Apple Margarita

Apple Margarita

With lots of apple varieties on sale and in season at the market, it got me to thinking… and of course Dedicated Readers will assume my thoughts went to how to use them in a margarita… and they would be correct!

And it’s been a while since I’ve given you a Margarita of the Month (maybe I should change it to Margarita of the Season?), so lets dive right in!

Apple Margarita

1/2 Cup  Apple Juice (if you have a juicer, making your own fresh juice would be ideal!)

4 Tbl  Silver Tequila

3 Tbl  Lime Juice (fresh squeezed)

2 Tbl  Triple Sec

1 Tbl  Agave Syrup (or Simple Syrup)

Salt  for rim of glass if desired

Slice of Apple for garnish if desired

Mix them up...

Mix them up…

Moisten the rim of the glass with a piece of lime and salt the rim – set aside.

Throw everything (except the garnish of course) into your cocktail shaker and add a big handful of ice… shake ‘er up good until the outside of the shaker gets frosty.

Shake 'n strain...

Shake ‘n strain…

Strain into the prepared glass (on the rocks or neat – your call) and garnish with a slice of apple…

Apple Margarita

Apple Margarita

then drink up!

This makes two pretty stiff drinks (or one for me…), and since it has all that apple, it’s gotta be a healthy drink! Right???

Give it a try, share your thoughts, you know the drill…

Back to the bar, and the kitchen! See you soon!

 

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Margarita of the Month: August 2014 – Mango Margarita

Mangoes seem to be everywhere (and on sale) now (well, in FL at least…), so it seems a logical choice for mixing into a margarita this month…

Mango Margarita

Mango Margarita

 

Mango Margarita

2 ounces  Gold Tequila

1 ounce  Triple Sec

1 ounce  Freshly-Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 cup  Diced Mango Flesh

Lime Wheel for garnish if desired

Salt for the glass

 

The components...

The components…

Rub the remnants of your squeezed lime around the rim of your glass and dip in salt to crust the rim and set aside.

Blend, blend, baby...

Blend, blend, baby…

Throw everything else into your blender and let it have at it until very smooth…

Pour it on!

Pour it on!

Add some ice cubes to your prepped glass and pour the fruity goodness over…

Mango Margarita

Mango Margarita

garnish as desired and drink up!

Alternately you can shake the blended drink in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain to serve it “neat”, or you can add some crushed ice to the blender for a frozen version…

This makes one nice-sized summery-mangoey-fruity-tasty drink (go ahead and double-up the recipe if you please!) – only hard thing is cutting up one of those dang mangoes!

Back to the bar, and the kitchen! See you soon!

 

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Margarita of the Month: July 2014 – Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

With today (July 24, 2014) being National Tequila Day, here’s a hot and sweet recipe to celebrate with!

Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

Just recently the good folks at Torani sent me a sample bottle of their new Sweet Heat Syrup to try out.

Torani Sweet Heat Syrup

Torani Sweet Heat Syrup

This syrup takes pure cane sugar and laces it with the heat of the bhut jolokia, aka the Ghost Pepper! There is plenty of heat from the pepper, but it has none of the pepper’s flavor, so you can fire up your drinks and flavor them as you like. When I got this my mind immediately went to tequila (as it so often does…), so let’s get into making a spicy cocktail!

Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

2 ounces  Reposado Tequila

1 ounce  Torani Sweet Heat Syrup

1 1/4 ounces  Lime Juice (fresh-squeezed of course, about 1 lime)

4 sprigs  Fresh Cilantro

Salt for the glass

The goods...

The goods…

Rub the remnants of your squeezed lime around the rim of your glass and dip in salt to crust the rim and set aside.

Put the lime juice and two sprigs of the cilantro into your cocktail shaker and muddle the cilantro to release it’s flavor. Add the tequila, Sweet heat Syrup and a good handful (or two) of ice cubes. Put on the top and shake until you’re silly!

Pour it in!

Pour it in!

Drop the other two sprigs of cilantro into your glass and strain the drink into the awaiting vessel.

Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

Sweet Heat Cilantro Margarita

And drink up! This makes one very spicy and very tasty libation! If you like your ‘ritas on the hot side, give this a try!

If you want to temper the heat level a bit, cut back on the Sweet Heat and add simple syrup or agave syrup to make up the same volume.

Thanks again to Torani for the Sweet Heat sample, and I do have some other ideas for this product, so we may see more of this item in future posts… and yes, in Full Disclosure, we were sent the sample gratis, but I did quite like it and can see many potential uses for it for the heat-lover!

Happy National Tequila Day! We’re back to the bar, see you soon!

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Margarita of the Month: June 2014 – Watermelon Margarita (Market-Fresh Mixology Version)

Nothing signals the onset of summer to me much more than watermelon – good watermelon that is…

Watermelon Margarita – Market-Fresh Mixology Version

you can get it pretty much year-round, but it’s late spring/early summer that it really starts getting good (normally when the price goes down and they start going on sale is a good indicator of them being in season)!

Market-Fresh Mixology

Market-Fresh Mixology

So when my-favorite-melons started to look better, I pulled out a copy of a cocktail book I’d been sent a little while back: Market-Fresh Mixology, Cocktails for Every Season by Bridget Albert. This book has drinks based around the seasons of the year, emphasizing what fruits, veggies and herbs are in best at each time of the year, and how to incorporate them into a lovely libation (more on the book later).

So let’s make a margarita…

Watermelon Margarita (Market-Fresh Mixology Version)

4 Cubes  Fresh Watermelon (each 1″ square or so, seeds removed)

1 1/2 Ounces  Fresh Sour Mix (2 parts fresh lemon juice to 1 part simple syrup)

1 1/2 Ounces  Silver Tequila

1/2 Ounce  Triple Sec

For Rim Ingredients (also see note below)

4 Tsp  Super Fine Sugar

1 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tsp  Crushed Pink Peppercorns

Lime Wedge

To rim the glass, mix the sugar, salt and peppercorns on a small plate. Rub the rim of the glass with the lime wedge and roll the rim of the glass in the sugar mixture and set aside.

In a cocktail shaker muddle the watermelon with the lime juice until it’s pulverized. Add the fresh sour, tequila and triple sec. Throw in a couple of good handfuls of ice and shake well. Strain the drink into the prepared glass and garnish as desired (lime wheel, watermelon piece, etc.). Now drink up! This recipe makes one decent sized drink. And since it’s got watermelon in it, I’m deeming it a healthy cocktail!

Watermelon Margarita - Market-Fresh Mixology Version

Hibiscus Mini Flower Crystals and Watermelon Margarita

Note: Since I didn’t have any pink peppercorns on hand, I decided to try out another goodie I’d been sent to test out: Mini Herb Crystals from Fresh Origins Microgreens. There are seven flavors of these little crystals which are made from the fresh herb, flower or fruit mixed with cane sugar, in this case I used the Hibiscus flavor. You can also mix these with a bit of salt for that sweet-n-salty rim if you like. They also make larger crystals of the same materials that can be used on cookies, cupcakes and the like. These are some interesting products that are worth a look.

Watermelon Margarita – Market-Fresh Mixology Version

A few more notes on the book… the author (who has appeared on Iron Chef America on the Food Network) opens with a nice section with “Home Bar Essentials” then the main section of the book has recipes for each of the four seasons and wraps up with some recipes for infusions also keyed to the seasons (can you say Savory Onion Infusion for Fall?).

There is a good variety of unique recipes and the photos are nice, but not all recipes are illustrated. There are several recipes I really want to try (Blackberry Cinnamon Mojito anybody?), but be aware that many of the recipes do call for specific syrups (that you’ll have to make from provided recipes, like lemongrass syrup or lavender syrup) and a wide number of specific liquors that you may not have on hand (so unless you have an ultra-well stocked bar, you’ll have to make a trip or two to your local liquor emporium). If you’re the adventurous imbiber and want to expand your collection of adult beverage concoctions I’d recommend taking a look at Market-Fresh Mixology.

 

Thanks to Agate Publishing and for providing the book and Fresh Origins for the flower crystal samples. And in effort of Full Disclosure, I was given the book and samples free of charge, but all opinions/comments are strictly mine and objective.

 

We’re back to the kitchen, and of course, the bar! See you soon!

 

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Margarita of the Month: April, 2014 – Tommy’s Margarita

While flipping around the TV dial recently, I came across a show on the new Esquire network entitled “Best Bars in America”, so of course there was no way I couldn’t check it out…

One of their stops was for a legendary margarita at Tommy’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. There they had a simple, straight-forward drink that relies simply on good tequila to produce a superior drinking experience… and you can have the same at home… so let’s make a drink!

Tommy's Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita

Nothing too fancy here...

Nothing too fancy here…

4 oz  100% Agave Tequila (I used silver here, but give it a try with a more aged one if you so desire)

1 1/2 oz  Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz  Agave Nectar

3/4 oz  Water

If you wish a salted rim (and I do), prepare your glass now.

Put all the ingredients listed above into a shaker with plenty of ice and shake until good and cold.

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Add fresh ice to your glass and strain the drink atop same… have a sip… enjoy…

Sometimes the simplest things are the best… use a good tequila and fresh lime and you’ll be very happy with this one.

Tommy's Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita

This makes two strong, delicious drinks – take your time and savor…

Back to the bar, see you soon!

 

Magarita of the Month: February National Margarita Day Bonus Edition

Veracruzana Pineapple Margarita

Veracruzana Pineapple Margarita

Yes, Dear Dedicated Readers, February 22, 2014 is National Margarita Day! So here’s another recipe for this month – this recipe comes from Milagro Tequila, even tho I didn’t have any Milagro on hand when I made the drink, it still turned out pretty well! Let’s not waste time, let’s make a margarita!

Veracruzana Pineapple Margarita

Everyone get ready...

Everyone get ready…

2 oz  Reposado Tequila

1 oz  Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz  Agave Nectar

4  Chunks Fresh Pineapple (plus some for garnish if desired)

2  Fresh Basil Leaves (or more if small, plus some for garnish if desired)

Put the pineapple and basil in a shaker and muddle…

Mmmm... pulpy....

Mmmm… pulpy….

until you have a pulpy mess…

Add the rest of the ingredients (except garnish of course) and a good handful of ice and shake until you’re silly…

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strain into a glass over fresh ice and garnish as desired. This makes one decent-sized beverage.

Veracruzana Pineapple Margarita

Veracruzana Pineapple Margarita

Muddle another for a friend and drink up!

This is another good one! The basil is subtle, but there… I’m thinking if you want some spice a piece of fresh jalapeno or habanero added to the muddle would be good…

Enjoy National Margarita Day!

We’re back to the bar, see you soon!

Margarita of the Month: February Licor 43 Edition

With one of the great National Holidays fast approaching (you do know that National Margarita Day is this Saturday, February 22nd don’t you???), many tequila suppliers are obviously trying to promote their brands, but not just tequila manufacturers are trying to get on the ‘rita bandwagon…

Forty-Thrita

Forty-Thrita

I got an email from the good folks at Licor 43 along with some recipes using same to celebrate the upcoming Great Day, and when they offered samples for me to try (and share the results with you of course) I gladly accepted (you expected me to turn down alcohol?).

Licor 43

Licor 43

In a few days the samples arrived and Miss Bonnie and I dug in to try it out…

Licor 43 is described as “a Spanish liqueur with citrus and vanilla notes”, and for margarita applications they suggest it can be used in place of the usual orange liqueur (Triple Sec, etc.). We started with a sniff and sip of the stuff straight up and found it to be quite pleasant – the vanilla (at least to my palate) dominates the citrus, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing…

Next we tried (a slightly altered version) of one of their cocktail recipes for National Margarita Day, the “Forty-Thrita”, and here it is:

Forty-Thrita

2 oz  Licor 43

2 oz  Silver Tequila

6 oz  Sour Mix

Lime and/or Orange for garnish if desired

Salt for rim of the glass

Prepare your drinking vessel of choice by moistening the rim with a slice of citrus and dipping in some coarse salt. Throw in a few ice cubes if you want.

Put the Licor 43, tequila and sour mix into a shaker with a bunch of ice and shake away…

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Pour into your waiting glass, on the rocks or straight up if you prefer…

Forty-Thrita

Forty-Thrita

garnish as desired and as they say… over the lips and thru the gums…

Mmmm… quite a tasty concoction it was! It definitely has a vanilla flavoring to it that makes it quite unique in the margaritaish drink world. This makes a couple of not-huge drinks.

The original recipe calls for the liquids to be blended with ice and served as a slushy/frozen concoction, and with the flavor of this drink I think this would be really good if you wanted to go the frozen route.

This stuff is certainly worth a try, I think you can find other applications than the one here for sure – we even simply drizzled a little of the Licor 43 over some vanilla ice cream for dessert one night (and no, it didn’t suck)…

Thanks to Licor 43 (and in effort of Full Disclosure, I was given the samples free of charge, but all opinions/comments are strictly mine and objective) for providing the samples and recipes… maybe we’ll see more of this product in future posts…

Okay kids, back to the bar!

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