When I was in my 20s I could stay out until 4 am closing the bars in NY (crossing the border from CT because the bars there closed at 2 am) and get up at 7:30 every morning for work. We used to take turns being the DD (designated driver) and had a lot of fun getting the “boys” to buy us drinks. NOW that I'm…. ahem [no longer in my 20s], I find it very hard to stay awake past 11 pm, lol. So very sad, I know, but I still enjoy a cocktail every now and then.
My favorite drink in the whole world is a margarita. At first, I could only drink a frozen margarita–no one really seemed to know how to make a tasty margarita on the rocks (at least at the establishments we frequented). Then a friend took me to this AMAZING authentic Mexican restaurant and ordered a pitcher of margaritas… on the rocks. I was very hesitant to try it because every previous time I'd had a margarita on the rocks, it was terrible. Too sour, too strong or just plain bad.So I took a tiny sip. I couldn't believe how delicious it was. Between the three of us we drank 3 pitchers of margaritas (and shared a cab home from the restaurant).
I asked the bartender to tell me how to make a good margarita. He said it's easy, tequila, triple sec, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. He said the secret to a really good margarita, whether it's frozen, flavored or on the rocks, is the quality of the tequila (and it MUST be 100% pure Agave). If you have crappy tequila, you are going to have a crappy margarita. I don't care how much flavoring you add, it's not going to mask the taste of bad tequila.
The good news is, you don't have to spend a ton of money to find a good tequila. Granted, Patron is a yummy, smooth premium tequila, but you are going to pay a premium price for it (around $40 for a 750 ml bottle). Whereas an economical brand like el Jimador is roughly half that price and has a wonderful flavor that is perfect for margaritas. It has a pleasant, citrusy smell, and the flavor is smooth and crisp, not harsh at all. I could actually sip it over ice and be happy, you would NEVER catch me doing that with Jose or some other inexpensive, mainstream brand.
Today is the start of a new semi-regular blog post called Margarita Monday, where I will share with you a new margarita recipe. Some will be on the rocks, some will be frozen; all will be delicious!
So for the official kickoff of Margarita Monday, I decided to share with you a creation of my own called a Pomberry Margarita. It's not too sweet, very refreshing and delicious, if I do say so myself.
Margarita Monday – Pomberry Margarita
- 3 oz tequila blanco
- 3 oz triple sec
- 6oz Pom Wonderful juice (pomegranate juice)
- 1 C Dole Wildly Nutritious Cherry Berry Blend (unsweetened frozen fruit, you can substitute your favorite frozen fruit, if sweetened, eliminate the added sugar)
- Juice from 2 limes
- 2 T sugar
- 2 cups ice
- margarita salt or sugar for the rim (optional)
- In a blender, add the tequila, triple sec, Pom juice, frozen fruit, lime juice and sugar.
- Fill the blender with ice and blend until smooth.
- Pour into 2 rimmed glasses and serve immediately.
I had my BFF visiting from Florida this week and she happily volunteered to be my taste tester (I REALLY had to twist her arm, not!) After a couple of tries I finally got the sweet-to-sour ratio just right. Pom juice has no added sugar–it is naturally sweet on it's own–so depending on how you like your margaritas you may want to add more or less sugar than I did.
As you can see by the glass below, it turned out delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!