Put a little sip n zip in your 4th of July weekend with Chris Choate’s top shelf Margarita from from the forthcoming cookbook, An American Family Cooks by Judith Choate with Michael and Christopher Choate (Welcome Books, October 2013). Cheers!
Chris: Even though I started my career in a surfer-themed bar with really, really good Tex-Mex food, it wasn’t until I moved west and experienced the true margarita, as it was originally made in the 1940s, that I became a margarita fan. There are only three high-quality ingredients used in equal parts. This is an unadulterated recipe that has nothing to do with the chain-restaurant frozen drink. Simple, delish, and well-balanced.
Salt, to coat the rim of the glass
1/4 cup Herradura Silver tequila
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Wet the edge of a large martini glass and then dip it into salt. The salt should just lightly coat about 1/2 of the rim. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, liqueur, and juice; shake and shake until your hand is freezing, and then shake a little longer. Taste for balance, and if it is too tart, add a tiny amount of superfine sugar and shake again. Strain into the prepared glass and serve.