Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, as in another week, and if you’re like me you need a little time to properly prepare. I’ve got your Margarita options covered, and since it is Friday, I thought I’d put them all together in one tidy post.
Friends from all walks of life love my Blackberry Margaritas.
They’re refreshing, bright, slightly sweet with a hint of tartness, and go down way too smoothly. The simple syrup takes a little time to make (15 minutes) but if you put it on the stove while you’re unloading the dishwasher it’ll be done before you know it. The color and flavor of these is alluring, and there’s simply no substitute for fresh berry juice.
If you’re short on time, then snap up a bottle of ginger liqueur to make a Ginger Margarita.
There’s plenty of other uses for that liqueur, so don’t lament if you think the bottle will sit idle in your cabinet for the rest of the year. Turns out it pairs well with brandy, gin, vodka and bourbon as well. But back to the margarita…this one has the unmistakable zip of ginger root yet is still balanced with the mandatory lime juice. Since Barrow’s is a liqueur, sugar or a simple syrup of some sort is involved, so the work is already done for you. Except for the lime. Squeeze your limes.
Feeling a bit more saucy? Then my Pepper Jam Margarita is an absolute must.
This is doubly refreshing and spicy, but that spice sneaks up on you after the initial taste. If you want something to contemplate other than life itself, this is a good match because the flavors shine with a layered complexity. The Pepper Jam is a must, and I see it all over the place. Grab a jar on your next trip to the store and whip up a batch of these to complement some authentic Cinco de Mayo food next week.
For the whole food purists, blood oranges are still out and about; in fact, I snagged up a pile last week at my local grocery store before they hibernate for another 8 months. My Paleo Blood Orange Margarita showcases the glorious hue of those globed gems, and the only added sweeter is a honey simple syrup to complement the fresh orange juice and balance out the tartness of the lime.
If you can’t find Blood Oranges, substitute Cara Cara oranges (an amazing juice flavor) or regular navel oranges. The drink won’t have the same gorgeous color but the taste will remain lovely.
Thus ends your Public Service Announcement for this lovely yet chilly Apéritif Friday. Coming next week…a little partnership I’ve been working on with Purity Vodka – you won’t want to miss it!