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Birthday-Sized Margaritas

The weekend is here, and not a day too soon!

The BF is celebrating his birthday on Monday – coincidentally on his first day on the new job too! So we’re celebrating in advance to usher in the holiday, the weekend, and the birthday celebration.

And I LOVE birthdays.

To me, they’re one day or weekend (or heck, week!), that can be unabashedly about you! Unlike thanksgiving, in which we come together with family, or Christmas, which we share we thousands of others, birthdays are often celebrated for one person alone.

So day 1 of our birthday bash and pre-4th of July celebration is a Margarita Day!

Main margarita

Also – new festive glasses + cocktail shaker. Yay, festivities!

This recipe is from Bon Appetite’s “The Secret to a Perfect Margarita“, and it is pretty spectacular. It might even be better than a Donny T’s margarita in LexVegas.

Yeah, I went there.

Shelled lemons

So squeeze out a couple ‘a limes to get started.

No key lime nonsense. Big, fat, juicy limes are way more time/cost/energy efficient. Organics for us were $0.50 each, but lovely and limey.

Lemon hull


This catch-all juicer is great. But if you don’t have one, just roll the whole lime back and forth real quick to warm up the juice, then cut and squeeze. Use a fork to press out any additional juiciness. But if you plan to make margaritas often, I highly recommend the upgrade.
All ingredients

Add some fanciful tequila, and scale up to Reposado if you’d like to up your game. This is the first type of tequila that goes through an aging process.

Tequila = Extra Anejo > Anejo > Reposado > Oro > Blanco.

And since we’re not drinking the tequila straight, the reposado, with 100% agave, will go down smoothly and blend nicely with the 3 other ingredients in this drink.

Petron is crazy expensive – try some Hornitos or a comparable reposado tequila for half the price.

Lemon juice


Place ice in shaker.

Pour tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice over ice.

Place lid on shaker.



When glass is frosty…

BAM. Pour smoothly.


The birthday boy even did the honors!

So check it out! Bon Appetite’s recipe is spot-on.

My measurements (for others who don’t know how to measure ounces offhand):

  • 3/4 cup reposado tequila, like Hornitos
  • 3/4 cup triple sec, and the cheap kind is just fine
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice = ~ 2 full, juicy limes

Shake to combine, and pour over a handful of ice cubes in a festive glass.

Makes: 2 generous birthday-sized, 4th of July-ready margaritas!