And to Go with the Enchiladas – Margaritas!

About a year ago, I ran across an article about the original margarita. Of course, that makes for key reading material for me. Apparently, according to this article, the Tequila Daisy is the original margarita and the recipe first appeared in 1953 in Esquire magazine. Is it the original? Who knows but the Spanish word for daisy is margarita….

The article went on to include the recipe for both the Tequila Daisy (from the Esquire article) and Ultimate Margarita (from Cooks Illustrated). I’m sharing both of these recipes with you!


Tequila Daisy

2 oz. blanco tequila (100% agave)
1 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass lightly rimmed with salt.

Ultimate Margarita
4tsp. grated lime zest
1/2C. lime juice from 2-3 medium limes
4tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2C. lemon juice from 2-3 medium lemons
1/4C. superfine sugar
Pinch of table salt
2C. crushed ice
1C. 100% agave tequila, preferably reposado
1C. Triple Sec

Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt in large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld (4-24 hours)

Divide 1C. crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita glasses. Strain juice mixture into 1 quart pitcher or cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir or shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20-60 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.

Enjoy! If you have an amazing margarita (or Tequila Daisy) recipe, please share it in the comments section. Also, don’t forget to forward Bright-Yellow to friends and family so that the reading community grows and grows!

PS – In case you don’t have time to watch “Oprah” like I do, KFC is giving away a free grilled chicken meal to folks who download this coupon: www.unthinkfc.com. I’m not sure that my new meat eating is at KFC level, but it is a free meal!

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One comment

  1. Today’s Groupon is for De Cero in the West Loop! We ate there this winter and the food is fabulous!! I highly recommend using that Groupon if you get the chance!!!

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