While the weather here in the Midwest is whip-sawing between cold and dreary, and hot and muggy, it is officially the strangest summer I can remember in years.
Either way, we're refusing to wear coats - and are channeling the fun we've had at the beach by making batches of our favorite mango margaritas in a pitcher.
SIMPLE MANGO MARGARITA
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
A 10-oz bag of frozen diced mango
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2/3 cup tequila (we prefer silver)
2 T Cointreau
Large pinch of organic sugar or splash of light agave syrup
2 cups of ice & a very healthy splash of ice water
Our Pink Margarita Salt or our Honeysuckle Pink Cocktail Sugar
Directions: Place four margarita glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Then, put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If cocktail is too thick, add more ice water. Serve in glasses rimmed with either salt or sugar. Garnish with a slice of fresh mango and enjoy!
TOTAL BUZZ KILL:
Traditional margaritas can be delicious, but they also tend to be heavy on calories. A lot of those calories come from commercially made mixers. In general, the alcohol contains about 64 calories an ounce.
To keep things on the lighter side, try making your own mix: some fresh squeeze lime juice from a couple fresh limes, a splash of soda water, and a ½ ounce of agave nectar. Add your tequila, shake and pour. This way, you'll be able to whip up your own version of a "skinny" margarita - and only about 150 calories per glass!
To salt or not to salt, that is the question...
Personally, I’ve been enjoying these with a glass rimmed with our Gold margarita salt (and so have most of our friends). Our colored margarita salts seem to have become a bit of a hit this summer, so we’re thinking about expanding into flavored cocktail salts.
What flavors would you like to see? Lime? Garlic? Maybe a spicy TabascoⓇ-style blend for Bloody Mary’s?
Join us in our kitchen conversation and let us know your thoughts – either in the comments here or by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - and we'll share your thoughts and our creations in our next cocktail recipes newsletter!