thirsty thursday: mojito margaritas

Autumn, where did you go??

As I sit here typing this, it’s currently 75 degrees and sunny. Let me repeat myself – SEVENTY FIVE DEGREES. Ugh.

Here we are, almost into October…and I’m sharing a margarita recipe. Is this blasphemous? Well, strike that; it’s always margarita time, but I feel that since we’re solidly into fall now, I should be sharing fiery, soul-warming drinks {especially after this post}, but here I am, tempting you with a summery cocktail.

Not that you’ll be complaining after you make this drink. It’s easily a new favorite of ours, even considering that this drink is more adept for spring and summertime sipping. It combines two of my favorite drinks: a fresh, minty mojito with a tart and tangy margarita.

sidenote: how many times do y’all think I can say “margarita” in one post? 

It’s bright and sweet, but not overly so. Ideal for sipping after a long day at work, or kicking off the weekend. There’s plenty room for adjustment with this drink {an extra splash of tequila here, maybe some fresh muddled fruit added in}, and goes down so smoothly, you’ll wonder what happened!

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled….just to avoid the sin of an empty glass during happy hour.

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Mojito Margaritas {recipe adapted, minimally, from How Sweet It Is}

The combination of these two classic cocktails makes for one perfect, flavorful drink. One sip, and you’ll see why. 

Ingredients:

coarse salt + sugar for the rim
lime wedges
a bunch of fresh mint for garnish
2 1/2 ounces simple syrup {I tend to err on the lower side, as I prefer a drink that is hardly sweetened}
1 1/2 ounces tequila {I prefer silver}
1 ounces Grand Marnier
1 ounce rum
3 ounces lime juice
2 ounce club soda

To Prepare:

Take a chilled glass and rub the rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rim in a mixture of coarse salt and sugar, covering it as much as you can.

In the bottom of the glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and a handful of mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt.

Add ice to the glass, and pour in the tequila, Grand Marnier, rum, lime juice and remaining simple syrup. Mix with a long spoon or knife, stirring well to combine. Add another bunch of mint leaves and a lime wedge or two. Top the glass off with club soda {a few ounces until you reach the top!}.

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Cheers!

thirsty thursday: the southside

There’s an old saying, somewhere along the lines of “gin makes you sin.”

But I think that it needs to be adjusted, ever so slightly, towards the thought of not liking gin makes you a sinner. But maybe not really…?

I digress. The moral of today’s story is that this is THE DRINK that will make you a gin lover, if you aren’t already. I know I’ve been professing my love and appreciation of {good} bourbon as of late – see here, and here – but gin is my favorite. It’s such a diverse liquor, with flavors and aromas as varied as the many cocktails they’ve inspired.

For today’s drink, we’re keeping it simple; clean, fresh, and bright. Hints of fresh mint, lime juice and just a note of sweetness from the simple syrup let the herbal notes of the gin really shine. Because isn’t that what everyone craves when you’ve got about 8″ of snow on the ground, or is that just me?

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The Southside {serves 1}

Inspired from local favorite, this drink is insanely easy to prepare – and delivers impressive results. 

Ingredients:

2 ounces gin

1 ounce simple syrup

juice of half a lime

fresh mint leaves, julienned

fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

optional: 2-3 ounces club soda, for finishing

To Prepare:

Fill a cocktail shaker with the gin, simple syrup, julienned mint leaves and lime juice. Top with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until the exterior becomes frosty.

Strain into a sidecar-style glass and garnish with mint sprigs. Top with club soda, if so desired.