Saturday, August 15, 2009

Baja Safari Pomegranate Margarita

Baja Safari Pomegranate Margarita

Budget grocery shopping usually doesn't include booze.

If you are trying to save money, the good stuff is rarely on the list. However, occasionally, a cocktail is in order. August is National Tequila Month and an icy, cold margarita at home might just hit the spot.

Despite the fact it is National Tequila Month, someone needs to tell that to the local liquor stores. Of the three liquor stores called, including Blanchard’s - one of the area’s largest - none of them were aware of this fabulous occasion. And none of them had any tequila on sale.

If you are trying to budget grocery shop, but you like to have a cocktail now and then it is better to buy the liquor and make it at home than to go to a bar for a drink. In Boston, a decent margarita can run from $9 to $12 if purchased in a bar. You can make it at home for about a quarter of the price or less. So celebrate!

This pomegranate margarita recipe comes from our Cabo Safari Ranch, near Los Cabos, Baja sur Mexico. We pair it with our Baja Safari Fish Tacos on a hot day. If you’ve ever made a Chef Miguel recipe then you know you can’t go wrong. So try it!

Miguel recommends a clear tequila, called tequila blanco, claiming it has a “cleaner” taste than tequila gold.

Now you might just want a date with your loved ones and forgo all the mixing and blending. If so, raid the cookie jar and stop by your local Mexican bakery or Panderia. Get some sweet things to eat alongside this great Baja mixed drink!

Baja Safari
Pomegranate Margarita
• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, store bought is fine, plus seeds for garnish
• 1/3 cup Cabo Tequila Blanco (about 4 ounces)
• 1/8 cup Triple Sec (about 1-ounce)
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 ounces)
• 12 ounces ice cubes
• Margarita salt, optional
Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender and pulse until frothy and well combined. Rim glasses with lime juice using a lime wedge then dip in margarita salt, drop some fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass and pour margarita mix over the top.

Baja Safari NOW!