Classic Lime Margarita, Blood Orange Margarita, & Pineapple Margarita Recipes. Listed from most sour to most sweet! Adjust the yield to 4 to create a pitcher of margaritas recipe.
Wash the fruit. Slice the limes (and oranges, if using) in half, and slice a wheel of lime (or orange, or pineapple wedge) for your garnish.
Pour some kosher salt onto a small plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim, making 2-3 passes around the glass. Dip the glass into the salt, and swirl it a little to coat the rim. Lift and set aside.
Juice your limes (and oranges, if using).
In a shaker, add the lime and other fruit juice (if using), Tequila, orange liqueur, and simple syrup (see notes), then fill the shaker with ice. Seal and shake for 10-15 seconds.
Pour shaker contents, ice included, into the prepared margarita glass. Garnish with preferred fruit garnish, and enjoy!
Easy Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Once combined, remove from heat and let cool. The reason for doing this is to dissolve the sugar into a liquid form. I typically use turbinado or raw sugar in my simple syrup.
*Note: simple syrup is not necessary when using sweeter fruit juices like orange or pineapple. You can also add fruit to the simple syrup during the cooking process to create sugary fruited syrups with different flavors. This works especially well with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. When adding fruits to the simple syrup, simply strain the syrup before using to eliminate cooked fruit residue and seeds. If using a fruited syrup in your classic margarita, add at least 1 ounce so the flavor comes through.
**If your margarita is too strong, add more fruit juice-- lime, orange, or pineapple! If you prefer your margarita to be sweeter, add more simple syrup! Drinks are a personal preference, so I hope this recipe gives you a great start!