Ginger Margarita

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Here is a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy in the warm months to come.  I made this margarita for a Memorial Day party and all of the adult guests enjoyed it.  It's tart and sweet and really perfect to have with chips and salsa during your cocktail hour.  A candied ginger garnish is a great counterpoint that you can nibble on while drinking the cocktail.  I love ginger!   

Ingredients:

For simple syrup - 

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Knob of ginger

For cocktail - 

  • 1 & 1/2 parts silver tequila
  • 1/2 part freshly squeezed lime juice  (about 20 limes for a pitcher) 
  • 1/2 part ginger simple syrup  
  • 1/2 part triple sec  

Salt (for rim of the glass) 

Candied ginger (garnish) 

Directions:  

Start by making a ginger simple syrup.  Mix 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of water in a saute pan. Peel and roughly chop a 3-5 inch knob of ginger and add to the mixture.  Bring the mixture to a simmer on medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.  Don't let it simmer for too long or the mixture will become thick.  Let the simple syrup cool on the stove before storing in the refrigerator (I used a mason jar).  Strain the ginger out before using in the recipe.  

Once you have the simple syrup, you can put together the cocktail.  As long as you stick to the above ratios, you can make any amount from one drink to an entire pitcher. For our party, we made an entire pitcher and cooled it in the fridge.  Then when our guests arrived, we would dip the rim of a glass in water and then in salt - so the salt sticks to the rim of the glass.  Fill with ice and then pour margarita over the ice.  Garnish with a piece of candied ginger.