thirsty thursday: margaritas

I must admit, one of my favorite things about this time of year is all of the fun and festive cocktails that come out for the holidays! We’ve got festive wine spritzers and mimosas for Easter, Irish coffee for St. Patrick’s Day, mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby, and my most favorite of all – margaritas! There is something so happy and enjoyable about enjoying an ice cold margarita on a sweltering summer day. To be honest, I can enjoy on even in the dead of winter {just not frozen, thankyouverymuch}.

My first experience with a margarita was…you guessed it…for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration. Granted, I was in college the first time I was able to imbibe in said holiday, but this is one that the hubs, friends, and I love to go all out for. We’ve been known to grab some goofy pinata-style balloons, don some sombreros, and post up at our favorite local Mexican place and just enjoy the whole experience.

When deciding upon the recipe for today’s post, I knew this was meant to be. We’re taking things to a more adult level with this particular recipe, letting the ingredients of a truly classic margarita shine through. No added sugar syrups, electric green mixers and sodas found here! Not today, at least. 

A simple mix of good {repeat: good} tequila, orange liquor, and freshly squeezed lime juice are all you need to create this glass of refreshing perfection.

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It’s crisp and bright, the perfect way to ring in this vivacious holiday. Us Americans sure are great at adopting the classic cocktails of the world’s culture, eh?

Let’s get moving – arriba!

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Margaritas {serves 1}

Ingredients:

3 ounces white tequila

1.5 ounces Grand Marnier {or the equivalent}

1.5 ounces fresh lime juice

To Prepare:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, until the mixture is extremely chilled and slightly frothy.

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Strain into a classic margarita glass {or other festive glassware} over ice.

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Garnish with lime and orange wedges.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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