The Final and Weekend Cocktail (Margarita)
The rain has curtailed it to a 38-overs affair – but that should be reason for more excitement at the ICC World Cup finals. Since I cannot decide between Sri Lanka and Australia, I am just hoping for a close exciting game.
Missed Friday Cocktail Blogging yesterday – so making up for it with a weekend recommendation. With spring/early summer in full-swing (mid70s, sunny and mild breeze forecast for today), it’s major grill time out here and one of my favorite drinks while waiting for the burger/steak to cook to a juicy medium-rareness is the Margarita. Now there are possibly as many Margarita recipes as there are bad Mexican restaurants in the USA; plus, most bars and restaurants offer you various choices of frozen/on the rocks, with/without salt etc, not to mention a dizzying array of blended fruity versions (Mangorita anyone ?).
But the best Margaritas, in my humble opinion, should be a simple mix of Tequila, Triple Sec and freshly squeezed lime juice – served on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass. You can splurge by using Anejo Tequila (aged for 1-3 years in oak barrels), but a medium quality Blanco (non-aged or silver) Tequila, such as Jose Cuervo will do – but avoid the ‘gold’ Tequila (these are blanco mixed with caramel and other stuff to produced the aged gold color). For Triple Sec, its best to use Cointreu. For lime, try to find key limes at the local grocer – tastes much better than the regular lime found here in the US. And please, no bottled lime juice, sour mix or (the horror!) pre-made Margarita mixes please.
You will also need some Margarita salt.
Here is the full recipe for Margarita on the Rocks.
- Roll the limes on a flat surface or drop in hot water for about 30 seconds before juicing them.
- Moist the rim of the glass with a lime and invert into the Margarita salt, so that the rim is encrusted with salt.
- Mix 3 parts of Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau and 1 part fresh lime juice together with crushed ice in a shaker – give a mild shake or you can also mix and stir them together. You can balance the sweet-sour taste to your liking by varying the Cointreau and lime juice proportion
- Pour along with the ice into the salt encrusted glass.
- Optional: add a dash of Blue Curacao – I do this to add a little more sweet flavor to the drink – but it make it looks nice too; also if you have it, add some Grand Marnier to the mix.
- Add a straw and drink !
Margaritas are usually served in a martini glass or in their traditional glass; but nothing shouts out class better than serving the drink in a used, but well-washed salsa jar as shown below.
(I got the idea from a local Mexican restaurant, and besides most of my glasses are packed, hence the old jar came in handy 😛 !)
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is chasing a rather stiff target of 282 in 38 overs – and have already lost a wicket. Drink up and enjoy the game.
UPDATE: SL needs something special – a blistering innings from Jayasuriya perhaps ? While McGrath had figures of 8 off 3.3 overs, Sangakkara just hit a six and two fours as I was typing this. So there is still hope for a competitive game ?
UPDATE 2: Ok – so Aus won – pretty convincing but under quite farcical conditions. More on it later.