I invited my best friend, Lisa, over for dinner tonight, and we had one of my favorite drinks, Rick Bayless’s summer margaritas. I have only made them without a blender, but I’ve included the original recipe here (the blender-less variation is at the end).
Adapted from Rick Bayless
1/2 of an 8-ounce (6-inch-long) cucumber, peeled and cut into thin slices
3/4 cup good-quality tequila blanco
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup simple syrup (see below)
Cucumber slices for garnish
In a blender, combine the cucumber, tequila, lime, and simple syrup. Blend until the mixture is as smooth as you can get it. In a cocktail shaker, combine half of the mixture with 8 to 10 ice cubes, cover and shake for a full 15 seconds. Strain through the shaker’s top into 2 martini glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices (I usually cut a slit in each slice and impale one on the side of each glass). Repeat the shaking with the remaining margarita mix.
Makes four six-ounce margaritas.
To make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
To make without a blender: Muddle three thin cucumber slices in the bottom of a glass. Add ice and a cilantro sprig. Shake 1 1/2 ounces tequila blanco, 1 ounce simple syrup, and 1 ounce fresh lime juice. Poor into glass.