It’s entirely possible that after next week’s escapades in Mexico I’ll find a margarita I liked more than this one:
But until then, I maintain that this was the best margarita I’ve had in recent memory. It’s called a Sunnyside Margarita, and it’s the signature marg at Sunnyside, a waterfront restaurant and bar in Lake Tahoe. The drink gets its sunset pink color from a splash of cranberry juice, which also helps round out the flavor by keeping the bitterness of the alcohol and the sweetness of the mixer in check. I heartily approved.
The only thing that improves imbibing a Sunnyside Margarita on a lakeside deck in 75 degree weather with the sun at your back and a postcard perfect view of Lake Tahoe in front of you are zucchini fries. See:
These little guys were breaded with finely ground cornmeal, which for me can be preferable to panko because a cornmeal crust creates that excellent balance between crunchy and crispy, and also packs in a heartier flavor. They were then fried in what seems like relatively fresh oil; the flavor of the zucchini shone through all the fat and breading, tasting clean, sweet and of summer. If you can’t infer from the photo, these made us all pretty happy.
More photos of Tahoe fun after the jump.