When I lived in the Southwest, I got really into eating variations of the taco, burrito, fajita, etc. constantly. Mexican grocery stores were everywhere and the ingredients were cheap. I got to the point where I was rolling all kinds of things into fresh tortillas, even peanut butter and jelly.
Of course, eating all of this Mexican inspired food demanded the occasional Margarita. My favorite has always been the classic lime margarita, and I’m not too into the frozen margs. I think simpler is better when it comes to margaritas. Which is why I decided to do some looking around for good homemade margarita mixes, and forego the store bought sweet and sour mix.
This fresh recipe has everything going for it- fresh limes, fresh oranges, and only two other ingredients: water and sugar. It’s really just a simple syrup, equal parts water and sugar, with fresh lime and orange juice added and a bit of additional water to cut the concentrate a bit. Shaking with the egg white is optional, but I love it. The egg white makes a nice froth throughout the drink, thickening it, and adds a layer of foam to the top. If you are worried about eating the raw egg, you can always rinse off the egg beforehand as any worrisome bacteria will be on the outside of the shell.
When you mix the drink, you can use the concentrate and tequila only, or add a half ounce of grand marnier or triple sec as an extra layer of flavor.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 oz mix
- 2.5 oz 100% de agave tequila
- 2 oz water
- 1 egg white
- lime wedges to serve
- To make the mix, start with a simple syrup. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar in a pot, and heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside. Squeeze 1/2 cup lime juice and 1/2 orange juice, and combine with the simple syrup. Makes enough mix for 8 margaritas.
- To make the margaritas, combine 2 oz of the mix, 2.5 oz tequila, 2 oz water, ice, and an egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to create froth with the egg white, and enjoy in salted glasses with lime wedges to serve. Makes 2 margaritas.