Margarita may refer to an island in the Caribbean, a controversial doctor who dispenses advice on sex and sexuality, or it can be the name of one of my favorite cocktail drinks. Triple Sec, and citrus juice. It can be served on the rocks, blended, or straight.
In making a margarita drink, the most common citrus juice used is either lime or lemon. But my sister-in-law, Ava, who makes the best margarita in the family uses kalamansi juice instead and the margarita not only tastes better with the substitution the drink looks much brighter as well. Just see the difference.
In the photo above, native lemon juice was used. In the photo below, kalamansi juice was substituted. Okay, so you cannot use kalamansi slices to garnish the margarita glasses because the kalamansi is too small but who cares about ornaments when the taste and color of the cocktail drink itself are far better?
Now, let’s go to the “simple syrup” mentioned in the title. Simple syrup is water and sugar, one to one ratio, boiled together until syrupy. It is also sometimes called simple sugar syrup or bar syrup. But why not just add sugar to the cocktail mix? Texture. Using simple syrup instead of sugar results in a smoother and richer texture.
First, prepare the margarita glass. Place some table salt on a saucer. Take a kalamansi half, run around the rim of the glass then press the wet glass rim into the salt in the saucer. Now, mix the drink. There are many formulas but the most common ratio is 50% tequila, 25% Triple Sec and 25% juice. Measure the tequila, Triple Sec, and juice in a shaker. Shake. Add some syrup. Shake again. Taste. Make the necessary adjustments by increasing the amount of one or more of the ingredients. Then, pour the mixed liquid into the blender, add ice, and blend.