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Monday, January 28, 2013


I planted a lime tree a few years ago. We happen to live in a perfect citrus growing area, so it didn’t take long to start getting a huge yield. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But when life gives you limes, it’s time for margaritas!

I like a really limey margarita. I also like the taste of tequila. Here’s my recipe.


You don’t need to use a really expensive tequila. A silver tequila picks up the lime taste; you can also taste the “musky” natural flavor. I use Zapopan. I use Patron Citronelle liqueur. (Both of these are available at Trader Joe’s.)

I’m a rocks-no-salt margarita drinker. If you like salt, dip the glass in a little lime juice and then in a dish of kosher salt. If you like it blended, put a cup or more of ice in the blender then add the liquid – for extra froth put one egg white in the blender first and run for a few seconds, then add ice and margarita ingredients and blend.

If you have as many limes as I have, you can double-triple-quadruple the recipe and have a party, but these are quite potent, so pace yourself.

1 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice (yes, I also have an orange tree…)
1/2 cup lime simple syrup (see below)
1/2 cup silver tequila
1/3 cup orange liqueur

You can certainly do a float of Grand Mariner and make this a Cadillac Margarita if you like!
To make lime simple syrup, place 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and the grated zest from the limes in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer for about five minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool completely. Strain out the zest. Store in the refrigerator.


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