This very day has been marked on many calendars. Today we celebrate National Margarita Day! Who would have thought that there would be a holiday to honor a cocktail?
Typically margaritas are prepared with tequila and triple sec. This is great when only adults are present. That leaves all the tots, tweens and teens standing on the side lines. Granted a glass of soda, milk or juice usually is fine. They do however miss out on being able to toast with the grownups and use a fancy glass.
For this holiday we are going to let them join it. Since this is not a holiday children normally would participate in we can tell them something other than it being National Margarita Day. You cooked a nice meal and wanted everyone at the table to enjoy the same drink together. Or, someone did something extraordinary at school and we should all celebrate.
If table talk has been winding down to an almost, silent dinner table have everyone come up with a toast of their own. It will get everyone talking to break the ice and the drink my get them in the mood to keep the conversation going. First about the fancy glass and sweet but tart tasting drink then onto other things that happened that day. Watch out they might all want to talk at the same time too.
- 1 (thawed 6 ounce) can of frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1 (thawed 6 ounce) can of frozen limeade concentrate
- ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar
- 2 cups of chilled club soda
- 3 cups of crushed ice
- Coarse salt (optional)
- Lime wedges (garnish)
- Pour some coarse salt into a shallow dish.
- Gently rub the rim of the glasses with a lime wedge
- Dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim and set aside.
- In a blender add the thawed concentrates, sugar and ice together.
- Blend until the mixture turns slushy.
- Turn the blender off.
- Remove the glass container from the blender base.
- Tilt the glass ever so slightly and add the chilled club soda so it pours against the glass. (Club soda is very effervescent and will fizz a lot if poured directly into the slushy mix.)
- Use a wooden spoon or long spatula to gently stir the club soda and concentrate mixtures together.
- Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses gently so the salt rim is not disturbed.
- Garnish by adding a lime wedge to the rim of the glass or drop one into the filled glass.
- The margaritas are ready to be served and all family members can drink these and toast a special occasion together.
- Leave the salt off if you have blood pressure issues or concerns. Switch the salt with granulated sugar for the little ones. It will go over better with the lemon-lime flavoring of the drink.
- Instead of adding the lime wedge for the younger crowd and even for you just offset it. Add a couple of cherries with the stems on into the glass. It will be either enjoyed at the start or the end of the drink. (Remember to rinse the cherry juice off unless you want to add a little color.)
All the above ingredients are easily affordable and available at the SuperValu in the center of Winona. Shop for these items today for that special treat to share with everyone on this unusual holiday or just keep it on hand for another special day that is already planned for the family.
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