When I consume too much tequila, I have an alter ego that rears his ugly head. He's affectionately dubbed "Margarita Boy" by friends and family. Too many margaritas or shots of tequila transform me from a responsible, sensitive introvert into a raging extrovert who tends to engage in juvenile behavior and by the end of the evening, I'm stumbling around like Keith Richards circa 1975. I could regale you with stories of this behavior, but I don't want to sully my good name any further. Fortunately, Margarita Boy hasn't appeared in the last couple of years. This, I think, is a good thing.
My blogging alter ego, muddywaters, also loves tequila. However, he practices some restraint with this liquid libation. I love margaritas, but I'm a bit picky about how I prepare them. I don't care for overly sweet, slushy margaritas that mask the flavor of the tequila. I want my margarita tart, and I feel all the flavors should have equal billing. The following recipe meets my criterion for a good margarita:
Ingredients for one drink:
- 1/4 cup Tequila
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/8 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/8 cup triple sec or other orange liqueur
- Salt rim of glass.
- Place crushed ice in glass
- Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
- Pour into glass.
- Garnish with lime and fresh cranberries.