Confession: I pretty much never hear the word “tequila” without mentally adding the words “mocking bird”. This is what passes for fun in my life. So judge me.
I mentioned this to Jeremy and Hilary, with whom we had spent a happy evening eating churros and drinking margaritas. “That’s funny,” he said, “because I never hear the word “margarita” without thinking of my sister.”
“Who’s called Margarita?” Jon wondered. “Who enjoys a stiff drink?”
“Not exactly,” Jeremy clarified. “When she was in 5th grade she was in West Side Story, and all the non-speaking characters got to pick names for themselves, and she was a Shark, so she was looking for a suitably Latin name and that’s what she came up with.”
So now, when I think of Margaritas, I mentally add the words “aka Stephanies”.
Lime Margarita / Stephanies (per glass)1 measure lime juice 1 measure tequila 1 measure cointreau superfine sugar to taste salt
- Grate the lime zest onto a saucer and add some salt. Cut the lime in half, and wipe the juice around the rim of the glass, dip the rim into the lime salt
- Juice the lime, measure, then shake the ingredients over ice – taste – you may need a bit of sugar if the lime is very sharp – add sugar, shake again and serve