Today I am going to tell you to story of a tree. Way back in my days of graduate school, some friends all went in on a shipment to get some house plants. As a poor student, I picked something inexpensive that would provide me with food. Over the last 7 years, her name has become Miss Lime Tree. She is an indoor/outdoor tree that has produced 5 crops of limes so far. This year is a record year with 26 limes! What do you do with that many limes? Fresh squeezed lime orange margaritas, of course!
I first tried this recipe will all lime juice, and found it to be way to bitter (it needed sugar of course!). My local Mexican restaurant used oranges, so I decided to give it a try. Fresh squeezed lime and orange juice make a sweet and sour mixer that is perfect for margaritas. Now I just need to convince my husband that we have space for a second tree to grow our own oranges! If you love to sip your margs through a straw, I highly recommend theses Teenie Greenie Glass Straws (pictured). They come in 4 colors, with 2 cleaning brushes. I have abused mine (like dropping them on the floor), and they’re still as good as new!
Variations to the Fresh Squeezed Lime Orange Margaritas recipe:
- I have the recipe written with a little less alcohol than a restaurant may use because my husband and I enjoy sipping them while enjoying football games, which start at noon. Make your margaritas according to your preferences.
- If you like a really sweet margarita, try using all orange juice, or add some sugar.
- I do not like salt on my margaritas. If you do, add salt to the rim of your glass before adding ice and drink.
- If you don’t stock grand mariner, try a simple triple sec.
- 2 large navel oranges (2/3 cup juiced)
- 4 small limes (6 TBS juiced)
- 5 oz gold tequila (1/2 cup)
- 3 oz grand mariner (6 TBS)
- 2 cups ice
- 2 16 oz glasses
- Juice all citrus into a large liquid measuring cup.
- Add tequila and grand mariner. Stir to combine.
- Place 1 cup ice into each glass.
- Pour margaritas over ice. Serve.