Winter Margarita

Nothing bums me out harder than an occasion/meal/holiday that isn’t margarita compliant. I am a true margarita fan, and if we’re being totally honest…only if its top shelf. Don’t give me a sweet and sour mix, like seriously don’t.

If you really vibe with margaritas, but you feel like the winter holidays promote only spiced drinks, look no further. I’ve come up with an innovative way to interwine the holidays and a drink associated with summer vacay.

You guys…we’re going to add cranberry. Very innovative. Never before done. Hold on to your hats.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetFirst, you really do need some decent liquor. The 2 alcohols in this bev are orange liqueur and tequila blanco. Top shelf is ideal, but you’re going to be fine with whatever fits into your holiday cocktail budget.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetFresh lime juice. You’ll need 1 ounce of it. Again, IDEAL. I get if you can’t juice your own limes, but it makes a difference. Do what you can, man.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSimple syrup. Again, 1 ounce. Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar in a sauce pan. Stir until they become one. Let cool, and boom. Simple syrup.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOrange liqueur. 1 ounce. You can use Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Patron makes a cute bottle, but whatever you do, don’t leave it out. It is both subtle and necessary.

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Cranberry juice. 1 ounce! Or two. Neither would be bad, both would be good. Is this why I don’t have a Food Network show yet? Because I can’t decide on a set measurement? Could that be the only thing holding me back?!

If you’ve got a toddler running around your legs and yelling for you to hold her hand, perhaps you too would forget to capture a picture of the tequila. But guys? Its most important. Especially this time of year. So don’t let my lack of photographic documentation trick you into thinking the tequila is optional. It really isn’t.

2 ounces of tequila blanco.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetDip yourself a cute little glass into some of that freshly squeezed (or not) lime juice. Then press it into some sea salt on a saucer.

Put your lid on that shaker glass. Shake up those contents, mama.

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And pour it up.

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If you’ve got an unusual amount of time on your hands, garnish it with a thin slice of lime. Or a twist of rind. Float some frozen cranberries.

And if you don’t? Then don’t.

Just enjoy it when you’re able to finance those extra beverage ingredients. Maybe a week when your grocery bill surprises you in a good way. Maybe with some birthday money.

Then make it when you get that extra 30 minutes to yourself. Maybe when your partner gives your kid a bath so that you can “cook dinner” or “clean the kitchen”.

Perhaps right after that baby goes night night. Right after you take that hot, pampering shower you’ve been depriving yourself of for 2 weeks now. Right before you drift off into a delicious, dreamy sleep.

Happy holidays, readers. You deserve this cocktail, or whatever the equivalent is for you. If its a facial mask, 45 minutes of alone time to read a book, or greasy take-out to keep your dishes out of sight, here is your permission.

Take care of yourself. We love you.

Katie Cassity
About me

Hey! I’m Katie, wife to Matt and mama to Isla. If you like some things (donuts), but dislike other things (Trisha Yearwood’s Food Network show) then we will probably get along swimmingly! In March of 2015 I gave birth to Isla, and I credit my early postpartum survival to a select few things that I will share in due time. As I continue to sharpen my survival skills along this journey through motherhood, my hope for this blog is that Britney and I will develop a village here where we can connect with you, and you with other readers. Parenting is way hard. Let’s band together to find the humor.

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