Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Margarita Mayhem

What do you do on a hot summer evening?  You turn the music up on the IPod and you invite your friends over to compete in a margarita challenge! Where? Outside on the back patio in the sultry heat.


Our friends don't take a challenge lightly! There were no margarita slackers in this group. We had 25 guests that included 7 contenders for the title. The prize? A chance to wear the Mexican Sombrero that we bought on a cruise a few years ago.

Our 1st place winner: Frozen Melon Margarita. 

Ken's Now Famous Melon Margarita Recipe
6-ounces frozen limeade
*note- use the limeade can to measure the remaining ingredients
6-ounces good quality Tequila
4.5 ounces ( 3/4 of the limeade can) Melon Dew Schnapps
3-ounces (1/2 of the limeade can) of freshly squeezed lime juice
Place all the ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl.

Another great margarita recipe!

Lee Eng's Cool Coconut Dessert Margarita

6-ounces really delicious Tequila
2-ounces Triple Sec
Splash of Grand Marnier
70/30 fresh squeezed limes and lemons
Simple syrup  (1cup sugar to 2 cups water). Cook until sugar dissolves.
Add lemon and lime juices to simple syrup
Coconut Milk
Bella's Coconut Gelato
Toasted and salted coconut- Use sweetened flake coconut, pour out into roasting pan, lightly toast and cool. Add salt, then roast briefly under broiler. Let cool.
Zest of both lemons and limes- add to simple syrup mixture
Add ice to blender (about 1/3 filled)
Add tequila, Triple Sec, Tequila, and Grand Mariner. Add 1 cup (to start) of lemon and lime juice
Add 1/3 cup of coconut milk
Add 1 cup coconut gelato
Blend on ice crusher until slushy and smooth.
To dress margarita glass- Rim the outside of the glass with simple syrup (sugar, lemon and lime mixture). Lightly sprinkle the coconut to cover the rim.
Pour and enjoy a delicious cool dessert margarita. Add a sprinkle of zest for color pop!


chow and chatter said...

wow what fun love it

Bunny said...

I wanna be in your next challenge pleeeease!!!!!t looks like you all had a ball!!

Velva said...

We did have a ball! Of course you are invited!

theUngourmet said...

Looks like such a fun time! The coconut dessert margaritas look really good! I've not had anything like them.

Anonymous said...

How fun! Fabulous margarita creations!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

What a great idea. The margaritas all look wonderful.

appropriated.muffin said...

that looks soooo fun! i wish i was there! :)

Unknown said...

it was very fun

Erica said...

Wow!Great idea! I love margaritas.

Chef E said...

Oh what fun! One day I am going to hold a drink making contest...or maybe a pie making contest!

Thanks for coming over!

Unknown said...

I wanna be there next time.. Sounds like quite a party. My kind of gatheirng for sure!!

Angie said...

Who doesn't love Margaritas! Never had them with limeade, that will be a recipe to try! thanks for posting this!

Karen Harris said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment, which led me back to yours. Hey, I want to come hang out with you guys, you have fun! I just loved traveling in Holland. It is a wonderful country.

Christo Gonzales said...

count me in!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

The frozen mellon margarita is something I'd love to try. Never had it before. What a great party!

Laura in Paris said...

I loved the idea .. but, frankly, how many Margaritas can you taste and be OK?

Velva said...

You taste the margaritas in small tasting cups, and then if you would like to try your favorite one, then you have the right size cup. We try to keep things flowing in moderation.

Anonymous said...

I have to say as the Margarita maker who came in last, it was still a great time! I never knew Margaritas could be made from balls..melon balls. Velva and Mr. X know how to host!

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