May 04, 2012

 Say ¡adiós! to the hectic week and welcome this Cinco de Mayo weekend with a refreshing tequila cocktail. Here, two of our all-time favorites and two brand new recipes.

Blackberry Margaritas
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lime
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup 100% agave blanco tequila
3/4 cup Grand Marnier
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
12 ounces fresh blackberries

Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar and kosher salt in a dish. Cut lime into 9 wedges; rub rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge. Dip rims of glasses in salt mixture. Combine water and 1/2 cup sugar in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool. Combine syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and blackberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice. Garnish with remaining lime wedges.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


Frozen Watermelon Margarita
Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 10 min.

Watermelon adds a fruity new dimension to a classic beachside cocktail.
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups diced seeded watermelon
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon light agave nectar
1 cup ice
1⁄4 cup silver tequila
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)

1. Place 1 teaspoon sugar in a saucer. Dip rims of 4 glasses in water; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

2. Combine watermelon, juice, and agave in a blender; process until smooth. Add ice, tequila, and liqueur; pulse to combine. Divide margarita evenly among glasses; serve immediately.

SERVES 4 (serving size: about 2⁄3 cup)

CALORIES 96; FAT 0.1g (sat 0g, mono 0g, poly 0g); PROTEIN 0.5g; CARB 13.4g; FIBER 0.4g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.2mg; SODIUM 1mg; CALC 7mg


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