Mezcal-Watermelon Margarita - Countdown to National Margarita Day! T Minus 5 Days

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Mezcal-Watermelon Margarita – Countdown to National Margarita Day! T Minus 5 Days

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I Tweeted this before but never included a recipe. Plus, there is an early harvest of heirloom watermelons in California. So I figure it’s been 80+ degrees so why not have some summer melon?

Melonsito

1.5 oz Mezcal El Silencio Espadin

.5 oz Combier Liqueur D’Orange

.75 oz Fresh squeezed Lime

.25 oz Simple Syrup

3-4 Watermelon Balls, dependent on the sweetness of your melon and the size of your baller (not to mention your shot-caller)

Muddle the watermelon with the simple syrup. Add all other ingredients, then add ice and shake vigorously for a slow count of ten. You want this one really cold, really aerated! As a Texas girl, I think a salt rim is a must for this one, because we would sprinkle salt on watermelon when I was a kid. And then do that cute garnish I have in the photo below.

Mezcal Watermelon

Salud!

Countdown to National Margarita Day – Day #3

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This is a very simple variation on the Agave “Margarita” aka “Skinny Margarita.”

Ok, all those quotes… What is commonly called Skinny or Agave Margarita is, to cocktail theory geeks, not a Margarita at all. It’s a cocktail in the category of Sour. I won’t nag on too long about this but it does help to explain the name of this one. You may or may not know that Margarita is Spanish for Daisy. Daisy is also a cocktail category (also called cocktail family) like the sour. I named today’s cocktail “Ace of Spades” for a couple of reasons: 1) Ace of Spades is a dark blue/black flower which grows in Mexico and So Cal. The recipe reveals the use of Blackberry Liqueur. 2) It sounds cool enough for any guy to order without feeling like his dude friends will accuse him of being a daisy.

Ace of Spades

1.5 oz Olmeca Los Altos Tequila Blanco

.5 oz Briottet Crème de Mûre

.75 oz Fresh squeezed Lime

.5 oz Agave (Cocktail Ready, which means diluted 3 parts agave to 1 part water)

Shake & Strain over fresh ice into Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with Lime Wheel.

Side note: the reason I chose this one for today is because it is my sweet husband’s birthday and he loves Crème de Mûre. Happy birthday, honey! @brian_s_carr

Ace of Spades edit

Batchology – Margarita for 18 (or for 4 pros)

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You thought I forgot, didn’t you? You said, “a Margarita a day until National Margarita Day? No way!” Well, burn on you! I’m getting shiz in under the wire!

So here’s a nice piece of batchology for ya.

Margarita for 18 (or if you’re like my lot, 18 Margaritas for 4 people)

32 oz Tequila Partida Blanco

9 oz Combier Liqueur D’Orange

24 oz Fresh squeezed Lime

9 oz Simple Syrup

16 oz Ice Cold Water

Build everything in a large container and aerate with an emulsion blender. Don’t add the ice from the ice cold water before blending! It’s best if you can start with cold ingredients. So if you can chill your limes, booze and simple that would be best. After aerating, pour it into a pitcher without ice. You don’t want it to sit on ice and get watered down. Serve over ice in the glass. Toss in some lime or orange wheels for garnish. Salt or no salt? Up to you.

OK, so this photo is of the last 1/3 of the batch. I just sent home my toasty friends (don’t worry, they live walking distance) and remembered my solemn vow of posting a Margarita a day until National Margarita Day, 2/22.

Batch Marg

Cheers!

A Margarita a Day Keeps The Chupacabra Away

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National Margarita Day is coming up! Which begs the question: who is the hero who approved this holiday?

I have a warm fuzzy place in my heart for National Margarita Day, not just because I warmed up with a shot of Mezcal before I made the margaritas. 3 years ago, I (incidentally) married the day before National Margarita Day. Therefore, the day after my wedding was spent in paradise with the love of my life, sipping margaritas.

Honey Moon Margarita

As a count down to this holiday named for a flower and a delicious cocktail, I’m going to post a margarita every day until February 22nd, this year’s National Margarita Day. Here is the first one of the lot.

#EveryDayIsMargaritaDay

1 oz Mezcal El Silencio Espadin

1 oz Tequila El Tesoro Reposado

.5 oz Combier D’Orange

.5 oz Fresh squeezed Blood Orange

.75 oz Fresh squeezed Lime

.5 teaspoon superfine organic evaporated cane sugar*

Build without ice in tin. Add lovely, pure, clear ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh, lovely, pure, clear into (well, I like salt) sea salt encrusted old fashioned glass. Express some of that blood orange oil over the top and drop a little waxing crescent moon of blood orange into the glass for a little pizazz, a.k.a. garnish.

*I take organic evaporated cane sugar and pulverize it in my high powered blender. This will allow it to dissolve more easily, and effectively take the place of simple syrup. I use a blender instead of a food processor because I’ve found the bottom adjusted blades (as opposed to the horizontally-centered blades of a food processor) to be more effective. Another tip: most blenders can only handle about 1/4 of the volume of the blender carafe of dry good before burning out the motor.

blood orange margarita