When Life Give You Lemons... Make a Citrus Margarita
Updated: Apr 17
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One "luxury" I have greatly missed since the COVID-19 quarantine began, is how easy it use to be to get a "grocery pick up" time slot. Back in the good old days (two weeks ago) I could place an online grocery order before my 5am run and pick it up at 4:30pm that afternoon. As we are all experiencing, that is currently not how things work. I was lucky enough to get a grocery pick up slot yesterday, but when I went get my order 10 of my items where out of stock. I was not surprised by this, but I was really surprised by what items where out of stock. I did not even try to buy bottled water or toilet paper, instead I stuck to mostly fresh veggies and fruits and other perishable food that my family and I have ran out in the last two weeks. Nevertheless, greek yogurt, spaghetti squash, eggplant and zucchini where apparently all out of stock. I guess everyone is sticking to their New Year's Resolutions during quarantine. Two items that I was really looking forward to getting back in my kitchen, but were also out of stock, was my favorite lite margarita mix and limes. Bummer... But instead I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to make my version of a Citrus Margarita. I have made this margarita before, but it is more labor intensive than pouring a shot of tequila in a glass of ice and adding some mix, so I do not do it very often. I have some extra time right now though, so why not?
I start by making fresh squeezed lemonade. My friend and neighbor has a lemon tree in her back yard. I did not have any lemons on hand, but her kids where nice enough to pick me some and drop them off right on my door step. I juiced about 3 lemons until I had 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
Then I poured the lemon juice into a pitcher and added 6 cups of cold water.
I try to limit the amount of refined sugar I consume, so when I am making my own drinks, I usually sweeten them with stevia. Stevia doesn't upset my stomach and if you buy a pure form of stevia, it doesn't have a bitter after taste. My favorite brand is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018SWE5DY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I add about 4 drops of stevia to every 1 cup of water. So for this recipe I added about 30 drops of stevia. You can always add more or less for your personal taste.
Now for making the margarita. I used a mandarin to wet the rim of my glass, then dunked the rim of the glass into course salt. Then pour some crushed ice into the glass. Next, I added one shot of Gem & Bolt Mezcal Artesanal.
Finally, I added in the fresh squeezed lemonade and finished with squeeze some mandarin juice for extra sweetness.
Let me know in the comments if you try the recipe and how you like it. Cheers to the making to the end of the week!
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