Day 177, summer margaritas

{177/365} summer margaritas

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).

Summer Margaritas

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.

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2 thoughts on “Day 177, summer margaritas

  1. To make simple syrup: go to the liquor store and buy a bottle of simple syrup. If you want, add some lime juice to it. But that’s like a recipe calling for “maple syrup,” and at the bottom saying, “First, go tap some Sugar Maple Trees and collect the sap…” OK, Simple Syrup is simpler than that, but that’s why they call it “simple.” 😉

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