It’s finally Friday and I think this calls for a cocktail or two. My number one goal in life is usually to convince someone else to Happy Hour with me, that way I won’t feel so bad wanting to drink and eat snacks at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. So let’s drink together because it’s much more fun having an adult beverage with other adults trying to forget about the long week we just endured. Shall we talk about margaritas for a bit? There’s something about margaritas that get me really excited. Maybe because it usually means that chips and salsa and guacamole will be involved, hopefully. Or maybe because it means that tacos will also be involved, that’s even better. Maybe it’s just because I happen to really like margaritas with salt, over ice. Although in the summer when it’s super hot outside and there’s a pool in sight, I have been known to get down with the blended variety.
I recently tried a great restaurant, for the first time, right around the corner from my place called Maradentro in Studio City. As a drink special that night, they were making Blood Orange Margaritas, so I decided to try it. They were awesome. Just the right amount of sweetness with just the right amount of booze. By my third one I was thinking that the cocktail could’ve really benefitted from a fresh herb of some sort to make it really pop. So this Blood Orange Rosemary Margarita was born. If you’re ever in these neck of the woods, you should give the place a try. On Mondays their happy hour goes until 10 at night and they have some great fish tacos and a guacamole topped with lobster and super crispy bacon. If that isn’t a dream come true, then I have no idea what it. None. Make sure to let me know, and I’ll go with you. If you can’t make it out, just bring the place to yourself. Booze it up in your own house. Get some chips, salsa and guacamole and make yourself a big pitcher of these margaritas. Blood oranges happen to be in season here in California, but if you’re having trouble finding them, these margaritas can easily be made with red grapefruit, blackberries or even frozen strawberries (just purée them in the blender).
This is a great cocktail to whip up in a flash on a Friday (but really any day of the week) when you’ve just had the longest day or week. If you’re in need of even more margarita inspiration, don’t forget about these Spicy Honeydew Cucumber Margaritas. They’re made with a jalapeño simple syrup that the fresh cucumber and honeydew pairs really well with. Or if margaritas and beer are more you’re thing, these Watermelon Texas Margaritas are calling your name. Also great with strawberries instead. And last but not least, if morning drinking is your game, these Good Morning Margaritas are perfect for those early morning late afternoon weekend brunches. There’s something for everyone!