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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Just in time for Cinco de Maya, I've got a few margarita recipes that I'm just dying to try. Using flavors like blood-orange and watermelon, these drinks looks as beautiful as they are tasty. Check them out!

Blackberry-Thyme Margarita


16 large fresh blackberries, divided
4 small fresh thyme sprigs, divided
6 tablespoons 100% blue agave silver tequila
1/4 cup Simple Syrup
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 cups ice cubes, divided
1/4 cup chilled sparkling wine


  1. Place 14 blackberries and 2 thyme sprigs in medium bowl. Press firmly on solids with muddler or back of wooden spoon until mashed.
  2. Mix in tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and Cointreau, then 1 cup ice. Stir to blend well. Strain into large glass measuring cup. Mix in sparkling wine.
  3. Divide remaining ice between 2 tall glasses. Pour Margarita mixture over. Garnish each with 1 blackberry and 1 thyme sprig.

Serves 2.

Peach Margarita


2 parts silver tequila
1 lime, juiced
1 1/2 parts peach schnapps
1/4 cup white peach puree


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 of the way with ice. Add all of the ingredients. Shake hard to combine.
  2. Strain into a margarita glass filled with fresh ice. Enjoy!

Makes 2.

Blood-Orange Margarita


Lime wedge
Salt, optional for rimming the glass
1 blood orange, juiced
1 lime, juiced
2 ounces tequila
3/4 ounce orange liqueur
1/4 ounce agave nectar


  1. If desired, wet the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge and dip into a plate that is covered with salt. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and agave nectar. Add ice and shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Pour out the ice from the glass and strain the shaker's contents into the chilled, salt-rimmed glass. Enjoy immediately!

Serves 1.

Watermelon Margarita


Chili Salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 lime wedge
2 ounces blanco tequila
2 ounces watermelon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup


  1. Make the chile salt: In a small bowl, mix the kosher salt, sugar and ancho chile powder.
  2. Make the cocktail: Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge and coat lightly with chile salt.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well.
  4. Fill the highball glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass.

Makes 1 drink.



1 lemon wedge and salt
2 ounces blanco tequila
1/2 ounce triple sec or Cointreau
1 ounce guava nectar
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup


  1. If desired, moisten half of the outer rim of a martini glass with the lemon wedge and coat lightly with salt.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well.
  4. Strain into prepared glass.

Makes 1 cocktail.

* images and recipes via Yumsugar

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