Domino magazine published Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons' summer entertaining tips along with this killer margarita recipe and my photo of it!
Nothing says summer to me like a margarita (or five) and this particular recipe is extra summery because you get to grill the limes before squeezing them for juice. The charring brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit, makes it easier to juice, and adds a little smoke flavor (along with the smoked salt on the rim of the glass). You can get all of Gail's summer entertaining tips here!
Gail Simmons' Charred Lime Margarita
Recipe by Gail Simmons (published by Domino)
Makes 2 cocktails
Canola oil for grill
3 limes halved
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
3 oz tequila
1 ½ oz triple sec
2 teaspoons simple syrup
1 tablespoon fine smoked salt for garnish
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat and brush with canola oil. Add 4 lime halves, flesh side down, and grill until well charred, 2-3 minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool. Cut an additional lime half into wheels and grill until well charred, 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway. Zest the remaining lime half and set aside.
Juice charred lime halves into a cocktail shaker, straining seeds. Muddle together charred lime juice and cilantro leaves. Add lime zest, tequila, triple sec, simple syrup and plenty of ice, and shake until well chilled. Rub the rim of two rocks glasses with one of the charred lime wheels. Spread smoked salt on a plate and swirl the rim of each glass through the salt to coat. Add ice to glasses. Strain and divide margarita into glasses. Garnish each with a charred lime wheel and a few cilantro leaves and serve immediately.