I feel like Julie in Julie & Julia right now because all I want to say about this drink is “Grilled fruit is a revelation!” I got my husband to grill a bunch of fruit for me when he was doing kebabs last weekend and I couldn’t stop smelling the limes. They smelled like honey and pie and all kinds of things that they definitely don’t smell like when they aren’t grilled.

I really, really enjoyed this drink. I don’t know if it tasted super different from a regular non-grilled margarita but the grilled fruit slices on the glasses were so delicious that I don’t even care.

I’m pretty excited to grill some more fruit for drinks, starting with the Grilled Peach and Jalapeno Margarita that Nicole made this week. The only way to improve a margarita is to add a little kick and those look amazing!

Two years ago: Tuscan Grilled Chicken
Three years ago: Thai-Style Chicken Flatbread

Smoky Margarita
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds limes and lemons plus a few oranges sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup simple syrup to taste
  • 1 pitcher full of ice
Instructions
  1. Dip the sliced citrus in a bowl of sugar so they have a light coating. Grill the citrus on medium high heat until they have char marks. Let them rest until they are cool enough to be juiced .
  2. Fill your pitcher halfway full of ice, then add the tequila and trip sec. Add the juice to the ice/tequila mixture. Add the simple syrup in small batches until the proper sweetness is achieved.
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Can you tell that I really love margaritas? I know tequila is really a love or hate thing and I definitely love it. My husband, on the other hand, gags at the very smell of it. More margarita for me!

We decided to focus on limes this week which, of course, made me automatically think of margaritas. And grapefruit is super cheap right now so this was the perfect time to finally try a grapefruit margarita! I’ve been wanting to make the forever but even though I love grapefruit, I was worried they would just be too tart. The ruby red grapefruits are actually really sweet though and this drink doesn’t even require a simple syrup which means there’s hardly any prep involved in these. You just have to squeeze the fruit and then stir it all together in a big pitcher.

They are so yummy and so easy to drink more than you actually mean to. Whoops! I’ll definitely be making these throughout the summer!

Nicole made a really fun Brazilian Lemonade that involved blending whole limes and calls for one of my favorite ingredients: sweetened condensed milk!

One year ago: Coconut Lemon Bars
Two years ago: French Dip
Three years ago: Gummy Candy
Four years ago: Anadama
Five years ago: Cinnabon Knock-Offs

Grapefruit Margaritas
Ingredients
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • ice
  • lime wedges
  • salt
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, stir together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, Triple Sec, and tequila.
  2. To prepare the glasses, run a lime wedge around the rim and then dip into salt.
  3. Put ice in the glasses and then pour the margaritas over top. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

 

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Today we’re getting a jumpstart on Cinco de Mayo! It’s this weekend and I have no plans! Gah!

The Cinco de Mayo theme for this week’s Thirsty Thursday is extra special because guess who was here visiting last Cinco de Mayo! Nicole! We made margaritas, ate our weight in guacamole and salsa, and the baby tried his first tortilla chip.

I obviously had to make a margarita for today but wanted to branch out from the usual. This one uses fresh orange juice and it’s amazing. It’s maybe a little sweet for me but that’s easily fixed (note the large amount of salt on the rim – and I went back for more!) but I know a lot of people really dig sweet drinks. The recipe makes quite a bit but it stores well in the fridge or it’s very simple to halve or even quarter if you need to.

Make it!

Nicole made Layered Frozen Mango Raspberry Margaritas! You should make those too! Why not.

One year ago: Fish Tacos with Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw
Two years ago: Baked Peanut Butter Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
Three years ago: Chocolate Malt Cheesecake
Four years ago: Strawberry Shortcakes

Fresh Orange Margaritas
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup clear tequila
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • limes for garnish
  • coarse salt
  • ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes.Let cool slightly.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and Triple Sec.
  3. To prepare your glasses, run a lime wedge along the rim of your glasses and then dip in a plate of coarse salt. Spoon ice in each cup and pour margaritas over top. Garnish with extra lime wedges.
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Frozen Friday is coming a day early this week! Get excited!

Mangoes are so ridiculously cheap around here right now – is that happening everywhere? I bought mangoes 3/$1 this week! I paid more for the limes in this margarita than I did for the mangoes! Crazy, right? I very rarely buy mangoes (I think they taste like perfume) but when I saw that price, I knew there were margaritas in my future.

These were the best drinks I’ve ever made at home which I know isn’t saying much since my at-home drink of choice is Diet Coke and whatever is in the freezer but take my word for it, these are amazing! The recipe is easily adjustable so play around with it if you like it not-so-sweet or even sweeter. You really can’t mess it up!

Two years ago: Chocolate Malt Cheesecake
Three years ago: Strawberry Shortcake

Frozen Mango Margarita
from The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks via Cook Like a Champion
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • ounces triple sec
  • 2 - 2½ cups ice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 4 ounces fresh or frozen mango pieces
  • lime wedges & salt or sugar for rim of glass
Instructions
  1. Put tequila, triple sec, ice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a blender; blend until smooth. Adjust the consistency to your preferences by adding more ice or more liquid. Moisten the rims of 2 glasses with the lime wedges; roll in salt or sugar. Pour margarita into glasses. Serve immediately.

 

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