Like Sunshine in a Glass
The hot midday sun is now low in the sky as we feel the evening breeze kick in. The ceiling fan whirs and I am certain we have every window in the house wide open. We don’t often have the need for air conditioning and prefer to let nature have its way with us. That doesn’t mean we can’t help accelerate the cooling process.
A round of icy margaritas is in order. A quick assessment shows we are short on limes but the 4 large grapefruits snagged from a good friend’s tree volunteer themselves. Enough juice to fill a large jar, a squeeze of agave syrup and the lone lime gives us a strong, bitter-sweet base. A bowl of cherries become the impromptu sweet garnish for this bold but refreshing twist on the margarita.
The Fuerte Margarita (Named for the street our friend’s tree is on and the added kick of smoky mezcal)
- 2 oz. reposado tequila
- 1.5 oz. good, smoky mezcal – we like Sombra for this.
- Juice of 1/2 large grapefruit
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbs. agave syrup
- 3 fresh cherries, pitted and halved
Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake vigorously to extract some juice and color from the cherries. Serve over ice in a large double old-fashioned glass.
The smokiness of the mezcal blends well with the bright and bitter grapefruit. The cherries add a cool sweetness, soften the tangy edges, and offer a little rosy blush to the whole concoction. Nice.