I love Cinco de Mayo. It’s the one day that I actually have an excuse to drink margaritas and eat lots and lots of guacamole. And it’s May. It’s a beautiful time of year to be outside celebrating with your best friends. So if you’re not already planning on it, you should have a party. All you need is the recipe for my go-to margaritas and a heaping bowl of guacamole. I know that you can buy margarita mix at the store, but making these at home with freshly squeezed lime juice is the tastiest way to make them. And who knows what kind of chemicals and loads of sugar are in those mixes? This way, you can add as much or as little simple syrup as you want depending on how sweet or tangy you like yours. And even if you’re not planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this recipe is something to keep on hand all summer long. It’s the perfect refreshing summer cocktail for a hot summer gathering.
Yields 10 servings
- 20 ounces Tequila
- 2 cups fresh lime juice, squeezed from about 16 limes
- 4 limes, cut into wedges for garnish
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
First, MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP: In a medium sauce pan over high heat, add sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir. When sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
In a large pitcher filled with ice, Add tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup to taste. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.
Pour kosher salt (or any coarse salt) on to a small plate. Wet the rim of the cocktail glass and press down into the salt to create a salted rim. Pour the pitcher of margarita evenly among glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.
Serve with tortilla chips and my favorite Guacamole!