This past weekend, we spent Cinco De Mayo in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana because we were in town for the Crawfish Festival. If you live in Texas, you know what big deal Cinco de Mayo is. We decided to have an impromptu “Best Margarita Contest.” Corrin, April, Dave, and I all found recipes that sounded good. We would each make up a pitcher of our margarita and serve to everyone. After tasting all of the margaritas, we would decide which one was the best.
Throwing The Best Margarita Shin Dig:
I think that this type of party is best with a small group (ex: 6 couples/ 6 pitchers of margaritas). Each couple should bring a large pitcher of their margarita already made up. I think you should throw the party with neighbors so that nobody is driving. (Or make sure your guest’s Uber home.)
You will need to have lots of food to counterbalance the margaritas. I suggest doing a Mexican themed menu.
Buy clear plastic cups for the margaritas. Place plates of salt or (or sugar) with limes to line the rims of the cups. (**I really like using mason jars.)
What did you make?
Christa: Jalapeno and Cucumber Margarita
Corrin: Rick Bayless Blood Orange Margarita
April: Watermelon Margarita
Dave: Italian Margarita
I will only include the pictures of the top two winning recipes.
(Corrin substituted the blood oranges with blood orange italian soda.)
2/3 cup fresh lime juice1/4 cup sugar
1 cup 100% agave silver tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau
2cups fresh blood orange juice (you’ll need about 6 juicy blood oranges)
A lime half for moistening the glass rims
Kosher (coarse) salt
Ice cubes (you’ll need about 6 cups—small ones are best)
In a large pitcher, stir together the lime juice, sugar and 3/4 cup water until the sugar has dissolved. Add the tequila, Cointreau and blood orange juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Moisten the rims of three 6-ounce martini glasses with the cut side of a lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, then upend the glasses into the salt to crust the rims. Fill a cocktail shaker about 3/4 full of ice and measure in 1 1/2 cups of the margarita for 3 drinks. Cover and shake for about 15 seconds to thoroughly chill the mixture. Strain into the prepared glasses and hand to your guests. When you’re ready, finish the remaining margaritas in the same way.
Jalapeno and Cucumber Margarita (from Allrecipes.com)
1/2 cup tequila, or more to taste
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1/4 cup simple syrup
1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
4 thin slices cucumber, or more to taste
- Stir tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup together in a pitcher with a lid; add jalapeno pepper and thin cucumber slices. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Run a wedge of lime along the rim of each of four pint glasses. Spread kosher salt onto a flat plate; press glass rims into salt to coat. Fill glass with ice and pour margarita over the ice. Garnish with cucumber slice.
We went to Costco and bought four bags of limes. I was so excited to get home and see that my mom literally owns the best juicer ever. I highly recommend it as a gift (wedding, birthday, Christmas, etc). I could have juiced ten bags of limes because it really was that easy.
Breville BCP600SIL Motorized Citrus Press Juicer, Silver from Amazon (Sidenote: I am making zero money by recommending this product. This is just an awesome product.)
My question for you is this: What margarita would you submit?
I went on Pinterest and here are some of the pictures I found that may inspire you.