Beverages

A Mocktail: The Palauxma

by Shawnda on April 25, 2013

in Beverages,Cinco de Mayo,Citrus,Grapefruit,Mexican & TexMex

The Palauxma (a virgin Paloma)

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Cinco de Mayo! We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Taquitos & Tequila pool party and I’m playing around with party menu ideas. And looking for every other excuse to whip up a new pool-side drink.

But I can’t decide which I dislike more to describe a drink lacking booze: Mocktail or Virgin. I guess if “virgin” makes me giggle, then that question probably answers itself, right?

So this is the Palauxma. It’s a faux Paloma.

The Palauxma is what a grapefruit margarita lover drinks on a school night. (Or when she’s out of tequila and running out for more would mean putting on real pants – and we all know that PJ pants are only acceptable in CVS after dark.)

(Sorry, Mom. That’s the ONLY reason there’s no tequila in this recipe.)

If you go to the right restaurant, the old waiter will light up briefly when you order it – because it’s just not a drink that people order – right before he goes all sadface on you to say that they don’t keep grapefruit soda behind the bar.

Instead of grapefruit soda, a simple – and much fresher – combo of grapefruit juice and club soda works even better. At home. Pants optional.

(And that 2-year old soda maker thingy collecting dust in the kitchen cabinet? Suddenly, its useful again.)

The Palauxma

Fresh grapefruit and lime juices are the star of this school-night version of the Paloma.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
  • 4 drops liquid stevia (or simple syrup or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 2 small glasses of ice
  • Lime or grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and the sweetener of your choice in a large glass or shaker.
  2. Divide club soda between two glasses of ice.
  3. Pour half of the grapefruit mixture into each of the glasses.
  4. Garnish with lime or grapefruit wedges, if using.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Strawberry Margaritas

by Shawnda on March 20, 2013

in Beverages,Margaritas,Strawberries

Strawberry Margaritas

Crammed into the busting-at-the-seams bottom drawer of my freezer is a collection of leftover bowls filled with… leftovers. There’s chili and chicken stock. And something that’s either more chili or possibly a meaty marinara sauce (I’ll find out for sure tomorrow – please let it be chili!).

And then there’s the bowl of strawberry puree. Thankfully the contents are frozen because that bowl was sideways. (I strongly adore organized spaces and strongly dislike the process of organizing them.)

The strawberry puree was leftover from making strawberry cupcakes for The Little’s birthday party last month. And while I would have loved to have used the fresh strawberries that we picked last week…

Strawberry Margaritas

Last week, we took my visiting spring breaker niece and nephews to a local farm to pick strawberries. I had big plans for those strawberries (read: margaritas). And so did the kids (read: total, complete annihilation).

Over 6lb of strawberries and there were less than a dozen left 24 hours later – and 3 of those shouldn’t count because they were put back into the basket with bite marks on them. (Gross.) Apparently, there are no such things as leftovers when growing kids are involved. They were bottomless pits with loads of aggression and the cutest East Texas accents which became less cute every time I had to put them in timeout for trying to drown each other in the pool.

Kids these days, right?

Strawberry Margaritas

I had my eye on Tide & Thyme’s Strawberry Margarita recipe and gave it a little bit of a makeover to use the leftover puree, fresh orange juice, and the leftover homemade margarita mix that I always keep in the fridge for “emergencies.”

Or to celebrate the send-off of those visiting bottomless pits.

The resulting margarita is beautiful, refreshing, and fruity with plenty of strawberry goodness. Go ahead and save yourself the trouble – make a double batch. If you’re anything like me, you won’t have to worry about leftovers this time.

Strawberry Margarita

A margarita worthy of spring and summer, made with fresh strawberries, orange juice, and a homemade margarita mix.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 3 oz fresh orange juice (from about 2 navel oranges)
  • 4 oz strawberry puree*
  • 4 oz homemade margarita mix
  • 2 glasses of ice
  • Salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
  • The strawberry puree was leftover from tossing 1 tsp of sugar with 1.5 pints chopped strawberries and then pureed after letting it sit at room temp for a while. You can adjust accordingly.

Instructions

  1. Rim two glasses with salt or sugar, if desired.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. Stir the tequila, OJ, strawberry puree, and margarita mix together and pour over the ice.
  4. Serve, drink, repeat.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Adapted from Tide & Thyme

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Tangerine Margaritas

by Shawnda on December 3, 2012

in Beverages,Citrus,Margaritas

Tangerine Margarita

I’m totally loving reading all your responses to the giveaway questions – and watched Elf tonight because of it – but I can’t respond in-line because then I throw off the comment numbering system and then the random generator thingy might just stab me. And then there’s no one here to unload the diswasher. Tragedy.

But winter citrus season – it’s here!

Mostly in drinkable forms, I confess. But it’s still here.

The bins in the produce section that were overflowing with 18 varieties of apples now sport nearly an equal amount of citrus: limes, key limes, 3 varieties of grapefruit, lemons, Meyer lemons, tangerines, clementines… okay, so that’s not 18. But you get it.

Until recently, I’ve only ever eaten tangerines straight or used them in a stir fry. But with a personal goal of margaritaizing (it’s a word) every fruit possible, I set my sights on the 5-for-a-buck tangerines last week. It was hard to pass up, with the 5-for-a-buck baseball-sized limes.

What you get is a smooth margarita perfect for utilizing those tangerines this winter. And perfect for replacing those mimosas at brunch.

Tangerine Margaritas

Clementines are next. I’m holding out for the windfall of free clementines from my parents’ neighbors’ trees. If I had to guess, I’d say there were 300+ clementines on their two trees. Happy, happy hour indeed!

(PS: Need a quick an easy way to juice those limes and tangerines? You should check out the Breville Citrus Press Giveaway! I couldn’t live without it. Actually, I probably could – but I’d be a lot less fun.)

Tangerine Margaritas

A margarita made with fresh lime and tangerine juice is perfect for winter citrus season.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Stir margarita mix, tangerine juice, and tequila together in an oversized glass or small pitcher.
  2. Run a lime or tangerine wedge around the outside of 2 glasses and dip in salt.
  3. Fill glasses with ice and pour margaritas over.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Pomegranate Margaritas

You recovered from that turkey & football coma yet? My goodness, that was glorious. And gloriously painful. And if we’re talking about the Texans & Cowboys games, just flat-out glorious.

I wasn’t disowned for healthifying the broccoli & rice casserole. My dad was well enough to be up and about for the day. My cousin Sarah did all of the dishes as we cooked (what a novel idea – and what a saint). And I had exactly enough tequila for a pitcher of Pomegranate Margaritas.

Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranates are kind of a pain in the ass to deal with. They’re beautiful. They’re delicious. And they’re high maintenance, kind of like the crawfish of the fruit world.

You have to crack the fruit and dislodge the seeds carefully so you don’t ruin your shirt… all while still impressively ruining a shirt and an apron. That apron has since been known as the Dexter Apron.

But they’re beautiful. And they’re delicious. And it’s fun to put them in salad and on salmon or just eat them by plain by stained hand. And when you leave the hard work to the bottled pomegranate juice companies, they make one heck of a beautiful, delicious margarita.

Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranate juice makes the perfect winter margarita.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups homemade margarita mix
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 16 oz bottle 100% pomegranate juice
  • Salt or sugar, for rimming (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Pour over ice into salt or sugar-rimmed glasses.
  3. Serve garnished with lime wedges and fresh pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Notes

Yields: 8 servings

Adapted from Tide & Thyme

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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