13 July 2012

Weekend Plans

It's Friday! I have a really fun weekend to look forward to and I'm finding it very difficult to focus at work. Instead, I'm writing this blog post and pinning recipes like crazy.

Matt and I are having a party/get-together/pachanga tomorrow to say goodbye to our friends here in Austin. It's funny because most of the people coming are people we will definitely be seeing again. So, it's really just an excuse to eat and drink with everyone. I'm making lots of food including crab spinach artichoke dip, fried cauliflower, stuffed jalapenos, shrimp kabobs, and some other goodies. I'm also soaking watermelon in tequila and making blueberry infused vodka lemonade. Oh, and we're barbecuing. We really know how to throw a party.

Since I don't have any outfit photos for you today, I'll leave you with my trusty margarita recipe to get your weekend started. It takes a lot longer than using a margarita mix, but totally worth it.

tequila blanco
orange flavored brandy liquor 
simple syrup
kosher salt
cocktail shaker

1. Prepare the simple syrup ahead of time. Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of sugar once boiling and stir to help it dissolve. Boil for about five minutes or until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let it cool in the fridge (or freezer, if you're like me and always forget to do this ahead of time.)

2. Start squeezing those limes. If you have a juicer, you're lucky. I squeeze two limes to get about 1 shot of juice. 

3. Mix 2 parts tequila blanco (Don Julio is the best, but I usually settle for Jose Cuervo Tradicional), 1 part orange flavored brandy liquor (I use Gran Gala, a cheaper version of Grand Marnier), 1 part simple syrup, 1 part lime juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Now, shake!

4. Pour your delicious margarita into a glass with a salted rim and enjoy.

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