Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blood Orange Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

Looking for a fresh and delicious drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican culture and influence? Sure you could do tequila shots with cerveza chashers like last year, but how about something a little more upscale this year? Something with warm fruity tones and great colour as well as flavour. Like a Blood Orange Margarita!

Blood Orange Margarita

Ingredients

* 1½ oz. Tequila Avión
* ¾ oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur
* 1 oz. Blood Orange Juice
* ½ oz. Fresh Sour Mix


Method:

In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain; best served over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

Thank you to Tequila Avión for submitting this delicious cocktail to Cocktail Puppy! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Margarita


The other day I was walking down the freezer aisle at the grocery store. I stood, waiting patiently, for the lady to get her head out of the frozen juice section so I could stick my head in there. My plan? To make a margarita.

Yes....I totally cheat and use frozen limeade when I make my margaritas.

She popped her head out and asked her man....lemonade or limeade? He said lemonade. Her had goes back in the freezer. Pops back out (my toe is tapping at this point....listen lady...I KNOW what I want....hurry up)...she asks him....regular or pink? He says pink.

Pink lemonade. It stuck in my head. I bought some. I happen to really enjoy strawberries and pink lemonade.

As a margarita.....it's fun, yummy and goes down as easy as a tropical sunset.

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Margarita

2 cups pureed strawberries (fresh or frozen)
12 oz pink lemonade
12 oz sprite (yep...it's a little fizzy too)
12 oz tequila
3 oz orange liquor

Combine, coat the rim of your glass with sugar,  and serve on the rocks.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Caprese Martini

Beth Anne (Ty's Mommy) of The Seventh Level of Boredom is back and she brought one of my favorite things about summer...in cocktail form.  Head on over to her place to read the full post, but check out this amazing drink before you go. Gotta love this girl....
Caprese Martini
adapted from Food Network Magazine and brought to us by The Seventh Level of Boredom

Ingredients
1 pound tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups vodka (half of a 750-ml bottle)
Kosher salt
16 grape tomatoes
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 bunch basil
8 small mozzarella balls (bocconcini) – we used the little baby “pearls” and wrapped them in basil leaves
We also added a dash of lemon juice

Directions
Put the tomato slices in a large glass container or pitcher. Add the vodka (make sure it covers the tomatoes) and a pinch of salt; let infuse 6 to 12 hours at room temperature. Strain the vodka, then chill until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, prick the grape tomatoes with a skewer; toss with the balsamic vinegar in a bowl and marinate 4 hours at room temperature.

Drain the grape tomatoes, reserving the vinegar. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until syrupy, about 20 minutes; let cool.

For each drink, drizzle some of the balsamic syrup into the bottom of a chilled martini glass. Muddle 2 to 3 basil leaves with a splash of tomato-infused vodka in a cocktail shaker. Add another 1 1/2 ounces tomato-infused vodka and 1 cup ice; shake and strain into the glass. Skewer 2 marinated grape tomatoes, 2 basil leaves and a mozzarella ball on a cocktail pick and set in the martini.

Thanks Beth Anne...for not inviting me over. Sheesh ☺.