When asked to bring something to a cookout, I typically always bring a big old batch of pre- mixed cocktails. In California, in the summer, the pitcher of margarita is always welcome. So here’s my go to recipe.
Just in time for Memorial day festivities…
makes about 2 quarts/ 20 drinks
For a batch cocktail like this, using top shelf tequila is silly. Don’t use the rot-gut either. You should spend about $12 on whatever bottle you get. Sauza is dependable.
I like to add a hint of grapefruit juice to my mix, too; make it a cross between a margarita and a paloma blanca.
3 cups blanco tequila
Juice of 1 1/2 grapefruits
Juice of 8 limes
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup cointreau or grand marnier
Juice the fruit, strain into a bottle. The straining is not to simply omit pulp, it actually helps preserve the juice. And a glass bottle is best, as well, for the same reason. Add agave nectar 1/4 cup at a time, taste for sweetness. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit, you might use more or less agave. (NOTE: you can also sub in simple syrup if you don’t have agave, just use a little more simple; its not as sweet.)
Add tequila and orange liqueur.
To serve, shake over ice, and serve in a salt-rimmed glass.