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Recipe

Meyer Lemon Margarita

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As everyone knows, my cocktail of choice is always a margarita! Though I'm perfectly happy sipping on one made with a mix, there really is no substitute for making them from scratch - especially when they are this easy! 

If you've never had a Meyer lemon, you're missing out. Reportedly the cross between a lemon and a tangerine, it tastes like the islands to me and goes perfectly with tequila. Speaking of tequila, let me get something out here... for those of you that say you  hate tequila (or it hates you), I can guess you've probably had a bad experience with cheap tequila. There is a huge difference between lower-end and high quality tequilas. Splurge for the good stuff, people! It makes a difference.

Ingredients:

juice of two meyer lemons (if they are large, use one and add more juice if needed)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

3 tablespoons good tequila (I prefer Patron but you can use my rose-infused tequila too!)

2 tablespoons orange liqueur 

ice

Add the lemon juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and stir before adding tequilla and orange liqueur. Add a few ice cubes and shake vigorously for about a minute. Pour into the glass and add additional ice if neccessary. Enjoy!

Recipe

Tropical Fruit Salsa

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My love for entertaining often intersects with the chaos of my busy life. When this happens, I cling to simple, fresh recipes that are sure to please! This salsa recipe is so easy, yet it bursts with fresh flavors unlike any other! If you're in a rush, you can purchase prepared fresh fruit at your local market (I've been known to do that a time or two). You don't even have to fire up the stove for this one, so give it a go!

1 ½ cups diced fresh pineapple

1 ½ cups diced fresh watermelon

1 ½ cups diced fresh mango

2 ripe avocados

1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

3 tablespoons finely minced red onion

juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons tequila (optional)

2 tablespoons olive oil

pinch ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large non-reactive mixing bowl, add pineapple, watermelon and mango. Continue by adding jalapeno, cilantro, onion, honey, lime juice, tequila and olive oil. Stir to combine and refrigerate for at least one hour but no more than overnight. Dice fresh avocado and add to salsa with salt and pepper to taste right before serving. 

Serve with sweet potato chips or tortilla chips.