Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fresh Margaritas!

Hola! Guess what? We are almost a full running household! We have internet (woo!), television, and we even have a table to eat on like normal people! Yay! Time to celebrate... time for a margarita! I love margaritas. I don't love that bottled mix that costs $6 a pop and is full of high fructose corn syrup and other sketchy chemicals. Making your own homemade mix is SO EASY & tastes wayyyyy better it's crazy to buy the bottled stuff. This mix is MUCH cheaper too. Then you can buy more tequila. For more margaritas. Winning!
You should also definitely serve them in pretty glasses. Pretty glasses make everything taste better. This mix is essentially what you would call a "simple syrup" mixed with fresh lemon & lime juices for a perfect sour mix. Simple syrup is 1 part  sugar to 1 part water- I've also read that you can do 2 parts honey to 1 part water but I haven't personally tried that yet! Let me know if you do... The best thing about making your own mix is that you can make it super sweet if you love a sweet margarita or more sour if that's your thing.

For the Simple Syrup:
1 Cup white sugar
1 Cup Water
For Sour Mix:
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
+ 1 Shot of good Tequila per margarita

Step 1: Combine sugar & water in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and stir well. Heat on high, stirring frequently until the mix comes to a rolling boil. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.
Step 2: Transfer sugar- water mixture to glass containers, cover & chill completely. A mason jar would be perfect for this step- I just couldn't find any of mine, I've apparently left them scattered all over the U.S. this past year and had to go buy a new case...
Step 3: In a separate container juice 1 lemon and 1 lime.
Step 4: To assemble margarita: Over ice, in a salt-rimmed glass if desired, combine 1 shot (1.5 oz.) tequila, 1 shot simple syrup (sugar water mixture), and half a shot of lemon- lime juice mixture. Stir well, garnish with a lime and enjoy!
P.S. These are freaking fantastic with Skinny Chicken Fajitas for a full Mexican meal! 

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