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Summer is almost over. Sigh. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to hang on to days of Summer just a little longer. So for this last weekend, before all the kids are back in school and life gets back to normal, let’s celebrate in one of our favorite ways: with some margaritas!! We recently catered a “end-of-summer” party where we served these and they were a hit! You should know that we take our margaritas pretty seriously. This is not Jose-Cuervo-Spring-Break margarita. These are all about 100% agave tequila, agave syrup, fresh lime juice and plenty of ice on the rim. These are grown-up margaritas.

My favorite basic margarita recipes comes from Joanne Weir, our friend/chef/cookbook author/teacher who just opened Copita, a tequila bar and eatery in Northern California. Her recipe is a basic mix of pure ingredients — just enough sweetness from agave and tang from fresh lime juice balanced with good ol’ fashioned water makes  a better “margarita mix” than you could ever buy.

Lately I’ve upped the ante by infusing the agave syrup and adding other citrus. After a little tinkering and some testing (yep, I have a pretty great job!!), I came up with a recipe that balances the flavors of orange, lemon and lime to make one very delicious updated margarita. It starts with plenty of fresh citrus. Then we make an infused agave syrup by combining big strips of orange zest with agave, heating it just briefly and letting it sit overnight. In the end, we have a drink that’s perfect for toasting the end of summer. Cheers!


1 orange, zested in large strips
7.5 oz agave
15 oz 100% agave silver tequila
6 oz key lime juice
7.5 oz water
4 oz fresh lemon juice
sliced oranges, lemons & limes, for garnish
salt for rim

Combine the agave and orange zest in a pot over medium heat and cook until just warm. Set aside till cool. Let sit overnight. Strain and discard the zest.

In a large pitcher, combine the orange agave, tequila, lime juice, lemon juice and water. Stir and taste — adjust sweetness as needed.

Shake over lots of ice and serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a few citrus slices in each glass.


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