summer is officially here in texas and there’s no better way to sit poolside than with a fresh margarita on the rocks. i wanted to try some unique flavor combinations, so naturally i teamed up with my favorite cocktail pal julie, of olive + rye, a simple and beautiful lifestyle blog, to create a summer margarita trio for y’all featuring three simple but delicious margarita recipes.
the key to a fantastic margarita (or any cocktail for that matter) is fresh ingredients. why waste your time with limeades and mixes when you can have the real thing? trust me, it makes all the difference when you take that first sip. since you’ll be using fresh fruit, there will be a lot of pulp, so you’ll want to use a hawthorne strainer for all three of these recipes.
another equally important tip is to use decent booze. it doesn’t necessarily have to be top shelf, but you’ll taste the quality with these recipes because there’s no artificial nonsense to mask it. you get me?
summer margarita trio
we’ve assembled a top notch variety of margaritas that are sure to please every palate. for those of you who like their summer sips with a kick, this grilled pineapple jalapeño marg will rock your world. it makes for a surprisingly complex flavor with the smokiness of the grilled pineapple paired with the of sweetness of licor 43, and that final zing of jalapeño. it’s an experience to say the least.
grilled pineapple + jalapeño margarita
2 rings grilled pineapple
2 oz reposada tequila
1/2 oz licor 43
juice of 1 lime
2-3 jalapeño slices, seeded if you want less kick
grill your pineapple rings on a bbq until they begin to caramelize. you want them to have a bit of char, but still be juicy. once cooled, remove the core from the rings and place them in your shaker and muddle until as much juice from the pineapple is drawn out as possible. from there, add the tequila, licor 43, lime juice, and jalapeño slices to your shaker.
fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker begins to condensate. strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice and add a slice of grilled pineapple and jalapeño for garnish.
note: if you don’t like spicy, then skip the jalapeños in the shaker, and just add a seeded ring to your drink at the end. you’ll still get some good heat from it.
this cucumber basil margarita is truly refreshing in every way. like all good margaritas, it’s not too sweet and not too boozy. the basil really ties it all together nicely, and this drink is one that you could sip on for hours.
cucumber basil margarita
8 cucumber slices
8 basil leaves
2 oz silver tequila
1/2 oz simple syrup
juice of 2 limes
place cucumber slices and basil leaves in a shaker and muddle until cucumbers are well juiced and basil is crushed. then add tequila, simple syrup, lime juice and top with ice. shake vigorously until the shaker begins to condensate. strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with a basil leaf and/or cucumber.
what i love most about this blueberry margarita is that it’s not too sweet. muddling the blueberries with brown sugar creates a dark, almost savory element to this margarita and the orange bitters are a nice alternative to the traditional triple sec.
1 small handful blueberries
1 bar spoonful brown sugar
1 1/2 oz silver tequila
juice of 1 lime
2 dashes orange bitters
place blueberries and brown sugar in a shaker and muddle until blueberries are well juiced and brown sugar has mostly dissolved. add tequila, lime juice, orange bitters and top with ice. shake mixture until the shaker begins to condensate and then strain into an ice filled glass. garnish with blueberries, and enjoy!
so there you have it folks, a summer margarita trio to match your tan lines. grab a sun hat, kick up your feet, try all three and let us know which is your favorite!