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Zach's Margarita    (printer friendly)
Serves 4

Zach's Margarita1 2/3 cups Cuervo Especial gold tequila
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon Gran Torres orange liqueur or 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
finely grated zest of 1 1/2 limes (about 1 teaspoon)
5 tablespoons sugar
lime wedges
coarse salt

1. Mix the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, lime zest, sugar and 1 1/2 water in a glass or plastic pitcher until the sugar dissolves. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (but no more than 24 hours). Strain into another pitcher.

2. Rub the rims of 4 martini glasses with a lime wedge, then dip the rims in a dish of coarse salt. Refrigerate the glasses if desired.

3. Serve the margaritas either straight-up or on the rocks in the prepared glasses.