Ok, I have a confession. I make a crappy margarita.
What’s that you say? You live in San Diego, 30 miles or so from the border – you of all people – with your love of cocktails and spicy Mexican food this should have been something in your arsenal a long time ago.
I agree. But mine always tend to come out too tequila-y, too sweet, too lime-y, too something where you can tell it’s just not right. I won’t use a mix, because a) that’s cheating, and b) they vary from too sweet to just plain nasty.
But no more with the bad margaritas!
My rescue came in the form of the latest Imbibe Magazine (your guide to liquid culture…), which has some new summer drink recipes. The other night we tried one that we LOVED and instantly declared The. House. Margarita. This. Summer.
Mix the following in a shaker with ice:
2 oz reposado tequila
¾ oz cointreau or triple-sec
1 oz carrot juice
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz orange juice
½ oz simple syrup
Shake vigorously and strain into a glass with fresh ice (salted or not, depending on taste) and THEN sprinkle the top of the drink with ground cumin. (Yes, that’s right — cumin — don’t argue with me)
The carrot-cumin-tequila-salt-citrus blend is both incredibly smooth and gives this drink a rare exotic feel.
Trust me — it might sound a little strange. It’s bueno.