DESERT SPRINGS MARGARITA
Warmer days are just within reach, but my Summer fever (and very sad pale skin) is in full effect. Oh how I crave a long day basking in the sun like a lizard with a drink in hand.. now THATS the dream, right? There's nothing that a little vitamin D can't fix, which is why I often find myself running for the desert like my life (and surly my tan) depended on it. I thank my lucky stars that the desert hot springs are so close to me. Just give me a cocktail & a pool floaty, and I will be a very happy camper 🙌🏼.
When it comes to putting together a spring cocktail, I always tend to lean towards fruit blends with muddled herbs. This is more a personal personal preference, but I also refuse to drink anything BUT tequila (thanks to my terrible college experiences mixing all the colors of the rainbow.. we don't speak of those nights🥴).
I recently stumbled upon this amazing Grapefruit-sage Margarita recipe, and had to add my spin on it myself! Its light fruity citrus notes married with fresh muddled sage and tequila will practically teleport you to tanning pool-side beneath the desert sun. This little mixy also makes an amazing substitute for a brunch mimosa if you are looking for somethin' a little bit stronger without being so sweet that you are mentally preparing yourself for a hangover by sunset😅... HELLO mothers day brunch!
DESERT SPRINGS MARGARITA:
4 TABLESPOONS OF LOCAL HONEY
10-15 FRESH SAGE LEAVES
1-1.5 CUPS OF FRESH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
1/4 CUP OF TEQUILA (PREFERABLY REPOSADO)
2 TABLESPOONS OF MEDIUM-COURSE SEA SALT (FOR THE RIM)
(makes approx. 4 drinks)
Step 1. Make honey-sage simply syrup. Slice your sage leaves and place them, the honey, and two tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. (Alternatively, you can heat the honey, sage, and water in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it bubbles). Set aside to steep for 5 minutes .
Step 2. Assemble your margaritas. dip a clean finger in the honey-sage simple syrup and run it around the rim of your margarita glasses. place the salt spread evenly on a small plate and then roll the rim of the glasses delicately in the sea salt. Fill the glasses with ice.
Step 3. In a large shaker, compine 1/4 cup of your simple syrup, the grapefruit juice, and tequila. fill about halfway with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and then strain the margaritas into your prepared glasses.
Step 4. Garnish with a sage leaf and a slice of grapefruit, and ENJOY!