There is something about a margarita that makes you think of sunshine and fun. For us, this cocktail invokes memories of Mexico and Las Vegas, sipping a margarita on the beach or while lounging at the pool. Holding the glass against your cheek to cool yourself down. Whether it be on the rocks or blended, the fruity and citrus tropical flavors of a margarita have the power to transport you there, you just have to close your eyes, take a sip, and voila!
This one especially does the trick. With its bright color, tropical passion fruit sweetness, splash of lime, fresh hint of basil, and slight bite from the tequila, this margarita is like sunshine in a glass with fluffy clouds on top!
Its the addition of basil and frothy egg whites make this margarita special and unique.
My girlfriend Dayna recently suggested that Debbie and I try a cocktail that she ordered in a restaurant recently that had egg whites shaken up with the other ingredients. When I mentioned this to Debbie, her eyes lit up and she told me that her most favorite margarita that she has ever had was shaken with egg whites. So we had to try our hand at it with this one.
Before you start thinking about raw eggs in your drink, I’m going to stop you. If you are feeling at all adventurous, or agreeable, we would like to insist that you try them! The egg whites make your cocktail so smooth with beautiful pillowy puffs of silky froth. From this point on, I’m not sure I will ever have another margarita without them.
The basil, on the other hand, adds a dimension of freshness to your cocktail. When you muddle it with the tequila and lime quite well, the flavor of the basil really shines through. It pairs perfectly with these tropical flavors and I foresee a lot of these margaritas in our future this summer.
I think I will grow extra basil this year…
- 4 oz tequila
- 1 oz lime juice
- 8 oz passion fruit juice
- 3 big basil leaves
- 1 egg white or 3 tbsp liquid egg whites
- lime wedges for garnish
- julienned basil for garnish
- coarse salt for rimming the glasses
- Rim two glasses with salt by running a lime wedge around the edge of the glasses and dip in the coarse salt. Fill with ice.
- Add the tequila, lime juice and basil leaves to a martini shaker. Muddle the basil well.
- Add the passion fruit juice and the egg whites.
- Shake the mixture really well.
- Pour into the two glasses, garnish and serve!