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Midnight Margarita

Posted in Booze News and Events, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by cocktailvultures


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What is mixing a cocktail if it is not a ritual? And at that warm, mood-changing moment when you take your first sip, is it not a spell that has been cast over you?

“Practical Magic” (1998) was the first movie to show the characters bond as they toss worry to the winds and dance around the kitchen table; you’ll find it in several subsequent “chick flicks” but this one had actual witches doing it. The circle dance is an ancient tradition and a blender full of Margaritas certainly improved it.

Recipes for Midnight Margaritas abound on the Internet. This one was invented by actual witches. And yes, we put the lime with the coconut.

Prepare a small rocks glass by rimming it with a combination of salt and brown sugar.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces 1800 Coconut Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice

Shake vigorously. Dance around the kitchen table and raise that shaker high, or pass it widdershins to the other drinkers.

Strain into prepared glass filled with crushed ice. Add a straw and a hunk of coconut if it’s handy.

Sally Owens: And I don’t want them dancing naked under the full moon!
Aunt Jet Owens: No, of course. The nudity is entirely optional. As you well remember!

Always drink responsibly. Always drink well.

Bruja-rita Rosa

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by cocktailvultures

brujarita rosa finaBruja-rita Rosa

What’s better than a fresh Margarita on a broom? A witch’s broom, thanks to the magical liqueur from Italy.  Strega brings a whisper of herbal mystery to the balance of this drink, which we’ve sweetened a bit with syrup made from any fresh red fruit.

That’s right — the Cocktail Vultures care most about what tastes good. Sometimes strawberries are better than raspberries, and sometimes neither is available — then it’s perfectly fine to make this tasty drink with a homemade grenadine. You can even grab a bag of frozen berries; just make sure they haven’t been sitting in the freezer all winter.

This time around, we used those strawberries that are so famously in season in June.  We encourage you to make this as a batch drink; it’s great for a barbecue or pool party.

To a blender, add:

2 ounces Reposado Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce Strega
1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 ounces fresh fruit syrup
A couple of ice cubes

Blend for 10 seconds, and pour into a wine or rocks glass filled with finely-crushed ice.

You can quadruple the recipe and just get it into a blender so cover tightly and give it a whirl.  Salt the rims of the glasses if you like, add a straw and enjoy the best of the Summer.