Summer is almost upon us and that means one thing is certain in the Jaynes household: margaritas. We love us a good margarita over here. We used to use pre-made mix but I always found it to be a bit too sweet and syrupy for my taste. One day last Summer I set out to make my own margarita from scratch and I've never looked back! So when Samantha and Cristina announced that this month's Cooks in the Kitchen ingredient was limes I knew immediately I wanted to make some sort of variation of a margarita.
It's sort of a running joke among my in-laws that I love to add herbs to my cocktails (like this rosemary lime spritzer.) Basil is one of my favorites and it adds such a refreshing twist to a classic margarita. The touch of sugar mixed with the rim salt turns up the sweetness just a notch. This is definitely my new favorite cocktail and is one I can totally see myself sipping with a nice al fresco dinner on the porch. Mmmmm... is it Summer yet?
Basil Lime Margarita
- Juice from 1 lime (about 1.5 Tbsp)
- 1/3 Cup water
- 4 basil leaves, plus 1 more for garnish
- 1.5 oz good quality tequila (I prefer gold, but silver is fine too)
- 1 Tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
- Combine salt and sugar and spread out on a plate. Wet the rim of your glass with a slice of lime and dip into the salt & sugar mixture. Set glass aside.
- Muddle basil in lime juice and water. Strain into salted glass. Add tequila and agave syrup and stir until syrup is dissolved. Add ice and garnish with a basil leaf and lime slice.