Margaritas made with quality tequila (usually silver which is not aged and therefore has a more ‘clean’ flavor), some agave nectar/syrup and fresh lime juice leaving them fresh-flavored and missing the sickly sweet component often found in a margarita (which I personally believe is the hangover-waiting-to-happen ingredient). The addition of fruit or vegetables shift the flavors again in a clean, fresh way.
Base Margarita Ingredients:
- 1.5 oz Silver Tequila (preferably something organic like Republic or El Tesoro)
- .75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- .5 oz Light Agave Nectar
Here’s the really fun part: This recipe works with virtually any fresh fruit or vegetable, making it extremely versatile for a summer cocktail. Try it with some of the following combinations:
Blueberry-Strawberry Margarita: 2 large strawberries (sliced before muddling) and 10 blueberries
Cucumber-Thyme Margarita: 4-¼ inch slices of cucumber, chopped before muddling and the leaves of about 3 sprigs of thyme
Blackberry-Mint Margarita: 6 large blackberries and about 5 medium mint leaves (I used classic peppermint found in the home garden).I rough chopped the mint first to add in the muddling.
- Gently muddle any fresh ingredients in the bottom of a mixing glass or shaker.
- Combine the tequila, lime, and agave on top and shake with ice for 15-20 seconds.
- Strain over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass and garnish with whatever fresh ingredients you used.