Did you know that the translation from Spanish to English of “margarita” is “daisy”? Well it is. So I thought doing a margarita post for Cinco de Mayo was a good idea.
I can see it now. My Spanish station cooking show would be “Margarita en Casa”. I would drink a margarita on every show and have a mariachi band play my intro and outro. Jennifer Lopez would do the voice over since “margarita en casa” is just about as much Spanish as I know.
That’s not true. I could ask my audience how they are, ask where the bathroom is, and tell them it’s time to go to the shoe store. My three years of High School Spanish are already leaving me, and I’m not very old!
Anyway. Enough with my Spanish-speaking cooking show fantasies. I don’t know the origin of the margarita or the original recipe. There are many ways to make one and these days, it seems, you can add just about any flavor to tequila and call it a margarita.
So I made a lemon-lime-hint of orange-margarita and a strawberry margarita. I prefer crushed ice, but I didn’t have any so I used the ice cubes that my freezer makes for me. You can also blend this up for a frozen margarita.
I think using freshly squeezed juice tastes so much better than any of those margarita mixes you can buy. My cousin was the first one to make me a margarita like this, and I haven’t been satisfied with mixes since.
I do not own margarita glasses, so I made one in a bowl-type wine glass and one in a martini glass. Martinis are another drink that has changed much since inception. I guess I could call this a strawberry margarita maritni!
I think it’s fun using different types of glasses for drinks. I understand, and respect, the science behind glass shapes, but sometimes you just need to break the rules.
For those that do not consume alcohol, or for children, these are both fun summertime drinks. Just omit the alcohol.
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- 4 ounces tequila (your favorite type)
- Sugar or honey to taste
- For strawberry margarita: add 2-3 ounces crushed strawberries,
- squeezing out as much juice as possible.
- Mix together all ingredients and serve over ice.
- To blend: place 1/2 cup ice with all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.