Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cantaloupe Margaritas

Looking outside it appears that Spring has landed. Well it may not have officially touched down on the calendar but in Southern California the weather has been in the mid 70°s and no one is complaining. The official first day of Spring is actually March 20th, so we wanted to give you a recipe for a wonderful libation that will make even your oldest relative ask for a second glass. Who doesn't love some juicy Cantaloupe on a warm day? And when your relaxing with friends who can resist a few ice cold Margaritas to help get everyone in a celebratory mood? 

Combine the two and you have a recipe for anstant party in a glass. Give it a try, you wont be mad you did, case we sure aren’t.

Enjoy responsibly! 
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Cantaloupe Margaritas -
For the homemade margarita mix:
4 oz lime juice
4 oz water
¼ cup sugar

For the margarita:
1 lb cantaloupe wedges (1/2 a 3lb cantaloupe, seeds and skin removed)
4 oz orange liqueur
6 oz silver tequila (Maestro Dobel Preferred)
Kosher Salt (or for a bit of a kick, try Togarashi Salt, for rimming (optional)
Lime wedges, for serving (optional)

Add the lime juice to a pitcher.
Over medium heat in a small sauce pan, heat sugar and water, stirring until clear.
Remove from heat and add to the lime juice.
In a food processor or blender, process the cantaloupe for ~60 seconds until completely obliterated into a fine pulp (you might need to add a few pieces at a time if using a blender).
Pour pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a large measuring cup or small bowl and strain, lightly pressing the solids until you get 1 cup of liquid.
Add cantaloupe juice to the pitcher, along with tequila and orange liqueur.
Serve in salt-rimmed glasses, over crushed ice.
Yields: 4 servings

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