Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tropical Margaritas

Yesterday was a big day for celebrations.  We celebrated Cinco de Mayo for lunch, Derby for dinner, and then followed that up with a special book signing in the evening.  It was a day full of good fun, margaritas, tacos, wine, mint juleps, ham, biscuits, and books.  Not to mention, the moon sure was gorgeous last night, wasn't it?

A frozen margarita is my all-time favorite drink.  I had my heart set on making a mango margarita, but couldn't find any mangoes in my market.  I did find a frozen mix of tropical fruit that included mango, pineapple, and strawberry and decided that was the next best option.  I ended up adapting one of Bayless' margarita recipes with my frozen tropical mix for a toned done version. This is one delicious and refreshing margarita.  It goes down easy.  Too easy.

Tropical Margaritas
Loosely adapted from Fiesta at Rick's
by Rick Bayless
Serves 8-9

3/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you like it sweet)
3/4 ice cubes
1 cup tequila
1/2 cup cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1 (16 oz.) bag of frozen fruit (mine was mango, pineapple & strawberry)
lime half for moistening glass rims (optional)
coarse salt for the rim of glass (optional)

In a blender, mix the lime juice, sugar,  3/4 c. ice cubes, tequila, Cointreau, orange juice, and frozen fruit until well blended.  Pour into glasses and serve.  Garnish with fruit if you like.

If you like salt on the rim of your glass, moisten the rims of three 6-oz. martini glasses w/ the cut side of a lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, then dip the glasses into the salt to crust the rims.  Pour blended mixture into glasses and serve.
Theme: Cinco de Mayo


  1. I totally intended to make ritas yesterday and the day got away before I could. So, we're having them today :) I love this fruity margarita... looks great!

  2. Mmmm...I bet this does go down WAY too easy! Sounds SO good.

  3. Oh my great goodness - we have no sun but this would do.

  4. This sounds delicious. One of these can cure anything!

  5. This is the kind of thing I would drink like water...for better or worse! I love all things tropical flavored...those fruits are my favorites!

  6. I love the pretty pink color you got with the mix. Sounds like a very fun and busy weekend. I am jealous about the Deadlocked signing. ;-)

  7. Looks cool and refreshing. Will have to remember these when it starts getting really hot outside here in Texas!

  8. Oh yeah - I definitely see this in my future - maybe for Mother's Day!
    And I even have mango in the freezer... yours looks so tasty!

  9. This looks yummy, but I don't drink alcohol. What would you suggest as a substitution?

  10. I'm hearing the "Tequila!" song in my head right now.

  11. I love margaritas. I always use Contreau and Triple Sec in mine. This looks like a fun and new variation for me to enjoy. I need to buy one of his books. I keep meaning to.

  12. These sound delicious Kim and I too love margaritas. Funny that you couldn't find mangos. The mangos I found in Florida looked good and felt ripe, but had almost no flavor whatsoever. Maybe the margarita gods were watching over you to make sure everything was perfect and it's wasn't mango time.


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