Dad's Margaritas

Dad's Margaritas

WARNING: these margaritas are not for the faint of heart. I limit first timers to one, in order to see whether they can truly handle them. These are oh-no-I-can’t-get-off-the-couch margaritas. They are stealth attack margaritas. They are my father’s recipe and they are perfect.

You will need fresh citrus fruits (a good variety: the standards are oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit, but I’ve used tangerines and clementines before and it’s all good). Whatever is kicking around your fridge or on sale at the store will work. You will want a juicer, though you can do it by hand and smugly feel like you’ve earned a victory drink at the end. Get the best quality pulpy orange juice your grocery store carries. This is to top up your fresh juice volume; i.e. more fresh juice = less OJ, less fresh juice = more OJ. Whatever gets you to 840ml (28oz) in the end. Regarding lime juice, I use Rose’s if I can find it. For the tequila, Dad recommends the Kirkland Signature Tequila Anejo from Costco for its smooth flavor, high praise from reviewers, and excellent price (a bargain at $19.99 per litre). However, if you are like me and do not have access to a Costco, a good substitute is any golden tequila you would sip neat (or, if that isn’t helpful, any golden tequila on the shelf from elbow height or higher at the liquor store).

The alcohol to juice ratio is about 1:1, which at first seems like Too Much, but bear with me. The amount of fresh squeezed delicious juice you use fully covers up the alcohol flavor. “Oh but I hate tequila after doing a billion tequila shots in college wah wah wah” you say, untrustingly. “Please trust me, you will be fine,” I reply. I have had zero complaints on these margaritas, potentially because these margs make everyone happy and also because everyone loves telling stories about that one time they barfed on their roommate’s boyfriend after drinking half a bottle of Jose Cuervo.

I usually serve these on the rocks but if you have a nice blender (I’m jealous) go ahead and make some frozen margaritas. I like to put the whole recipe in a big pitcher with slices of orange or grapefruit, which gives you a snack for later. Win/win!

Ingredients & Method:

  • large amount of fresh citrus (8-12 oranges, 4-6 lemons, 8-12 limes, 1-2 red grapefruit)

  • 500ml bottle of orange juice with lots of pulp

  • 120ml (4 oz) lime juice, preferably Rose’s

  • 240ml (8 oz) Grand Marnier

  • 360ml (12 oz) triple sec

  • 360ml (12 oz) golden tequila

  1. Juice all the citrus fruits. Measure collected juice and top up the amount with pulpy orange juice until you have 840ml (28 oz). Stir in lime juice and pour juices into a large pitcher.

  2. Stir Grand Marnier, triple sec, and tequila into the pitcher. Add some slices of orange or grapefruit. Pour margaritas over ice in rocks glasses and serve. This recipe should make a little less than 2 litres of margaritas. *Don’t add ice to the pitcher, since it will water the drinks down

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