The Cool House: Tequila, citrus and spice, or maybe not...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tequila, citrus and spice, or maybe not...

Tequila, citrus and spice in the form of Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas, that's what food critic, Top Chef judge and soon to be host of his own show on Food Network TV, Ted Allen, is proposing for a refreshing summer cocktail. Sounds just my kind of thing except Tequila and I don't get along together so I'm replacing the Mexican alcohol with Finnish Vodka. And because I don't have a sweet tooth I'm also junking the sweetened grapefruit in favor of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. This should give me the perfect combination of fresh fruit and heat with enough of the hard stuff to get a little buzz. (Not everyone has a palate like mine so you may want to use the sweetened juice or an ounce of simple syrup with the freshly-squeezed juice to take the edge off the tartness). Then of course it was announced today that peppers can cause a deadly bout of salmonella so I've decided to do without them as well. Ha!
Never mind, I'm calling my cocktail Citrus Vodka and the recipe follows. I'm still going to stick with a slightly Spanish theme in the form of some of my favorite tapas: Spanish Cocktail nuts (Marcona almonds, corn, pistachio nuts, roast chickpeas), fava beans; grilled queso, chopped chorizo and Tortilla chips and home-made guacamole. That's my perfect summer supper anyway.
If you want to try Ted Allen's Spicy Grapefruit Margarita the recipe is over here

Citrus Vodka Cocktail:
1 cup vodka
2 cups fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1 lime cut into wedges
Ruby red grapefruit, cut into small wedges, then into half-wedges

Pour infused vodka, orange and grapefruit juices over ice cubes in a shaker; shake and strain into a chilled martini glass, or just pour over rocks in a highball. Garnish with a grapefruit and a lime wedge.


Jennifer said...

Oh I know! I can't decide whether to use the jalepeno that is left in my fridge or not... I ate it's bag mates several days ago and I'm fine...

Marilyn said... grapefruit plus vodka is a longtime favorite! I'll try it out this weekend (

austinmodhouse said...

I've found that many people who have had a bad reaction to tequila have not experienced a real tequila. most of what bars and restaurants serve like jose cuervo is questionable. try a tequila that is 100% agave. try to avoid store bought syrupy mixes. if tequila is not 100% agave, then what is it?
I like
2 parts tequila
1 part grand marnier
2 parts fresh squeezed lime juice
(if the limes are too tart inject a squish of organic agave nectar, readily available at whole pay check foods and the like)

an interesting tequila substitute is sotol, made from wild harvested spoon cactus but likely unavailable in most locations.

when we lived in the northeast we had a hard time with the margaritas/mexican food. what most places serve as a margarita was nasty and it was generally considered a "chick drink". the margs in CA were mostly bad as well.