Saturday, October 04, 2008

My plan for surviving whatever may be ahead.

So, perhaps, in these trying times -- and they may get trying-er -- a palliative might suit the national mood. I hereby proffer my version of the frozen margarita. (You'll doubtlessly not be the least surprised to know I have a version for the "rocks" and the "straight-up" margarita as well. Those will follow should demand warrant.)
We start with a couple of limes (one per person), Cointreau and Cuervo white tequila; in some markets it's called Cuervo Clásico and in others Cuervo Blanco or Cuervo Silver...same diff. (If this were a straight-up margarita, I'd use a 100% blue agave tequila -- I like Patrón Silver -- but we're not doing that this go-around.)
Key to a proper frozen drink is getting the ice shaved properly. The average blender can't get all of the ice shaved down, so it's best to handle that function separately, ahead of time. I picked up that Oster ice shaver for PEANUTS on eBay. (A toy snow-cone machine also works marvels, if you can stand the shame of having a Snoopy as part of your batterie.)
Cut the limes.
Juice said limes.
Put juice in the blender. (You may want to add a few tablespoons of superfine sugar if you like your margaritas not as dry, or as much as a 1/8 of cup per person if you really like 'em on the sweet side. In the frozen version I like them just off-dry, thanks for asking.)
One ounce of Cointreau, one jigger of plain ol' white/blanco/silver Cuervo tequila per person (Seriously, any tequila more posh than this would be wasted, as the subtle nuances would get lost amid all that ice and coldness.)
Shave the ice. (If you are planning to shave a LOT of ice, you may want to do so into a colander over a bowl, to prevent any undue dilution.)
Put all in the blender. Blend (2 second pulse-another 2 second pulse-run at max. speed for 10 seconds-2 second pulse-2 second pulse).
After blending take out a margarita glass from the freezer.

Serve. You are now in good shape to brave the TV news, newspapers, and other aggravations.

Repeat as needed.


Posted by Joke at 3:48 PM


  • OpenID olivespearls posted at 4:12 PM, October 04, 2008  
    Pure torture for those of us who can't drink. Perhaps you could include a little recipe for Cointreau-flavored Vicodin? 'Course, it's hard to balance a lime wedge on the side of a pill...
  • Blogger Joke posted at 6:14 PM, October 04, 2008  

    Now I'll have to work on something lime-ish, sweetened with agave nectar and featuring orange bitters -- can you have bitters? -- to function as a Faux-garita to chase a Vicodin or Xanax.

  • Blogger Badger posted at 7:37 PM, October 04, 2008  
    FROZEN margaritas? Oh DUDE.
  • Blogger kim at allconsuming posted at 7:55 PM, October 04, 2008  

    You're turning into Pioneer Woman.
  • Blogger HEATHER posted at 8:05 PM, October 04, 2008  
    Dude! I'm coming to your house for margaritas! I'll bring the chips and salsa! LOL!!
  • Blogger shula posted at 3:35 AM, October 05, 2008  
    You sure do have a LOT of gadgets.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 6:40 AM, October 05, 2008  
    Badge - Remember I said "You'll doubtlessly not be the least surprised to know I have a version for the 'rocks' and the 'straight-up' margarita as well. Those will follow should demand warrant."

    The frozen version is the favorite of my beloved.

    MY tipple of choice remains the Bloody Mary. (No, not frozen.)

  • Blogger Suse posted at 7:21 AM, October 05, 2008  
    I like the limes.

    I really like the limes.
  • Blogger teachergirl posted at 2:17 PM, October 05, 2008  
    God bless you. Feel free to post the other versions as this is the best advice I've received since all hell began to break loose.
  • Blogger meggie posted at 4:29 PM, October 05, 2008  
    Damn! Drooling....
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