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Friday, February 20, 2009

Today is National Margarita Day!

Get your blenders ready....Today is National Margarita Day!

(image from www.seductionmeals.com)

Blended or on ice, margaritas are a great addition to many festivities and types of foods. For me, the spicier the food, the more likely I am to order a margarita!

We all have our favorite margarita recipes, and with the explosion of truly fantastic boutique and premium tequilas now on the market, margaritas have gone from "cheap and easy buzz" drink to high end cocktails and served as gorgeous martinis!

Here is a spin on the margarita recipe from Epicurious...serving margaritas for dessert!

Lime Margarita Sorbet
Bon App├ętit August 1996

Yield: Serves 4

This dessert is a refreshing way to conclude a spicy southwestern meal. For a festive note, dip the rims of frozen Margarita glasses into water and then into a bowl of sugar. Attach a lime slice to the lip of the glass and fill with sorbet.

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons triple sec
6 tablespoons tequila
1 teaspoon grated lime peel

Preparation:

Stir water and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Pour into medium bowl. Mix in lime juice, triple sec, tequila and lime peel. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

Transfer sorbet mixture to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer sorbet to container; cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep frozen.)

Freeze 4 Margarita glasses for 1 hour. Scoop sorbet into frozen glasses and serve immediately.

Note:
If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can turn this mixture into a granita — an Italian frozen dessert. Mix an additional 1 cup water into sorbet mixture. Freeze in bowl until semifirm, whisking occasionally, about 3 hours. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or overnight. Using fork, scrape surface of granita to form crystals. Scoop crystals into frozen glasses and serve granita immediately.

As always, Jet-Chef.com urges you to have a designated driver if you wish to celebrate National Margarita Day out on the town!


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