Margaritas in the Puerto Rican Sun

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Tequila…..even the word rolls around in your mouth with a Latin energy that anticipates a fiesta. But where to start in refining that palate? Margaritas, properly made, can be a great way to sample quality tequilas. You could say a margarita is tequila with training wheels.

Margaritas, the most common of all tequila based cocktails, are a simple mixture of tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. No bottled mixes necessary, just silver tequila and the freshest citrus around. For added taste, rim the

glass with smoked sea salt–your taste buds will be in for an extra special treat. While this libation can be found in the frozen variety, we are partial to it served up or on the rocks, a better way to savor the tequila.

There are many stories as to how this drink got its name and how it was invented. All we know is that is was created sometime in the 1940’s, either in Mexico or Texas, and perhaps could have been named for Rita Hayworth whose real name was Margarita Cansino. Either way, does it really matter? We are just appreciative of the effort.

Barrachina Restautant (birthplace of the pina colada) in San Juan is an excellent place to sample margaritas. Not wanting to limit themselves to one libation, they take pride in mixing a mean margarita. And for sheer decadence, what could be better than lounging on the Puerto Rican beach with a margarita in hand? Not much!

Until your plane departs, make a margarita on the rocks at home:
1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
Salt for rimming the glass
Combine tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau, and stir together.
Rim a rocks glass with salt by pressing the glass into a wet paper towel, then dipping it into a plate of salt.
Serve on the rocks.

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  1. Shyla May 28th, 2009

    YUM! I once went to a tequila tasting party where they made mojitos, bloody marys, and so many delish drinks from tequila. It is such an under-used beverage. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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