My sisters and I have a great relationship.  We’re more than sisters, we’re friends.  I really enjoy hanging out with them because they are crazy and hilarious. (They’re actually more crazy than funny.) The best thing about our relationship is that I’m the oldest which makes me the boss and in charge. (They would say I’m more bossy than in charge.)  When we’re together we always have fun. We always stress out my husband because we talk at the same time and we can get a little loud. It seems like he’s always trying to watch some game on television that he can’t hear over our conversation. I’ll say, “Why don’t you go upstairs and watch TV.”  He’ll say, “It’s my house and I want to watch TV down here.” Then my youngest sister will burp really loud and we just start screaming with laughter. My husband just shakes his head at us and starts laughing too. It’s funny!

Several years ago my sisters and I started the tradition of the Summer Cocktail Season.  We pick a few signature cocktails for the summer and whenever we get together we indulge in one of our selected drinks. We limit ourselves to 2 cocktails because if we had more my husband would probably put us out of the house for making way too much noise.  Since Cinco de Mayo starts the summer off in my family we always have margaritas to launch the Cocktail Season.

Our favorite margarita has been a work in progress.  I’m the resident mixologist (self-proclaimed, of course) and I’m always experimenting with different flavors for our Cinco de Mayo margarita. I like it a little on the sweet side with a little lemon and orange juice added. I’m particular about the kind of tequila I use. I keep a bottle of 100% blue agave tequila in the freezer for those impromptu margarita moments.  It has a smoother taste than the cheaper stuff and it doesn’t make my eyeballs feel like they’re going to pop out of my head when I taste it. And since agave nectar has become so popular and readily available it’s the perfect sweetener to compliment the tequila. I use a good old-fashioned mason jar to shake things up. I know it’s country, and it might even be a little ghetto but it works.  And it only cost me a dollar.

I feel really blessed to have two great sisters. We enjoy each other’s company and we have a lot of crazy fun together. It’s really nice to have them around to share my life and a cool refreshing cocktail.

Makes 1 cocktail

1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
Ice cubes
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup 100% blue agave silver/blanco tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 lime slice, for garnish

Mix the lime zest, salt and sugar on a saucer until combined. Place 1 tablespoon lime juice in a separate saucer.   Dip the rim a of chilled cocktail glass into the lime juice. Then dip the glass into the sugar salt mixture to coat the rim.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Fill a cocktail shaker (or large mason jar) with ice.  Add the lime, orange and lemon juices, tequila, triple sec and agave nectar. Cover and shake until mixed and very cold, about 30 seconds.  Strain the margarita into the chilled glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

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