Crazy Rita Margarita Mix

It’s Cinco de Mayo! And what better way to celebrate than with a Margarita? A Crazy Rita Margarita Mix!

Taste and Flavor: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Fresh, clean and fantastic! A winner.

From Crazy Good Specialty Foods and Jim O’Brien – home of the Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix, comes Crazy Rita Margarita Mix.

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The Crazy Rita Margarita Lab works

When it comes to mixers, Jim and his Crazy Good kitchen know their stuff.

Ingredients: water, fresh squeezed citrus juice (lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice), cane sugar.

What a simple list of ingredients, right?

And when it comes to cocktails, it’s all about the ratios. And Crazy Good knows ratios.

The Crazy Rita recipe is pretty simple. 3 oz Tequila + 4 oz Crazy Rita. A great ratio of more Tequila to mixer. (We typically go for 1 part liquor + 2 parts mixer – yea we like our cocktails strong.) But this is kooky town!

But how does it taste?

Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer straight up: Light-bodied and flavorful, this refreshing mixer is very palatable. There’s no heavy syrupy sweetness. And more importantly, the citrus flavors are not harsh or acidic like many grocery store branded mixers can me.

Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer as a cocktail: We mixed up a batch following the instructions on the bottle. We made both a “straight up” Margarita and one on the rocks. Both were delicious and tasted exactly the same – light, clean, and very drinkable.

Crazy Rita Margarita mix both ways

I like straight up. Marilyn likes it on the rocks.

By the way, the ONLY way to make a quality Margarita is to use a good quality tequila. And ALWAYS with a Silver, or Plata (Blanco) blend. Our favorite (expensive) is Patrón – but Hornitos Plata, or even Sauza Silver make great Margaritas.

It becomes a matter of choice as to whether you make it “straight” or “rocks” too.

As to sweetness, I do like my Margaritas on the sweet side, so I like to add a small amount of 10X or Confectioner’s Sugar to the mix. About a ¼ to ½ teaspoon – it really smooths things out for me.

Tip: We like our Margaritas with salt on the rims. But we only salt 1/2 of the glass. That way you get to sip with the salted rim, and then take turns sipping from the unsalted side too. A winning combo in our opinion!

Crazy Rita Margarita Mix Straight up

Straight up baby!

Final thoughts: Be careful! Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer is so good and drinkable, you’ll be going through a few Margaritas pretty fast! Not that that’s a bad thing.

You can find Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer at Crazy Good Sauces here:
http://crazygoodsauce.com/the-goods/

Be sure and check out the great deal on a two pack of Crazy Rita and Crazy Mary, and tell Jim HotSauceDaily sent you!

Our review of the Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix is very popular.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Hot Sauce Sundae News 08/23/09

Links to News in the Hot Sauce and BBQ World

Today’s Hot Sauce Sundae – Hot Dog Fans take note! Three stories feature Hot Dogs, there’s also some awesome Tequila Shots recipes, a buffalo wing recipe that adds vinegar and jalapenos, and a showdown between the Bubba Burger and a pulled pork sandwich:

  • From SeriousEats.com – Hot Dog of the Week – NYC’s Papaya Dog
    Hawk Krall writes about the Papaya Dog, and references the mysterious red onion sauce that is found on dogs from Sabrett’s carts.
  • Speaking of that mysterious red onion sauce, I posted a version on our Tumblr – Sabrett’s mysterious red onion sauce for hot dogs – a recipe clone:
  • From Aaron Vanek on Examiner.com – Four Cabo Wabo Tequila shot recipes – I like the Spaceman’s Shot – Tequilla and Tabasco!
  • Vince Devlin’s article in the Missoulian tells a great story of the Bubba Burger losing to a pulled pork sandwich. The Bubba burger is a mesquite-grilled cheeseburger topped with grilled Cajun sausage, grilled jumbo shrimp and homemade chipotle sauce. Wow!
  • Interesting Buffalo wing recipe posted on Bukisa.com that includes red wine vinegar and pickled jalapeno slices along with the usual butter and Frank’s Red Hot
  • Sarah Karnasiewicz’ article The Yankee Hot Dog Trail on TheFasterTimes.com tells of some great New England hot dogs and features Flo’s who makes and sells a great unique and original relish. Flo’s classic is simply their relish and a ribbon of mayonnaise.

  • If you have a link or news item you’d like me to include in the next Hot Sauce Sundae, please leave a Comment with links and a brief description of the item.

Drink Recipes For Cinco de Mayo 2009

The Paloma Cocktail

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After Margaritas, my favorite tequila drink is the Paloma – a refreshing drink made with Tequila Blanca (Silver), grapefruit soda, and a splash of lime juice.

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver)
  • 6 oz grapefruit soda (Squirt, Jarritos)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Rim a glass with salt, add ice, tequila, lime juice. Fill with grapefruit juice, garnish with lime slice. I like Jarritos grapefruit soda, found in the Mexican foods section. Or you can use grapefruit juice and club soda.

The Mexicola

The Mexicola couldn’t be easier – it’s a shot of Tequila in your favorite cola. In a rocks glass, add ice, shot of Tequila, fill with cola – I prefer Diet Pepsi. Squeeze in a wedge of lime to finish.

Margarita Straight Up

The Margarita

For a classic Margarita, check out my 3-2-1 Margarita recipe. 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, 1 part lime juice.

Beer Margaritas

For the brave and party adventurous:

  • 2 (12 oz) bottles of your favorite beer (Modelo)
  • 1/2 cup Tequila (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup frozen limeade (thawed)

Rim 4 glasses with salt, add ice. In a pitcher combine beer, limeade and Tequila. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime wedge, serve immediately.

The Michelada

  • 4 (12 oz) bottles beer
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 limes, cut into 4 wedges each
  • Hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • Worcestershire sauce

Combine the salt and chili powder in a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each beer mug and dip into the chili-salt to coat the rim. Squeeze the juice of 4 lime wedges into each mug. Add a lime wedge to the mug and fill with ice. Add 1 bottle of beer, a dash of hot sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and serve immediately.
(Michelada Recipe courtesy of amNY.com

Review of New Pace Salsas

Pace has a new line of salsas on the grocery shelves.

I reviewed their Triple Pepper Salsa here – so you can read my gushing review of this mass-produced jarred salsa, but here you’ll see why I’m not so keen on these other 3 varieties reviewed here.

Pace Salsa Verde

Let’s start with my 2nd least favorite of this bunch:

Pace Salsa Verde: OK, the jar reads:

The smoked Spanish paprika that spikes this concoction is not the bland stuff you typically see around.” [But the paprika is indiscernible and in fact bland.] “… we use it to give chunks of tomatillo splashed with lime a unique and unforgettable kick.” [Uh-huh. Kick. If you think lots of vinegar and yellow tomatoes are “kick”. Yes, yellow tomatoes. Between the tomatillos and yellow tomatoes, this salsa is the color of baby food… and about as hot. Or not].

Do you really want to see the ingredients list? Oooh-kay:

  • Yellow tomato puree (water, yellow tomato paste), fresh jalapeno peppers, water, tomatillos, fresh onions, salt, cilantro
  • vegetable oil (corn, cotton seed, canola, and/or soybean), distilled vinegar, lime juice concentrate
  • sugar, garlic, smoked paprika, and natural flavoring

It’s a hoot to see corporations extol an ingredient such as paprika, only to find it next to last in the list.  Pace, you did good with the 3 Pepper Salsa… this one, not so much.

Bottom line: it’s thin, vinegary, slightly tingly on the tongue, but not worth fooling with.  Ok.. I

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Margarita Recipe 3-2-1 Style

Mix, Lime Juice, Tequila, Cointreau

I’m a new fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita recipe… 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, 1 part lime juice. (Substitute Grand Marnier or Triple Sec for the 2 parts, and to make things sweet and economical, any decent Margarita “Mix” for the 1 part lime juice).

I love my Margaritas with salt, thank you. Strained into a chilled martini glass please. Bliss! This would be a Margarita “straight up”.

Actually, I prefer salt half-rimmed around the glass. That way, you can lick the salt and sip, or just sip from the un-salted part.

Margarita Straight UpPurists will say, “oh, the salt is just there to mask the flavor of low quality tequila”… that may be true, but I enjoy a little salt, just for the experience of a salty/sweet/smooth Tequila cocktail.

And the *best* Margaritas are made with Silver, or Blanco Tequilas, only. Period. Once you go Silver, you’ll never go back to “gold”. Gold being simply a colored tequila. Now, we’re not talking about Anejo or Reposado aged tequilas… While I still think they don’t belong in a proper Margarita… they are wonderful on their own, over ice… sipped. Especially the top shelf varieties.

This post was inspired by a nice Margarita Recipe page at Jeff Heusser’s neonmargarita.com that lists a few varieties of the sexy, sultry Margarita and all “her” variations. Margarita are female, aren’t they?

Nellie & Joe's Famous Lime JuiceJeff lists a 3-2-1 recipe, as well as mentioning he loves Nellie & Joe’s Famous Lime Juice as his secret ingredient. Made with Key Limes, Nellie & Joe’s is in our ‘fridge as an exotic offering of the lime juice component.

Do you like yours straight up or on the rocks? Silver or gold?

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