Every year on Memorial Day, I unearth my blender from its cabinet as the inauguration ceremony for summer—or margarita season, as I like to call it. As if my life had a Jimmy Buffet soundtrack (it often does), my summer festivities always have plenty of limes, Jose Cuervo tequila, and a whirring blender as their centerpieces.
Summer is a time to relax and embrace informality. We ditch our cramped footwear for flip-flops, put aside tight jeans for freeing sundresses, and tone down the makeup to let our skin breathe. And why go to all the trouble of searching for the perfect bottle of wine when mixing up a good margarita is so simple and refreshing?
The Perfect Summer Drink
Margaritas are classic and coolly satisfying. They have the ideal summer blend of flavor and texture: cool, crisp, sweet, and with just the right kick. And they’re so simple to make if you choose quality ingredients. Buy fresh, ripe limes, margarita mix, and tequila, and you’re good to go. I find that Jose Cuervo is really the best tequila and mix to use. The brand was the first tequila producer in the world, and remains the international best seller. Nothing else that I’ve tried has been as smooth.
Mix It Up
With the Jose Cuervo mix, a basic margarita is as easy as cutting up a lime. As long as you have some kind of fruit juice, lime, and tequila, the flavor combinations in margaritas are infinite. Pomegranate margaritas, mango margaritas, and grapefruit margaritas are all delicious. Have fun experimenting on your own, or check out recipes at thebar.com.
Make your margarita a Cuervo Golden Margarita by throwing half an ounce of Grand Marnier into the mix.
DIY Drink Party
The simplicity and versatility of margaritas make them the ideal summer party drink.
Set up a DIY bar with all the fixings and utensils so that your guests can dream up and blend their own margaritas. Stock your DIY margarita party with plenty of limes, salt, Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix, and Jose Cuervo Especial Gold or Jose Cuervo Tradicional. Then, add some fun like Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, or fresh mangoes. For extra party fun, have everyone chip in and give a prize to the best creation.
Margaritas pair beautifully with zesty foods like fresh salsa because the piquancy works nicely with the drink’s sweetness. If you’ve ever tried fresh seafood, like raw oysters, with a Margarita, you’ve probably noticed how the drink’s lemon essence complements the seafood. And fried foods are particularly tasteful when paired with the sweet citrus.
If you’re looking to make your summer gatherings more happy, mix up some margaritas. Traditional or fancied up, they’re like nothing else.