My Classic Margarita, Remixed 3 Different Ways!

Who doesn’t love a good margarita? I have yet to find a mix that I have REALLY liked. I have found satisfactory mixes and pre-mixed margaritas but nothing really compares to my simple and easy margarita recipe that I came up with several year ago. I’m here to give you only the best! It’s a great base recipe too. You can muddle any fruit into it! My secret (shh!) is using the freshest juices possible. The fresher, the tastier.

Lt’s Classico -

Drink this as is or try a spin on it with the recipes following after, each recipe will use the Classico as a base.

Here's what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Limeade - My favorite brand is Simply, it’s sweeter than all the others and way better than any mix I’ve found.  
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • ¼ cup Fresh lime juice

Optional: Top it off with lime flavored sparkling water. A great and inexpensive brand is Sparkling Ice! Be creative, maybe use two or more (depending on how adventurous you are!) flavors of the Sparkling Ice. For example, the Lemon Lime + Cherry Limeade sounds like a good combination, give it a try!

Instructions: Mix together, pour over ice, sip and enjoy! Or give it a twist with one of the options below.

Strawberry Cucumber Basil Recipe: The Treatment

This one will make you feel like you are relaxing at a spa! Use some of the cucumber from the recipe, sliced, and place it over your eyes! Spa treatment, here you come.             

Additional Ingredients:

  • Peeled and chunked cucumber
  • Basil
  • Strawberries

Remix it: Muddle* the cucumber slices, hull* the strawberries and add basil by using a strainer and serve it in a chilled glass!

*To muddle means to press the ingredients against the side of the glass.

*To hull means to remove it’s leafy stem. 

The Calladalac

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to own a beach home on a tropical island? If you can’t be there, at least drink like you are! This recipe will do exactly that.

Additional Ingredients:

  • Add a splash of orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
  • Splash of fresh orange juice

Remix it: Mix together, sip, and enjoy! P.S. maybe research those beach homes too.

Spicy Mango

I love a spicy margarita! This is one for the people who love blended margaritas and aren’t afraid to spice it up!

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 large mango, peeled and cut away from the seed into a blender.
  • 1 teaspoon of chile
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of ice
  • Tajin - for the rim and to top and a dash on the top - If you want to skip this, just mix together a little salt, cayenne, and chili powder to substitute for a spicy rim. I like the tajin much better though, its a little tangy, not so salty or as spicy on your lips. Do as your heart desires!

Remix it: Put all the ingredients in the blender (except tajin). If your blender has an ice crush setting, blend it on that. If not, just pulsate it a couple times. Rim your glass with the Tajin, pour in your margarita and enjoy!

BONUS:

Pair your margarita with the perfect meal:

  • Strawberry Cucumber Basil -- Use the leftover basil for a pesto pasta.
  • The Calladalac -- Use the leftover orange juice for an orange chicken and brown rice dish.
  • Spicy Mango -- Use leftover mango for a mango chicken salad.

These recipes will transport you to the most relaxing and luxurious places, and you don’t even have to leave your home! Don’t be hesitant to alter anything listed above, be your own bartender! You can also share these recipes with your friends, have a get-together and let the good times roll.  Get your margarita on!

Potato Pancakes

My grandma was always proud of our German heritage and cooking potato pancakes was one waybshe would spoil us with  it. took my grandma's recipe and spruced it up to serve Easter brunch! They disappear almost as fast as they are being made. Serve them alone or with your other favorite breakfast items but either way you must serve them with the proper condiments. 

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Balsamic Grilled Nectarine, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Summer Salad

Nectarines being one of my favorite fruits were my inspiration behind this summer salad! I added a few other of my favorite flavors and this dish was born. Now it's a summer staple in my home now. It’s the perfect dish for whenever you are wanting to fire up the grill. Personally, I love grilling not only because of the smokey flavor it adds to any recipe but my favorite part is the easy clean up.

Basalmic, Grilled Nectarine, Arugula, Goat Cheese Salad Topped Off with Almond Silvers - Food by Lt!

What you need to make a recipe for two:

  • 2 Nectarines halved and pitted
  • ¼-½ cup goat cheese crumbles
  • ¼-⅓ cup almond slivers
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3-4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup champagne vinegar - I used a specialty citrus champagne but any other will do, even if you don’t have champagne a rice wine or white wine vinegar would be a good substitute here.
  • ¼ thinly sliced red onion
  • Arugula - couple small handfuls 
  • Optional - Balsamic reduction, you can make this by reducing some of the balsamic vinegar or I have seen it in bottles at the grocery store. I bought a bottle because I think it's so fun to have around to finish certain dishes off with!  

Here we go!

Nectarines: Half the nectarines, take out pit and drizzle them with the balsamic, season lightly with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then set aside to let marinade for a little bit while you prep the rest of the ingredients. After done prepping the rest your nectarines should be ready to grill. Toss them on a medium-hot grill skin side down first, then once they begin to feel soft give them a flip and let them get some good grill marks on the other side. It should only take between 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the fruit and how hot your grill gets. Pull them off and let them slightly cool off before plating so they don’t wilt the arugula.

Pickled Onions: Next pickle the onions by thinly slicing the red onions and pour some of the champagne vinegar over it. Set aside till ready to plate.

Toasted Almonds: In a small pan, over medium heat toast the almond slivers. Keeping a close eye on them to not let them burn, they’ll will brown fast depending on your stove top. You want them to be a nice toasty brown and not too dark or burnt or else they taste bitter.

Dressing: Make the dressing by slowly drizzling olive oil into champagne vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Give a taste check, and adjust seasoning as need be. Since everyone taste is different it’s important to always make sure you are tasting as you go so you can keep adjusting seasoning levels to your own liking! Set aside until ready to assemble salad.

Basalmic, Grilled Nectarine, Arugula, Goat Cheese Salad Topped Off with Almond Silvers - Food by Lt!

Now time to plate! I love the presentation of this dish, it's colorful and delicious! 

Toss the arugula in the vinaigrette and place at the base, next place the pickled onions, half of the almond slivers and goat cheese crumbles. Then gently settled in your cooled nectarines. Sprinkle it all off with the remaining goat cheese crumbles and the almond slivers. If you chose to do the balsamic vinegar reduction drizzle it over the finished product! Viola! I am in love and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Happy grilling! 

 
xoxo, Lt