in celebration of vacations: mango mint margarita & a reading list

Aaaahhh.

Did you hear that? I’m breathing a sigh of relief. A BIG sigh of relief, actually, because I’m finally getting some much needed rest and relaxation after a busy several weeks at work. This vacation seems to have been a long time coming.

In celebration of vacations and because today is Friday, let’s have a cocktail, shall we?

These beautiful mangoes called to me at Publix, and I’ve learned that when an ingredient calls, I have no choice but to listen. Mango margaritas seemed like a great use for the tropical fruit. When I made it with a simple syrup infused with mint, this margarita rocked.

The family and I are soon headed off to party with Mickey and Goofy and relax on a lovely oil-free beach on Florida’s east coast. Before I go, though, I want to share with you some recent blogs that I’ve been enjoying. So, make yourself a mango margarita, and take a peek at these sites:

  • Honest Fare is a gorgeous food blog written by Gabi, just down the road in Orlando, Florida. Her conversational-style writing is just lovely to read, and her photography is amazing. I’m entranced by her beautifully rustic plum galette.
  • Written by 24-year old Taylor from North Carolina, Taylor Takes a Taste is just filled to the brim with amazing food photography. Taylor documents his travels with photos of the most mouth-watering burgers and hot dogs and sweets that he finds along the way.
  • A Thought For Food is written by Brian from Boston. He is passionate about cooking and it shows in his posts. I’ve added his rosemary shortbread to my must-make list, but his watermelon margarita may be of higher priority this week.

Cheers!

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Mint Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 or 4 sprigs fresh mint
Preparation:

Combine sugar, water, and mint sprigs in saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the mint and chill, covered, in refrigerator until ready to use.

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Mango-Mint Margarita

[Makes 2 drinks.]

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mango, peeled and seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  • 2 cups ice cubes or crushed ice
Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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11 Responses to “in celebration of vacations: mango mint margarita & a reading list”

  1. 1
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 6, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Oooooh… very interesting combo here! You know how I feel about margaritas… I’ll take them however I can get ‘em. This one looks fantastic!

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  3. 2
    Gail — August 6, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    “Cheers” [clinky-clink] !

  4. 3
    Katty's Kitchen — August 7, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    I love margaritas and think your inclusion of mango is downright inspired. Cheers to you and enjoy your (oil-free!) vacation! >>^..^<<

  5. 4
    Jason Phelps — August 7, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Have you tried mango flavored vodka? Friends gave us some and we found it makes a very tasty drink when you don’t have the fruit in hand.

    Cheers!

    Jason

  6. 5
    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — August 7, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    I love all things margarita, I love mangoes. I love the rosemary shortbread from Saveur that Brian made. I loved reading this post!

  7. 6
    Jessica — August 8, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    I love the idea of infusing a simple syrup with mint. I also love the beautiful photograph of the limes and mangoes.

  8. 7
    Baking Serendipity — August 8, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    I love the mango and mint combination for this margarita. Delicious! Happy vacation :)

  9. 8
    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — August 10, 2010 @ 12:32 am

    Cheers to a great vacation!

    Enjoy your time away. :-)

    [K]

  10. 9
    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — August 19, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    You *know* I love summer fruit cocktails and this one will definitely be joining the ranks of my “to make” list!!!

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