2.04.2005

Well Slap My Ass and Call Me Betty

if this doesn't steal your heart, then there's no hope for you:

EMERIL'S FRESH AND FIERCE MARGARITAS

Ingredients needed:

1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 cups premium tequila
1 1/2 cups triple sec
Lime slices, for garnish
1/4 cup coarse salt

Combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, sugar, lime zest, and lemon zest in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, and cook until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.

Combine the cooled citrus syrup with the tequila and triple sec and chill thoroughly.

Meanwhile, chill margarita glasses and then wet the rim of each with a lime slice. Put the salt in a saucer and dip the rims into the salt.

Serve the chilled margarita mixture in salted glasses, over ice if desired, garnished with lime slices.

Makes 2 quarts, 8 to 10 servings