It’s officially summer, meaning it’s officially margarita and guac season. I mean, come on guys. Who doesn’t loooove fresh guac? So why not whip up a batch yourself to make with these spicy margaritas? Perfect for (every) Friday night, or get togethers, or movie night, or…you get the point.
I’m not typically one for New Years’ resolutions, but this year Sonia and I decided to give it a shot in a couple of different ways. (Stay tuned to read about hers shortly!). My resolution? No alcohol during the week. WHAT?! Ugh, I know. But a new year is all about trying to be a healthier you, right? (Cue eye roll). Anyway, because of this resolution, when I do have a drink on the weekend, it better be damn good. I waited all week for it!
Another thing you should know is that I’m not a very patient person. Therefore, I really don’t feel like waiting for summer to come back around to have a margarita. I used to think it was so strange when someone ordered a margarita in the dead of winter. I thought they were strictly reserved as a refreshing drink on a hot day. I’ve changed my ways because, like I said, I’m not patient.
And that my dear friends is why I made this blackberry jalapeño margarita. Before you get up in arms about burning your tongue off with the jalapeños, I promise that it’s not that spicy. Just a little heat to add to the sweetness. Plus, it’s winter people. It’s the only way I could justify a margarita in winter – a little heat!
*Makes 6 cups or 1 small pitcher
1 jalapeño (Through this recipe, I learned that the heat is in the seeds, not the pepper itself. Be sure not to throw them out!)
4 cups of blackberries
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup tequila
1 cup seltzer water
1 lime wedge and sugar for the rim
Chop the jalapeño and place off to the side, then muddle the blackberries to a juicy pulp. In a large shaker of ice (for single servings) or a pitcher (for single servings. JK.) pour in all of the ingredients, with the exception of the “additions”. When ready to serve, rim the glass with the lime wedge and sugar. Top with seltzer.
So this is more than just your average dipping sauce. Yes, I suggest that you accompany it with the empanadas, but how yum would these be with the crab cakes too? Anyway, you be the judge of how you want to use this lil nugget of culinary creativity and comment below! Oh and word is, you can sprinkle with a bit of chopped cilantro to look really authentic and fancy. What’s the saying : fake it till you make it?! haha enjoy.
1 large ripe avocado
1/2 cup reduced-fat Greek yogurt (less fat than sour cream and full of the flavor, genius I know!).
1 jalapeno (finely chopped, remove seeds to lower the heat level).
Juice of 1 lime (try fresh, I abhor the bottled stuff. oh and don’t even think lemon will do what the lime does).
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into a blender or food processor and add the yogurt, the jalapeno, lime juice and a big pinch of salt and pepper. (If you don’t have a jalapeno or the store is out of it just do a quick squirt of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce to replace the heat you would’ve gotten with the jalapeno). Blend until smooth. One good thing to note is this sauce stays well because the lime keeps the avocado color from turning. Although I doubt you will have leftovers because I may or may not have cut my tongue licking the inside of the blender that’s how freaking good this sauce is!