Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Friday!

Before I pack the kids up and head back home to NC for an extended stay, I would like to leave you with a gift.

A Happy Friday gift!

Of course you'll have to pay for it yourself, and make it and clean up after it, but if my directions are followed exactly you won't mind one bit.

Without further ado, I present to you the recipe for:


(Warning! Photographs are awful. But who cares!)

Here are the ingredients you'll need to make the World's Best Margarita (amount listed is per serving):

1 shot of white tequila. We prefer the Margaritaville brand because it is smooth and oh so tasty.

The juice from 4 fresh limes. Don't even think about using the lime juice concentrate crap.

-Put the limes in the microwave for about 30 seconds then roll them under your palm for a few seconds before cutting them into quarters and squeezing them into your glass. You'll get a lot more fresh juice this way.

-Alternative: 1 fresh lime plus one cup of lime flavored sparkling water.

1/2 shot of an orange flavored liquor. We like Cointreau because it is smoother.

Here's the hard ingredient. Like all good recipes, there's always one ingredient that you just can't get but have to have before you can achieve imbibing perfection.

1 shot of prickly pear syrup.

???? you say????

Here's the story: I made a batch of prickly pear jelly and it didn't set. It stayed all runny and goopy like syrup. Wondering what to do with it, I popped one open, poured it into my too tart and gross margarita and....(cue angels singing!)....The Perfect Margarita! was born.

If you can't find prickly pear syrup try some agave nectar syrup available at most upscale local grocery stores, usually in the sugar substitute aisle.

It really cuts the bite of the tequila, eases the sour of the limes, and gives the drink just the perfect amount of sweet.

Although Jerry usually uses a shaker to mix it all up, I say why be so formal! Just dump all of the ingredients into a cup with some ice and use a spoon to shake it all around!

After a few of these bad puppies you may not even notice your house slowly morphing into this....

Oh, my!!! I think I need one now!

Happy Friday everybody!

P.S. I have a few extra jars of unopened prickly pear syrup left. If you are interested in trading me, I might be able to let go of one if you've got something good enough in exchange. Email me.