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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Agave Experiment 01

This weekend I reacquainted myself with the kitchen after a noticeable pause. Not that I cooked anything of substance, basically just drinks and a dip, but they were really good!

My standard set of testers are not minding the drive downtown to continue their culinary guinea pig obligations. Thankfully. Thank you my esteemed culinary guinea pigs :)

Mango-Cilantro Margarita against Chase tower

Mango-Cilantro Margarita

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 C cilantro, chopped
  • 1 C Blue Agave Silver Tequila (I used 1800)
  • 6 T lime juice, fresh
  • 6 T simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled and cooled)
  • 2 T Patron (Orange liquer)
  • Ice

Put the mango and cilantro in a food processor and pulse a few time to chop finely. Add mango-cilantro mixture to other ingredients and marinate for 30 minutes. Strain over ice-filled glasses. Drink quickly. This will make enough for 2 heavy drinkers, 3 regular or 4 people who sip.

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Blogger Michael said...

enough for 2 heavy drinkers, 3 regular or 4 people who sip

Funny. Sounds like the note at the end of my sister-in-law's chocolate chip cookie recipe:
Yields two dozen cookies, or just six if you've been eating the dough.

11:46 AM

Blogger john said...

Sounds pretty good, although I don't drink alcohol.

11:55 AM

Blogger Jim said...

LOL Michael, thats true too, I dont know many people who will resist eating the dough!

6:26 AM

Blogger Jim said...

John, I tried the mix before the addition of tequila, its pretty good. I could see just using that with some club soda :)

6:37 AM

Anonymous Jason said...

That sounds de-lish.
I love the photo.

6:45 AM

Blogger Jim said...

They are Jason, they are also quite addictive (have Alleve on hand :) )

6:56 AM

Blogger Michael said...

No one can resist eating the dough. That's why Nestle sells ready made dough in the dairy section of most grocery stores...

Wow. Now there is something I truly miss about the States...

12:49 PM

Blogger Jim said...

What, no pre-made cookie dough in Israel? I see now I am going to have to smuggle some in when I visit :)

6:30 AM

Blogger Michael said...

Hmmm... a pasty substance, of doughy consistency, molded into a tube.

I wouldn't try smuggling that in, unless you enjoy spending time in jail.

6:32 AM

Blogger Jim said...

LOL, oh, yeah, good point :)

6:34 AM

Blogger JC said...

Wow, you and the Jefferson's moved on up! Nice view there, hopefully you are high enough to not hear the street noise at nights. Do you score a balcony as well? Looks like you will be party central on New Year's Eve.

With the Mangos and all, does it really need the sugar/syrup? I might try it with a little gin or vodka - not a tequilla fan, and everyone trys to convert me....Oh you just haven't tried Blah Blah brand...
It so funny when you don't like something that everyone else likes and they can't understand it....but then maybe I do enjoy just being stubborn to tick 'em off ;-)

Work has finally settled down for a bit with the new job and I finally have blogging time again - been trying to catch up on the reading - have a safe trip to Isreal, are you counting weeks yet?

11:55 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Hey there JC!

No I dont hear much street noise at all. Oh, unless you count the homeless alcoholics screaming at each other in front of the skectchy convenience store across the street :)

No balcony but I do have 6 6'x12' windows and I am 4 steps away from the rooftop patio so its basically and extension of my space.

Originally I thought noone would come to visit me here since the parking downtown in difficult but it has been the exact opposite!

The margaritas actually do need a bit of the simple syrup even with the mangoes. For some reason it cuts the taste of the tequila (which I dislike). I don't use the amount of simple syrup suggested in the recipe, I bring it down to half.

7:58 AM

Blogger carl r said...

For some reason it cuts the taste of the tequila (which I dislike).

No surprise there.
Ever since an unfortunate college incident with tequila and grape Kool-Aid, I just can't drink the stuff.

9:05 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Carl, that combination just made me gag, lol.

7:51 PM

Blogger carl r said...

Nowhere near as badly as I gagged, trust me...

1:21 PM

Blogger Jim said...

LOL, I'm going to trust you since I will never try that :)

7:00 PM


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