If pomegranates and cranberries are only synonymous with the holidays I’m in big trouble. I’m still buying them and even more importantly still loving them. They are two of the things I look most forward to each winter; dare I say they might be the only reasons? 🙂
I recently made this Spinach, Pomegranate and Prosciutto Salad and it was so divine I want one everyday. I was encouraged that I’m not alone when I was served a house special ‘winter’ cocktail this past weekend with cranberries and sage (that I’m sharing next week) but also when I saw David Lebovitz post a recipe the other day that uses cranberry sauce in a glaze for meatballs. It felt so good knowing I am not alone!
It’s no big surprise that I love margaritas and making my own is what had me turn the corner years ago. I might even be a bit of a margarita snob…if being snobby is categorized by using quality products and fresh fruit for my libations. I learned long ago, and yes I am repeating myself here…use a decent reposado tequila, none of that really cheap stuff. I also don’t recommend using really expensive stuff either…somewhere in the middle is good; I like 1800 Reposado. Reasonably priced and slightly aged makes it my go to. Plus? Real orange liqueur. Cheap triple sec does not count. I like using Patron’s Citronge but have also used Grand Marnier and both are good. Just look at the label; it should include the essence of orange, not just sugar and artificial flavors. Start with those two and the rest is easy. Fresh fruit is a must but I won’t lie and I love using both lemon and lime and in a pinch I have used frozen lemonade and limeade in lieu of fresh fruit and simple syrup. In a pinch means a blizzard is raging and I want a margarita. Bad.
This is a gorgeous cocktail with a nice citrus bite and I can’t deny it certainly embodies the colors of holidays just past. I say that even as I look at a Christmas tree that is still standing; yikes…please don’t judge! But seriously don’t let that stop you. Let’s assume you are planning in advance for Valentine’s Day; that red is just beautiful isn’t it? Summer…that too; it’s truly a great year round drink!
Bring on the pomegranates and cranberries. Perfect for Valentine’s day! And winter needs a splash of color, I think! And tequila!
I only feel bad that I erred in not including blood oranges…love them too! And I’m with you…I’ll take any of the three of them with some tequila. 🙂
I need this margarita in my life. Stat.
My kind of girl! 🙂
That first photo is absolutely outstanding. That could go in the best magazines anywhere in the world. You are so talented! The drink is nifty too 🙂
Thank you so much…this is all a huge learning curve for me so kudos from my peers mean so much!
Pretty drink! Margaritas are one of those drinks where quality ingredients really pay off. This looks excellent — thanks.
If nothing else…I sure know when I’m served one with bad tequila. I don’t need to burn myself to enjoy a cocktail. 🙂