Drinks

By Aine Carlin | August 18, 2011

Photo: Aine Carlin

I love a good cocktail. We stock a pretty limited bar but the one thing I’ve discovered I cannot live without is tequila. Tequila cocktails are my ultimate favorite because if I decide to have a drink, I want to taste the alcohol and there ain’t no masking the distinctive flavor of tequila.

I cannot abide those cocktails that are sickly sweet and almost akin to an “alcopop” – yuk! I like proper grown up drinks with bite and tang and no spirit does that better than tequila.

The great thing about being older is that one cocktail will suffice. No longer only drinking for the effect, I savor every glorious mouthful. I rarely feel the need to make another, which means no hangover for me. Bonus!

I know that some of you may be scarred by your teenage encounters with tequila (shot anyone?) but may I be so bold as to order you to put those experiences in the past where they belong and encourage you to forge forward into your adult tequila drinking (dare I say, savoring) years with this little strawberry margarita.

Photo: Aine Carlin

Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 5/6 strawberries, washed and hulled
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 tbsp vegan sweetenerof your choosing (agave, stevia etc.)
  • good splash of grenadine
  • 2 measures of tequila
  • 1 measure cointreau or triple sec
  • ice cubes
  • little more lime, for spritzing and decorating

Directions

1. Put the strawberries, lime juice, water, sweetener and grenadine into a hand blender and blitz until completely liquefied. You could also pass it through a strainer to collect the strawberry seeds - I didn't bother. Place in fridge to chill for several hours (recommended but not essential).

2. Put several ice cubes into a cocktail shaker along with the tequila, cointreau, and strawberry mixer. Give it a good shake until the outside of the shaker frosts up.

3. Rub the rim of the cocktail glass with a lime. Place decent quality salt (pink Himalayan salt would be fantastic!) into a plate and twist the rim of the glass in the salt to coat.

4. Divide the margarita between two cocktail glasses and spritz in a little more lime.

5. Decorate with a small slice of lime and serve.

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