Baking on a narrowboat named "One Thing After Another"
This is a great cocktail to start a party off with. It’s refreshing, rather than overly sweet, perfectly balanced and looks fantastic. It’s sure to get everyone in the party mood.
I would definitely suggest that you freshly squeeze your fruit rather than using juice from a carton if you are only going to make one or two drinks. The recipe I have given below is for 4 drinks, so it makes sense to use a good quality juice from a carton unless when making in larger quantities. You can find clementine juice from certain UK shops – Marks and Spencer being one of them, for example. Alternatively, just use a good quality orange juice. If you want to squeeze clementines, it will be around 6-8 large clementines that you’ll need – markets are good for these.Always use freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice – the juice in the “squeezy” bottles is just too artificial and bitter and never tastes the same!
Traditionally, margaritas have a salted-rim on the glass, however, I find here a sugar-rim works better in place of that.
The addition of pressing a few raspberries through a strainer into the cocktail (just before serving) gives it a really fantastic colour – a deep, burnt orange with a slight pink-ish hue, with just a hint of aromatic raspberry-ness!
….Perfect for after sundown when the party is only just beginning.
Makes 4 Drinks
1. To sugar-rim your glasses: Cut a lime in half and run a cut edge over the rim of your glasses before dipping into a thin layer of sugar.
2. Next, add your alcohol to your serving jug, and either squeeze your clementines or add juice from a carton, followed by the lemon and lime juice.
3. Next, take a fine strainer and press the raspberries through, just so the juice is extracted ant not the flesh/pulp. The juice will be really thick and may collect underneath the strainer – gently tap it and the juice should come through.
4. Give a final stir ( and admire that great colour!) and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of clementine.