There's just something about the salted rim, the tangy lime, and the splash of sweetness that makes a margarita a perfect cocktail. With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, now's the time to perfect your margarita making. Hone those skills and use them all summer long!
The celebration of Cinco de Mayo has its roots in Puebla, Mexico, where the Mexican army celebrated a David-vs-Goliath kind of victory in a battle during the French occupation of Mexico back in 1862. But it's now largely celebrated by Mexican Americans in the US, as a day of pride to honor their Mexican heritage. While we are not Mexican, Cinco de Mayo is one of Marisa's and my favorites (have you noticed that we're always looking for any excuse to celebrate?), and we often get together for a Mexican themed happy hour after work. Although the spring equinox occurred over a month ago, Cinco de Mayo feels like the real harbinger of the spring season. It's a perfect time for celebrating some of the wonderful things that Mexico brings to to the table, from the cuisine, to the colorful textiles, to the music, to - of course - the margaritas.
Originally from Bon Appetit, I found this recipe on Two Tarts a few years ago and mixed some up immediately. In lieu of a fruity liquor, like Cointreau or Triple Sec, typically found in margarita recipes (and definitely in place of the dreaded sickly-sweet-and-sour pre-bottled margarita mix), this recipe uses agave syrup as a sweetener. Because tequila is also made from agave plants, the agave syrup ties the cocktail back to its Mexican roots - perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo...and keeping the cocktail appealingly simple and natural. There are only 3 ingredients, and no complicated mix to hide behind, so it's best to use a decent tequila. In my wise old age, I've come to realize that there's a lot more to tequila than the hold-your-nose-shots of college years, which is where my tequila education began, I have to admit. While I'm still no tequila expert, I like to use Espelon Tequila Reposado (and not just because of the cool looking label).
Find a printable recipe card here.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)