Shake and Dump Margarita Recipe – Happy Cinco de Mayo

This is a Bobby Heugel original Margarita recipe

This Margarita Recipe is a game changer. Strong, sour and sweet, it’s strength is in its simplicity. Blanco Tequila, key lime and Persian (typical grocery store type) lime juice, and agave syrup are all you need.

Prior to finding this recipe on Punch, I was a big fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita straight up. This one brings in rocks to the mix. It’s a shake and dump style of mixing.

At 2 parts Tequila to 1 part lime juice and syrup, it makes for a very strong drink – so pick that top shelf Tequila you love so much! And it has to be silver, blanco or plata Tequila. You know, the clear stuff.

I prefer Patrón, Casamigos (George Clooney’s), or Cazadores Tequilas – but any fine silver Tequila will be great here.

If you can’t find Key limes, you might try Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice or just double up on the typical grocery store Persian limes.

Finally, the agave syrup can be found near the sugar in almost all grocery stores now. Look for the Blue Green brand Organic Light Blue Agave Nectar. It’s perfect.

Shake and Dump Margarita – THE RECIPE

  • 2 oz silver Tequila
  • 1/4 oz lime juice – typically 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 oz Key lime juice – usually 1 whole Key lime
  • 1/2 oz Agave syrup

Combine in shaker with ice, shake well, dump into a rocks glass rimmed with salt.

Pro tip – use good sea salt. I prefer Maldon Flaked sea salt that I’ve ground into a finer mix.

What is YOUR favorite Margarita recipe? Tell us in the Comments below…

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How to make a Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma Cocktail

Ask anyone who knows (in other words not you or me) what the most popular cocktail in Mexico is and you will probably get “Margarita” as the answer.

Wrong!

It’s the Paloma. The Paloma Cocktail is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Source: The Internet

Made simply of tequila, lime juice, salt, and grapefruit soda… it’s a sipping drink that I personally have trouble with… well, sipping. Both refreshing and delicious, it’s hard for me to just sip it.

Here’s a short video of me making the Paloma cocktail:

See? Easy peasy to make. Easy peasy to drink.

No wonder it’s so popular! LOL.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve made one, like it or just whatever you think.

Enjoy! ~brian

Michelada Cocktail recipe

Cinco de Mayo Michelada Cocktail Recipe

This Michelada Cocktail recipe features Dos Equis Cerveza and Clamato Juice (the Preparado version).

A michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America. Wikipedia

Here’s my version:

You will need:

– 4 ounces Clamato Juice (Preparado version preferred)
– 4 ounces Cerveza (Dos Equis )
– Big splash of Lime Juice
– 4 drops Maggi Seasoning
– 2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
– 2 or 3 dashes of Cholula or other Mexican hot sauce
– kosher salt and chili powder for rimming glass

Directions:

1. Dip glass in lime juice and rim with salt and chili powder mixture
2. Add ice to glass, splash in liquid ingredients
3. Pour in 4 ounces Clamato Juice
4. Season with more chili powder
5. Pour in 4 ounces of Cerveza / beer
6. Stir and enjoy!

I hope you try one of these for yourself, you will love it!

Thanks for reading and watching! ~brian

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

And now, from the That’s Not Hot Sauce department… we bring you a short review of the Original Maraschino Cherries from Luxardo in Italy.

Luxardo maraschino cherries are sour marasca cherries that are candied and steeped in syrup made of cherry juice and sugar. Their firm texture and thick rich syrup make them ideal for use as a cocktail garnish, for topping ice cream sundaes, and for use in baking.

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries – Are they worth the extra expense?

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries from Italy

Original Maraschino Cherries are made by the Luxardo family, who exclusively cultivate over 30,000 Marasca cherry trees in the Veneto region of Italy. This product is all natural, with no coloring or thickening agents added, and are certified kosher. Each container contains about 50% cherries, and 50% syrup by volume.

Ingredients: marasca cherries, sugar, marasca cherry juice, glucose, citric acid, natural color, maraschino flavor.

We purchased a bottle of these candied marashino cherries from DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace in Baltimore Maryland. And at $19.99 for the jar I thought these better be good!

After sampling a few, I told Marilyn how delicious they were, but I wasn’t sure about the $20 price.

A few searches later, and low and behold, on Amazon they are priced at that point and even higher. Apparently, these babies are worth their weight in gold!

I love them in my homemade Orange Crush (vodka, OJ, splash of Sprite, maraschino juice and cherries). Just for fun, here’s a pic of my Pineapple Crush I had recently. Recipe is at the end of this post.

Pineapple Crush Cocktail

These definitely rock in a Manhatten or a Jack and Coke for a little sweet kick!

Throw a few of these delicious cherries on top of your favorite ice cream desert, and you will thank me. They are amazing.

And they really are worth the extra bucks. The best deal I found was for 2 jars (400g. / 14.11oz each) at $33.97 with free shipping. Here’s our affiliate link:

Buy Luxardo Original Marashino Cherries

Pineapple Crush recipe:

– 4 oz pineapple juice
– 2 oz vodka
– splash of Sprite
– drizzle of Maraschino juice
– garnish with Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

I’ve already ordered two more jars. Yum!

I’d love to know if you’ve tried these candied goodies, and what you think of them. Just leave a Comment below.

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