It’s a rare occasion that two cocktail-worthy events happen back to back, but when it happens, it’s worth a celebration! This past weekend, we saw the Kentucky Derby AND Cinco de Mayo. While both have come and gone, there’s nothing wrong with extending the party into the week, right?!
This time of year, you can find blood oranges at many of the local markets and grocery stores. In fact, I just saw loads of them at Trader Joe’s! I love blood oranges; I use them in just about all my cocktails this time of year, even a Negroni.
This blood orange margarita recipe, though, is perfect for a belated nod to Cinco de Mayo as well as your future Taco Tuesdays. After all, everyone loves a margarita, right? Grab some oranges and make it for your next spring gathering. The color alone will impress your friends and the taste? Well that’s a given.
Blood Orange Margarita
You will need:
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– 1 cup (8 oz.) freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 7-8 oranges)
– ½ cup (4 oz.) freshly squeezed lime juice
– ¾ cup (6 oz.) tequila
– ½ cup (4 oz.) orange liqueur
– ¼ cup (2 oz.) simple syrup
– Blood orange slices, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well to combine. Pour into chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, if desired. Serve.
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Tobi Fairley is an interior designer whose aesthetic has been praised and published by some of the best shelter magazines out there. She keeps things simple and fresh, but don’t let that fool you. She’s also a business whiz (she has an MBA from the Sam M. Walton School of Business.) That means she is left brained, and right brained, not to mention really adorable. she’s also the founder of a cool Design Camp, that’s about to get started, have a peek.
Thanks Tobi, for taking the time to whip up this tasty cocktail recipe! and good luck with your design camp! Happy camping!
Fresh Peach Margaritas
I love using fresh Arkansas Peaches for creating this Southern summer treat. I’m looking forward to warmer days and time spent at the lake to enjoy these sweet sippers with friends.
RECIPE FOR TASTINESS:
4 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces of Peach Schnapps
Lime juice to taste
2 tablespoons of sugar + 1 extra tablespoon for the glass rim
1 peeled peach
1/2 cup ice
Place the ingredients in blender and puree. If the mixture is too thick, you can add water. Use the lime to wet the rim of your glass and then coat with the sugar.
**(We were really excited to see that former Cocktail of the Week contributor, Susanna Salk, will be Skyping in to the May session of Design Camp A to Z to talk about her new book and her inspiration. Everyone that attends the camp will also receive a copy of “Be Your Own Decorator.” Awesome!) Click this link to find out more info on the upcoming session May 16-18: Design Camp
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Vanessa Rocchio is a hot Texas Red Head who has worked for Southern Living Magazine for 23 years. She wears many hats (not just a cowgirl hat), she styles food, develops recipes, and writes a column for Southern Living called Quick Fix Suppers. Besides all of those amazing talents, she is also one of my favorite dinner dates and drinking partners and has a hellava sense of humor (which includes pranking me!) Her weekly column has also been turned into a cookbook Quick Fix Supper, which will have a ton of her tips for making dinner quick and yummy. Look for her on QVC this Sunday, April 22nd between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., where she’ll be promoting books for Southern Living (and hopefully sharing secrets and telling stores like only she can).
When she’s not busy being a mom to her son (who cooks with her…adorbs!), teaching cooking classes, or working with the Cub Scouts…she likes to kick back with a margarita. She is a Texas girl, after all.
Pretty in Pink Margarita
2 Tbsp. good tequila
2 tsp. grenadine
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 to 2 tsp. good honey (if you want it sweeter…I like it tart)
Shake in ice…and serve COLD. Garnish with lime slice and cherry. Make it in measurements…or a dab of this and a dab of that. Drink and have fun.
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