Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grapefruit Margaritas

I don't know if you know this, but yesterday was National Margarita Day!

That's right folks, the fifty nifty United States has dedicated a whole 24 hours to my favorite mixed drink. The Margarita. And you know what other holiday yesterday was? National Tortilla Chip Day! I mean, hand in hand or what?!

Now margs are my favorite, I don't drink them often because I only like good margaritas. I don't like sour mix, or pre-made margarita blends, I prefer fresh citrus, and fruit juice, and silver tequila. So, I'm usually not ordering them out because that bright green liquid in that blast bottle doesn't do it for me. I will say that there is a great pre-made margarita in a bottle made my Jose Cuervo that is delicious! So I am not a total snob, when I don't feel like going to the grocery store (never happens) and the liquor store, I just go to the liquor store and pick up a bottle of this.


But that is not what this post is about. This post is about the Grapefruit Margarita that I am currently sipping on at 9a.m. No, I am not an alcoholic. But by the time I got these mixed up in celebration last night the sun had gone down. If you follow me on twitter, you'll notice I tweeted my justification for drinking tequila before noon.

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But to make a long story even longer I also, hereby proclaim this week "Blogger Tribute Week." This week you will not find any "original" recipes here. All of the recipes this week I have found on another blog, and loved, and wanted to remake for you (and myself). Most of these are recipes that I have had bookmarked for months, and some are very recent that have caught my eye! I'll probably tweak to suit my tastes but I really want to show you some of the awesome talent around the blogosphere, and what I've been up to this week! So without further adieu...

This recipe came to me after watching "The Best Thing I ever Ate" on the Food Network. The episode covered favorite beverages. And I saw the best looking Grapefruit Margarita I had ever seen. I vowed to create my own since I couldn't find the recipe for it. But Page beat me too it. Her recipe is a single serving. Mine is for a pitcher. Making a drink one at a time is a waste of time for me. She obviously has more control. And I'm not good at multiplication So I just winged it, and measured in 1/4 cup at a time until I had the perfect balance of sweet, and sour. Don't be ashamed to run to the store right now and mix one up when you get back. I'll wait, well, actually I've already started, but I'll be here... 10 a.m. is the new happy hour.


Grapefruit Margaritas

Inspired by: Good Clean Fun

Makes 4 Tall Servings

1 1/2 Cup Silver Tequila

3/4 cup Triple Sec

1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

zest from 1 grapefruit

zest from 1 lime

zest from 1 lemon

Additional sugar for rimming

- In a small saucepan combine water and sugar, bring to a simmer, cook until sugar is dissolved

- Remove from heat, and add in citrus zest, cover and let steep

- Once simple syrup is cool strain, and set aside

- In a large pitcher combine tequila, triple sec, juices, and 1 cup of the citrus syrup, stir

- Dip rim of serving glass in water, or run a grapefruit around the edges, and dip in sugar to coat rim

- Add ice to glasses, pour margarita over ice and serve with a grapefruit or lime wheel, and umbrella

- Serve, enjoy!


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