My Mom’s Margaritas
My mother– and if you know me or my family you are already aware– makes the best, most delicious, most perfect (not exaggerating and still don’t quite understand how she does it) margaritas. My friends will randomly be like “I could use one of your mom’s margaritas right now…” and I’m just like SAME.
I remember there always being a pitcher in the fridge since forever. If it got low, mom would whip up more. It’s a staple in our household, no matter the time of year!
One time, when my little sister was 7 years old she had her friend over to play during the summer. They were hot and therefore thirsty. They wandered into the kitchen, mosied around in the fridge and ended up chugging what they THOUGHT was lemonade. From here on after you knew the margarita pitcher was the one with the sticky note that had a skull and crossbones drawn on it. Mom drew it herself one minute after she hung up the phone apologizing for letting another seven-year-old ingest alcohol (aka poison according to her sticky) on her watch.
That’s a story we’ll all never stop telling.
Now that my sisters and I are all of age, it’s something that brings comfort to us! We’ll go over for “Mom’s Margaritas” and just chat and have dinner. We all text her periodically, “What’s your marg recipe” or “Need your marg recipe” or even just “is it 2 parts tequila 1 part triple sec?” Either way, we all only want to make and drink hers. What makes them different is the simplicity of them. They aren’t filled with sugar, they are so refreshing and you won’t even believe how easy it is to make a big pitcher without a million steps. Simple mix, lime, salt, serve on the rocks.
So I texted Chris for her written version and this is what I got:
The Sacred Recipe:
1 Part Triple Sec
3 Parts Tequila
1 Part Frozen Lime Concentrate (We use the limeade shown above or frozen concentrate)
1 Parts Water
“It may need a little more alcohol – just keep it 3 tequilas to 1 triple sec. Comprende?” – Mom.
(Yes, she said Comprende. Can you tell she eyeballs it… But somehow it still turns out perfect. Every. Single. Time.)
- Use a fresh-cut lime wedge to rim the glass – not water or simple syrup!
- Use large, chunky sea salt to garnish the rim – not fine, iodized salt.
- Squeeze the rest of the lime wedge into the empty glass and Mom will usually toss the squeezed wedge peel in too (I follow suit).
- Then add 3-4 refrigerator type or just “nicer” ice cubes.
- Pour yourself a drink!!!
- Make sure to let your frozen lime concentrate thaw out if using it.
- Do not use orange juice – I find this to be a sin!! If your parts are right, you don’t need it, it’s just extra sugar.
Share with me (@oliviaquinlan) or her (@chrisquinlann) on Instagram if you make them! She will be SO happy!!!