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Scrappy Whole Citrus Margarita

Serves: Serves 4

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  • 4-5 pieces of mixed citrus
  • ¼ cup coarse kosher salt, for glasses
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) tequila
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • Small handful cilantro, mint and/or basil, stems and all (to blend into margarita or garnish)
  • Citrus slices, for garnish


Prep the salty rim: Using a Microplane, zest 1 piece of citrus. Mix with salt in a shallow bowl. Cut a few citrus wedges to rim the glasses. Set aside.

Make the syrup: Using a sharp knife, slice the rinds from all the citrus. Throw the rinds into a medium saucepan with water and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Cool completely and strain into a high-speed blender, discard rinds.

Blend the fruit: Chop the fruit and throw in blender with tequila, ice and herbs (if using). Blend on high for about 1 minute until smooth.

Assemble: Rub the rim of each glass with a citrus wedge, then roll or dip into salt. Pour margaritas and garnish with a slice of citrus and an herb sprig.To serve on the rocks, omit ice from the blender. The margarita will yield less servings and will be more concentrated.

What’s left: Spent citrus rinds.

Save time and make the citrus rind syrup the day before.

Go for a combination of sweet orange varieties and tart/bitter (lime, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange).

Play around with flavor (and color!) combinations. A few suggestions:
Lime + Lemon + Basil
Lime + White Grapefruit + Mint
Blood Orange + Ruby Red Grapefruit
Meyer Lemon + Tangerine

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