Recipes

Strawberry Margarita, Part II

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A few months ago, I had posted a frozen margarita recipe which had a strawberry adaptation. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I happen to love tequila. This was a revelation that took about 20 years, which was precisely the amount of time that it took to get over the worst hangover I have ever had in my entire life. This version, which I am calling part II, came about after a visit to the farmer’s market where the June strawberries were sitting in all of their glory. I was not feeling like an icy concoction for our party, so I decided to keep the blender unplugged and mix it all up the night before our party so the strawberry and basil could infuse into the mixture.

It was awesome, and eating the strawberries after the drink was gone was a nice finish to a fantastic margarita with just the perfect hint of strawberry and basil.

Ingredients

  • can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 cups tequila (personally prefer El Jimador gold for everyday use)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8-12 fresh strawberries depending on size (June strawberries are typically bigger than everbearing so usually 8 will do it.)
  • small handful of basil leaves. Around 8-10
  • 1 can of club soda to add right before serving.

Prepare ahead of time to let strawberries and basil flavour the drink. At least 5 hours. The strawberries will also give the margarita a pretty pink colour. You can take out the basil before serving if you wish, but save the strawberries. Like I said, they were delicious!

-R.Dolly

 

 

 

 

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Tacky Tourist Birthday Party

Who doesn’t love a good theme party? We dollies are a sucker for a reason to dress up and mix/imbibe some drinks. Some people dread dressing up for parties, and of course you don’t have to, but why wouldn’t you? ONE of us, I’m not naming names, doesn’t even care if she is the only one in costume. Sometimes it’s okay to just rock a tutu while getting the groceries because you fucking feel like it. No other explanation needed. Own that shit!

Since one of us just got back from Mexico a few weeks ago we thought that we had sufficient inspiration to host a ‘Tacky Tourist’ themed birthday party to celebrate R-Dolly’s husband’s birthday.

Every good theme party needs a theme drink and sometimes a party is thrown just because you found a fantabulous cocktail that you can build a theme around. We are going super predictable and making margaritas. I know. Lame! But, they’re cheap and easy, just like us! HaHa! Just kidding –  we are definitely not cheap, just ask our husbands. It was a toss-up between the Margarita or the Paloma. The Paloma is a tequila, grapefruit, lime, club soda cocktail that is quite popular with the people of Mexico. With so much party prep to be done, we went with margaritas as they can be made a few days ahead, poured into small jars and kept in the freezer.

We’re about to tell you all a true story. One of us, in the past, has been known to mix up a blender full of margaritas and proceed to drink the whole thing because they didn’t want to waste one precious drop. Lo and behold! One day, on Pinterest, the heavens opened, angels sang and a Dolly was bathed in soft, golden light. It was a pin from theyummylife.com and was a recipe for ‘Make Ahead Frozen Margaritas.’ Make ahead? Well why in the fuck not? They’re FROZEN!!! Anyway, from that point on, a Dolly was a lot less intoxicated during the day.

We were originally going to do a buffet style dinner with enchiladas, refried beans, rice, etc… You know, keeping it simple. We adjusted our plan as the invite list began to grow and we ended up going with homemade sweets, finger food and frozen appetizers like Jalapeño Poppers and taquitos. We happen to think microwaved taquitos are akin to dog food, but baked in the oven they are passable and, most importantly, drunks don’t care! That shit was gone faster than a chicken running away from Ronald McDonald. Everything on our simple menu was made the night before except the poppers and taquitos, which were saved for a midnight snack to absorb some of the alcohol and to lessen the chances of anyone being put off by the smell of them cooking. Instead, at midnight, they all thought they smelled heavenly and devoured the store bought, prepackaged appetizers amid moans of “These are sooooo good!” Had we spent hours making the midnight snack appetizers for guests who had been drinking for 4 to 5 hours, we’re pretty sure they would have disappeared just as fast and gotten the same moans of appreciation and that would’ve fucking sucked. Party Planning 101: Know Your Crowd!

Tacky Food List

We hit up the dollar store for tissue paper to make some fabulous (such a great word – fabulousFABULOUS) crepe paper flowers (tutorial by Tori at Thoughtfully Simple), some amazing palm tree lights and tin containers to hold our food. The dollar store is the mothership for all crafters on a budget. We kept the decorations simple so as not to detract from all the colorful, tacky costumes that were about to fill the house.

Tip* If you find yourself going to a lot of theme parties, there is no better time to stock up on random costume pieces than right before Halloween

Animals were put away, music playlist was created and pre-drinks were had.  Let the party begin!

Recipes

Frozen Margaritas

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During the summer months, there are always some stray jars of margaritas kicking around in our freezer. They are great for pulling out for unexpected guests or for yourself when the margarita craving hits unexpectedly.  It is a great way to use up extra strawberries before they go bad as well. Just substitute the limeade for roughly 3 cups of strawberries (frozen can be used as well) and you have a delicious, strawberry margarita.

  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) tequilla
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) triple sec (orange flavored liqueur)
  • juice of 2 limes (plus a lime for garnish)
  • 4-5 cups ice
  • kosher salt or margarita salt (it’s more coarse than table salt)

Blend everything together, pour into canning jars, seal and freeze. That’s it.

*Original Recipe from Monica at The Yummy Life

Tequila Buying Guide:

tequilaWe usually purchase El Jimador Tequila for our margaritas because it is 100% Agave Tequila and is one of our favourites available at our local liquor store. We also prefer the taste of the Reposado over the Silver, but that’s entirely up to you. Whenever a duty free gets passed through, it is always a treat to pick up a bottle of Leyenda del Milagro Tequila.

Here is an excellent Tequila/Agave guide to help you select a great sipping Tequila. Because we’re grown ups. Body shots are great, but for a fine Tequila, you want to savour it!