Make the Cocktail Martha Stewart Has Been Drinking All Summer
It's called the "Martha-Rita," and it's spectacular.
After taking place for almost 40 years in Aspen, Colorado, the Food & Wine Classic went digital this year. The two-hour fundraising event, which raised over $28,000 for charity, still featured many of our favorite chefs, drinks experts, and food personalities, including Jacques Pépin, Stephanie Izard, Ayesha Curry, JJ Johnson, and Martha Stewart, who closed out the event in a very Martha fashion: with a massive homemade cocktail.
After demonstrating how to make a summery peach pavlova, Stewart showed how she prepares the drink that's been getting her through quarantine: the strawberry "Martha-Rita."
Like a margarita, it contains triple sec, tequila, and lime juice, but the secret ingredient—which gives it its gorgeous baby pink color—is strawberry syrup, which Stewart saves when making homemade jam from the berries in her garden because she's Martha Stewart. ("I put more fruit in the jars and save the leftover syrup," she says.)
She uses lime juice, but says that lemon works just as well. Whenever she has extra limes or lemons on hand, she squeezes the juice into plastic pint containers and labels them, then throws them in the freezer. "Then it’s ready for drinks," she says. "You don’t have to stand there and squeeze all those lemons and limes."
In a blender, she combines 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 cups blanco tequila, 1/2 cup triple sec, 1/4 cup strawberry syrup, and 1 to 2 cups ice cubes, depending on how icy you want it. To serve the Martha-Ritas, you'll want to use big goblet-like glasses. But be careful not to get too overzealous when salting the rims.
"I put the salt only on the outside rim of the glass," she says. "Don’t put it on the inside or even the lip itself—otherwise people who don’t like a lot of salt will get a lot of salt." It also looks prettier that way—like a light frosting.
She recommends drinking the cocktail "before, during, or after dinner." We'll try all of the above.
To get the Martha-Rita recipe, and all the recipes from the Classic at Home, click here.
Giant Glasses to Use for the Martha-Rita
13.5-Ounce Margarita Glasses
This sturdy glass set from Libbey has plenty of great ratings and is on sale. They are slightly larger than the standard glass, but nothing too oversized if you’re working with limited cabinet space. $21 for Set of 4 at amazon.com
15-Ounce Margarita Glass
Handcrafted in Mexico, this recycled glass is dishwasher-safe and holds a sizeable single margarita. $13 at crateandbarrel.com
16-Ounce Margarita Glasses
Williams Sonoma’s DuraClear Tritan plastic drinkware looks like glass, is dishwasher-safe, and won’t crack, cloud, or discolor. Get a full set of durable glasses in clear or multicolored hues. $90 for Set of 6 at williams-sonoma.com
18-Ounce Margarita Glass
This hand-blown glass is unique and paired with a full set if you want a pitcher and cups to go along with the large pour piece. $14 at crateandbarrel.com
19-Ounce Margarita Glass
This oversized acrylic glass is top-rack dishwasher safe and looks great in any setting, especially in your own two hands. $5 at crateandbarrel.com
21.5-Ounce Schooner Glass
This goblet glass is great for everything from wheat beer to micheladas, but ideal for double margaritas as well. The lead-free crystal glass is dishwasher-safe, too. $36 for Set of 4 at amazon.com
33-Ounce XL Margarita Glass
When nothing else will do, this jumbo size cannot be beaten for capacity. It fits three standard-sized margaritas, which means you’ll rarely need to get up for a refill. $23 at amazon.com