Summer Enchanted 'Rita with Peach and Basilcomments (6) July 29th, 2011
Makes 1 margarita; easily doubled (can only shake 1 at a time), or 4 times the recipe to make a pitcherful
Handful lemon basil or sweet green basil leaves
1/2 dead-ripe peach, white or yellow, peeled and cut into chunks
2 shots limeade (see the recipe link below)
1-1/2 shots good-quality tequila
3/4 shot elderflower liqueur
Salt and/or sugar
Here’s a summer produce-influenced take on the classic margarita. The peach and basil are delightful together; I use either Genoa Green basil or lately, I am using my favorite lemon basil, ‘Mrs. Burns’ though ‘Sweet Dani’ is also choice. My pick for top-shelf tequila is Patron, I also like Herradura, Camarena or Tessadoro. I use St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur in place of the Triple Sec for an ethereal, flowery, herbal flavor.
Some like salt on their rim, others like sugar with a fruity cocktail—I like to combine them in equal amounts for a salty-sweet surprise.
Take the lime wedge and run it around the rim of a margarita glass, and dip the rim of the glass in salt and/or sugar.
Muddle the lemon basil leaves with the peach chunks in the bottom of the cocktail shaker until it is smashed well. Add the limeade, tequila, and elderflower liqueur. Squeeze the lime wedge into the cocktail shaker and add about a generous cup of crushed ice. Shake for 20 shakes and pour the margarita into the prepared glass, garnished with a basil sprig.
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