By KD Angle-Traegner, Founder & Editor
Since deciding to do this post was a bit spontaneous, I didn’t shop for margarita ingredients beforehand. I had to use what was readily available to me in my pantry. Nosing around I found a bottle of Avión Silver Tequila and Avión Reposado Tequlia– both perfect for making a margarita. I also discovered a bottle of organic light agave syrup, which is the perfect compliment to the tequlia. Next I went looking for limes but I came up empty-handed. It started to look as if no margaritas were to be had but then I stumbled upon a bag of clementines and two lemons. Success! I could work with these ingredients.
My favorite margaritas have three ingredients: tequila, agave, and lime juice. I haven’t tried to make a margarita from a clementine before, but I figured it would be somewhat similar. I juiced up the oranges and the lemons, added a bit of agave to sweeten the sour, and dumped some tequila in it. I played around with the ratio of tequila to juice and think I’ve hit upon the perfect mix. Then again, I started “testing” ratios this afternoon in my sun-filled kitchen on an empty stomach so it’s really anyone’s guess if I wrote down the recipe right ;)
Just kidding. This cocktail was yummy. I may or may not have texted my wife to tell her that my job was better than her job along with a snapshot of my mostly gone margarita. I’m sure she thought it was as funny as I did.
I don’t care for salt on my margarita thank-you-very-much, but sometimes I do like sugar. I thought that a little salted sugar would go good with the lemon/orange combo and so I mixed up a little pink himalayan salt and sugar mix to rim the glasses. I used a 3 to 1 ratio of sugar to salt but you can change it up based on your preferences. Now, let’s mix up a margarita!
- 5 clementine oranges
- 2 lemons
- 2 tablespoons (light) agave syrup
- 2 ounces (or more) 100% agave Silver or Reposado tequila
- Pink salt & Sugar to rim the glass (optional)
- Juice the lemons and clementine oranges together. Add agave and tequila. Stir to combine. Dump over ice and enjoy!
- To rim the glass: Mix 3 parts sugar with 1 part pink himalayan salt together in a shallow bowl. Dip glass in a little bit of juice and dip into sugar/salt mixture.