Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Preview 1 -- Strawberry Mango Margaritas

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So. This is pretty much how my days have been going: Get to work for 8:30. Get out of work at 4:30. Somehow fit in making dinner, getting any blog/book stuff crossed off my to-do list (often includes making three recipes INCLUDING dinner AND photographing it), and getting some Boyfriend (Cory) time and outdoors time and if I'm very lucky and not too tired some exercise (hah, yeah right) time before play rehearsal from 7-10. Then come home, snuggle Cory a bit more, then pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow. Rinse, repeat. At least weekends have been free, but those also seem so busy I feel like I've hardly had time to think! And with tech week upon us, the space between work and rehearsal will be even smaller.

Cory and me, enjoying a makeshift picnic of Taco Bell before rehearsal yesterday
in my tiny front yard.

But with the weather FINALLY becoming warm and sunny and amazing, it's hard to motivate myself to do anything but lie in the sun and continue to work on my tan/burn before the sun sets. New Englanders know that Spring is always far too short, so we need to enjoy it while it lasts! I'm always torn: do what I NEED to do, or what I WANT to do? Gah!

Times like these, I need to take Finn's advice:

Sometimes, you just need a cocktail to relax and unwind. And if you add loads of fruit to said cocktail, you can pretend it's healthy!--that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Plus, for non-drinkers, you can simply eliminate the tequila and have a great smoothie to usher in the gorgeous weather of Spring.

 Cinco De Mayo is only days away, and Margaritas are the drink of choice. I am a little late with posting my holiday recipes, but be on the lookout for a few in the next couple of days!

Relaxing moments are few and far between!
 I am not a master mixologist by any means, and I don't really know the ounces or whatnot to use for this, so I'm giving you measurements as I used them. Feel free to calculate the exact measurements to suit your tastes!

But please, serve these in mason jars. It's just so classy and fun.

Frozen Strawberry Mango Margarita
(Makes 1 serving/pint jar)

  • 1.5 Shots White Tequila
  • 1/2 Lime (juice and one slice for garnish)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 scoops mango sorbet
  • 3 large strawberries
  • Sugar for the rim (or salt)

-In a blender, blend the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, sorbet, and strawberries until smooth. Wet the rim of a mason jar (or margarita glass) with the lime slice, and dip into the sugar to line the rim.

-Pour mixture into glass and garnish with lime wheel. Drink immediately, preferably on a porch in the setting sun.


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  1. Oooh I'm totally into the fact that you used sorbet for your margarita! Great idea! p.s. your schedule exhausted me just reading it and I thought I was busy!

  2. My favorite cookbook is Make It Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason, especially the photography in it! I also liked Susan's page (and of course yours, should go without saying ;) )

  3. My favorite cookbook would have to be the future book written by my good friend, Ashley! But in the meantime, I love my Cooking Light comfort food book. It has a lot of great, low fat recipes!

  4. Oh wow this sounds so good. I love that you used mango sorbet! Oh and my favorite cookbook... that's so hard. I would have to say my current go to favorite is Jaden Hair's new cookbook Healthy Asian Favorites!

  5. This sounds amazing with the mango sorbet! I'm not sure if anywhere around here carries that, but it's such a good idea! Know that i'll definitely be trying these out if I can find it!

    1. The kind I used was Haagendaz, which you can find at most grocery stores. If not, Trader Joes frozen mango chunks would probably work just as well, and even be healthier!

  6. I'm all for the idea of fruit making it good for you. So if I drink five of these, I will have gotten in my five servings of fruit. My doctor will be proud of me