Are you in the holiday spirit yet? It’s that wonderful time of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas that we love to get that holiday feeling. How do we like to celebrate this time of year at The Blind Pig Blog? Through recipes of course! We have several fun holiday recipes lined up for you this season, and our first is going to be the Holiday Margarita! Though the title is not the most original, we think you will love the cocktail to toast your merriest during the season.
This fun little festive drink is made with premium silver tequila. (We used Espolon.) Like all of our other signature margaritas, we have included fresh lime juice, cocktail ready agave nectar and our secret ingredient in this beauty is Carpano Botanic Bitter. We have shared Carpano Botanic Bitter with you in the Hibiscus Mule.
We chose to garnish our Holiday Margarita with a festive sprig of rosemary and a few frozen cranberries. The rosemary brings out the botanic notes in the Carpano Botanic Bitter, and frozen cranberries are great to keep on hand during the holiday season for quick garnishes for beverages, appetizers, and meat and cheese boards. Who doesn’t like a festive little berry on their plate or in their glass?
Unlike most margaritas, which are loaded down with a syrupy, sugary flavor, the Holiday Margarita is more bitter than sweet. The bitterness makes it a great cocktail to serve with rich holiday foods. It won’t leave you with the feeling that you are on sugar overload, and the Carpano Botanic Bitter gives this cocktail its beautiful festive color.
Margaritas are always a consistent cocktail go-to no matter the season of the year. Have you ever offered a margarita to a friend and he declined? Of course not! Americans love margs! We have shared with you a variety of margaritas over the years, and this week we stay consistent with our basic margarita recipe but with a little Punt e Mes added in. We shared Punt e Mes with you a few weeks ago in our Punt e Mes and Soda and our Punt e Mes Sangria. This week we are excited to introduce you to the Punt e Mes Margarita.
It made sound a little strange to add a vermouth to a margarita. However, when you think about it, many people have been adding sangria, which is wine based, to margaritas for years. The bitter taste with a bit of a kick creates an interesting flavor within the margarita base. A dash of orange bitters rounds out the Punt e Mes to create a burst of citrus within the margarita.
Cinco de Mayo is in a few days! We always look forward to this fun occasion, not because we have any Mexican heritage, but it is like a slight nod that summer is soon to follow. With everything that we have been enduring, we feel like many of us are ready for a little sunshine and escape even if we are sitting in our own backyard pool!
We kicked off our little blog in our tiny stake of the internet 4 years ago on this very weekend with a cheers to Cinco de Mayo and our ultra-fav Skinny Agave Margarita. This is our summer signature cocktail, as many of you know. We have shared with you a few variations over the years. This year we have another delicious variation that you are really going to love!!!
The Raspberry Margarita recipe makes a batch of about 4 cocktails. You will need Grand Marnier, your favorite tequila, fresh and frozen raspberries, fresh lime juice and cocktail ready agave nectar. Place all of the ingredients into a blender until well blended. Pour into serving glass over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries. Yummo!
The Raspberry Margarita is the perfect summery, fresh twist on the regular margarita for berry lovers. I am sure this will make it into our regular summer entertaining rotation once we break free from the Corona Virus!
Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our Raspberry Margarita or one of our other perfect recipes, we wish you a Happy Cinco de Mayo and healthy, safe week!
Other great recipes to enjoy on May 5th from The Blind Pig Blog!
Hey Blind Pig Friends, how was your Fourth of July? Ours was very low key. We stuck close to home and hung out by the pool. While soaking up the sun we got a hankering for some Strawberry Basil Margaritas. Our garden has been overflowing with herbs this summer thanks to the extra rain that we have been getting this season. It is a shame to let all of those herbs go to waste without capitalizing on the fresh twist that they can add to cooking and mixing cocktails. We know that Strawberry Basil Margaritas are not our own invention and are not anything new on the up and coming bar scene, BUT since this is our blog we thought we would remind you about a crowd pleasing summer cocktail. We included our “Umbrella Worthy” stamp of approval on this recipe, as well.
To make this delicious drink you will need fresh basil, fresh strawberries, Monin Strawberry Flavored Syrup, agave nectar, fresh limes and your favorite tequila. When making margs we always start from our basic Skinny Agave Margarita recipe. However, since we used the Monin Strawberry Syrup, we backed off of the agave nectar slightly.
Place the tequila, strawberry syrup, agave nectar, and lime juice in a shaker over ice and shake for 20-30 seconds. Pour into margarita glass filled with ice — we used sonic ice! Take a basil leaf and clap it between your hands. This releases the flavors and aroma of the basil. Place in cocktail. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries, and enjoy!
It’s our favorite time of the month– bonus post time! We have been working on perfecting this recipe for a couple of weeks now, and we feel like we have finally hit the mark. This festive margarita will help you and your friends ring in the holidays with lots of Christmas cheer!
This recipe is very easy. We tried out many different combinations and ended up returning to our tried and true base for our Skinny Agave Margarita. To make the Merry Margarita, you will need cocktail ready agave nectar, Corralejo Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice (We used diet cranberry juice.), and mint leaves with fresh cranberries for garnish.
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We served our Merry Margarita without ice, but you may want to add some crushed or sonic ice for an ice cold marg and a special touch. This drink is easy to drink with the right amount of cranberry to give the drink a rosy glow, but not overpower the taste. We garnished ours with some fun Christmas tooth picks and alternating mint leaves and cranberries. Try adding some fun salt to the rim or float cranberries in your cocktail. Make it fun and festive
Will you be serving the easy Merry Margarita at your holiday celebrations? Santa needs a little extra cheer, so this is definitely what we are leaving by the tree with some Golden Mint Crinkles! Enjoy the rest of your week. We will see you this weekend when we share a delicious reason that you will want to get out of bed on Christmas morning!
Here are some other holiday cocktails you may want to try–
It’s unofficially summer in Texas. This week in Dallas the temps hit 96 degrees and felt warmer than that with the heat index. When nature is calling for summer, why fight it? Join in the spirit with a Santorita.
This delicious drink is a small twist on the typical margarita by using a spirit which is gaining popularity. Mezquila is a blend of mezcal and tequila. Mezcal is derived from various types of agave plants and usually has a distinctive smoky character. Tequila is made only from blue agave and comes from specific parts of Mexico. When blended together you get mezquila.
Who better to bring you this tasty spirit than Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine? The two have teamed up to make Santo. Santo is a blend of mezcal and tequila with a touch of smokiness and a soft agave finish. This smoky flavor makes for an interesting flavor in your margarita.
You all know that Craig has a job where he occasionally gets to meet some super cool people. These photos are from a Santo kick off party from about a year ago. When asked if he got pictures with Sammy or Adam, his reply was, “I was standing in the back talking to Adam’s parents.” Sigh!
To make this smoky little number, you need Santo, Cointreau, cocktail ready agave nectar, a whole lime and a half of an orange. The addition of a little squeezed orange juice to this recipe enhances the smoky flavor of the Santo to give your margarita a richer, smoother taste. This drink is a great compliment to your next Tex-Mex or Mexican meal.
Sammy Hagar has a video on youtube making the Santorita, or you can keep reading and get it here.