A Summer Kind of Sunday

June 9, 2008

During the cooler months, Sunday nights usually mean one thing: soup. A big, steaming, bubbling pot of it, ready to be ladled into deep bowls and enjoyed along with our HBO show du jour. Leftovers are promptly divided into Ziploc containers, ready to be microwaved into hearty lunches in an office kitchen on Michigan Avenue (Kevin) and a bank of industrial-strength microwaves in a law school cafeteria across town (me). But this Sunday was 90 degrees, at its coolest. So, soup? It wasn’t happening.

So instead of mirepoix and chicken stock, this Sunday, we opted for limes and tequila. Out with the stock pot and medium-high heat and in with the blender and ice. Lots of ice.

(Click “more” for the rest of the story, more photos & the recipe.)

I love to change things up with different citrus—like blood orange or ruby red grapefruit—but this recipe is the real deal. It’s the one that conjures visions of long, lazy shadows, smells of summer and sounds of mariachi after just one sip. And while enjoying a thick stew or a chunky chili or a croutoned bowl of brothy caramelized onions is a fine way to ease out the weekend, a frosty, salt-rimmed margarita makes the entire concept of Monday melt right away.

Classic Frozen Margaritas

1 cup white tequila
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 cups ice
4 thinly sliced lime rounds, plus one lime wedge

Place glasses in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour salt into a small saucer.

Remove the glasses from the freezer, run a lime wedge around the lips of the glasses and invert the glasses, dipping the lips of the glasses in the salt.

Combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Pulse to a frosty, smooth consistency. Pour into the glasses. Garnish with lime rounds.


5 Responses to “A Summer Kind of Sunday”

  1. eggsonsunday Says:

    Ah, those look so tempting. It was Hot here too yesterday — this would have been a perfect way to cap off the weekend. I’m partial to frozen margaritas myself – these look great!

  2. Hillary Says:

    That is such a bubbly margarita. Looks tasty!

  3. diane Says:

    I wish this is what my Sunday had in store, cheers to your fun and happiness! Mom

  4. Margaritas have to be my favorite drink and these look amazing…wish I had one now!

  5. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink Says:

    Amy: Are you getting the 90s that I keep hearing about on TV? I hope not, but if you are, I highly suggest one of these. Take one and call me in the morning.

    Hillary: They do look really bubbly don’t they? I think it’s because we snapped the photos the second they were poured from the blender (and I’m thinking the blender imparted the frothiness). We could let them start to melt during the photo shoot …

    Mom: Ha! You got to camp this weekend, so I suppose we’re even.

    My Sweet & Saucy: Thanks!

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