Friday, September 2, 2011

Say Adios to Summer With Cucumber Margaritas

Cucumbers add a refreshing twist to an old favorite!

Everybody loves a Margarita.   While we eschew frozen, strawberry, peach and other uber-fruity sweet adulterations of this classic cocktail, we found the addition of pureed cucumbers a welcome variation.  Make these and they'll be the star of your "farewell to summer" Labor Day party....

 Whether you can count the pureed cuc as part of your '5 a Day for better health' fruits and veggie intake, we'll plead the Fifth, but we can testify under oath that they are truly delicious.

To make 4 cocktails, you will need:

Juice from 4 limes--you should have about 2/3 cup
A 4 inch piece of cucumber (or 1 kirby cuc), peeled and pureed.
1/2 cup simple syrup (mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water, cook on stove til sugar dissolves)
2/3 cup good quality tequila (priced about $38.00/bottle--I like Herradura)
1 TBSP Cuantro or Triple Sec
Coarse Salt

Mix all ingredients except salt in pitcher.  Stir till blended.  Wet rims of glasses, and dip them in salt.  Fill glasses with ice and margaritas.  Cheers!

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