February 22 marks a truly momentous occasion–National Margarita Day!
Since the Margarita is my favorite adult beverage, I decided to share a few unique recipes. Tonight I’ll tip a few of the traditional lime version. :cheers!:
Candy Apple Margarita
Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Used with permission.
Ingredients: Serves 9
1 can Limeade
6 parts Sauza® Blue 100% Agave Silver Tequila
3 parts Cinnamon liqueur
8 parts Candy Apple Soda
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Salud!
Tequila Lime Shrimp
1 lb. large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
¼ cup Sauza® Gold Tequila
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. butter
¼ cup green onions
¾ cup cream or sour cream
Toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper.
Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add Sauza® Blanco Tequila, then increase heat to medium high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite Tequila (or ignite with a long match; use caution, as flames may shoot up high). Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.
With shrimp, lime and a splash of tequila, our tequila lime shrimp recipe can be ready in minutes!
Here’s a fun recipe for Margarita cupcakes. This yummy snack will fill your kitchen with the smell of sweetness and capture the spirit of the day.
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. vanilla
Zest of 3 limes
Ingredients for the frosting:
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
Pre-heat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.
Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.
While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.
Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.
Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila.
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Happy National Margarita Day!