Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tequila Lime Cooler

A friend recently recommended Rick Bayless' 'Authentic Mexican' to keep me occupied in the evenings. While I'm unable to recreate many of the recipes (lacking many basic untensils in the trailer's spartan kitchen), I did go to the trouble of making some home-made margaritas, using Mr Bayless' lime cooler as the basis. It's light and fresh and beats the commercial sweet and sour mix any day of the week.

Agua de Limon (makes 1/2 litre)

5 dark green limes
1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
1/2 litre water (2 cups)

Carefully grate the limes (avoiding the white pith) into a bowl. Add 1/2 litre of cold water and allow the flavours to develop for an hour or so.
Strain the mixture through a very fine mesh sieve (I discovered a coffee filter workes very well), extracting as much liquid as possible from the zest. Stir in the sugar, a little at a time, and adjust the amount according to taste.

To make a 'margarita':

50ml freshly squeezed lime juice
250ml agua de limon
pinch of salt
50ml tequila
Dash of triple sec (or orange juice)

Mix the above and allow to stand for 1 hour. Add ice and serve.

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