Entourage Elixir ~ A Tequila Cocktail

Happy National Tequila Day!
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I created this tequila and bitter lemon drink right after seeing the Entourage Movie. If you saw it, then you’ll know why tequila was on my  brain. As soon as I walked in the door, I went over to my liquor cabinet, pulled out the Tequila Avión Reposado (that’s my fav, and looks like I need to buy more!), then rummaged around the “mixer” compartment in my fridge –better known to most people as the crisper bin, but alas mine has never seen even a leaf of a vegetable, just lots of stuff to mix with booze!–and found a bitter lemon mixer. Viola, my Entourage Elixir was born. Talk about the power of suggestion huh!

If you aren’t familiar with the Entourage tie-in, read the full story here. But here’s a quick explanation: the original Entourage series on HBO® first introduced the Tequila Avión brand to the masses here in the U.S. through an on-going storyline with one of the characters. Most people thought it was just a made up brand for the series. They had no idea it was a real Tequila. Once people realized they could buy it….well, the rest is history. And movie spoiler alert: we learn it’s ultimately how Turtle made his millions. Zoing!
tequila avion reposado | whiskandmuddler.com
tequila avion reposado | whiskandmuddler.com

My choice for the mixer– no brainer- had to be FeverTreeI love their brand of tonics and mixers. I typically use their Bitter Lemon or Sparkling Lemon. They’re truly a cut above the rest. Can’t wait to try their new Elderflower tonic water too! What I like about either of their lemon bottlings is the bitterness is mixed in with just a touch of sweetness. They both have the undeniable flavor of true British bitter lemon soda. And bubbles add a nice touch to any cocktail right!
fevertree and san pellegrino mixers | whiskandmuddler.com
fevertree and san pellegrino mixers | whiskandmuddler.com
entourage exlixir | whiskandmuddler.com

If you really want to get into the spirit of today (ha, pun totally intended), then enjoy this sip with my Margarita Shrimp Tacos. Cheers to the conclusion of a great show and all-things Tequila.  Salud!


Entourage Elixir
yields one serving |  Entourage Elixir- A Tequila Cocktail PDF

3 ounces Tequila
half bottle (3.5 ounces) FeverTree Bitter Lemon or Sparkling Lemon Mixer
juice of one lemon and one lime
lemon or lime slice to garnish

Combine tequila and citrus juices in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Pour into tumbler glass over ice. Top with lemon mixer. Garnish with citrus slice.


Notes:
If you can’t find FeverTree Bitter Lemon or Sparkling Lemon, use any bitter citrus soda like San Pellegrino Pompelmo (grapefruit)….or a brand you like. For the Tequila, I used Reposado (my favorite) but a Blanco/Silver or Añejo works fine too. Just make sure it’s the good stuff!
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Kona Sunset Cocktail

Kona Sunset cocktail | whiskandmuddler.com

POG=Passion fruit + Orange + Guava. Anyone who’s been to the Hawaiian Islands has experienced its breathtaking sunsets and probably its delicious (and addictive) signature juice concoction of three tropical fruits known as POG. As you all know, I *love, love, love* passion fruit (or liliko’i in Hawaiian ). So anything with liliko’i in it, I’m drinking it. Our family is finishing up a week-long stay here in Kona on the Big Island to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I know, an amazing accomplishment, right? So what better time to get my aloha-spirit on than with this POG & Tequila-based cocktail to mark such a momentous occasion. The soft peachy-pink colors of this drink were inspired of course, by the surreal sunsets we witnessed each night.

 

At our resort, there was a liliko’i vine growing near the room. Heaven! I’ve eaten so many of these crinkly yellow fruits this week and yet, I’m no where near overload. I want more! Don’t think my family quite realized how obsessed I am with passion fruit till now. They think I’m coco-nuts actually. Probably am….but I’ll happily wear that badge as long as I can keep tucking into these juicy little fruits. One of the three ingredients in this Kona Sunset Cocktail is my other special find —a tasty, all natural Liliko’i soda from Waialua Soda Works on the North Shore of Oahu. This bubbly sweet-n-tart soda is the perfect mate to the POG juice and silver Tequila.

Sadly, we’re finishing up our fabulous stay in Kona today and must return to the real world tomorrow.  I’ll be sharing more of my island adventures in paradise in future posts. But for now, a heartfelt “mahalo” to this beautiful place for an amazing week of sunshine, surf and all its wonderful tropical bounty. Aloha! Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Mom & Dad at Black Sands Beach | whiskandmuddler.com


Kona Sunset Cocktail
yields one serving | Kona Sunset Cocktail PDF

3 ounces POG *
6 ounces Liliko’i Soda**
1.5 ounces of silver Tequila
guava fruit for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with guava fruit or orange slice.

 

 

 

Notes:
* if you can’t find POG, use a combination of guava nectar and orange juice.
** I don’t think this soda is available on the mainland , so a good substitute would be the Passion Fruit LaCroix Sparkling Water (Target).
– awesome sunset picture#1 courtesy #picturebygrace (my niece)  :>)

Margarita Shrimp Tacos

I’m in a deconstructive mood again this week.
Margarita Shrimp Tacos
Not as in tearing apart a closet of clothes or knocking over someone’s Jenga set or something (well, that would be just plain rude wouldn’t it?). No, I’m talking about borrowing specific ingredients from one classic recipe to create a whole new kind of lip-smacking goodness. Hey, I’m all about doing good for us. Like I did last week when I deconstructed a Kentucky Derby favorite with my Mint Julelp Panna Cotta & Bourbon Sugar Cookies. I’m still nibbling on those cookies btw-yum! So how does taking the flavors of one super potent Cadillac Margarita and infusing them into a zesty shrimp taco sound? Yeah, I thought you’d like the sound of that. And just in the nick of time for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta grande too! Never fear, these Margarita Shrimp Tacos can be whipped up in no time from ingredients you probably have in your fridge & pantry already. Make these tacos today, or the next day or the day after that. Heck, any “cinco” of a month for that matter. Who’s to say you can’t celebrate in south-of-the-border style all year round.
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Margarita Shrimp Tacos
A Cadillac Margarita consists of freshly squeezed lime juice. Check. Top-quality tequila (I used a Reposado– Tequila Avión is my favorite). Check. And a splash of orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Check. Oh, and Kosher salt for the glass rim. Check again. All of the cocktail’s essential ingredients are mixed together, along with freshly chopped cilantro, garlic and spring onion to make the marinade for the shrimp. Simply combine everything in a bowl (or resealable plastic bag) and allow to infuse for 20-30 minutes. The acidity of the lime juice will give the shrimp a nice tang and help kick-start the cooking process. Careful not to over-marinate though, otherwise you’ll wind up with a shrimp ceviche gone wrong.

Margarita Shrimp
Margarita Shimp Tacos

Margarita Shrimp Tacos


Margarita Shrimp Tacos
serves 4 people (2 if they’re really hungry!)  | printable version

1 pound fresh or frozen & thawed white gulf shrimp
3 limes juiced, approx. 1/4 cup juice
1 serrano chili, seeded and chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 ounces good Tequila (I like a Reposado)
1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Suggested garnish & condiments
corn tortillas (white or yellow)
rice & beans
fresh avocado
finely diced tomato
finely chopped white cabbage
fresh cilantro
mango salsa
queso fresco
lime wedges

Combine shrimp (shell on), lime juice, chili, onions, garlic, tequila, orange liqueur, and salt in a bowl or large resealable bag. Allow to marinate for 20-30 minutes maximum. Remove shrimp from marinade and sear at high heat on a grill pan (preferred) just until shrimp begin to curl, turn light pink and are cooked through. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly. Discard shells and serve shrimp with variety of condiments.

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