Apricot Margarita

May 22, 2015


Margarita. My absolute favorite cocktail. Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice. The three basics. From there I wish I had the time to make every single variety possible. So far? I haven’t made one I don’t like even if the Jalapeno one was a bit of a stretch from my more usual fruit forward versions. Not limiting myself to simply strawberries as that seems the only version most restaurants make, I’ve had some great cocktails. Strawberry Basil Margaritas are a huge favorite, Watermelon is fantastic but I’ve loved them all including Cherry Mint, Pomegranate, Orange Marmalade and Blood Orange Margaritas. Now I’ve got a new one and it’s an Apricot Margarita. What can I say but that my love affair with all things margarita continues as strong as ever.

Take a Bigger Bite…


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