Grapefruity Margaritas

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Drinks don't need a big introduction so I'll make this short.

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That and this past week left me drained so that when I was updating this post, I was struggling to formulate simple phrases, like how to describe the act of going around the rim of the glass with a lime wedge so that salt will stick to it.

Or maybe it was the margaritas.

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We had a grapefruit and some lemons lying around in the fridge which were beginning to get soft. Generally, a good use of left-over vegetables (limp carrots, yellowing celery, etc) lying around in the fridge, is to make a soup. But what to do with softening fruit that's been in the fridge too long? Make drinks, obviously.

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This margarita was the result. We used agave syrup instead of sugar/simple syrup and I liked the end result because it is not very sweet, extremely refreshing and is particularly good with the salt around the glass.

Adapted from Ina Garten.

Grapefruity Margaritas
(Serves 4)

You will need:
1 cup red grapefruit juice (about one grapefruit)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice (we used 1 lemon and 2 limes)
4 oz tequila
1 1/2 tbsp agave syrup
about 3/4 cup ice
coarse salt (optional)
lime wedges

Directions:
In a blender, combine grapefruit, lemon and lime juices, tequila, agave syrup, and ice. Blend (the amount of ice will cool the drink but won't turn it into a slush; alternatively you can also combine these ingredients in a shaker and strain into the glasses). Pour some salt on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Place the rim of each glass in the salt and twist slightly. Fill with the cocktail and add a few ice cubes. Decorate with lime wedges. Welcome to margaritaville!

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