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National Margarita Day 2011 Is Not So Fun When You Can't Drink One

national margarita day 2011Today is National Margarita day, which seems vaguely appropriate as I’m blogging poolside this week on an extended family vacation (extended family, not extended vacation, unfortunately). We’re at an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean, one of those places where you get all the food you want for “free” and the drinks are supposed to be flowing like water.

Except, of course, if you can’t drink. When I was pregnant, there was no beverage I craved more than a margarita. Ceridwen and I used to commiserate about it.   It must have been that one two punch of sweet and salty. Plus, There’s something about a margarita that just says FUN. There have been a number of studies in the past year or so saying light drinking may be just fine in pregnancy. If I were pregnant now, I think I might have given in to the occasional margarita craving. But then, tequila is pretty powerful stuff. So I got to thinking, is there a way to recreate that margarita zing without the alcoholic aspect?

It turns out that Virgin Margaritas are easy as pie to make, especially if you have the secret ingredient.  Get recipes after the jump.

Tequila is a very strong flavor, so you could probably get a real margarita taste by putting just a teaspoon on top of your drink (a mini-tequila float?). Another option is cooking down the tequila first to burn the alcohol off.  There are now lots of special salts on the market designed for margaritas, some with limey flavor built right in. So you may want to just forget the boozy taste altogether and just lean into the limey salty goodness. Or just eat the lime salt right out of the container…

Frozen Virgin Margaritas

  • Serves four2 tbsp margarita salt
    1 lime wedge
    1 can, 6-oz size, frozen limeade, thawed
    ¼ cup orange juice
    3 cups ice cubes

    Blend the limeade, orange juice, and ice cubes in a blender on high speed until the ice cubes are crushed. Moisten the rims of four margarita glasses with the lime wedge; dip rims in the margarita salt. Pour contents of blender into the glasses.

    Virgin Margarita

  • Serves one½ oz lime juice
    ½ oz orange juice
    1½ oz sour mix
    Margarita salt

    Moisten rim of margarita glass and dip in salt. Fill glass with crushed ice. Mix the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into glass.

    Frozen Strawberry Virgin Margaritas

  • Serves four
    10 ice cubes
    1 lb fresh or frozen strawberries
    ¼ cup lime juice
    ½ cup orange juice
    2 tbsp sugar
    Additional sugar for dipping glasses

    Use one of the strawberries and moisten the rims of the glasses. Dip glasses into sugar and set aside. Put all ingredients into blender and mix on high speed until the ice cubes are crushed. Pour into sugar-rimmed glasses.

    Virgin Mango-Lime Margarita Slushies

  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and pitted
    1 cup lime juice
    ½ cup sugar
    1 cup orange juice
    1/2 cup water
    2 cups ice

    Moisten the rims of four glasses, dip in kosher salt, and set aside. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Pour into glasses.

    Virgin Pomegranate Margaritas

  • Serves two1 wedge of lime
    1 oz margarita mix
    1 oz lemon-lime soda
    3 oz pomegranate juice

    Moisten rim of glass with wedge of lime and dip in salt. Fill glass with crushed ice. Mix the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into glass.

    [ via  eHow.com ]
    photo: Ralph and Jenny/flickr
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