A friend showed up one recent evening, elated that a nearby bodega carried the orange (but not too orange) soda, Orangina. Apparently it was his secret ingredient for a stellar — and simple — margarita. Instead of including the traditional Triple Sec or Cointreau with the mixture of lime juice and tequila, he swapped in the soda for a lightly sparkling, citrus-y variation. Here's the recipe, just in time for a sunny October Friday.
My friend recommended Hornitos tequila, silver or gold. I had Sauza in the cupboard, along with a bottle of Justin Timberlake's (seriously) silver 901 tequila. Both were great. The silver was a little smoother (ahem), which I liked. Before I mixed anything, I ran a wedge of lime around the edge of the glass. Then I dipped the glass in a little bowl of kosher salt for this fancy salted rim.
Then I poured in 1/4 cup of tequila, 1/2 cup of Orangina, the juice of of half a lime (a few tablespoons), and a dash of club soda.
Zest a little lime peel over the top with a Microplane for flavor and flair!
Voila! The last margarita of the season.
TIPS FOR LAZY AND CREATIVE BOOZERS
• Try it with a splash of lime-flavored club soda instead of plain — especially if you want to skip the lime zest!
• Of course, add a lot more lime juice for a more tart margarita.
• I haven't tried this yet with San Pellegrino Aranciata soda, but wonder how it would be as an Orangina substitute in a pinch. If you try it, let us know!