Wastin away again

My Facebook friends have informed me it is National Margarita Day!!!!! My first two thoughts when finding this out were “Where can I get a delicious Margarita tonight?” and “Why is this holiday in the middle of the winter, when a cool refreshing margarita is most often enjoyed in the heat of the summer?” Regardless, we must pay our respects to one of the most notorious drinks out there. I am a tequila girl so the thought of celebrating the beverage is welcome with open arms, to those of you who aren’t…Sorry bout it. First of all, I want to leave you will a little celebratory jam, you know the national anthem of margarita drinkers everywhere… Tequila makes her clothes fall off….. Just kidding, Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. So, sit back on your lunch break and take a little tropical escape to day dream about the delicious frozen concoction you can treat yourself to after work tonight!

I also personally enjoyed the horrible pictures this specific youtube video used to depict the lyrics of the song. So literal, such a bad visual representation. I could have just been satisfied with a picture of the beach and a sunset.

And now, to talk about the more important things, making Margaritas. If you are not going to a bar to celebrate national margarita day, maybe you can just make some at home instead. I am not going to claim to be able to make this delicious treat anywhere near as well as my dad, who can pump your veins full of tequila, poolside in the summer before you even realize what hit you. Only the best margaritas do that, I’m sure!

So, Here are a few twists on the traditional Margarita if you’re looking to create a tequila smorgasbord tonight!

The Pink Grapefruit Margarita (From the Barefoot Contessa)

  • 1 cup          ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2  cup    fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup         triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 cups      ice
  • 1 cup        silver tequila
  • 1   lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.

* note: it is important to use Ruby Red grapefruit juice, it is much sweeter
If you prefer to rim the glasses take a lime wedge and rim, then dip in salt, if you do not like a salted rim sprinkle a touch of salt in each glass, the salt really brings out the flavor.

Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender. Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir. (I personally just added it all to the blender- I like slushy, that is totally up to you)

Peach Margarita (By: Vianney Rodriguez)

makes 4 margaritas

  • salt
  • lemon wedges
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup fresh peach juice (about 5 peaches)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • ice cubes
  1. On a small plate spread salt.  With lemon wedges moisten rim of 6 ounce glasses.  Dip glasses into salt.   Place glasses into freezer to chill.
  2. In a pitcher combine tequila, peach juice, lemon juice and Cointreau.  Remove glasses from freezer and serves margarita mixture over ice. Garnish with peach slices.
Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita

ingredients:

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup:
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita:
3 oz cranberry pomegranate syrup
2 oz tequila (gold or silver)
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice

directions:

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup:
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan that has a fitted lid over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cover sauce pan with lid (stir occasionally, making sure it doesn’t boil over). Once the cranberries burst, bring the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender (or allow to cool and carefully blend in a blender or food processor for 30 seconds). Pour syrup through a fine strainer into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita:
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and stir or shake well. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour drink over ice.

 

Hope these inspire you to celebrate this joyous occasion with something served on the rocks… or frozen if thats more your style! Happy National Margarita Day to you and yours. 

 

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