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

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 or 4 sprigs fresh mint

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.

Mango-Mint Margarita

[Makes 2 drinks.]

  • 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

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.