Brent’s Best Margaritas

Brent’s Best Margaritas

Quality tequila matters according to my brother-in-law Brent, and so does zesting the limes over the pot to catch all the oils. This is the kind of margarita making details that make all the difference. He should know as he’s been mixing up margaritas for us, the family and friends for years. It’s something we all look forward to every summer.

We all sit patiently under an umbrellaed table, just sheltered enough from the blazing mid-afternoon sun and can hear him juicing and mixing away through the screened patio door. We wait as patiently as we can and are awarded a puckering, yet refreshing blast of lime margarita. They’re fantastic, and as you will see in the recipe, they can be served up 3 different ways. Brent was gracious enough to part with his recipe and I’ve kept it very close to his original because it’s hard to mess with a drink that’s already so darn good.

As luck would have it, my husband was in Arizona this spring and was able to buy me a bottle of Patron at a very good price, so I was able to keep to true to quality ingredients. It comes through in the taste, as does the fresh lime juice and zest. So cheers to my brother-in-law Brent for his wonderful recipe, his gracious nature to mix and pour for us and the smiles this fantastic margarita brings to all our faces.

 

Other great summer beverages!

Zesty Michelada

Apple Lime Slush

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

 

Brent's Best Margaritas
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    Servings
    6- 61/2 ounce servings
    Servings
    6- 61/2 ounce servings
    Brent's Best Margaritas
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      Servings
      6- 61/2 ounce servings
      Servings
      6- 61/2 ounce servings
      Ingredients
      Servings: 61/2 ounce servings
      Instructions
      1. Bring water, sugar and lime zest to a full boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled.
      2. Strain chilled syrup into a medium size pitcher and stir in lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and triple sec.
      3. Combine fine sea salt and a small amount of lime zest in a shallow dish that is wide enough to fit the rim of your serving glass. Wet the edge of the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in salt.
      4. Serving option #1 Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass and serve immediately.
      5. Serving option #2 Fill a prepared serving glass 1/4 full with ice and top with 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix. Serve immediately.
      6. Serving option #3 Freeze margarita mix in a sealable shallow container until firm. Scoop out into a prepared serving glass and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      The frozen version of this recipe is undiluted with ice from shaking and/or serving and therefore slightly stronger in taste.  As the slush melts it chills the glass and softens to slurpable goodness.  My favourite!

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      Apricot Brandy Sparkler

      Apricot Brandy Sparkler

      Cheers to a new year with Apricot Brandy Sparkler!

      Apricot Brandy Sparkler is my way of saying goodbye to 2018 and cheers to the new year ahead. Can you believe another year is already over?  Where has the time gone?  It is the sentiment I have often felt, but with the approaching new year, I have a sense of accomplishment and a strong purpose moving forward.  While 2018 was still a year of routine, plucking forward just trying to keep up with work, household and blogging, it was also a year that a few things got done.

      One of my greatest joys this year was the construction of our new deck/outdoor space, and for many, it would not be a big deal.  For me however, it was a project that was put off for a variety of reasons for many, many years.  It was also designed and built by my husband, who did an amazing job. It ’s a beautiful space, complete with furniture and gas fireplace.  I love it and couldn’t be happier to share it with family and friends or simply sit quietly spending quality time with my husband.  

       

      The Year Ahead…

      The past year was also a year of learning and working hard to create our first video for Mark Bouliane/Overland Explorer, which follows my husband and me on our over-landing adventures.  Creating and editing video is definitely a skill and has its own set of challenges. We are both excited to improve this skill and have fun being creative.  We hope it’s the first of many videos for both of us, which leads me to another goal for 2019.  Video production for Compelled to Cook is set for my 2019 to do list, as is monetizing my food blogging efforts.  Both are substantial goals for myself but definitely in the realm of possibility.  The learning, progress and firsts are what excites me for 2019.  So, even though 2018 must go, the new year looks amazing and I’m ready to get started.  How about you?

      Author: Compelled to Cook, from “Cooks Workshop” Cocktails & Party Drinks 1984

      Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 10 minutes
        Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cocktail
          Instructions
          1. Combine vodka, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Fill half full with ice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Serve immediately.