It has been so long since I’ve had a margarita. I mean it’s literally been years, but the “drought” ends today (or actually it was Sunday when I made it).
I’m not sure exactly why I haven’t had a margarita in years. Perhaps I forgot that they’re delicious. Or maybe it’s because I remember the pre-made margarita mix that we used once or five times and that made them, well, not so delicious. I suppose it’s not important, aside from the fact that I’ve been missing out on this tasty cocktail for too long.
You don’t need to wait for Cinco de Mayo to have a tasty margarita, especially one that has a pineapple twist. This is the kind of cocktail that goes down really easily! As with most other fruity cocktails, the pineapple is a subtle flavor. The pineapple juice and sugar helps to cut the sourness from lime juice.
I’ve been obsessed with pineapples lately. Exhibit A, my Pineapple Coconut Smoothie. Exhibit B, searching for the perfect pineapple fashion trends. Exhibit C, now this fancy drink. What’s next? A pineapple upside down cake? Hmm, I might pass on that because I tried to make an upside pear cake a few months ago and it turned out to be a gross disaster. Now I’m kinda scared to do anything that involves a cake being upside down.
Anyway, back to this lovely beverage. The key here is to use good tequila. Seriously, it will make your margarita 1,000 times better. We actually have two bottles of tequila in the house. The first bottle was purchased based on the price alone. The second was purchased because it’s a good brand. My husband did a little experiment with me with the tequila. He made me close my eyes, mixed up the bottles, and had me guess which one was the good tequila by smell alone. The cheap stuff smells “college.” I don’t really know how better to word that. It just smelled like the stuff a college kid would buy to “get the job done” instead of for the pleasure of drinking it. The good one actually smelled like a margarita should before you’ve added the other ingredients that make it a margarita. I passed the test, and my husband got to prove his point that you really do get what you pay for when you buy liquor.
Also, I suggest that you use fresh lime juice. It’s more messy but it’s worth it. Speaking of messy, it’s fun when the salt goes everywhere. No, not for a neat freak like me. You will likely spill some when you salt the rim or your sleeve will knock some off of the rim when you bump into. Can you see the white specs on the table? It’s the salt. I eventually gave up on cleaning it up. #foodbloggerproblems
Pineapple Margarita Recipe
- 1 jigger (1 and 1/2 ounces) tequila (I used Jose Cuervo)
- 1/2 jigger (3/4 ounce) Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 jigger (1 and 1/2 ounces) lime juice (usually about 1 whole lime worth)
- 2 jiggers (3 ounces) pineapple juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- ice, for the shaker
- course salt, for the rim of the glass (kosher salt works well too)
- (optional) pineapple chunks, for garnish
- Add the tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, and sugar to the shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker, and shake like crazy until it’s chilled.
- Place the salt in a shallow dish.
- Place a little bit of water (or lime juice if you have any extra) in a shallow dish.
- Moisten the rim of a glass by dipping it in the water dish and then slide it around in the salt dish.
- Pour the mixed drink into the glass.
- (Optional) Serve with pineapple chunks and/or slices of lime for garnish.
Adapted from: Chow
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