Although this blog is mainly about wine, every once in a while it’s good to mix it up and display a little drink diversity. Living in the Texas summer heat, nothing is better than a crisp and cold margarita by the pool. We spent the past year experimenting with a number different combinations of the basic margarita ingredients and have landed on this as the best margarita to have by the pool on a summer day.
So, without further extraneous words, here it is:
Erik’s Neighborhood-Famous Poolside Margarita:
In a large cocktail shaker put:
- 3 shots of 100% blue agave tequila (prefer a Reposado, although it doesn’t have to be expensive, I like the Familia Camarena)
- 3 shots of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 shots of simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar). You also can use agave nectar instead, but I prefer the simple syrup.
- 2 shots of Grand Marnier (yes, it has to be Grand Marnier, don’t bother with Triple Sec)
- 1 and 1/2 shot of orange juice
Shake and pour over ice
Will make 2 – 3 drinks depending on the size of the shot glass and amount of ice used.
If you need instructions for making easy simple syrup in the microwave: go here.
Love to hear what you think in the comments if you give this a try. Have another version you like? Leave it in the comments as well!
Feature Image: Margarita by Chris Humphrey from Flickr.com, used under Creative Commons 4.0.