Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scarlet Margaritas

There's a recipe in a magazine for Scarlet Margaritas which is basically a margarita with pomegranate juice and seeds. I love a traditional margarita on the rocks with salt any day so the idea of anything different is always kind of odd to me. It's kind of like putting applesauce on a hot dog or something...no thanks, I like them just with a ribbon of mustard. Plain and simple.

So my aunt made me a Scarlet Margarita during my visit to her home this weekend. I approached the drink with hesitation and curiosity but after having a sip, I think I can definitely live with it. Unlike traditional margaritas, this version is not as sour or over powered with lime. The scent is sweet and the flavor is balanced between sugary, tart and a hint of salt--altogether very smooth. You should try it! The recipe is below.
4 cups crushed ice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup tequila
1 Tbsp. lime juice
4 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds (1/2 fresh pomegranate)
Lime wedges
Coarse salt
Garnish: lime slices

1. Process first 5 ingredients, and, if desired, pomegranate seeds in a blender 30 seconds or until frothy.
2. Rub rimbs of 6 glasses with lime wedges; dip in salt to coat. Pour margarita evenly into prepared glasses. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

This recipe makes 6 servings (or one nice big pitcher for me). YUM! A refreshing drink for a hot summer evening, I give this drink two cheers .

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