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MOCK MARGARITA

This non-alcoholic version of "Margarita" won't make you tipsy even if you would drink a couple too many.

However, if you plan to have just one or two drinks, you might try these recipes for alcoholic Margaritas.

fine-textured sea salt
1 medium orange
1 medium pink/red grapefruit
2 medium limes
(slice or wedge of lime for garnish)

Preferably place the citrus fruit in refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours before preparing the drink.

Pour a layer or a ring of sea salt on a smooth-surfaced plate, tray or other shallow dish. If you only have coarse-grained sea salt, crush it finely in a mortar or grind in a salt mill.

Cut one lime in half. Take a stemmed glass (wine glass, cocktail glass, Margarita glass, etc) and holding it by its stem, turn it upside down and dampen the rim of the glass by swirling it around the moist surface of the freshly cut lime half. Immediately dip the glass in the salt to create a thinly frosted rim. Shake off excess salt and set aside. Repeat with another glass, if making for two persons.

Halve the chilled citrus fruit and juice them (including the previously halved lime). If you like, strain the combined juices through a fine sieve to get a clearer drink.

Pour the juice in the salt-rimmed glass(es), or, especially if the juice is not cold, shake it with some ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and strain into the glass(es). Garnish with a lime slice or wedge and serve with Tex-Mex type snacks or food.
Serves 1 - 2.

Recipe source: family recipe.


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