Penny Reid’s Margaritas

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Hello Babes!

I heard it’s National Margarita Day, so I wanted to share my go-to recipe for this classic, nay BELOVED, beverage. Make sure to stretch because you’ll need your forearm strength for juicing…ALL the juicing. I’m talking limes and lemons here, people. I hope you enjoy my recipe for a margarita on the rocks…with or without salt. But, I mean, we all know salt is the way to go, amirite? NEVERTHELESS, here it is…

Penny Reid’s Margaritas


  • ¾ cup lemon juice (the juice from 4-5 lemons)
  • ¾ cup lime juice (the juice from about 10 limes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oz. tequila (the good stuff)
Juice 4-5 lemons to get ¾ cup lemon juice.
Juice lots of limes (around 10 in number) to get ¾ cup lime juice.
Combine the lemon and lime juices in a jar or pitcher. 
Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. This will serve as your simple syrup. 
Combine the lemon/lime juices and the simple syrup in your jar or pitcher. Now you have your homemade sour mix! Stick sour mix in the refrigerator and it’s good for about a week and will make SEVERAL margaritas.
For a single serving margarita combine 2 oz. of tequila to 2 oz. of your homemade sour mix.
Serve over ice with an unsalted or SALTED! rim 😉 

You could enjoy a margarita while reading my new release, Marriage and Murder. Just a thought. You could also enjoy a margarita while folding laundry, but that’s less exciting.

The Devil is in the details . . .
Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over.
On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after?
And most importantly, who done it?
‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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1 Comment

  1. Wendy

    If you want to upgrade that margarita add 2 oz of Cointreau. Really good. I’ve also made the sugar water with honey.


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Brooke has been a rabid romance reader since 2003 when she discovered a group of sparkly vampires. That love for reading and happily ever afters led her to a behind-the-scenes role in the indie book community. She loves discovering and supporting new authors while also attempting to tackle her TBR list. This Tennessee girl currently enjoys her own happily ever after in Durham, North Carolina with her bearded husband, two wild boys, and a really terrible cat.

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