June 5, 2015

Cucumber Lime Margaritas

I just love margaritas. They are so good on a hot, summery night which for me are here!

Margaritas are best when they’re homemade. I have never found a pre-made margarita mix that I like as much as a homemade margarita. They are all too sugary and fake tasting. Nothing beats fresh!

Plus, those pre-made mixes have SO many calories! This one is around 100!

So I have to tell you, I found myself ready to go out of town the very next day on my Anniversary Trip and ready to give Kevin his gift. I found that I had a cucumber in the fridge and it was going to go bad over my vacation...so what is a girl to do with limited food and such in her house? Surely, not let the cucumber go bad, but make a drink with it! They only have 3 ingredients: cucumber, tequila and lime juice. Doesn't get simpler than that! 

I started by peeling the cucumber. I was sure the skin was just going to make the margarita taste bitter.

Then my plan was to strain it by blending the cucumber (since I don't have a juicer) and strain the juice. But then my blade wasn't attaching to the blending unit. I got scared and opted not to use it. (Other people get scared to use their kitchen things too right? Nope? Just me....)

Kevin was not home yet and I wanted my drink now, so I hand juiced them and let the juice and chopped up cucumbers sit in the fridge for 20 minutes in tequila and lime juice.

Then I had it like a Sangria! I thought it was good. Strong. Just what I needed!


Notes for this drink:

I recommend trying it juiced, I think it is better that way.

I prefer regular cucumbers over english cucumbers since they have a higher water content and make more juice, Kevin would say the opposite, but I don't think he is a huge cucumber fan in the first place.

I don't normally advocate for using the highest quality of tequila in my margaritas, but in this one where it shines, I would. Reason being, I would rather save the expensive stuff for a shot rather than a mixed drink. This girl is on a budget and can't be pouring Patron in everything. Jose Cuervo can do the trick.


Ingredients:

1-1/2 ounces silver tequila (I used Patron)
1 lime (squeezed for fresh lime juice)
1 cucumber (juiced) 
Cucumber for garnish 

Directions:

Cucumber juice: Juice the peeled cucumbers in your juicer or blender. If using a blender, add the cucumber and blend for about 30-45 seconds until it looks like thick juice. Separate the pulp from the juice by setting a fine mesh strainer over a bowl or large measuring cup. Gently push on the pulp using a wooden spoon.

Margarita: Place cucumber juice, tequila, lime juice, and either ice cubes )or your cold tequila soaked cucumber chunks haha) in a shaker. Shake and pour into a margarita glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber.

And enjoy, here is to many tequila kissed summer nights!


What is your favorite margarita (apart from traditional)?
Have you ever done some crazy things to keep your food from spoiling before a vacation?

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