Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pink Margaritas

My recipe for Margaritas was perfected long ago and I usually don’t mess with the ingredients but when my friend Jeff, a master mixologist, suggested that I try using pink grapefruit instead of lime juice, the results were magical.

The addition of the orange flavored liqueur (I used Patron Citronge) was the key to balancing the sour taste of the grapefruit juice. I’m not one to favor brands and often purchase the best buy on the shelf but this Paton liqueur was really smooth.

This would also be the perfect drink to serve for a brunch. It’s a beautiful drink with all of the grapefruit and lime slices. I also liked the combination of the lime and the salt and serving it on top of the drink instead of on the rim.

Use a bigger glass than I did (I try bites and sips) to fit in all the fruit.

Bon Appetit!

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

1 tablespoon finely grated lime rind
1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
2 Cups pink grapefruit juice
½ Cup orange-flavored liqueur
2/3 Cup tequila
¾ Cup caster sugar
Thin slices of grapefruit and lime for granish
Crushed ice
Put lime rind and salt in a mortar and pestle and grind to combine.

Place grapefruit juice, orange flavored liqueur, tequila and sugar in a bowl and mix in sugar until dissolved.

Layer in the grapefruit slices, ornage slices and ice into a 6 cup jug.

Serve with lime salt.

Makes 3 ½ Cups.