Posted on May 16th, 2013
I absolutely love everything Mexican..the vibrant colors, friendly people, spicy food, guatemalan avocados, beautiful pottery, stunning beaches etc. Mexican cuisines is one of my favorite. I love going to Mexican restaurants where the atmosphere is fun, energetic and vibrant with mariachi music playing in the background. I can gorge on the freshly made guacamole with some extra lime and chillies topped over corn chips for hours. It is an ideal way to spend an evening and catch up with friends over some great Mexican food served with lots of horchata and margaritas.
I have been meaning to host a Mexican theme party for long and would love to recreate that fun atmosphere with some vibrant decor. I recently tried making horchata at home and turned out great! After the success of horchata, next was margarita. I love a good margarita..everyone’s favorite fiesta beverage. Now that summers are fast approaching, nothing like an icy, citrusy kick of a margarita.
Margaritas are great for entertaining as well. It’s a drink based on tequila which is derived from the Blue Agave plant native to Mexico. Tequila has every bit of nuance as a fine wine or single–malt scotch. A bottle of tequila also goes far, making it an affordable way to entertain, especially with the yummy accompaniments like chips, salsa, guacamole and ceviché.
Made with freshly squeezed lime juice and 100% agave tequila, margaritas are naturally sweet and sour, strong little drinks. I used agave nectar, which is a natural sweetener derived from the same plant as tequila, in place of the standard simple syrup for this recipe. The liquid from the agave plant is heated, reduced, and filtered into something that looks a lot like honey, but thinner and smoother. We don’t see it on many main grocery shelves, but it is a mainstay of the health food stores, because of its low glycemic index. I got mine from the Organic food and cafe.
I flavored the traditional margarita with the citrusy juices of grapefruits and blood orange. Not only the margarita was delicious, but the color was beautiful. The sweetness of the blood orange compensated the slight tartness of the grapefruit. The agave blended well with the tequila’s flavor and was sweet enough to take the edge off of the fresh lime juice. It dissolved quickly in the drink and had a much rounder flavor than, for instance, straight sugar syrup. I am also thinking of making a frozen version for next time.
Makes 4 – 6 ounce Margaritas
1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup blood orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup tequila, silver 100% agave
1/2 cup Cointreau/triple sec (you should not be trying to go upscale by using Grand Marnier (orange-infused Cognac) because the flavor is too heavy for cocktails)
1 to 2 tsp agave (optional)
Club soda (optional)
1. Slice off a small piece of lime and run the wet edge of the slice along half of the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Consider lining the rim of just half your glass with salt so you can control how much salt you taste with each sip.
2. Place glasses into freezer to chill.
3. Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the tequila, grapefruit juice, blood orange juice, agave if using, lime juice and Cointreau. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. I am adding blood orange for its sweetness and color but if your grapefruits are sweet and ruby red color, then you could skip the blood orange.
4. Remove glasses from freezer and strain the liquid into your glass over ice.
5. Add soda water if you prefer some fizz. I love it.
6. Garnish with lime slices or grapefruit/blood orange slices.
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