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Light it Up with Flaming Strawberries for National Margarita Day!

February 22nd, 2011: National Margarita Day! Will you be celebrating this evening with a margarita or two?

It seems odd that the day for celebrating margaritas comes in the middle of winter, but if you’re looking to escape from the cold and look towards spring and the sweltering days of summer, now is the perfect time to blend up your favorite drink. While you’re at it, why don’t you add a bit of show and flashiness to the party with a flaming strawberry to top it off?

A few weeks ago I was amazed at the genius of Heather from Sprinkle Bakes. She put flaming strawberries on cupcakes for Valentine’s Day, and I was smitten. It’s not the first time I’ve drooled over Heather’s creations, though. She was the inspiration behind the salted ale caramel chocolates, which then led to the millionaire’s shortbread using that very same caramel.

Strawberry Margaritas
1 cup ice
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
3 ounces tequila
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 ounce simple syrup

Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into glass.

Flaming Strawberries
strawberries for each margarita
vodka
grill lighter

Cut out a small hole in the middle of a strawberry. Then cut a small slit on the bottom and place on the glass. Fill with room temperature vodka or other 80 proof or higher liquor. Light with a grill torch lighter. Turn down the lights to fully appreciate the effect.

Tips:
-room temperature alcohol lights easier than cold
-a medium-sized strawberry works best (too large and it’s hard to maintain the flame)
-a grill lighter with a long stick and a large flame makes lighting safer and easier

Note: As Heather reminds her readers, don’t try to eat a flaming berry, and use caution when playing with fire.

Looking for something different? Try a Red, White and Blue Margarita, and pair that margarita with a few green chili chicken tamales or steak fajitas for a complete meal for National Margarita Day.

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