Thursday, February 21, 2013

Margarita Day

When the snow has your fingers numb, and there is ice building on your brewers beard, when the stress of making the bills and cleaning the house gets you down.... when you need an island break to clear your head and February is almost over... you’re just in time for National Margarita Day!

Tomorrow, Feb. 22 is a day for us all to escape to that warm place in your mind with a cool drink in your hand!

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Margaritas have always been a favorite of mine, and when we travel, I always have one. Maybe because I like them, maybe because it just keeps the memory alive... Or maybe because nothing says “Shit is about to get crazy like ordering a pitcher of margaritas!”

Let’s talk recipe!

I like the lime versions. I don't want mango or tango in my margarita! Jalapenos are for burgers and nachos, and I don't care if it's frozen or on the rocks!

You’ve got the Kahuna Special.... That is to say the one I drink at home. I always make them on the rocks, and I always add salt! But that's where the secret ends.... I use Margaritaville mix and Margaritaville gold tequila, and follow the directions on the bottle! It’s not rocket science....

You could do the Alton Brown version,
2 ounces 100 percent agave silver/blanco tequila, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt
4 limes, divided
1/2 small Hamlin or Valencia orange
2 tablespoons light agave nectar
3/4 cup ice cubes, about 3 to 4

And you could always go the redneck rout and do the Mtn Dew-garita!
All you need is a can of Mtn Dew, a healthy pour of tequila and a fat squeeze of lime juice. (A Big Kahuna Koozie is preferred, but not required!)

If you’re a die hard beer guy, and I am, you can always mix up a beergarita, (I don’t suggest using Corona)
(2) - 12 oz. beers. ( use a light beer or corona )
8 oz. tequila ( what ever you have on hand ! )
2 oz. orange juice
1 can frozen limeade concentrate

No matter which you choose, mix one up tomorrow and let your mind drift away to that special place where the palm trees dance in the ocean breeze, where the waves kiss the shore and your only care in the world is making sure that you remember a little extra sunscreen on your nose.

Kick back, relax and enjoy this day! That’s what a margarita is all about.... Regardless of what’s hidden inside!

~Cheers!

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