5 for Cinco de Mayo – Margaritas

5 for Cinco de Mayo
 
Cinco de Mayo is Thursday and even though most people in Mexico and Mexican-Americans will keep it low-key at home with their family, leave it to us Americans to turn any event into a party for the ages; to wit: A week of easy and delicious dishes and drinks to share with friends and family
 
Day 1 The Margarita
 
Originally created by Texas socialite Margarita Sames in 1948
 
Ingredients
1 ounce orange liqueur
2 ounces silver tequila
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Fresh slices or wedges of lime
Coarse grey sea salt, for the glass, optional
Lime slices or wedges, for garnishing
 
Method
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the orange liqueur, silver tequila and lime juice. Replace the lid of the shaker and set aside
 
To salt the rim of your glass (optional but highly recommended):
Fill a small plate with 1/3 cup kosher or sea salt. Fill a second small plate with 1/4 cup orange liqueur. Turn a margarita glass over and press into the orange liqueur and then press the moistened rim into the salt. Turn the glass upright and fill with ice
 
Shake the chilled cocktail shaker vigorously for 30 seconds or until the cocktail shaker is covered in a white frost
 
Strain the Margarita into the prepared glass and garnish with a slice or wedge of lime

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