National Tequila Day was last month. There seems to be a day for everything and anything, but I can’t be mad at a day like this. Summer is a great time of year to pay homage to a fine beverage like tequila.
Today would be a great day to try an ultimate margarita. It’s simple to make, refreshing, and classic.
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 1 large lime
1/4 cup silver 100 percent agave tequila
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup coarsely cracked ice cube
Refrigerate the glasses if desired. In a shaker, combine the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and shake 10 to 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glasses.
You can use salt or sugar on the rim, but I prefer mine plain with just a lime to garnish.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try making something a little more creative. Like these mature jello shots courtesy of Jelly Shot Test Kitchen.
Cucumber-Lime Margarita Jelly Shots
Recommended Pan: 1-pound loaf pan (approximately 8” x 4”/20 x 10 cm)
Implements: Muddler and a cocktail shaker
3/4 cup agave tequila
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
1/4 cup Cointreau
Cucumber ribbons and Cayenne Sprinkle for garnish, if desired (recipe below)
Cut a three inch length of cucumber and coarsely chop (set remaining cucumber aside to make cucumber ribbons). Place the chopped cucumber in cocktail shaker and muddle vigorously. Add the tequila to the cocktail shaker, shake for a minute or so and set aside (no ice is needed). Pour water and limeade concentrate into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain the tequila mixture, and stir into gelatin mixture along with the Cointreau. Pour mixture into loaf pan. Place in refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).
To serve, cut into desired shapes. To make the cucumber ribbons, peel the length of the remaining cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Tie each jelly shot with a ribbon. Trim ends to desired length.
Makes 18 to 24 jelly shots.
1 tbsp large crystal sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Mix ingredients, and place in small bowl for dipping.
Enjoy a tequila based cocktail today in honor of National Tequila Day, and I’m sure your day will go nowhere but up from there.