Rick Bayless' Perfect Margarita

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, November 26, 2012

Aired November 26, 2012

Serves 8 cocktails
1 1/2 cups Sauza Tres Generaciones tequila (100% agave resposado or Sauza Commemorative - a lighter-style Anejo)
2 1/2 cups limonada (1 cup fresh lime juice mixed with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups water will yield 2 3/4 cups, a little more than you need)
1/2 cup Torres orange liqueur
1 lime wedge
Coarse (Kosher) salt
6 cups ice cubes

In a pitcher, combine the tequila, limonada and orange liqueur. (Or, stir together the lime juice, sugar and water until dissolved before adding the remaining ingredients). Cover and refrigerate until chilled about 2 hours.

Use the lime and salt to crust the rims of eight 6-ounce martini glasses as described in the Bartenders recipe. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and pour in a generous 1 cup of margarita mixture. Shake and strain into two of the prepared glasses. Repeat for the remaining margaritas.