When it comes to Champagne, SoupAddict can take it or leave it (this makes sense: SoupAddict generally doesn’t like bitter things. Coffee, beer, wine—out. Mochas, Mt. Dew, amaretto sours—in (although, oddly, she likes tea, and she likes it unsweetened). If she must drink something grapey and bubbly, and if she must be happy about it, is must be Moscato d’Asti, which no one ever has on hand. So, for celebrations, SoupAddict shuns the bubbly and turns instead to the frozen Margarita: slushy and slightly sweet—right up SoupAddict’s alley.
SoupAddict usually sticks to Jose Cuervo, but for special celebrations, she likes to try something from the top shelf. Corazon de Agave. Heart of the agave plant. Lovely. (Plus, she totally fell for the packaging.) Grand Marnier, the magnificent orange liqueur, will make the margarita extra-special.
Limes. A squeeze in the pitcher, a wedge on the glass. It’s a win-win.
SoupAddict is making a half batch here, because it’s 2:00 in the afternoon on the day before New Year’s Eve, and there are miles to go before she sleeps (and being the wimpiest light-weight ever, even one glass will have her sleepy and grinny). The light coming through the window was just right and begged for things to be photographed.
Action photo goodness! Blend until smooth and frosty.
SoupAddict is a sipper, and prefers just a touch of salt on the rim.
Mmmm, perfection. SoupAddict will not be driving after the celebration, so she plans on having two of these (and loads of these).
Happy New Year, Everyone! Here’s to a happy, healthy, peaceful 2010!
New Year’s Margarita
Makes 4 servings
6 ounces Frozen limeade (if you can only find a 12 oz can, let the can defrost a bit, and it will be easy to scoop out the frozen goodness. Or, make a double-batch. SoupAddict won’t tell.)
3 fluid ounces Tequila (get the good stuff; 2010 only comes around once, that’s SoupAddict’s philosophy)
1 fluid ounce Grand Marnier
Splash Fresh orange juice
Splash Fresh lime juice
Crushed ice (or, if your blender has an ice crusher setting, then ice cubes will do just fine)
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and thick.
*SoupAddict realizes you might be thinking limeade? SoupAddict was likewise skeptical the first time she heard of this, but now much prefers it over a mix. The fact that it’s frozen is also a benefit, in SoupAddict’s eyes, as it helps the ice stay, well, icy.