It’s margarita time!
Well, it’s Cinco de Mayo time again in California. And that means time for ‘ritas.
Margaritas are great for parties, but they can get boring after a while. What we need is an infusion of fresh tropical fruit to get the party started again!
My sis and I went for Passion Fruit and Kiwi this year. Our Kiwi-ritas were the hit of the party, and the relatively low alcohol content means we didn’t have to suffer the next day (too much!).
The Cinco de Mayo party was such a blast. We had it in the afternoon, invited a few friends and neighbors, and my sis. We put on some tunes, and danced out on the deck in the sunshine. It makes you feel like the summer is never going to end. As well as the Kiwi Passion Margaritas, one of my neighbors brought Four Seasons margaritas, too. They were delicious, and many of the guests were alternating between the two.
The food on offer was simple and definitely said Cinco de Mayo.
- Coconut Shrimp Tacos – I really love the fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors!
- Shrimp Ceviche, with big chunks of shrimp and that delicious lime kick that makes it such a hit with the margaritas.
- Fried Plantains are one of my favorite treats, and we served ours with a dusting of icing sugar and cinnamon, and some vanilla ice-cream.
My mouth is watering just thinking about all that delicious food!
The party went on until after sundown. We had beautiful lanterns out on the deck, a bouncing pinata full of goodies for the kids, and of course we all got out the sombreros and woolen blankets when the evening began to chill.
I can’t wait for our next excuse to party Mexican style. I’ve got tons of new ideas for recipes, new cocktails to try and new decorations to put out on the deck. I think the kids may be old enough to get in on the action a bit more too, and a great big cactus might be the table centerpiece!
The following recipe is for a pitcher of Kiwi Passion Margaritas.
Get a stock of ingredients in, because it’s so delicious that you’ll certainly be making some more. These margaritas are so special. They’re sweet, but also sour. They’re ice cold, and they make you feel like Summer. In my book, any good recipe has to have some lime in it somewhere. So really, this recipe is hard to beat.
- 1 cup of lime juice, fresh is best and 8 or 9 limes make enough
- 1/3 cup of superfine (caster) sugar
- 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 2 or 3 passion fruits
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur – Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2 cups of crushed ice – get a bag of ice cubes and bash with a rolling pin
- 1 wedge of lime
- wash the passion fruits, then slice in half and scoop the pulp and seeds into the blender. Blend until smooth;
- Add the lime juice, sugar, 3 of the kiwis, tequila, orange liqueur and ice to the blender.
- Blend until you have a smooth mixture (I love my Nostalgia blender)
- Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of the glasses, then pour in the margarita and garnish with a slice of kiwi.