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: tequila mojitos

By now, you all know how much I enjoy a good cocktail. Specifically, one laced with bourbon and kept super simple. But…did you know that I also enjoy tequila?

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This is a far cry for me, as I have only recently begun to enjoy it in forms other than margaritas {and dollar shots at happy hour, but that’s an entirely different story}. A few nights ago, the hubs and I were combing through cocktail books and recipes, trying to decide upon what to make for the week’s upcoming date night. We have enjoyed so many fantastic winter drinks and great red wines over the past few months that our palettes longed for something bright and refreshing. Normally, I would have suggested something with a gin- or vodka-base, but he threw out the idea of “tequila?” and we knew we had to explore the possibility.

I had my doubts, I’ll be honest. But the hubs is such a wonderful curator of craft drinks, I knew that my doubts were for naught. And sure enough, he whipped up the cocktail I’m sharing today. Simple, fresh ingredients with a splash of spicy ginger syrup. YUM. And I’ll tell you – it came at the perfect time! We sipped on this drink; crisp, bright, and oh-so-refreshing, that the entire weekend that followed seemed to have known how we longed for sunshine and warm weather. A beautiful cocktail and a beautiful weekend go hand in hand; I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

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Tequila Mojitos {serves 1}

A refreshing break from the heavier cocktails that winter seems to cry for, this drink is sure to transport you to the warmest and sunniest of beaches. 

Ingredients:

1-1/2 ounces white tequila

3/4 ounces ginger infused simple syrup {see my recipe here}

cubed ice

club soda, for topping

fresh mint, for both the cocktail and as a garnish

lime wedges, for garnish

To Prepare:

Muddle the mint in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add ice cubes to glass and set aside.

In a shaker combine: ice, tequila, and ginger infused simple syrup. Shake vigorously until frosty, about 30-45 seconds. Strain over the ice into the rocks glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge.

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Cheers!