I’m a big believer in necessity being the mother of invention. Earlier this week after a rousing game of tennis at our local park, I came home thirsty and water could only quench so much. What I really wanted was a margarita but I didn’t have any triple sec. For those not in the know, triple sec is a clear sweet orange liqueur commonly used in margaritas. So when I pulled out a bottle of Aperol, a bright orange bitter sweet liqueur, I knew I was onto something.
The resulting drink wasn’t the green-hued margarita that I’m used to. The Aperol had stained this drink a lovely hue of pinkish orange and it looked cheerfully celebratory! Hurrah for summer! A toast to a sweaty and silly game of running around with racquets and lime green balls! And because this is the start of a long weekend in Canada, I’m especially cheering to a glorious long weekend ahead!
I do like my drinks tart so I used only 1 ounce of agave syrup. If you like your drinks a bit sweeter, add in two ounces.
pink margarita on the rocks
4 oz good tequila
1 1/2 oz aperol
3 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 oz agave syrup (depending how tart you like your drinks)
4 large ice cubes + additional crushed ice for your glass
coarse salt for glasses rims
Combine all the ingredients except the salt and additional ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake it like you mean it – a good minute is fine.
Use the hulls of the limes to wet 2 glasses and then dip the edge of the glass in a plate of coarse salt.
Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour drink evenly into 2 glasses. Feel good instantly.