Tuesday, May 6, 2008
When I got a text message from my hubby saying “Te amo mucho!” with a little photo of a margarita, I didn’t think much about it. Getting sweet notes from him in other languages isn’t terribly unusual and most often signifies a theme, usually for dinner plans. Sure enough, he followed it up with an email suggesting we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Really any excuse for a party works for me and I have no problem borrowing customs from other lands to celebrate. Since I already had a pork roast rubbed with The Art of Spice Pork Rub in the crock pot to make pulled pork sandwiches, I decided to made some tasty Mexican side dishes to go along with it. I made homemade salsa and guacamole to serve with tortilla chips and a corn and black bean salad – and of course Margaritas.
The timing couldn’t be better. My friend Jennifer just asked me if I knew of a recipe for homemade margarita mix because the pre-made ones are full of bad, bad corn syrup. Plus the pre-made bottled Margarita mix is too cloying to drink on the rocks - the only way to drink a Margarita, in my opinion. I was looking for a lighter, more refreshing taste. Cinco de Mayo gave me the perfect excuse to experiment with a recipe. I got a great one on my first try. The key was fresh lime juice and Newman's Own Organic Virgin Lemonade.
Just so you don’t think I’m mixing up such impressively large drinks at home, the photos are from Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach, a very cool restaurant we visited on our last day of vacation. Every 30 minutes they announce a “Hurricane” and mix up a batch of “Margaritas” in the giant blender, punctuated by thunder and lightning. Then “Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville” plays and everyone sings along. This IS as fun as it sounds, especially when you’re sipping on a Margarita.
Here’s a video of the “Hurricane.”
Cinco de Mayo Margarita
3 ounces good quality tequila
1 ounce Cointreau (or orange flavored liqueor - we used the homemade orange liqueor we made a Christmas)
4 ounces of Newman’s Own Organic Virgin Lemonade
In a two cup shaker, measure tequila and cointreau. Juice the limes with a juicer or reamer and add that. Add four ounces of the lemonade and fill with ice. Shake and serve in a tall salt rimmed glass. To make salt stick to rim, run a slice of lime around the top and then dip glass in small plate covered with kosher salt. Use the lime as a garnish and add a straw.
2 small or 1 large avocados, cut into half inch cubes
Juice of half a lime
Small tomato, finely diced
5 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon of very finely chopped habanero pepper
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients and serve immediately with tortilla chips.