Charred Citrus Margarita

IMG_3894.JPGThis drink was inspired by all of the graduations I am seeing on social media.  It seems just yesterday when we were celebrating Hayley’s college graduation with a Mexican theme.  (You can check out deets here in case you missed it.)

I remember we had the best time.  But, while we were planning the party, or fiesta I should call it, we didn’t think to wait to purchase party supplies until after Cinco de Mayo.  We would have saved a ton of $$$$.

Anyway, Rourke and I were getting out our new, upgraded, backyard blow-up pool.  We wanted a fun drink to put in the cup holders (game changer).   Seeing all of the grad parties and celebrations made me think of margaritas at Hayley’s.

But, being the grillmaster that he is, Rourke decided to utilize his abilities and grill some citrus fruits in lieu of just plain ole limes.  We juiced them afterwards and did a few other tweaks to come up with this unique drink.

Come check it out!fullsizeoutput_3f3e.jpegWe started by cutting 1 red grapefruit, 2 oranges and four limes in half. IMG_4356.JPGRourke then placed on the grill at 450 degrees for 7 minutes or until grill marks appear.IMG_4360.JPGIMG_4376.JPGI then juiced the fruits, using my Kitchenaid attachment.  (Love it btw!)IMG_4377.JPGIMG_4381.JPGI stirred mixture well and let it cool.IMG_4372.JPGUsing the juice, silver tequila and Cocktail & Sons Honeysuckle & Peppercorn syrup (made in New Orleans), mixed up our drinks.IMG_4362.JPGUsing coarse salt and this Aleppo Pepper, I rimmed the glasses for a smokey flavor.IMG_4368.JPGIMG_4365.JPGIMG_4370.JPGIMG_4371.JPGWe put ingredients in a shaker, shook it several times and strained into glasses, topping them off with ice.  So good!!IMG_3897Recipe:

(makes approx. 8 margaritas)

1 red grapefruit

2 navel oranges

4 limes

9 1/2 ounces of silver tequila

8 ounces of Cocktail & Sons Honeysuckle & Peppercorn syrup

coarse salt

Aleppo Pepper


Cut fruits in half.  Place on a hot grill (450 degree).  Grill for 7 minutes or until grill marks appear.  Juice the fruits.  Stir the juice.

In a cocktail shaker, mix 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of syrup, and 2 ounces of juice to make one drink.  To make a pitcher, mix all ingredients.  Strain into glasses rimmed with salt and Aleppo Pepper.

Top glass with ice.  Garnish with fruit and/or umbrellas.

It would make a great Memorial Day even better!




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