February 11, 2017 Sarah Lefebvre

Getting Ready for National Margarita Weekend!

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That’s right foodie friends, this weekend we’re all celebrating! It’s National Margarita Weekend! Now let’s celebrate by uncapping that tequila, slicing those limes, and salting those rims.

We all love food. And what goes better with food than a good drink! The Forq app isn’t just for food recipes; there are drink recipes too! In preparation for National Margarita Weekend, I searched through the Forq app to find a Classic Margarita Recipe:

cocktails-386776_960_720Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz tequila

1/2 oz triple sec (or Grand Marnier)

2 oz sour mix

1/2 oz lime juice

limes for garnish

salt

Steps:

1) Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake

2) Rub the rim of glass with lime, then dip in margarita salt

3) Add ice to glass

4) Pour shaken margarita in the glass and garnish with lime wedge

Yum! Margaritas are my drink of choice. And believe me, there is a difference between a good marg and a bad marg. It makes a huge difference if you make a margarita yourself versus just buying margarita mix and calling it a day!

Now for a lesson in ~tequila~. I know it can be a scary alcohol– my own tequila-893504_960_720mother will not even touch it after a bad experience she had with it over twenty years ago! So here’s the deal: tequila is an alcohol that comes only from the blue agave plant. Tequila’s cousin, mezcal, can be made from any type of agave. Therefore, all tequilas are technically mezcals, but mezcal is not tequila. Confused? Don’t be! Mezcal’s agave plants are cooked underground, giving it a distinct smokey flavor different from most tequilas. So should you use mezcal in your margaritas? Probably not!

There are also three types of tequilas: silver, reposado, and añejo. This is IMG_5433all based off of how long the tequilas are aged. Silvers can be aged up to two months. These are the tequilas that have the distinct “tequila taste.” They’re also the cheapest and the kind that should be used while making your margaritas. Don’t waste money on an aged tequila when making a mixed drink with it! Reposado is the middle of the road tequila and is my personal favorite. Aged between 2-11 months, it is usually darker in color and becomes much smoother than silver. Añejo is aged for at least one year. It becomes much smoother and much more complex, making it the type of spirit you are supposed to sip on. It also begins to take the flavor of the barrel it is aged in, sometimes resembling an alcohol like a cognac more than a tequila.

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So for your margaritas this weekend, I definitely recommend a silver tequila. Jose Cuervo may be the most popular, but I recommend trying something new. Jose Gold is artificially dyed with gold coloring; I like my tequila to be 100% pure blue agave. My favorite cost-effective tequila is Espolòn Tequila. It has a pure agave taste that is perfect for margaritas. Another option I recommend is Milagro Tequila. A tad bit more expensive than Espolòn, its smoothness will make the perfect drink.

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