Makes 2 drinks
4 oz silver tequila (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice (3 Tbl)
1 oz Grand Marnier (2 Tbl)
1/2 oz simple syrup (1 Tbl) (see recipe below)
ice (both for shaking the drink and filling the glass)
an extra slice of lime (for salting the glass rim)
Run the sliced lime along the rims of 2 glasses, leaving a film of lime juice just along the edge. Spread the salt over the base of a small dish, then dip the lime-rimmed glasses into the salt. Set aside to dry.
Fill the salt-rimmed glasses with ice cubes. Combine the tequila, lime juice, Grand Marnier, simple syrup and a good handful of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake for at least 30 seconds. (It’s important to give this a really good, thorough shake to get the drink really cold, and to dilute it with melted ice. Otherwise, your margarita will be way too strong.) Pour into the prepared glasses. Serve immediately.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Combine the water and sugar in a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an air-tight container.