Tim Huckaby's Margarita Guidance
By Tim Huckaby
October 10, 2011 —
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It’s a sweltering hot summer’s day, you just finished the yard work, you’re hot and tired, and you’re finally ready to kick back and relax. You desperately need a great thirst-quencher. What could be better than an ice-cold Margarita!
Tim Huckaby, Microsoft RD and MVP, and Founder/Chairman of InterKnowlogy and Actus Interactive Software, graciously shares his ultimate Margarita Guidance for making that perfect refreshing drink. And judging from his firsthand knowledge, he sure knows his stuff.
A note from Tim himself:
“The Margarita is not only a staple, it is a part of our culture in San Diego. I have developed this not-so-secret recipe over years of testing… literally thousands of unit tests. Preparations A through G were a total failure, so I shall call this… Preparation H. Warning: you will fall down if you drink too many of these; all the citrus juices mask the taste of the tequila.”
Tim Huckaby’s “infamous” Margarita Guidance
Triple sec, Cointreau, or any citrus-based liquor
Fresh lime juice
Fresh orange juice
Lime-flavored seltzer water or light beer
Fresh lemon juice
Margaritas are always on the rocks with a salted rim and a full tumbler of ice. Never blend them; blended margaritas are for ice-dancing fans. Some people do not like a salted rim. That is acceptable because even communists have a place in the world.
The best thing about this ancient margarita recipe developed over centuries is that it should be modified (and has been) easily to make uniquely your own—giving me (Tim) full credit, of course. It’s also one of those recipes, that, if you are missing an ingredient, you can substitute easily.
Done the “hard way,” these Margaritas can be a real pain (a lot of work) to make, so make them in batch in a large container and simply pour them over a salted glass full of ice as needed.
I have found that making them one by one is like fishing for bluegill with 10 kids. You never get a chance to fish because you are always baiting hooks and pulling fish off hooks. It’s still fun... just not as fun...