Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event and has evolved today into one of this nation’s premier festivals with more than 100 events and an economic impact of almost $284 million for the city. It’s a BIG deal here in our city! What better way to spend a Friday evening than with friends making Fiesta Wreaths? After all the supplies were purchased, the only thing missing was the MARGARITAS!!! I’ve been wanting to give “Emeril’s Fresh and Fierce Margaritas” a try, so tonight was the perfect opportunity! I used Patron tequila, Cointreau and fresh lemon, lime & pineapple juice, and, I have to say, they were some of the best I’ve ever had!
Emeril’s Fresh and Fierce Margaritas
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 8 lime wedges
- 1/2 cup coarse salt
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila
- 3/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier or triple sec)
In a medium saucepan, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, pineapple juice, sugar, lime zest and lemon zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature and strain out the zests. (Can be made in advance and keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)
Chill the margarita glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt in a shallow dish or saucer. Wet the rim of each with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the cooled citrus syrup with the ice, tequila and orange-flavored liqueur. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.