Happy National Margarita Day!! Why this little holiday happens in February, I have no idea but it’s a second favorite only to Cinco de Mayo. In honor of said holiday, I wanted to share my Lemon Drop Margarita recipe with you. It’s a simple and tasty cocktail to help get you through those cold winter blues. Just remember that with every sip, Summer is coming!
There’s something I really love about fresh fruit and cocktails. Instead of using a fruit flavored liquor, I will chose the real thing every time. Clearly I’m not alone, if you look through any cocktail recipe book there are tons of fruity drinks listed. I also feel by adding real fruit it makes it a touch healthier? Like the vitamin C balances out all the tequila! I’m not sure how my math adds up on this but real fruit has got to be better than sugar flavored lemon any day. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself…
This margarita recipe is very simple to make and to prove it, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am a terrible bartender. I have a hard time getting through most drink recipes that have more than three ingredients. Which is sad because so often I want to make a delicious cocktail that I’ve had in a restaurant or bar. So believe me when I say that this is a very simple recipe! If I can make it, so can you. One of my best friends happens to be an amazing bartender. No, she doesn’t bartend for a living or even to make extra money. She’s just a born natural. She barely needs to look at a recipe (she’s had no formal training!) to whip together something tasty. I truly don’t know how she does it. Anyways, on to the recipe –>
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 – 3 lemons)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Lemon slice for garnish
- Squeeze lemons and strain out seeds
- Add the top four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake for roughly 10 – 20 seconds.
- Place ice in glass and pour ingredients from cocktail shaker into glass. (If you’d prefer you can shake with ice and strain instead)
- Add pinch of sea salt and lemon slice (optional)
That’s it! Now lay back, relax, and enjoy your Lemon Drop Margarita!
A side note: Adding the salt to the rim instead of in the drink is another, more traditional option. To do this, while the glass is empty, wipe a lemon wedge along the edge of the glass. Place salt onto a plate and dip the top of the glass into the salt. If you’d like to go a step further, you can then place the glass in the freezer so it’s nice and cool before you mix your margarita.
There’s something about a holiday that makes me want to eat! Seriously, it doesn’t matter the actual holiday, just give me food + something to drink and I’m happy. That’s possibly the reason that I often find myself sharing recipes around the holidays. For this Valentine’s Day (tomorrow yay!) is no exception. Get inspired by these 10 dessert and drink recipes to share with your valentine or even your galentine!!
Heart-shaped donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts? These would work for breakfast or dessert. via Frau Zuckerstein (you will need google translate) but essentially you can take any donut recipe and just make them heart-shaped!
Heart-shaped and love-filled Cookies via Dune Cheri – this site easily translates into english
Dessert Tacos!! because tacos shouldn’t stop with dinner. via Taste and Tell
Rose Gummy Bears so you can eat AND drink your wine! via Sprinkle Bakes
Watermelon Mint Limeade – just add alcohol of your choice. via A Crimson Kiss
Strawberry Cream Mimosas – I think strawberries are a running theme for Valentine’s Day since they’re naturally heart-shaped. via Swanky Recipes
A little rose goes a long way! If you don’t have time to craft your way to a cocktail or dessert, this will always do the trick! via Short & Loud
I’m a firm believer of trying new things, especially when it comes to cocktails. I think it’s great that some of my friends have a “house” wine or drink. Something that they in essence, always have on tap at their house and friends get to know. However with a new year starting, I also think it’s good to mix things up a bit! Expand your cocktail horizon. These 5 cocktail recipes only deviate slightly from the norm, adding a new twist to the same old drink recipes we all know.
I love sangria! Sangria is usually thought of as a Summer cocktail but there’s so many ways to change it up for Fall. By swapping out some of the typical sangria fruits like melon and grapes with more in-season ones like cranberries and apples, you can really change up any sangria recipe. Take a look at this sangria recipe and you’ll be ready to go pumpkin picking in no time!
2 apples, cored and sliced
3/4 cup cranberries
2 pears, sliced
1 750mL bottle hard cider
1/2 cup bourbon
2 Tbsp Calvados or other apple brandy
1 cup ginger beer
Directions: Add to a large pitcher all the prepared fruit. Pour in the bourbon, calvados and ginger beer and stir. Slowly add the bottle of hard cider. Set in the fridge for 2 hours and serve. (If you’d prefer to preserve more carbonation, serve immediately or hold off on adding the hard cider until serving.)
I altered the recipe I found at Cheese and Chocolate
If you haven’t noticed I’ve been on a major grapefruit kick lately. More so when it comes to cocktails. There’s something really refreshing about the grapefruit that’s perfect for Spring cocktails! One of my favorite cocktail recipes with grapefruit is this one, a grapefruit salty dog. It’s easy enough to make and super tasty!
Ingredients (yields two cocktails):
2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
2/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces of strawberry puree
course sea salt for rim
grapefruit slice and strawberry for garnish (optional)
via Sugar and Cloth
30 large fresh mint leaves
4 thick slices fresh watermelon, seeds and rind removed
10 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving
Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves you can add a little sugar to help break up the leaves and get the oils from the mint extracted.
Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Place the watermelon, rum, simple syrup and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Stir to get the froth to go down.
Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher and add in the watermelon mixture. Stir to combine the mint with the juice.
Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon.
via The Vintage Mixer
I love these Valentine’s Day recipes because they not only taste sweet but look sweet too. Nothing says, “I love you” like a tasty treat and some bubbly for the holiday! Just take a peek: