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Mexican Margaritas
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12
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Mexican Margaritas

Get the party started with this perfect blend of lime and orange-liqueur in an icy tequila slush.

Ingredients

1 1/3
cups orange-flavored liqueur
1
cup lime juice
2
to 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, if desired
8
cups ice cubes, crushed
2
limes, cut into wedges, if desired
1/2
cup coarse salt, if desired
2/3
cup tequila

Directions

  • 1 In blender or food processor, place orange liqueur, lime juice, powdered sugar and ice. Cover; blend until smooth. Spoon into nonmetal freezer container. Cover; freeze until almost firm, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • 2 To serve, if mixture freezes completely, let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Rub rims of glasses with lime wedges; dip in salt to coat.
  • 3 Into blender or food processor, spoon orange liqueur mixture; blend until slushy. Place 1/2 cup slush in each salt-rimmed glass; add 1 to 2 tablespoons tequila. Garnish with lime wedges.
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Tequila Guide: Getting Beyond the Shot Glass

As prepared by NY Barfly,

Pretty much everyone has a tequila story, and many of them do not have happy endings.


That’s what happens when you throw back a few shots of the stuff – which is how partiers have long imbibed this agave-based spirit. Well, it’s time to move beyond those crazy college shindigs and take another look at the liquor. There are many artisanal labels rolling out these days, and they can be enjoyed in cocktails or even sipped with a few cubes of ice. Check out our guide to the spirit below – cheers!

tequila shot

Tequila Basics


Tequila is made in Mexico from the blue agave plant. Although there are other agave-based liquors, to be dubbed a true tequila the label has to be distilled in a specific region of Mexico – just like a sparking wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from a specific area of France. The spirit is potent, with most labels clocking in at 80 proof. Also – it’s an urban legend that there is a worm at the bottom of the bottle. That’s only the case for the cheapest of the cheap, or for a label trying to capitalize on that myth.

different types of tequila

Types of Tequila


There are a few different types of tequila, but you’re likely to encounter three in most circumstances. Blanco is white tequila, it’s not aged in barrels (this process gives liquors a darker hue) and is easy to mix with cocktails. Reposado is put in oak barrels and will be slight darker, and slightly more expensive since it is aged. Anejo is aged for the longest amount of time and will be the priciest at your liquor store. This higher-end tequila type is kept in the wooden barrels for over a year and sometimes up to three years. Instead of mixing an Anejo into a cocktail, try pouring it over some ice and sipping it like you would a fine scotch (check out our beginner’s guide to scotch if you need an intro).

mexican margaritas

Master the Margarita


Of course, the ultimate tequila cocktail is the Mexican Margarita. Is there anything better than this mix of tequila, lime and orange liqueur? Not so much. You can play around with the measurements, but the standard recipe is 1.5 ounces tequila mixed with 1.5 ounces of lime juice and one ounce of triple sec, with a spoonful of sugar added to taste. Mix it up, pour it in a glass with ice and garnish with a lime. The salt vs. no salt debate has strong fans on each side, so we’ll leave that one up to you.

margarita jello shot recipe


Get Creative: Margarita Jello Shots


If you’re going to break out the shot glasses, don’t just start pouring the booze in and doing that whole salt and lime business. Get creative! Margarita Jello Shots are a great way to spice up your party without feeling like you’ll need to siesta through your headache the next day. Check out the recipe here.

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Tips  

There are several types of orange-flavored liqueurs available, including Triple Sec, Cointreau and curacao. All will work well in this recipe.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
45
(
Calories from Fat
0
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
10mg
0%
Potassium
20mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
11g
4%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
9g
)
Protein
0g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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