I love a good margarita. The classic Mexican cocktail gets my heart every time, and usually my head the next morning too – ouch! Even still, I find it hard to pass up the opportunity to indulge in one, especially a good top-shelf one, when given the chance. Limey, salty, sweet – it meets all my requirements for a refreshing warm weather drink. Of course the perfect time to start in on margarita drinking season is on Cinco de Mayo- the Mexican holiday that Americans love to celebrate as if it was their own. But who cares who’s holiday it is anyway, we’re all a little Mexican at heart on Cinco de Mayo – and besides it’s a dog-gone good reason to indulge in a little chips and salsa while your at it too (its a holiday – and everyone knows that our diet starts the day after a holiday – right?).
Margaritas have many adaptations but the traditional ingredient in most is tequila, which is not always everyone’s favorite – especially in excess (you know what they say about tequila and clothes – am I right?!). This margarita recipe takes a bit of a departure from that classic main ingredient and replaces it with dark rum. But rum is for daiquiris, you say! Yes, I know – but something about this combination just works – well, as long as you like dark rum. It is a bit of a departure from the taste of a traditional margarita, but that’s the point – hence the name: “Un-Margarita.” My husband and I discovered this drink when on vacation on Paradise Island in the Bahamas many, MANY, years ago and fell in love with it. We drank through our fair share on the island, and even more after leaving too – so I consider myself an expert on this drink due to experience.
So maybe removing the tequila from this drink will help your clothes stay on, maybe not, but either way, I hope you enjoy. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
The Un-Margarita Margarita
- 2 ounces Dark Rum
- I used Meyers Rum because this was the rum that was in the original drinks we had
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 1 – 1.5 ounce(s) of simple syrup (store bought or make your own)
- You can add as much of this as you like based on your desired level of sweetness. Less simple syrup will result in a tarter drink, more will make it sweeter.
- 1 tbs Coarse salt (sea salt or kosher salt) to salt the glass rim
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Salt the rim of the glass by dampening the rim with water, and then dipping it into salt on a plate. Pour the drink into glass over ice and enjoy!
- If you are looking to simplify the process, you can always use your favorite margarita mix in place of the lime juice and simple syrup. 🙂
- If it is too strong for you, wait for the ice to melt