Whether enjoyed by the pitcher with girlfriends, sipped solitary by the pool, or savored with that special someone over a romantic dinner, no adult beverage says fun and relaxation quite like a margarita. Frozen or on the rocks, salty rim or not, the margarita is a versatile drink.
My favorite is the blue margarita. To me, a huge part of this version’s appeal is its visual connection to tropical waters along with its smoothly sweet zippiness. (Yes, of course, these are technical terms. Really.)
About four years ago, I drank my first blue margarita at a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. This turned out to be the perfect beginning to a memorable evening (and my fondness for this particular drink) as my husband and I danced, gambled, and laughed our way along the Vegas Strip.
My most recent blue margarita celebration happened poolside at our family’s favorite Orlando resort. Eating a casual dinner and entertained by exotic hula dancers as the sun set over the palm-treed horizon, I sipped a refreshing frozen blue. It may have been light on the alcohol, but it hit the VACATION button just fine.
You can create traditions using a signature drink, too. My husband and I kick off our annual Key West getaways at the famous Hog’s Breath Saloon with a Hogarita. But be warned, ladies. The Hogarita is not your garden-variety resort cocktail, and pretty soon we’re relaxed, smiling, and strolling Duval Street hand-in-hand like a newlywed couple before we realize what hit us.
Summer get-togethers with girlfriends garner an added air of sophistication when accompanied by fruity concoctions designed to chill our frazzled nerves ever so slightly. (Movie Quote Alert…Ring any bells? Answer below.) The sound of a whirring blender can signal the start of an afternoon filled with uninhibited conversation and laughter.
Here’s a recipe from http://whatscookingamerica.net:
1 teaspoon coarse salt
4 ounces Tequilla
2 ounces Triple Sec
2 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 ounces blue Curacaco
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 (1/4-inch) slices star fruit for garnish (optional)
1 lime, cut into wedges
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
Place Tequilla, Triple Sec, lime juice, blue Curacaco, and sugar in the shaker; shake hard for 30 seconds.
NOTE: To create a salt-rimmed glass, take a lemon or lime wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into coarse or Kosher salt.
Makes 2 servings.
These are a few of my favorite Margarita Moments. What’s one of yours?
Movie Quote Answer: Working Girl, 1988. (Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack) Melanie’s character, Tess, asks Joan Cusack’s character, Cyn, if it’s safe to take a valium for her anxiety. Cyn responds with, “Just chills you ever so slightly.”