Summertime Margaritas

margarita036This is my favorite beverage to serve on the porch in the summertime.It’s also the standard starter for Les Dames members and their guests who have attended the annual “Dames Who Drink” Ravinia Picnic for the past 10 years.The recipe doubles well if you are serving a crowd. —Karen Levin

Makes 8 servings

8 thin lime wedges
Coarse (kosher) salt
1 1/2 cups premium, or gold tequila
1 1/2 cups frozen limeade concentrate (such as Minute Maid brand), not thawed
2/3 cup triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier liqueur
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1. Rub the rims of 8 glasses with one of the lime wedges.Place a layer of salt on a small plate. Dip the lime-coated glasses in the salt to lightly coat the rims.

2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large pitcher, mixing until the concentrate thaws. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses, or shake with ice cubes and strain into glasses. Garnish each margarita with a lime wedge.

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