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Thirsty Thursday and Cinco De Mayo…

It’s the perfect storm, in the drinking world that is for sure.  While this is totally cliché as well as predictable today I present a Key Lime Margarita…

Please stop the Margarita mix madness, these are so easy to make there is no reason to buy that odd, and questionable green colored mix.  Sorry Jimmy Buffett, I love your music but that frozen concoction maker mix has got to go.  This recipe is easily multiplied to make in batches, I do use a blender with a few ice cubes leaving them chunky, I have a thing about diluting a an adult beverage. Ok so confession time, when my kids were growing up I always insisted they use ice with soda or other chilled beverages.  I told them it was the civilized thing to do, the truth is it really helped stretched soda or lemonade across 5 glasses.  So there you have it, a parenting tip nestled in the middle of a Margarita recipe, I can’t help but wonder what Dr Spock would say.  No not the one of Vulcan persuasion, Benjamin Spock the pediatrician.

I use Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Juice, usually found in the juice aisle, best lime juice around. I don’t always salt the rim, but if I do I prefer to use sea salt, it has a nice mild taste to it.  No, it doesn’t come in the fancy Sombrero hat looking plastic tub, you can make do without that. Simply pour some salt on a small plate, rub the edge of the glass with a lime then press the glass into the salt.  You can use what ever type of orange liqueur you like I used Triple Sec for these.

  • 2 oz Key Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur, Triple Sec works fine
  • Lime wedge
  • Sea Salt

Prepare the glass with the sea salt.  In a blender combine lime juice, nectar or simple syrup, tequila and orange liqueur, add about 3 ice cubes and pulse just about a minute til the cubes are chunky.  Pour into prepared glass.

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