Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thirsty Thursday

The days (and nights...42F for a low tonight??) are getting cooler. The sun is setting sooner. The leaves are changing colors.

However, I refuse to accept these signs of approaching autumn. I am stubbornly holding on to summer.

Let's have a Mango Margarita.

This recipe kicks things up by adding chile powder to the salted rim of the glass. If that isn't your thing, stick with the traditional salt, or sweeten your drink with a sugared rim.

No matter what, hold on to summer while you can. The snow will be flying far too soon.

(adapted from Food and Wine)

1 tablespoon chile powder (I used Ancho Chile Powder.)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 lime wedge
1 small mango, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
3 ounces grapefruit soda (Fresca worked for me.)
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
2 ounces orange liqueur
1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
3 ounces tequila
1 cup ice

Combine the chile powder and kosher salt in a shallow saucer.
Moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge.
Dip the rim into the chile powder mixture to coat.
In a blender, puree the mango.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Pour into the glass and serve. 

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