Can’t stop, won’t stop with the cucumber. Do your kids suddenly LOVE something and want to eat it all the time. And then just as quickly they’re over it? That’s us with cucumbers right now. I make sure to keep them in the house so they can grab one whenever they want it. That also means that I now have cucumbers on hand for all my cucumber cocktail needs…which sometimes leads me to needing sliced cucumbers for my hungover puffy eyes the next morning…
Wine cocktail week!! Yeah!! This whole week I’ll be sharing a different cocktail recipe that also features wine. Be sure to come back each day to see what I’m sharing. *BIG thank you to One Hope Wine for sending me wine to use in this wine cocktail recipe!
It was bound to happen. I like wine. I like cocktails. And I wondered how they would work together. Today’s cocktail is a red wine based cocktail. And while I am not a big red wine fan, I was certainly not going to ignore an entire color of wine and exclude it from this series. Besides, this recipe also features tequila. And I’m finding that I really like tequila.
I’ve been wanting to do this series for a while but one thing a blogger has to think about when doing a series is the cost. Imagine how many bottles of wine I would have had to buy if One Hope Wine hadn’t graciously sent some to me when I reached out to them. I know lately there has been a big to-do about sponsored posts and how bloggers should only share things that they love with no brand tie in. But my blog is also a business and I need to try to find ways to off set my costs. I hope you know by now that I only share brands that I feel a connection to (for real Hot Shot bug spray is a savior to me and my extreme hatred of ants – none of that post was a put on just to get a paycheck). If you aren’t familiar with One Hope Wine they are a fantastic company that raises money for a multitude of causes. I absolutely back that with all my heart. So while this isn’t a sponsored post, per se, they are making it possible for me to share what is on my heart, you know, like really important wine cocktails…So please show them some love.
Whoa. Where’d that come from.
Pinot Noir and tequila. Why not! And grapefruit soda. Ok. I had NO idea how this cocktail would taste. Which is part of why it was so fun to do this series. It was a really fun way to explore cocktails a little bit more and figure out what flavors go with what wine.
Because I have never worked with wine in cocktails before (aside from sparkling wine) I decided that I would do a little internet research and see what I could find. The cocktail I made was found on Cosmopolitan site in a round-up of other wine cocktail recipes. They called it the Red Splash.
This first wine cocktail was ok. I could certainly taste the red wine but it was really nice with the tequila and the grapefruit soda. This was not my favorite of the ones that I’ll be sharing the rest of the week but it was fun to try something new.
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila
- 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir (I used One Hope Wine)
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz agave
- 2 oz grapefruit soda
- Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with lime.
- Recipe from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=7
*I was sent Casa Noble tequila. I am very grateful for liquor companies that send me product so that I can share the cocktail posts that I would share with you anyway. Do you know how much it costs to buy a bottle of liquor just for one post? BTW, Casa Noble is delicious. But as always, all opinions are my own. You HAVE to make this drink! Aside from being crazy delicious, it is also a drink that was made for us on my recent trip to Villa del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico. Don’t worry. I’ll have a full post soon on why I love it there so much but in the mean time, I thought I would share this Cucumber Margarita recipe. After all, today is National #TequilaDay. I was really inspired by a lot of different things on our trip. And when I got home I found that I was missing the food and drinks and have been trying to recreate them. This drink has tons of memories tied to it from the trip. One of my favorite things about it is that it was made by a bartender who grew up about 15 minutes from where I did! Every single staff member was amazing and Jorge was no exception. I really enjoyed hearing his story and finding out how he ended up in Baja California. And he made a mean cucumber margarita.
To make your own cucumber margarita, you will need a gorgeous tequila, like this one from Casa Noble, Triple Sec, a fresh cucumber, fresh squeezed lime juice, a lime wedge and some Tajin. What is Tajin, you ask? It’s a seasoning. All I know is Jorge rimmed my glass with it for the cucumber margarita and I’m addicted. I am not a salt on my margarita glass gal but THIS is delicious! This is totally not sponsored it is just a new product that I found and love and you need to know about. (Damn, this disclosure stuff is the pits). On my first grocery store trip after I got home, I walked in to the market and there was a table set up with tons of Tajin and a rep. Of course I made a beeline for the table. I took that as a sign that I was supposed to buy some. It is easy to find in the Mexican section of most grocery stores. Or maybe it is just easy for me since I’m in So Cal. I’m certain you can buy it online if you have to. And you HAVE to.
Is there anything quite as refreshing as cucumber? I think not. And fresh lime is my jam. I have limes around my house at all times. Just in case. Right now I’ve been using a half of fresh squeezed lime juice and a drizzle of good olive oil as my salad dressing of choice. So good.
When Jorge brought out the blender for our cucumber margaritas, Dinah and I just about jumped over the counter at him. We do not like a blended margarita. He assured us that we would like the final product. And he was right. You simply blend the cucumber, lime juice and liquors together. The cucumbers do not get totally pureed so it leaves little bits of the fresh cucumber throughout your drink which I loved. You could probably get a similar flavor if you muddled the cucumber and lime instead of blending, but I think this method is best. If you don’t have a Ninja yet, just get up, get your keys and purse and go get one. Best thing to ever happen to me (I was sent one to review for another site so I will disclose to you that I didn’t buy it but they are not sponsoring this post. It’s seriously a life changer and I use it for EVERYTHING. But I digress…)
You can’t drink this cucumber margarita without rimming the glass with Tajin. I mean, I guess you can. But it won’t be the full experience. But do what you want to do. I can’t force you…But if you are a rule follower, like me, then you will do it. To rim a glass, in case you are living under a rock (I’m not judging, but really you should get out more), just take a wedge of lime and rub it on the rim of the glass. Then pour out some Tajin on a plate and run the rim of the glass in it. The lime helps the seasoning adhere to the glass.
Oh hey. There’s my son. Like a moth to a flame, when I’m shooting cocktail posts this one shows up. He demands I take a photo and he’ll finally move on. He’s 5 1/2 years old and in a full on baby phase right now. It’s probably why more cocktail posts have been showing up on the blog lately…
Now back to the world’s best cucumber margarita. Absolute perfection. I have to say, the Casa Noble tequila was clean and smooth with a silky quality. I don’t know much about the different types of tequila but I can tell you that I am a BIG fan of the Crystal variety.
Do you celebrate National #TequilaDay? I never have before but I think I will be adding it to my calendar for the future. I don’t drink a lot in the week, but it just feels wrong not to when it is a National “day.”
Maybe you aren’t going to make a cucumber margarita but I encourage you to at least take some tequila shots today. FYI, no one licks salt off anything in Mexico when doing a shot. I didn’t think about that until I was putting this post together and was like what kind of salt do I use, on account of the fact that I am that much of a tequila shot novice. A good tequila, some fresh lime. Done.
- 4 slices fresh cucumber, skin removed (3 for the drink, one for floating on top to make it look pretty)
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 oz Triple Sec
- 1 1/2 oz. Tequila
- Lime Wedge
- Tajin to rim the glass
- Add cucumber slices, lime juice, Triple Sec and Tequila to a blender and blend well.
- Rim cocktail glass with Tajin by rubbing first with lime.
- Add ice to the glass.
- Pour mixture from blender over ice.
- Top with cucumber slice.
- Makes one drink.
- To make 4 servings (or 2 very large cucumber margaritas - party time!):
Thank you for supporting brands like Casa Noble who send me stuff so that I can pass along my favorite recipes to you! Cheers!
So last summer I discovered that I really enjoy tequila. Or rather tequila based cocktails. I’ve never been a shots kind of a girl and I don’t think my late 30’s, with two small children, is the time to start. And since I like the flavor of limes so much it makes sense that I would love a good margarita. About 6 months ago I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite margarita recipes. They were varied to say the least. So I decided I would try several of them and see which ones I like the best. It was hard work, you guys. But these are the kinds of things I do for you. Turns out I found the best frozen margarita recipe. Ever.
I know that the flavor of a margarita depends of the taste of the tequila you are using. I’m not a tequila expert at all. I just used what we had in the cupboard. I see the guys on Real Housewives drinking a lot of Don Julio so I’m guessing that is a good brand to use. And let’s talk for a second about the lime shortage we are currently facing. Are you all as broken up about it as I am? And I’m not even exaggerating about that. I went to my grocery the other day to get limes for the margaritas, some salsas and guacamole I was going to make. And my store was completely out of them. Like, there were no limes in the entire store. I asked. Luckily my mom was able to grab a few from her store for me but that is why you see the bottled lime juice in some of the photos. I’ve had to supplement with it. It is not ideal. I’m thinking about starting a fundraising campaign for the lime plight. My summer relies heavily on limes. But back to the margaritas.
Over the summer I realized that I love grapefruit juice in my cocktails. It happened rather by accident. I have never been a huge fan of the bitter fruit. And I can’t say I have ever willingly picked up a carton of grapefruit juice from the grocery store. But one day at my neighbor’s house, she decided to make us cocktails. And she squeezed some fresh grapefruit juice into our glasses. We were just experimenting so our first round had vodka. Hello there. So good! On the second round we moved on to store-bought juice and rum. Again, SO good but totally different to the first cocktail! And now I drink just plain grapefruit juice on occasion as well.
But all juice is not created equal. I have tried several brands from the grocery store but I very much prefer the Trader Joe’s grapefruit juice. It tastes the most fresh, has less sugar but is still not too bitter. So if you know you are going to be making some of these citrus forward cocktails, be sure to factor in a special trip to TJ’s. What I found with rum is that it sweetens up the grapefruit juice a bit and creates a warmer drink, if that makes any sense at all. For me, all I need is a little rum in the juice but if you are looking for something a bit more special, try this Rosemary Grapefruit Mojito.Of course you can make a delicious grapefruit margarita but you can also make this sophisticated take on the juice and tequila with a Paloma.
If you prefer to vodka in your bevvies, there are several drinks for you to try. Grapefruit juice, vodka and some grenadine – pretty AND delicious. Or try a Salty Basil Dog.
Don’t they just look pretty?! I don’t get too caught up in the cocktail glass, a simple tall or short glass will work for most of these. Cocktail aficionados might tell you otherwise but I have neither the storage nor money to completely outfit a bar. After your first drink, you won’t care anyway if you have the “right” glassware. So drink up.