We use silver, or clear, tequila in this mint margaritas recipe. For an appealing presentation, rub the rims of the margarita glasses with lime wedges and dip the rims in a half-and-half mixture of kosher salt and sugar. Serve with fresh lime wedges as a garnish, if desired.
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
2 cups water
3/4 cup tequila, divided
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
3 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup tequila in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove tequila mixture from heat; steep 15 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a bowl; discard mint. Stir in juice, Grand Marnier, and remaining 1/4 cup tequila. Cool to room temperature. Add bitters, if desired.
Place mixture in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and freeze 2 hours (alcohol will separate). Knead bag to combine mixture. Pour 2/3 cup margarita into each of 6 margarita glasses.