Happy Your Thanksgiving - with Tequila!
Hello again, friends, it's been a while. The Life of Riley management team decided to put business on hold, sell their house on a whim, place everything in storage and go rogue. So, we've taken a leave from the posts for a little bit - a long bit, actually.
I'm no liquor historian, but in my mind tequila is simply as American as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving - and 100% necessary for dealing with whomever you are hosting. We've run across this ghost pepper infused tequila at a few restaurants, and finally located it in the store, so decided to come up with something new.
There has not been much cocktail-ing in our lives recently, what with everything going on - and 80% of our stuff in storage or distributed throughout the southeastern U.S. So, when it came time to mix up a new one, we realized we had no shaker, jigger, or really anything else to work with.
Since I am basically MacGyver, but with better hair, I dashed to the cupboard and retrieved a mason jar and a tablespoon. With some quick mental math (2 TBSP equals roughly 1 ounce), and cunning precision, we had a cocktail suitable for any occasion. Even the Wednesday before a holiday.
Had I been locked in a walk-in freezer and forced to fashion a pick from the tablespoon to escape, I feel fairly confident I could have done that. Fortunately, our freezer just had fresh ice and is too small for me to get locked in.
Spicy Blackberry Margarita
4 tablespoons Ghost tequila
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
splash of Grand Marnier, or 1/2 tbsp if you're a stickler for measurements
2 muddled blackberries
Put it in a Mason jar with some ice and shake gently for 30 seconds.
Pour it, ice and all, over fresh ice in a Rocks Glass.
Stay resourceful, my friends.
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