The Lucky Libation: Margaritas
Soooooo, it's time for a new series! The Luck Libation is a series that will be published the first Friday of every month where I discuss a certain beverage and then give you my favorite recipe for it. This month, it's Margarita's! Seeing as March is my birth month, I thought I'd share my favorite drink of all time.
The Margarita is a drink that typically consists of tequila, lime juice, and agave (or simple syrup). Other recipes may add triple sec or egg whites or other flavours! There are many different origin stories for the margarita but it is well known that its home country is Mexico.
The first time I ever tried a margarita was probably in either Costa Rica or Jamaica. I don't think I would've had one in Costa Rica as they are not overly popular there but who knows! I do remember having my first margarita in Jamaica at a Margaritaville with my parents. It was giant, delicious, and oh-so limey.
Alright, let's get this party going. I usually begin making margaritas by prepping my limes but as I was on a time constraint I bought a (very expensive) bottle of pre-squeezed limes. As I begin every recipe whether I'm cooking, baking, or drinking, I pulled out all the ingredients I would need to make my margarita.
Usually, I'll use a shaker, a shot glass, and a lime squeezer as pictured above. I'll also use mundane objects like a knife and a glass for the beverage (obviously). After I've prepped my limes, I'll pour the juice into a container that I can easily pour into a shot glass. My first step is to put ice into my cocktail shaker. After that, I'll throw all of my liquids into the shaker and shake it up. DO NOT miss the important step of listening to latin or bachata music while shaking your cocktail and shaking your booty.
As I was figuring out what recipe was best for my margarita, I made a very cool version of simple syrup with water, sugar, and a vanilla bean! To make simple syrup, you must simmer the sugar and water until all the sugar is dissolved and then steep the vanilla bean in until you achieve the taste you would like!
I also tried making this recipe with agave syrup and though I looooove using agave, I really wanted to find a good vanilla balance so I opted for the vanilla bean simple syrup.
Though I used vanilla bean, you can really substitute it for any flavour you want; oranges, mint, jalapeños. Whatever you use, test as much as you like but drink responsibly! And enjoy your taste of sunshine and beaches <3
Vanilla Bean Margarita
Prep Time: 3-15 min (depending on lime squeezing)
1 oz. Tequila
2 oz. Lime Juice (3 Medium-Large Limes)
1 oz. Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
1 Vanilla Bean
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
Salt for Rim
- Heat stove top to medium-high. Pour equal parts sugar to water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once all the sugar is dissolved, place scraped vanilla bean in the sauce pan and take off of heat to let steep.
- Juice limes with either a juicer or squeezer. Set aside lime juice for later.
- Dance around your kitchen until simple syrup is cool enough.
- Add your tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and vanilla extract to cocktail shaker along with ice to cool while shaking.
- Shake it up.
- Rim your glass with a slice lime first and salt second.
- Pour your beverage into your glass and add a lime slice for garnish.
- Throw on Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett and DRINK AWAY
Thats all for today folks. If I'm being honest, it's been a hot minute since I've sat on a beach with a margarita in hand. Dreaming of the days ahead of me this summer in Florida.
Happy drinking, Hannah xoxo