Do you know how easy it is to make a margarita without purchasing a pre-made mix? All it takes is a few fresh ingredients and in less than ten minutes you will have a tasty margarita on the rocks! Or if you prefer the frozen kind, you could add all the ingredients to the blender and blend it! I have flashbacks of those 7/11 Icee drinks that would give me brain freeze , lol! I really do prefer mine on the rocks. Well, better late than never, here is my contribution to National Margarita Day. I really did not need an excuse to prepare a margarita!
Besides margaritas a few of my other favorite cocktails are a Mexican Martini, Michelada, Paloma and a good Spicy Bloody Mary! These cocktail recipes will be added in due time, but how about a Jalapeno Lime Margarita or Agua Fresca de Sandia while you wait? One of my favorite fruits besides Piña (pineapple) flavor.
Jalapeno Lime Margaritas
Yields 2-4 Margaritas. Pace yourself! Lol!
8 ounces jalapeno infused silver tequila
6 ounces triple sec
Juice of 4 limes
Juice of 2 oranges
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar
you will also need
Chile limon powder
In a small pitcher, mix all of the ingredients for the margarita. Taste for sweetness. Wet the rim of four-8oz glasses with fresh lime. Dip in mixture of coarse salt and chile limon powder. Fill with crushed ice. Pour margaritas and garnish with sliced lime and sliced jalapeno!!
Agua de Tamarindo
10 ounces tamarind pods
3 cups water, plus 4 more cups for later
1 cup organic cane sugar
Peel the pods and place in a bowl. Cover with three cups of water and let them soak overnight.
Next day: Wash hands thoroughly and remove all the seeds from the pods, making sure you leave all the pulp in the water.
Transfer to the blender. Add four cups of cold water and one cup of sugar. Blend on high for 30to 40 seconds.
Strain into a pitcher using a wire mesh strainer. Stir well, taste for sugar. Serve over plenty of ice. Stir in between because the pulp will separate as it sits.
Three Citrus Margarita
1 1/2 cups silver tequila
1 1/2 cups triple sec
5 to 6 key limes, plus more to wet rim of glasses
4 meyer lemons
3 mandarin oranges
1/2 cup powdered sugar (who knew?) LOL!
*Salt and chile limon powder for the rim of glass
Juice all of the citrus and set aside. Combine all of the ingredients to make the margarita in a pitcher. Mix well until sugar dissolves. Wet the rim of a margarita glass with lime juice and dip into salt/chile limon mixture. Add crushed ice and fill with margarita!!! Makes about 4 cups.
1 cherry flavored Italian ice
1 1/2 ounces tequila reposado
1 ounce orange liqueur or triple sec
2 tablespoons lime juice
6 ounces lemon lime flavorsoda or seltzer to top it off
Fresh cherries for garnish
Place cherry flavored Italian ice down into chilled glass. Add tequila reposado, orange liqueur and lime. Top off with some lemon lime soda or selzter, pitted cherries and some whole. Let the italian ice melt for a few minutes…enjoy!
Agua Fresca de Sandia
7 cups watermelon or enough to fill the blender to the fill line
3 cups cold water
1/3 cup cane sugar
Juice of 1 lime or lemon
Ice! Ice! Baby! LOl!
Fill blender with fresh watermelon.Add 3 cups cold water, 1/3 cup sugar and juice of 1 lime or lemon. Blend on high until smooth. Strain into pitcher with a wire strainer. Yields 2/3, more or less of a standard size pitcher. Serve over ice.