Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Best Margaritas Ever! No kidding!

 Summer is here and to celebrate we enjoyed Margaritas on the deck after our band jam session on Sunday.   

Julie brought her Vitamix machine to mix them.  I had never heard of a Vitamix blender, but after watching it perform on Sunday, I  am convinced that it is a versatile appliance and you might also be able to use it to polish rocks.  What I am saying is that unlike other blenders, it actually crushes ice.  No Problem.



 Best Margaritas Ever

(Trust me.  One of these and you are feeling no pain)

From Cook's Illustrated

Makes about 1 quart, serving 4 to 6

The longer the zest and juice mixture is allowed to steep, the more developed the citrus flavors in the finished margaritas. We recommend steeping for the full 24 hours, although the margaritas will still be great if the mixture is steeped only for the minimum 4 hours. If you're in a rush and need to serve margaritas immediately, omit the zest and skip the steeping process altogether.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • pinch table salt
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 cup 100 percent agave tequila, preferably Reposado
  • 1 cup Triple Sec

Instructions

  1. 1. Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt in large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, 4 to 24 hours.
  2. 2. Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita or double old-fashioned glasses. Strain juice mixture into 1-quart pitcher or cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir or shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately
  3.  
    It is not necessary to have a Vitamix blender to make these as long as you have crushed ice. They really are a very tasty frosty treat.

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