I feel like I know a lot of people with a “tequila story”. You know the types of stories I mean, right? They usually start out innocently enough. But typically end in some kind of twisted tequila-induced misery, with the storyteller swearing off tequila for life. Sound familiar?
Fortunately, I don’t have one of these stories. Tequila has always been good to me. And to this day, it’s still one of my favorite spirits. Tequila has a firm place in my kitchen and in my heart. And I love being able to enjoy it in everything from cocktails to fruity salsas.
So needless to say, Margarita Week is a week that I get REALLY excited for. The brainchild of Kate from Hola Jalapeño, #margaritaweek is the celebration of all things margarita. Last year, I crafted some perfectly pink Rhubarb-Raspberry Margaritas for the occasion. And this year, I’m bringing these Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil to the party.
These boozy popsicles are all grown up. And I’m not just saying that because of the alcohol content. The flavor profile is rather sophisticated, too, thanks to that herby basil swirl (a flavor combination inspired by Heather Christo). And these popsicles aren’t overly sweet. Which is exactly how a good margarita should be. Those insanely sugary margaritas sold in chain restaurants are for amateurs. But that’s just my humble opinion.
Champagne mangoes (also sometimes called honey mangoes) are my favorite variety of mango. And they are currently in season, so buy and use fresh ones if you can. Although I may beat you to the grocery store and buy them ALL before you have a chance to get there. Seriously. I’m obsessed with champagne mangoes. So in that case, use frozen mangoes for this recipe. It works well either way.
For more margarita inspiration, be sure to check out Kate’s Margarita Week webpage, which will be updated throughout the week with all the other bloggers recipes. Hooray!
This post was originally published here on December 22, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Cheers!
But I’m also not one to discriminate. I want to be an equal opportunity maker and drinker of all kinds of cocktails. It just seems like the fair and right thing to do.
I’ve noticed lately that this blog has been seriously lacking in some good gin-based beverages. So I decided to fix that pesky little problem. And my timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Because gin, with it’s strong juniper berry taste and aroma, always reminds me of the Winter Holidays.
Since we’re getting REALLY close to Christmas at this point, I decided to shake up something super festive and easy. I know we’ve all got a long list of cookies to bake, decorate and eat. So I figured this wasn’t the time or place for an overly complicated cocktail with hard-to-find ingredients. Nope. This baby is real simple. And I bet you already have all of the ingredients on hand!
And I even gave it a stupidly cute name: Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail.
No actual Christmas trees were harmed in the making of this cocktail.
This initial inspiration for this cocktail started with a gin and tonic. I added a slash of cranberry juice for color. Then decided to swap out the tonic for club soda, so I could be more in control of the sweetness.
I had a really fun time making the sparkling “branches” for garnish (and it’s kind of how the name of this cocktail evolved). And while technically they aren’t really necessary for the actual imbibing of this beverage, I also don’t think you should skip out on them either. They are totally cute and make this Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail feel super special.
So I think I’m signing off until after the Christmas Holiday. I’ll be back with a new recipe in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And of course, I’ll be lurking around Instagram. So come and find me there if you want!