It’s full-on Springtime in Austin, Texas. Everything is green and lush, the wildflowers are bursting forth, the trees are in bloom, and we’re finally getting some much-needed rain. Spring is a very, very short season here – it’ll be 90+ before we know it – so we tend to romanticize these few perfect days.
So it was time to bust out the juicer (affectionately known in our house as The Juice Tiger thanks to Mike Myers) and the limes, and to cook up some simple syrup. I don’t use mixes or frozen juice for my margaritas, I make them from scratch. They taste so much better with fresh ingredients! Then I took one perfectly ripe strawberry and added it to the shaker, and voila! The perfect Spring cocktail.
(To make simple syrup, put one cup of water and one cup of sugar in a pan, bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves, then cool to room temperature. Keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks.)
Fill a martini glass with ice and and water. Squeeze limes until you have a couple of ounces of lime juice (because you’ll want to make more than one cocktail!).
Muddle a strawberry in the bottom of a shaker (if you don’t have a muddler, smash it up with a spoon). Add ice until the shaker is nearly full.
Add 1 ounce of high quality tequila to the shaker
Add 1/2 an ounce of Cointreau or Gran Marnier to the shaker
Add 1 ounce of lime juice to shaker
Add 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup to the shaker
Close the shaker, and shake generously. Dump the ice water out of your martini glass, rim with salt if you like, then strain the margarita into the martini glass and enjoy. Feel free to adjust the lime juice or simple syrup to your preference – I like a tart margarita, but you can sweeten as you like.