Brent’s Best Margaritas

Brent’s Best Margaritas

Quality tequila matters according to my brother-in-law Brent, and so does zesting the limes over the pot to catch all the oils. This is the kind of margarita making details that make all the difference. He should know as he’s been mixing up margaritas for us, the family and friends for years. It’s something we all look forward to every summer.

We all sit patiently under an umbrellaed table, just sheltered enough from the blazing mid-afternoon sun and can hear him juicing and mixing away through the screened patio door. We wait as patiently as we can and are awarded a puckering, yet refreshing blast of lime margarita. They’re fantastic, and as you will see in the recipe, they can be served up 3 different ways. Brent was gracious enough to part with his recipe and I’ve kept it very close to his original because it’s hard to mess with a drink that’s already so darn good.

As luck would have it, my husband was in Arizona this spring and was able to buy me a bottle of Patron at a very good price, so I was able to keep to true to quality ingredients. It comes through in the taste, as does the fresh lime juice and zest. So cheers to my brother-in-law Brent for his wonderful recipe, his gracious nature to mix and pour for us and the smiles this fantastic margarita brings to all our faces.

 

Other great summer beverages!

Zesty Michelada

Apple Lime Slush

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

 

Brent's Best Margaritas
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    Servings
    6- 61/2 ounce servings
    Servings
    6- 61/2 ounce servings
    Brent's Best Margaritas
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      Servings
      6- 61/2 ounce servings
      Servings
      6- 61/2 ounce servings
      Ingredients
      Servings: 61/2 ounce servings
      Instructions
      1. Bring water, sugar and lime zest to a full boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled.
      2. Strain chilled syrup into a medium size pitcher and stir in lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and triple sec.
      3. Combine fine sea salt and a small amount of lime zest in a shallow dish that is wide enough to fit the rim of your serving glass. Wet the edge of the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in salt.
      4. Serving option #1 Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass and serve immediately.
      5. Serving option #2 Fill a prepared serving glass 1/4 full with ice and top with 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix. Serve immediately.
      6. Serving option #3 Freeze margarita mix in a sealable shallow container until firm. Scoop out into a prepared serving glass and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      The frozen version of this recipe is undiluted with ice from shaking and/or serving and therefore slightly stronger in taste.  As the slush melts it chills the glass and softens to slurpable goodness.  My favourite!

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      Mango Peach Margaritas

      Mango Peach Margaritas

      One of my favourite leisure activities is to thumb through a copy of Bon Appetite or Gourmet Magazine, studying the photos, perusing the recipes, taking in an article and stopping only to refill my wine glass. It could be the latest copy or something from 2005, because yes, I keep them all! It really doesn’t matter since something from 2005 seems just as new and inviting to me as my current crisp edition. For me it’s the “down time” and a time to let my imagination wander to the possibilities after reading a recipe. So Mango Peach Margaritas is my little version of just such a recipe I happen to come across.

      Today I’m sharing a variation of Gourmet’s Mango Frozen Margarita. My first instinct was to make it more of a frozen slushy type of drink but quickly noticed that the even with the ice, the mixture tends to be more of a fruity puree by using soft fruits such as mangos and peaches. It’s got a fruity sweetness that’s jazzed up with a good dose of lime and tequila. I find it to be the perfect fruit blend to share with my girlfriends even when I don’t have the best of blenders.  You know the ones that leave behind little bits that just won’t blend? Yup, that’s what I have and because my girlfriend kindly volunteered her Ninja blender for the next time we want cool slushy cocktails and raved about how much she loved it, I thought you might want to check out the Cooking Detective Ninja Blender Review “in the blender“.  It has features and ratings of the numerous Ninja blenders available, just in case you’re in need of one like I am.

      Even though I made the mixture in advance I simply threw it in the freezer and gave it a quick whiz in the blender when my pals arrived. And good pals will happily chew on any itty bitty stray fruit chunks without complaint. Enjoy!

      Recipe source for Mango Peach Margaritas:  Adapted from Gourmet’s Mango Frozen Margaritas

       

      Mango Peach Margaritas
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        4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
        Mango Peach Margaritas
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          4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          4 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: 8 ounce drinks
          Instructions
          1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If serving later, you can freeze and re-blend when ready to serve or refrigerate and serve with ice. Makes about 4 cups.
          Tequila Pineapple Punch

          Tequila Pineapple Punch

          Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Pineapple Punch. A fruity drink made from fresh pineapple and spiked with tequila and white wine. Refreshing and fun to drink because of its fruity nature and because it’s made with all fresh fruits, it’s not too sweet. A great party drink for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or back yard BBQ this summer.

          While many of us celebrate Cinco de Mayo for Mexican heritage and culture with Mexican themed food, drinks and parties, the people of Mexico celebrate for their victory over the French in 1862. So no matter why or how you celebrate, it’s always fun to celebrate with boozy beverages. Tequila Pineapple Punch is super easy to put together and easier yet to pass the pitcher around. Enjoy!

          Recipe source for Tequila Pineapple Punch:  Compelled To Cook

           

          Tequila Pineapple Punch
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            6 10 ounce drinks 20 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            6 10 ounce drinks 20 minutes
            Tequila Pineapple Punch
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              Servings Prep Time
              6 10 ounce drinks 20 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              6 10 ounce drinks 20 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: 10 ounce drinks
              Instructions
              1. Cut ends off pinapple and trim off rough outer skin without cutting too far into the flesh. Cut pineapple into quarters horizontally. Lay each quarter flat and trim out the woody core. Chop remaining flesh into large 1" chunks.
              2. Add half the pineapple chunks, ginger and half the orange juice to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into serving pitcher. Repeat with remaining pineapple and orange juice.
              3. To the pineapple puree stir in tequila, white wine, agave nectar and lime juice. Pour 1 cup punch over ice and top with approximately 1/4 cup of sparkling water.