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Happy Birthday Dr. Magnusson! – Leo’s Daddy’s Best Margaritas Recipe

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And here you thought the only thing I was good at fixing was dogs and cats…

Clearly this is not a pet-related post.

Because it’s my birthday, please enjoy this recipe I invented last year, that turned out to be The Greatest Pitcher of Margaritas Ever. :)

Makes not-quite-a-gallon

Three big limes for the drinks plus two extra limes for garnish
Three big lemons
salt for the rims
2 cans frozen limeade
12oz Cointreau
750mL bottle Martell VS Cognac (or equivalent higher end brandy)
750 mL bottle Centenario Anejo (or whatever tequila looks good at the time)

muddler & muddle-friendly container

STEP 1: Initial Citrus Fruit Preparation (Can be done the night before)

  1. Zest all three lemons and three of the limes.
  2. Juice zested lemons and limes.
  3. Add the juice to the zest.
  4. Combine with superfine sugar and two pinches salt, muddle, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. (should make about 12oz of juice)

STEP 2: Limeade Makes The Perfect Mixer

  1. In a large pitcher, combine frozen limeade and water.
  2. Filter ingredients from STEP 1 through a sieve, and add that to the limeade.

STEP 3A: If you choose to mix drinks one at a time

  • Dip the rim of each glass in lime juice, then into coarse salt and/or sugar to rim glass.
  • Make individual drink: 1.5oz tequila, 1/2 oz Presidente brandy, 1/2 oz Cointreau, and 3.5oz mix from STEP 2.
  • (split that further, into two smaller 3oz drinks, if you prefer)
  • Garnish with lime slices.
  • Sip and enjoy!

STEP 3B: If you prefer to make a big ol’ pitcher

  • Combine limeade/zest mixture from STEP 2 with the 12oz brandy/12oz Cointreau/750mL Tequila in a pitcher.

I hope you’ll try this recipe for your next summer party, and love it as much as we did last year! ~~ Dr. Magnusson

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