June 03, 2011

Happy Hour

TGIF!  There's nothing like a hot June Friday to make you crave a refreshing and fun happy hour!  Last week I whipped together a little impromptu happy hour after a full day at the pool; complete with a fantastic fresh corn and black bean salsa (recipe compliments of bestie M) and blackberry margaritas (recipe from Cooking Light).  Dear Hubs and I first had the salsa at bestie M's house a few weeks back and I think we ate at least 2 gallons of it - delish and oh so summery!  And, the margs compliment it nicely, both of these recipes are perfect for your next get together, you absolutely must try!

Blackberry Margaritas; from Cooking Light June 2011
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 100% agave blanco tequila
  • 3/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries
1.  Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar and kosher salt in a dish.
2.  Cut lime into 9 wedges; rub rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge.
3.  Dip rims of glasses in salt mixture.
4.  Combine water and 1/2 cup sugar in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool.
5.  Combine syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and blackberries in a blender; process until smooth.
6.  Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice. Garnish with remaining lime wedges.