Try this refreshing blood orange-basil margarita
Lemme give you the quick skinny on this delightful seasonal margarita, friends. It's sweet-tart with a refreshing herbal sweetness, and as you can see, the color is a rather fetching shade of fuchsia. There's no added sugar in the mix, and a splash of club soda ups the volume of your cocktail (I enjoy having a little extra to sip on) while adding a festive fizz. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I went all out and rimmed my glasses with a pink Himalayan rose salt from Garnish, but you can obviously use regular kosher salt, or skip the rim job all together (muahaha.).
And if basil isn't your thing, feel free to sub fresh mint or even a sprig of rosemary. When it comes to boozing, it's particularly crucial that you do you.
Cheers, my lovable weirdos! Fellow East Coasters, stay cozy and safe in this ridiculous snow. It's wild and woolly out there.
Skinny Blood Orange-Basil Margarita
Yield: 1 cocktail
-6 large basil leaves
-3 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
-1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
-2 ounces silver tequila
-Splash of club soda (optional)
-Kosher or flaky salt for rimming the glass
-Blood orange rounds/slices
1. Start by rimming your cocktail glass. Sprinkle a little salt on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glass with lime juice or water, and dip the rim in the salt.
2. In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the basil leaves. Add the blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and a few ice cubes to the shaker. Shake vigorously.
3. Strain the margarita into the rimmed glass with ice. Garnish with fresh basil and blood orange rounds if you're feeling fancy.
If you have a sweet tooth, add a drizzle of honey or agave to your cocktail before shaking.