“Fifth Day of Holiday Cocktails”

“On the fifth day of Holiday Cocktails, my true love made for me…

…five strawberry margaritas!”

On the road to trying 12 new cocktails as listed on a holiday kitchen towel, we are now at the day five experience occurring on December 24, Christmas Eve.  I wanted to complete the 12 days on New Year’s Eve, so I put into action my best backwards planning (thank you, boss, for always insisting on this) and started the journey on December 20.  Much shopping and baking and eating and drinking and dish-washing has occurred on this road, and I’ve now pulled over to share my latest recipe for a nice Strawberry Margarita on this fifth day of holiday cocktails.

First, it is important to share that I really like tequila (today’s main ingredient), however, not usually blended in cocktails but rather sipped slowly from a very small glass while surrounded by good friends.  And, I am particular about the type of tequila, the distiller, the agave, etc.  I keep a record of every new (to me) tequila I’ve sipped and plan a super celebration when my list gets to 100.  Not all tequilas ever made are in the running for my little book of tastings — like I mentioned, I am particular on who gets logged in!

The recipe sampled tonight, included the following ingredients:

  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Strawberry liqueur
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz strawberries (frozen whole berries)
  • 1-2 tsp powdered sugar (to taste)

Don Fermin Plata was my selected tequila.  If blending cocktails, I prefer the plata (or white or silver) tequilas — otherwise, all the other mixer ingredients can hide the true flavors of the spirit.  There is a nice history about the producer on their website.

Rather than using sweetened sliced strawberries, I used frozen whole berries plus just a little extra crushed ice and blended the entire drink in my go-to small blender, the Nutribullet®.  Served with chips, salsa, guacamole and some quesadillas, it made a complete dinner-like snack on a night when we didn’t need a big dinner (because of all the cookies, Chex-mix, caramel corn, and more cookies eaten while baking the pumpkin pies).

There are many recipes for Strawberry Margaritas and lots of pre-made mixes available. This just seems like an easy recipe if you have tequila on hand, not to mention those bottles of Triple Sec and liqueur that seem to last a year or more on the shelf.  I know you could skip the Triple Sec and the liqueur and add more berries and use lime to make the recipe even more simplified — it’s about what taste within the frothy cup you are particular about!  And it is about how many guests you may have (and how many batches you need to make) when your fifth day of holiday cocktails arrives!!


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