Perfect Margaritas


Perfect Margaritas
Recipe Type: Cocktails
Author: Cook’s Illustrated
Serves: 2-4
You’ll need to plan ahead for this recipe. The “flavor melding” time really does make a difference.
  • 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
  1. Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt in
  2. large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until
  3. flavors meld, 4 to 24 hours.
  4. Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita or double oldfashioned
  5. glasses. Strain juice mixture into 1-quart pitcher or cocktail
  6. shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir or
  7. shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds. Strain
  8. into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately.



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