mercredi 31 décembre 2008


Happy New Year 2009!

I am looking forward to finishing 2008 and starting the New Year with the view of blue sky and green-blue ocean and listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the sandy shore.
Yesterday we went to the beach at Cheburna where seashells are gather and can be picked up by the handful.

What better way to start the new year than with one of México's most famous drinks, a Margarita, even if you are not in sunny México?
I have learned that the real Margarita is not the frozen variety prepared in most Tex-Mex type restaurants (known in Progresso as a cruise ship slushy) but is made in a cocktail shaker and served over ice. To order here, it is a Margarita con rocas y con sal (o sin sal if you prefer not to have the salted rim).

There are many varieties of tequila available here ranging from harsh tasting to smooth. The true tequila is made from 100% agave. The smooth tasting ones are "reposado".  I prefer Margaritas made with golden tequila to the ones made with white or silver tequila.

Serves 1

1 lime wedge
Sea Salt, ground
60 mL (2 oz) tequila
25 mL (¾ oz) Controy (or Cointreau)
30 mL (2 Tbsp) limejuice
2.5 mL (1/2 tsp) simple syrup or sugar
Lime slice for garnish
Ice cubes

Rub rim of a glass with lime wedge, then swirl in salt to coat rim. Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and strain into prepared glass over ice. Garnish with lime slice.

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