Because what you really want for Cinco de Mayo is a legit margarita! And this one does not disappoint. Its origins hail from the great state of New Mexico, a place where u cannot even obtain a frozen margarita, and once u get it over it, u are the better for it!!!

I know I was. Ur mom faced this fact with dismay on her first trip to New Mexico some 15 years ago. I sat silently while Ur Dad sipped his margarita on the rocks (cuz Ur Dad does not drink frozen drinks ever…), and watched the sun go down and felt the heat roll off the adobe walls behind me…and wondered what the…

However, the next night, nonplussed, I ordered up a margarita, naming my tequila, and when it came I took a tiny sip, bracing for the punch of alcohol sans frozen slush. But it was smooth. And icy. And tart. And citrus-y. And so addictive… 

Many trips to New Mexico later, sometimes just for dinner and a drive home in the morning, my blender has migrated to college girl’s house and I can’t even imagine downing a brain freeze-inducing alcohol slushie…

I have introduced many friends and family members to this particular drink and at first some of them have been reluctant to let go and embrace the cubes… But we have won them over…

Mix up a batch. Carry them out to the porch. Or down to the lake. Or out to the campfire. Cheers!

Gather Up:
12 limes or enough to make 2 cups of lime juice
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup water
1/3 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed if possible
Tequila

Squeeze the limes into a bowl.

Meanwhile put the sugar and the water in a saucepan over low heat…

…until the mixture is clear and sugar is dissolved. Don’t bring to a boil.

Add about 1 ½ cup of the simple syrup to the lime juice together with the orange juice, and taste. Adjust simple syrup, adding more depending on the tartness of the limes. Chill. (If you have time.)

Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 to 1 ½ ounces tequila to glass. Pour lime mix over ice.