Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Margarita Clasica

- from the kitchen of JamieK - Cooking Through the Clippings

Salud!  That's what everyone is saying over at I Heart Cooking Clubs!  Hop on over there and try the fun libations everyone mixed up.  Selecting Rick Bayless' classic margarita was a no brainer for me.  I like 'em on the rocks or neat, like these.

And, in Rick's words, "Just remember:  They're strong."

Here's what you start with.  A good tequila, Cointreau (or other orange liqueur), fresh limes, a little sugar, and optional salt for rimming your glass.  Oh yes, and ice.

Allow me to say a little something about the tequila you select.  Make sure it is 100% Agave.  I can't tell you how many years it took for me to realize that the reason I had headaches after drinking tequila was because the cheapos I always used were half grain alcohol.  Select a nice quality tequila to keep in your liquor cabinet.


Prepare your glass if you like it rimmed with salt.  It's also nice to start out with a chilled glass.  Use a 6 ounce martini glass or if you have some of those cute cactus glasses those are fun too.  Run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass.


Dip the rim in salt.


Put ice, tequila-Cointreau-lime juice mixture and sugar i(if needed) in a cocktail shaker.  Put lid on and shake away.
 
Pour into your prepared glass and enjoy!  Sister Mary Margarita these are good!

Margarita Clasica
From Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen
Makes 4 generous drinks

Ingredients:

1 cup tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, plus a wedge for moistening the rims of glasses
A little sugar if necessary
1/3 cup coarse (kosher) salt for crushing the rims of the glasses
About 3 cups medium ice cubes

Mise en place:

  • measure out tequila and Cointreau
  • squeeze juice from fresh limes
  • spread salt onto a plate that is large enough to accommodate the rim of your glass
  • have some sugar on hand in case you would like to sweeten your drink
  • measure out ice cubes then set in freezer
Method:
In a small pitcher, combine the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.  Taste and add more lime or a touch of sugar if desired (keep in mind that it will taste a little tangier once it's been shaken).

Moisten the rims of four 6-ounce martini glasses with a little lime juice (if you have a cut lime, even an already-squeezed one, just moisten the rims by running it around them).  Dip the rim of each glass in the salt, creating a thin, even crust all around the rim.


Pour half of the margarita mixture into a cocktail shaker, add half of the ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds (this is important to achieve the perfect strength -- some of the ice needs to melt into the margarita -- and the right degree of frostiness).  Strain into two of the prepared glasses, then repeat with the remaining margarita mixture.


 
I'm sharing this recipe at IHCC

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chocolate Margarita


Ok... imagine a world.....dripping in chocolate and puddled with tequila.

Welcome to my world.

Chocolate Margarita
Chocolate Syrup
Finely chopped Mexican chocolate or bittersweet chocolate
1 cup tequila
3/4 cup chocolate liqueur (aka creme de cocoa)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup orange liqueur
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Generously w et the rim of your glass with the chocolate syrup. Don't be shy....lather up that glass rim! Then coat it with the chopped chocolate.

In a pitcher, combine the remaining ingredients. Working in batches, add the mixture to a shaker full of ice...shake, pour into prepared glass, and serve.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Drunklympics!

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Cheers to the friggin' Olympics!

Drunklympics: The 2012 Summer Olympics Drinking Game






If there was one thing you were thinking during Olympic beach volleyball action yesterday, it was, "Sports bra over a sleeved shirt and pants? Dangit." If there were two things you were thinking, they were, 1) "Sports bra over a sleeved shirt and pants? Dangit." 2) "I need a drink." We're here to help with number two. (We hear it, and we don't care.)

It's time for the Olympics Drinking Game. We hope you've been training all year, so you can go for the Goldschlager.

The 2012 Summer Olympics Drinking Game
1) Anytime you hear the name "Destinee Hooker," drink. This should be obvious. Not only is she awesome at volleyball, Hooker's name is also freaking amazing. Her parents shouldn't just be cheered, they should be repeatedly cheers-ed.


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Wikipedia Creative Commons
Congrats on the radical name, Destinee

2) Every time Missy Franklin intimidates you (and/or makes you crave Franklin BBQ), drink.

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Flickr Team USA
She's tall. She's fast. She makes you want brisket.

3) The Olympic Wedgie. It's bound to happen. Let's toast to an Olympic tradition. When you see a wedgie, drink.


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Cheers to you, Olympic Wedgie. There's nothing more Olympian than you.

4) Every time you see an Olympian's mom cry, drink. If she closes her eyes, drink. If she cusses, chug. (We saw a Aly Raisman's parents freak out the other day, which got us totally hammered.) If you see that P&G commercial about how Olympian moms are awesome, drink. (If it makes you cry, chug.)

5) When Bob Costas says "hard" and "semi" in the same sentence, do a shot. If Costas winks at you while saying "semis," run into the bathroom, lock the door and stay there for a while. If he says "semis" without the wink, just take a drink.


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Wikipedia Creative Commons

6) Any moment you sigh loudly, throw your palms in the air or rub your forehead humbly over the ridiculous, Mythological-god-esque physique of the a) water polo teams or b) swimmers or c) volleyball teams: take one full shot and pour it on top of nachos. Eat it.


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Flickr user Marcopako

7) Drink right now -- like pick something up off your desk and drink it -- if you know what the hell handball is without Wikipedia.

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Flickr user Thomas Faivre-Duboz
What the hell is going on here.

8) Take a drink for any Olympics-related tweet that matches the following themes: staunch racism, Harry Potter, James Bond, a joke about the queen actually parachuting into the opening ceremonies, and the Swiss.

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BBC
Hey guys, did you know the Olympics were in London? 

*Bonus drink: take a big drink any time you have an event's outcome spoiled in advance of the event (thanks to NBC's tape-delayed coverage).