Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chinese New Year Margaritas by Jeanne

2012 Year of the Dragon

I thought it might be fun to expand the blog into good drink recipes! So here goes with a recipe for margaritas that is pretty darn good. It’s courtesy of Alan’s younger son who went to bartending school awhile back. We served them last night at a party we hosted to kick off the Chinese New Year holiday. It seems like a pain to juice all the limes, but it is so worth it!

          ---Jeanne

Chinese New Year Margaritas

The recipe:
1 part sour
2 parts sweet
1 part triple sec
2 parts tequila

My standard “part” is one cup. For the sour I squeeze fresh limes. They can be squeezed ahead of time and the juice stored in the refrigerator. For the sweet, we make a simple syrup, which is made by boiling 1 cup of water, remove it from the heat and add in one cup of sugar. Stir continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved. If you are using one cup of lime juice you’ll need to ~ double the simple syrup recipe.

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Add enough ice to make it slushy or to the consistency you desire. Salted rims are optional....

If you are serving this at a party, I make a pitcher full ahead of time. That way I just pour it in the blender, add ice and serve...saves the hassle of having to measure everything every time you want to make a batch.

Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year in Mandarin)

It’s the year of the dragon!

  ---Jeanne

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