It’s Cinco De Mayo this weekend which has us thinking about indulging in some chips, fresh guacamole and of course a refreshing margarita. This celebration of Mexican heritage and Pride doesn’t have to end with a stomach ache and hangover from sweet -and- sour filled margaritas.
We found an delightful recipe from the website, I gladly prepared, sipped and have two thumbs up! The key to a good Skinny Margarita is to skip the Cointreau/orange liqueur altogether. Additionally, you’ll want to have plenty of fresh limes and oranges for juicing.
Let’s get started:
- Kosher salt or coarsely ground sea salt
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) silver tequila- I love Hornitos
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
- 1 lime wedge or round, for garnish
- Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate (preferably one just slightly larger than the top of your margarita glass). Slice off a small piece of lime and run the wet edge of the slice along half of the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
- Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
- Citrus at room temperature is easier to juice than cold citrus, so take your limes and oranges out of the fridge an hour in advance.
- Consider lining the rim of just half your glass with salt so you can control how much salt you taste with each sip (that’s a great tip I picked up from a recent issue of Bon Appetit). If you’d prefer a light sprinkling of salt all around the rim, just pour a very thin layer of salt onto your plate and run the lime slice around the entire rim of the margarita glass.