A fruity and refreshing margarita recipe from Alton Brown himself!
There are many, many variations of the basic margarita recipe, probably because tequila pairs so well with so many different kinds of fruit.
This recipe from Alton Brown is fairly classic in terms of flavor (tequila/orange/lime), but whereas many margarita recipes call for an orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier, this one uses fresh orange juice instead.
Can I use store-bought lime juice in my margarita?
It may be tempting to reach for a bottle of lime juice, but any cocktail connoisseur will tell you that it's no substitute for the freshly squeezed variety!
Some might even go so far as to say that the quality of the lime juice in the mix is more important than that of the tequila!
That being said, the 100% Blue Agave Tequila used in this recipe is the 'creme de la creme' of tequilas, and definitely the one we'd recommend.
Whilst this light and fruity margarita is perfect just as it comes, there are a few ways you can change it up!
Instead of serving it as a shaken cocktail, why not make it a frozen margarita instead?
Once you've extraced the juice from the orange and limes, simply add it to a blender along with the tequila, agave nectar and ice, then whiz it all together for a frosty and refreshing treat.
Switch the orange for an orange liqueur
Blue curacao is a good one to try, because it gives the cocktail such a fun and colorful appearance, without changing the flavor too drastically!
Use a different fruit
We think it's definitely worth experimenting, in the interests of research, of course!
And if you love tequila, be sure to try this recipe for Raspberry Mint Tequila Smash.