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We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  One of the ways I celebrate is by having a GOOD margarita.  Some 200 years ago tequila was first produced in the town of Tequila which is located in the state of Jalisco. Tequila is made from blue agave.  The plant takes from 8 to 12 years to ripen for harvest.

There are five different types of tequila.  They are as follows:

  1. White or Silver Tequila is clear and is bottled within 2 months of production.
  2. Gold Tequila is also clear the difference is it is always blended with an”aged” tequila, and it is stored in an oak barrel, and caramel is added.
  3. Rested Tequila is aged in oak barrels for at last two months but never more than a year.
  4. Aged Tequila is also stored in oak barrels for a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years.
  5. Extra Aged Tequila is stored in oak barrels and must be aged for a minimum of three years.

Let’s make a glass.  Put the margarita glass in the freezer while you mix the drink. This recipe can be multiplied by 100 and still be perfect.  I use 2 ounces of extra aged tequila for a smooth taste, 1-ounce fresh lime juice and 1 1/2 ounces of Cointreau and a slice of lime.  I use my martini shaker, add 4 cubes of ice the tequila, lime juice and the cointreau into the shaker.  Shake well to blend a cool.  Remove the glass from the freezer run a piece of lime around the glass edge then twist the glass in a pile of salt. Carefully pour the tequila mixture into the glass.


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