When life gives you strawberries…make margaritas!
I love strawberries! When I was younger, I attempted to grow them every year. I would talk my mom into buying me a couple of strawberry plants that I would plant and watch daily. However, I never had any luck. My typical crop was a handful (in a good year). Last summer, I discovered strawberry picking at Denton Valley Farms. It was so much fun and the berries were delicious! I used them for the standard strawberry recipes, but decided to try a few new ones too.
Of course a cocktail and an appetizer were at the top of my list. I have never been a fan of super sweets drinks, so a strawberry margarita has never been one of my favorites – until I came across this little doozy. The strawberry jalapeno margarita. It is the perfect ratio of natural sweet and spice. I like things hot, so I amp of the jalapeños in the puree/ simple syrup. I recently attended a “Mixology” class with Tammy Marcelain where we learned to really mix things up like a pro. I now know how long I should shake the mixture (not just shake until I get tired), and I’ve included the tips and tricks below. This will be perfect for Cinco de Mayo, an afternoon by the pool, or a package of the ingredients for a fun hostess gift. Who doesn’t like a margarita?
Sweet & Spicy Strawberry Margarita
• 1/2 oz simple syrup
• 2 oz tequila
• 1 oz strawberry jalapeño purée
• 3/4 oz Cointreau
• 3/4 oz lime juice
• Garnish: mint & lime wheel
STRAWBERRY JALAPEÑO PURÉE INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 jalapeño, add more for extra heat
• 5-6 strawberries
• 1 Cup water
1. Blend & strain into simple syrup. I also like to add
the juice of 1 lime. The longer this mixture sits, the
better it gets.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add all
3. Rim glass with lime juice and a mixture of sea salt
4. Shake until condensation forms on the shaker,
pop the top off, and strain into glass.
5. Garnish with lime and strawberry or mint.
Strawberry & Brie Crostini
This is so easy! Each crostini needs a small piece of brie, half of a strawberry, a tiny piece of basil and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar or a store bought balsamic glaze. I used Cordell’s strawberry balsamic vinegar and reduced it until it was thick. I love the way my house smells when I do this.
As warmer days roll in, I hope you find a day to pick your own strawberries and give one or both of these treats a try!
By Nancy Roberts
Photos By Shayli Anne Photography