my margarita. People, I swear Fresca is magical. It lightened and fizzed up the margarita, but also blended all of the flavors.
So however you make your favorite margaritas, try topping them off with chilled club soda or Fresca, and see what you think!