Saturday, 20 August 2011

Summer drinks make me feel fine

I think Laura's music puns are contagious. But this one really was irresistable!

Generally speaking, our alcohol drinking doesn't get a lot more complicated than a gin and tonic. We drink wine (red, white and sparkling), beer (usually Belgian) and the occasional cider. We don't keep a lot of spirits in the house and don't usually go in for cocktails.

But I have mentioned that my new favourite cookbook (I will get over it soon, I promise...) is Mexican Food Made Simple. And poring over that, combined with a special offer on Jose Cuervo at the supermarket, brought a bottle of tequila into my home and a couple of weekends of cocktails into my life.

We started off with Margaritas. On the rocks, with homemade 44 instead of triple sec.

We moved onto Bloody Marias. Tomato juice, lemon juice, tequila, celery salt and a dash of smoked hot sauce. Divine and utterly addictive. The second batch of these (much, much later in the day) reached the absolute pinnacle of Bloody Mariadom, with the addition of a slice of pickled jalapeno instead of the slice of lemon. Utter perfection.

Some leftover plum/rose/vanilla syrup combined with a touch of tequila and a good slug of chilled cava made a delicious "champagne" cocktail.

But I think my most inventive and refreshing use for my bottle of tequila was this, the frozen coconut margarita.

Frozen Coconut Margarita

375ml coconut water
50ml tequila
50ml 44 or triple sec
juice of 2 limes

Blended with ice.

Makes 2 long drinks.


Brain said...

Ooooh, that frozen coconut margarita looks so tasty and refreshing!

Joanne said...

I haven't dabbled much in mixology but I do love me some tequila! Coconut is a great margarita flavor.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Brain - it was one of my better ideas!

Joanne - I tend to prefer simpler drinks myself, but tequila is so good!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Oh my, that coconut margarita sounds pretty perfect to me. ;-)

Heather S-G said...

Oh yes, I'll take one of each...they all sound perfectly "breezy". I will not commence singing that song for the remainder of the day. thank you ;)

Alicia Foodycat said...

Deb - I was very happy with it. A subtle coconutty flavour without the weight of a coconut milk-based drink.

Heather - oh go on, I've been humming it for days.

tori said...

Fabulous. Have also been loving Mexican Made Simple- Tuesday nights have seen a lot more Baja fish tacos being eaten since it came on. One of these margaritas would be perfect. Can't wait to try.

Angie's Recipes said...

Although I am not quite a cocktail drinker, your frozen coconut margarita has definitely caught my attention!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Tori - Baja fish tacos, yum!

Angie - thanks for making the exception!

hungryandfrozen said...

Why thank you! :)

I have been wanting to get my hands on coconut water, everyone seems to be going on about it.

I love cocktails - I found a recipe for one recently called Purple Jesus that I'm longing to try out, I'll let you know if it's any good :)

purabi naha said...

wow, what a great idea of frozen coconut margarita! Great post!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Laura - coconut water is the way forward! APPARENTLY it can help you lose weight and become famous.

Purabi - thank you!


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