I know it has been a while since I have posted, but we moved!!! It has all been very exciting, but have not been cooking much due to the fact that we are just getting settled and we have been enjoying exploring all of the amazing food in our new neighborhood. We moved east from Silver Lake to Highland Park. Mike and I love having so much space and Luna is so much happier with her big yard. My new kitchen is huge and we have a great dining room for lots of dinner parties ahead. Although we have not been cooking much yet in our new home, there has def been no shortage of cocktails!!! Not only can moving drive you to drink, but the weather has been so amazing, that we have been blowing off steam outside whenever we can. On one of the many beautiful days we have had the last couple of weeks, we got together with our pal and made some homemade margaritas. They are so yummy that I don’t think I will ever go back to the bottled mix and will continue to explore with other flavors as well. Hope you try them and can’t wait to get back in the saddle and break in my new kitchen!!!
Fresh Squeezed Margaritas:
- 3/4 cup lemon juice, from 6 to 10 lemons
- 3/4 cup lime juice, from 8 to 12 limes
- 3 1/2 cups tequila
- 2 cups Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (you could use agave syrup instead)
- 2 quarts ice cubes
Juice lemons and limes by squeezing into a large measuring cup. Strain juice through a sieve into a pitcher to ensure no seeds are present. Make simple syrup by bringing equal parts sugar and water to a boil until sugar is dissolved and let cool.
If serving a large group, add all ingredients into a large pitcher and mix well. For individual cocktails, make the mix less the alcohol and shake cocktails individually adding alcohol as you wish (which is how I prefer it).
Rub rims of glasses with lime juice and dip into margarita salt. Serve margaritas over ice with a fresh lime slice. Last weekend we added pineapple juice into the mix and it was delish. Perfect for a warm day and even better after a stressful move!