If you've listened to the show for a long time, you'll know that Paul has, to use the west of Scotland vernacular, ripped the pish ootie me for not drinking what he refers to as "a proper margarita", preferring, instead, cheap-o bucket mix with tequila thrown haphazardly in. What can I say? I'm a man of cost over palate. The entire time, Paul has been extolling the virtues of his own margarita creation. It's tasty, it's simple and it's easy to make.
Well, Paul, being the lovely man that he is, physically bought the ingredients for me ("the three amiogos of fun")and passed them over on one of our monthly prescription drug drops Chinese buffet trips. I took pictures as the show went on and I made and tasted it for the first time. And here, as they like to say on daytime television programmes when they pass over to a pre-recorded film, is how I got on:
Sayeth Paul (in italics), "what you want to do with the fresh lime is, you want to cut a little wedge, slice right down the middle of the wedge and run that over the rim of your glass, and you use that for the salt to adhere to. You want two parts of tequila, and a little more than one part Triple Sec and one part lime juice, and then mix and enjoy! It's nice just to spritz a little bit of juice from the lime in there, too."
"It's very transparent! The stuff that I get in the bucket is usually incredibly green." "That's because there's food colouring and all sorts of artificial crap in there, a real margarita should be pretty clear. Just a little green from the lime juice but that's it."
"The moment has arrived!" "It's like taking the training wheels off the bicycle for the first time." "That is really very good!"
And here it is:
2-and-a-bit-oz Triple Sec,
1oz lime juice.