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Mai Tai Margaritas

Mai Tai Margaritas by Wood and Spoon. The rum based island cocktail meets Mexican margarita flavors with pineapple, lime, orange, almond, and agave to flavor it. This makes a great summer beach cocktail perfect for Lounging poolside with. Make a boozy treat for friends on a summer day or just in time for cinco de mayo! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

I don’t know about you, but I am all for an event that encourages margaritas. That perfect blend of sweet and tart poured into a glass with a salted rim is the primary the reason I so enjoy tacos, burritos, and basically anything Jimmy Buffet. If it’s so wrong to be in it for the booze, I don’t want to be right, okay?

Mai Tai Margaritas

In years past, I’ve participated in the annual #margaritaweek event hosted by my friend Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño. Alongside her and a bunch of other bloggers, I served you guys recipes like sparkling margaritas, honey basil margaritas, pinot ritas, rose margaritas, and more. It’s always a delicious and refreshing time of year, so I was more than thrilled to jump right in again this year for another round of margs. This time, with the help of my friends at behind Agave In The Raw, we’re going big time tropical feels with some mai tai margaritas, and I am really hoping you like them as much as I do.

Mai Tai Margaritas

Have you ever had a mai tai? Brett and I enjoyed our first on a trip to Hawaii while we were dating. We sat beachside at a hotel we couldn’t afford  and sipped absurdly priced mai tais because that was the thing to do. I can remember putting the flower from my drink in my hair and feeling like a straight-up island princess. The drink itself was really just okay, but in the time since that first sip, I’ve had more than a few that have marked my taste buds for the better. With subtle lime and orange flavors throughout, a mash-up of margarita meets mai tai was destined to happen in my book, and I’m so glad it did.

Mai Tai Margaritas

Mai Tai Margaritas

So here’s the lowdown on this mai tai margarita: We’ve preserved the tequila, lime, orange liquor, and agave that we know and love in a margarita. In addition to that deliciousness, we’ve added rum, pineapple juice, and just a hint of almond extract to hit those mai tai flavors out of the park. The result is a drink that is notably booze-forward with a whole lot of balance brought in via fruity flavors and smooth agave nectar. All in all, we’ve got an island tropics meets south of the border drink situation that should really be on your summer beach rotation if you know what’s good for you.

Mai Tai Margaritas

I’m sharing today’s post with my friends at Agave In The Raw who make the agave nectar I used for this recipe.. So what’s agave? Agave is a sweetener pressed from the core of an agave plants, and while it’s the traditional sweetener for classic margs it’s also a great alternative for honey, maple syrup, and more. We use it in our house frequently for salad dressings, cocktail mixing, and sauces. It’s quite a bit sweeter than regular sugar so a little goes a long way, and here in these mai tai margaritas, it’s an absolute must. Agave In The Raw is USDA certified organic, vegan, and kosher, and they’re the perfect partner for this festive beverage.

Mai Tai Margaritas

If you’re in need of a tasty way to celebrate summer, give these mai tai margaritas a try. Be sure to pick up a bottle of Agave In The Raw for this recipe, and thank you in advance for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. You can check out the other #margaritaweek participants at the link on Kate’s site here! Happy drinking, happy Friday, and enjoy the weekend friends!

Mai Tai Margaritas

If you like these Mai Tai Margaritas you should check out:

Sparkling Margaritas

Rose Margaritas

Ginger Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

Pinot Margaritas

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Mai Tai Margaritas

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These mai tai margaritas are a mashup of the two classic summer cocktails. With tequila, rum, pineapple, and lime, this is the beach drink you’ve been looking for!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Beverage

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liquor
  • ½ ounce agave nectar (I use Agave In The Raw)
  • 2 drops almond extract (less than 1/8 tsp)
  • 11/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce spiced rum

Instructions

  1. Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange liquor, agave nectar, almond extract, and pineapple juice in a tall shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain contents over a lowball or margarita glass (salted rim optional) filled with new (I use crushed or pellet) ice. Pour the spiced rum on top as a floater and serve with a lime wedge, fresh mint, or pineapple spear as garnish. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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Ginger Margaritas

Ginger Margaritas made with a fresh spicy ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila blanco. These refreshing summer cocktails can be batched to serve a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Perfect poolside beverage or for serving at fiesta themed parties. Find the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Sunday- the day of rest. The day for couch naps and leisurely suppers; the time for extra cups of coffee and folding laundry. To help get you in full-on relaxation mode, I’m sharing a sweet summery cocktail and a few photos from George’s 2nd birthday. Grab some limes, pop a squat, and lets dive into these ginger margaritas!

Ginger Margaritas made with a fresh spicy ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila blanco. These refreshing summer cocktails can be batched to serve a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Perfect poolside beverage or for serving at fiesta themed parties. Find the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

First Up: George’s Birthday!

A few days ago we had a number of friends and family members over to celebrate our George. On what ended up being the hottest day Alabama has seen all spring, about 30 kids and 30 adults sweat it out in the backyard of our rental home to honor our little buddy with popsicles, balloons, guac, and tacos.

Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration

Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration
photos by Sam Jones

The party was loads of fun, and I’m so grateful for a handful of folks are eager to love our family. I am, however, still learning how to host people in our home. While I love being surrounded by people I love, I haven’t quite figured out to be at rest in it and just let everyone have a good time. Type A party planners out there- how do you do it? How do you relax long enough to enjoy the party yourself?Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration

Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration
photos by Sam Jones

Luckily I had the help of Sam Jones, who was standing by to take photos, my mother, pro-babysitter and dishwasher extraordinaire, and my dear friend Rayne who made sure the pitchers of booze stayed brimming and iced down all evening long.

Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration
photos by Sam Jones

Ginger Margaritas

To make sure the adults stayed well-hydrated, we had a variety of margaritas- both frozen and on-the-rocks lime margs, rosé margs, and a single batch of ginger margaritas, a bright and refreshing drink that I’ve been enjoying a whole lot lately. Because sharing is caring, I’m serving up the recipe for those ginger margaritas to you today to enjoy at your own backyard bashes. After all, our guests need to be served well, right?

Ginger Margaritas and George's Birthday Party Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. 2nd birthday party for boy, popsicles, boozy frozen desserts, layer cake, balloon letters spray painted, outdoors, picnic, balloons with confetti, party inspiration
photos by Sam Jones

Making the Margs

To make these ginger margaritas, we start with the syrup. Fresh ginger root is peeled and roughly chopped before being cooked with sugar and water on medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has begun to simmer, remove the pan from heat and allow the spicy ginger to infuse into the sugar syrup. Chill the finished syrup in the fridge for future use.

Ginger Margaritas made with a fresh spicy ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila blanco. These refreshing summer cocktails can be batched to serve a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Perfect poolside beverage or for serving at fiesta themed parties. Find the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

When you’re ready to make your ginger margaritas, simply combine fresh lime juice, tequila, and your pre-made syrup in a tall shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, shake until icy and pour the mixture into a salt-rimmed glass. These ginger margaritas are super refreshing, a fun and unique take on everyone’s favorite summertime cocktail. This is a beverage that will ensure your party guests come back to all of your future parties- even the hot and sweaty backyard ones.

Ginger Margaritas made with a fresh spicy ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila blanco. These refreshing summer cocktails can be batched to serve a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Perfect poolside beverage or for serving at fiesta themed parties. Find the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to you and thanks for taking a break with me. Enjoy these ginger margaritas during your Sunday day drinking and be sure to check out more cocktails and party inspiration below!Ginger Margaritas made with a fresh spicy ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila blanco. These refreshing summer cocktails can be batched to serve a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Perfect poolside beverage or for serving at fiesta themed parties. Find the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these ginger margaritas you should check out:

Rosé Margaritas 

Sparkling Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

Pinot Ritas

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Ginger Margaritas

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These ginger margaritas a bright and refreshing, a unique and delicious take on everyone’s favorite  tequila cocktail!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

For the margaritas:

  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup

For the ginger syrup:

  • 2/3 cup freshly peeled and sliced ginger
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions

To make the margaritas:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a tall shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 second to allow
    the ice to melt and the mixture to chill. Pour the contents of a shaker into a salt rimmed glass
    and enjoy!

To make the ginger syrup:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, on medium-low
    heat until simmering. Allow to cook for an additional 25 minutes on low heat. Strain the ginger
    out of the syrup and chill in a heat proof container until cold.

Notes

  • The syrup recipe will produce enough to make several margaritas.
  • Only fresh ginger will work for this recipe. Ginger powder, bottled minced ginger, and pickled
    ginger are not recommended.

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Rosé Margaritas

Rosé Margaritas By Wood and Spoon blog. These rose margaritas contain just a few ingredients- tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and rose wine. Simple to make and easy to batch for a large crowd, these refreshing summer beverages are the perfect way to celebrate cinco de mayo or other poolside fiesta. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

Last week, I polled my Instagram followers to find out what cocktail they would be most excited about double fisting for the margarita week celebration that is now upon us. The toss up was between fresh ginger margaritas or rosé margaritas. Although the race was tight, it turns out y’all are a bunch of basic, summer water-loving fools like me.

Now I know being “basic” gets a bad rap, but let me clarify by saying that there is no shame in loving things that are universally good. Rosé wine is so delicious and refreshing that I’m fine to chalk it up among the masses of other Americanized favorites. If yoga pants, La Croix, and sharing photos of your coffee on Instagram can continue to find a home in today’s society then certainly we can all make a little room for the most aesthetically pleasing wine of this millennium, right?

Rosé Margaritas By Wood and Spoon blog. These rose margaritas contain just a few ingredients- tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and rose wine. Simple to make and easy to batch for a large crowd, these refreshing summer beverages are the perfect way to celebrate cinco de mayo or other poolside fiesta. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

Rosé Margaritas

As it turns out, rosé and the classic margarita are a match made in heaven. I got the idea for this beverage from another cult favorite, Jeni Britton Bauer’s Jeni’s Ice Creams. She recently sent me one of their newest flavors, “Frosé” sorbet, and she recommended topping a scoop with a tequila floater. Booze and dessert? I was sold.

Thankfully, it only took a few tries and a couple of tipsy Tuesdays to land a recipe for these rosé margaritas. In the end, I found that a restrained pour of tequila, a generous amount of lime, and just enough simple syrup could combine with a half serving of rosé to make a beverage that reads equal parts wine and marg. Emphatically, this combo is one serving at all future summer bashes.

Rosé Margaritas By Wood and Spoon blog. These rose margaritas contain just a few ingredients- tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and rose wine. Simple to make and easy to batch for a large crowd, these refreshing summer beverages are the perfect way to celebrate cinco de mayo or other poolside fiesta. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

Making the Margs

Making rosé margaritas is simple! Combine one ounce each of lime juice and tequila with an 1.5 ounces of simple syrup in a shaker. First, fill with ice and shake until the mixture is seriously icy. Afterwards, pour the contents of the shaker into a salt-rimmed glass and top with four (yes, four) ounces of your favorite rosé wine. I’d recommend one that isn’t too sweet so that the cocktail is balanced.

This recipe batches easily for a crowd. I’d recommend doing the math and shaking the tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a large beverage Tupperware. Pour the contents into a large pitcher, stir in the appropriate amount of wine, and serve immediately. I’m not saying you’re going to be everyone’s new BFF, but let’s just assume this to be another universal truth. If you make these rosé margaritas, then they will come.

Rosé Margaritas By Wood and Spoon blog. These rose margaritas contain just a few ingredients- tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and rose wine. Simple to make and easy to batch for a large crowd, these refreshing summer beverages are the perfect way to celebrate cinco de mayo or other poolside fiesta. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

Happy Margarita Week to you all and special thanks to Kate of Hola Jalapeno! She’s known in these parts for hosting the most KILLER marg party, so be sure to check out her site for a massive amount of other thirsty bloggers who are sharing lime and tequila-infused treats this week. Happy Monday to you and happy drinking!

Rosé Margaritas By Wood and Spoon blog. These rose margaritas contain just a few ingredients- tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and rose wine. Simple to make and easy to batch for a large crowd, these refreshing summer beverages are the perfect way to celebrate cinco de mayo or other poolside fiesta. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

If you like these rosé margaritas you should check out:

Pinot Ritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

Grapefruit “Tejitos”

Sparkling Margaritas

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

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Rosé Margaritas

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These rosé margaritas are the classic Mexican cocktail with tequila and lime combined with ultra refreshing summer wine. You can easily batch these to serve a crowd, perfect for outdoor parties!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 11/2 ounces simple syrup (made with equal parts water and sugar)
  • 4 ounces rosé wine (I prefer one not too sweet)
  • salt for rimming glass

Instructions

  1. In a tall shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigourously for 30 seconds. Pour the contents of the shake into a salt-rimmer glass and stir in the rosé wine. Add additional simple syrup to taste (depending on your rose wine) and serve immediately. 

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Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards!

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Break out your glassware and some bar snacks because it’s time for show and tell! Today I’m spilling the details of my recent trip to Charleston, SC for the Saveur Blog Awards , and we’re going to talk the ins and outs of these boozy pinot ritas! If you’re curious and thirsty, you most definitely came to the right place!

Charleston, SC

Two weeks ago, we traveled to Charleston as a family, Brett and I the captain and co-pilot to a crew of squirmy Cheerio-throwers in the backseat of our packed-to-the-brim SUV. The kids did terrific on the ride there, in large part due to Mickey Mouse, Cheez-Its, and sugar-coated cereal that I shoved in their mouth any time they opened it to cry. #survival

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Stayed

In place of the luxury accommodations we usually opt for, we selected an Airbnb on King Street that boasted quick access to restaurants, coffee shops, and (let’s be honest) Jeni’s Ice Cream. The Saveur events didn’t start until Sunday, so we spent just over 24 hours in the city as a family. It’s fun to watch your kids explore new places, and at 3 and 1, Aimee and George found a bit of adventure everywhere we went. Living room chairs and tables were new jungle gyms. Sidewalks were their ultimate playground for jumping, dancing, and crawling. Friends, I learned last weekend that my kids, given enough patience and nap time and ice cream, are willing and able to travel. While the trip was not without a few hiccups or emergency diaper changes, I think we really have a shot at a future of family traveling. TBD.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Saveur Blog Awards

Once the blog awards crew arrived, the weekend really amped up. I was thrilled to see my dear friend Erin for a second time, and I even got to meet my long-time interwebs lady friend, Rebecca. These two, along with the multitude of other beautiful faces I met throughout the weekend, filled the days with laughter and served as excellent sources of encouragement and relation. Sometimes, as a blogger, you start to feel a little like an island, and it was so reassuring to hear from friends who are in the thick too.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur

Making New Friends

The kind folks at Saveur set up a fabulous weekend of events for the finalists, including tours of Charleston, cocktail parties, pub crawls, and even panel discussions where we got to hear from industry experts about the ins and out of marketing, brand management, publishing, and social issues within the food industry. Yes, I met Deb, the fairy Godmother of blogging, and yes, she is as delightful and charming and sincere as you might have gathered from her writing. We heard from a number of other authors and even a few Southern entrepreneurs like Carrie Morey and Brooks Reitz.

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur
 My biggest surprise of the weekend was how kind everyone was! Sure, we were all on our best behavior for the weekend, but I was still shocked at how quickly I grew to like so many of the other bloggers and Saveur staff members. It kinda felt like a weekend of summer camp, except there was a ton of booze, the food was great, and no one woke up covered in shaving cream or sunblock. Basically, it was just really rewarding to share in the excitement with a lot of like-minded people, and that was probably the best part of the whole trip.
Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Just a lobby selfie of Brett and I after the awards. Very age appropriate, right?

A “W” for Wood and Spoon!

I was honored to bring home the Reader’s Choice Award in the Best Baking and Sweets category. Although I attribute the win, in large, to the votes of my husband and my crazy-dedicated Selma friends, I am also aware that much of the success of this baby blog has been due to the help, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve received from other blogger friends like Erin and Rebecca. It’s kinda like that scene from “Mean Girls” where Katy Herron breaks her homecoming crown into pieces and throws bits of it to other girls in the crowd; any win I experience in this new “career” is shared with the beautiful friends who have sewn into this site.

It’s a thrill to bring home a trophy, but the joy comes with the people who earned it with me. I will forever pinch myself with delight that I get to do something I love so much and that other people, like you readers, want to be a part of it. So thanks. Y’all are the best. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Pinot Ritas

Alright, now let’s talk about these pinot ritas. This recipe was inspired by a cocktail we enjoyed on our recent trip to Portland. Leading up to the awards weekend, we were promoted by Savuer to create a seasonal cocktail recipe using tequila. The winning cocktails were shared at the opening ceremony night, and although my cocktail didn’t win, I couldn’t stand to not share the recipe with you all. Made with a pinot noir simple syrup and classic margarita ingredients, these pinot ritas are sweet, tart, and boozy in all the right places. You need them. So let’s learn how to make ’em. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Making Pinot Ritas

We start by preparing the pinot noir reduction. Simply cook down the red wine with a bit of sugar until it becomes thick and syrupy. You can prep this in advance and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. Once the reduction cools, making pinot ritas is rather like making a classic margarita. Add some tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and the pinot noir syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, and shake some more until the whole thing chills. Pour the contents of the shaker into a salt-rimmed glass and garnish it with a lime wedge. Easy as pie, these pinot ritas are a surefire way into the hearts of both wine enthusiasts and tequila lovers. Everybody wins. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
So whip up a glass (or four) of these pinot ritas to start your week off on the right foot. These boozy treats are perfect for the fall and are a must-make in the weekends ahead. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Thank you again for all of your votes, support, and enthusiasm for baking and sweets. You guys make this worthwhile and I couldn’t ask for any more than what you’ve given me. Cheers to you!
Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these Pinot Ritas, you should check out:

Honey Basil Margaritas

Sparkling Margaritas 

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

Grapefruit Tejitos

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Pinot Ritas

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Made with a pinot noir simple syrup, these pinot ritas a sweet and tart, wine-flavored take on the classic margarita. Make one or batch it for a crowd!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

For the pinot noir syrup:
  • 8 ounces pinot noir
  • 1/2 cup sugar
For the Pinot Rita:
  • Margarita salt (Optional)
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce pinot noir syrup (Recipe below)
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau, or other orange flavored liquor
  • Lime wedges, for serving (Optional)

Instructions

To prepare the pinot noir syrup:

  1. Stir the pinot noir and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until the contents of the pan have been reduced to 4 ounces, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool and chill completely in a heat-proof container in the fridge. The syrup will make about 4 Pinot Ritas. 

To prepare the pinot rita:

  1. Salt the rim of your glass, if desired. Combine the tequila, lime juice, pinot noir syrup, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into the prepared glass. Serve with a lime wedge, if desired. 

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Sparkling Margaritas

Sweet, tart, and bubbly fresh squeezed sparkling margaritas made with elderflower liquor (St. Germaine), cava or sparkling wine / champagne, tequila, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice (or sour mix). The recipe and other cinco de mayo margarita inspiration is available on The Wood and Spoon Blog // thewoodandspoon.com

These sparkling margaritas are so festive, so perfectly tart and bubbly, that I decided to write a little short story about them. I’ll let you read it if you promise not to laugh. You’ll catch on soon enough that I spend a lot of hours of my life reading children’s stories to my babies, and if you’re in the same boat as me, I bet you’ll be able to identify which story this little tidbit is inspired by.

If You Give a Girl a Sparkling Margarita

If you give a girl a sparkling margarita, she’s going to want some chips and queso. She’ll go to the store to pick up some cheese, and while she’s there, she’ll see some rainbow sprinkles. It will remind her of her favorite confetti ice cream cake, and she will end up wanting to make it. She’ll buy her queso and sprinkles and then head home to begin baking.

While she’s waiting for the cake to bake, she will call a friend to come over for a visit. They’ll sit and chat, laughing over toasty mugs of coffee and cream. And because a cup of coffee isn’t the same without treats to enjoy it with, she will pull a few confetti scones out of the freezer for them to enjoy together. Of course, seeing the sprinkles will remind her of the cake in the oven, which by now has baked a few minutes too long. The girl will curse her oven and dump out the cake, saving a few crumbs to munch on (because even burnt cake is better than none at all, right?) A

ll of those sweet bites will make her crave something salty so she will heat up some tacos from the night before. She’ll need lettuce, tomatoes, and maybe even a sprinkle of cheese, which will remind her of her chips and queso. And chances are, once she starts eating her chips and queso… she’s going to want a sparkling margarita. The end.

Sparkling Margaritas

“Mercy, someone get this girl out of the house.” I can hear you all now. Yes, it’s probably a bad sign that children’s literature has infiltrated so deep into my thought processes, but the truth remains that if you give this girl some Mexican food, she’s absolutely going to require a marg. So let’s cut to the chase and chat about these sparkling margaritas.

Sweet, tart, and bubbly fresh squeezed sparkling margaritas made with elderflower liquor (St. Germaine), cava or sparkling wine / champagne, tequila, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice (or sour mix). The recipe and other cinco de mayo margarita inspiration is available on The Wood and Spoon Blog // thewoodandspoon.com

Sweet, tart, and bubbly fresh squeezed sparkling margaritas made with elderflower liquor (St. Germaine), cava or sparkling wine / champagne, tequila, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice (or sour mix). The recipe and other cinco de mayo margarita inspiration is available on The Wood and Spoon Blog // thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe was inspired by a menu item on one of my favorite local Mexican restaurants. Their cocktail menu spans an entire page, but there’s always a few standouts for me, namely their “St. Rita.” A blend of sour mix, St. Germaine, tequila, and cava, the St. Rita is indeed heavenly. Wanting to enjoy a sweet and fizzy beverage from the comfort of my own home, I started testing recipes and I am thrilled with the outcome.

Making the Margaritas

These sparkling margaritas start similarly to your average marg. Fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila, ice… you know the drill. We add elderflower liquor for a sweet and floral punch. Finally, the whole thing gets shaken to oblivion in a cocktail shaker. Once everything is icy and suspended together in that frosty shaker, it gets poured into a salt-rimmed glass and topped with a  few ounces of sparkling wine. At first taste, these sparkling margaritas  are perfectly sweet and sour, with effervescent little bubbles that make each sip feel like a tastebud fiesta in your mouth. Pure magic.

Sweet, tart, and bubbly fresh squeezed sparkling margaritas made with elderflower liquor (St. Germaine), cava or sparkling wine / champagne, tequila, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice (or sour mix). The recipe and other cinco de mayo margarita inspiration is available on The Wood and Spoon Blog // thewoodandspoon.com

I’m one of many bloggers who will be sharing margarita and tequila-filled recipes over the next few days for Margarita Week. Kate from ¡HOLA! JALAPEÑO has organized this boozy round-up of recipes to ensure that your Cinco de Mayo party is nothing short of delicious, so I hope you’ll check out the other sites involved.

If you’re looking for an extra bougie (in case you’re wondering, Mom, that means bourgeoisie), South-of-the-border beverage, these sparkling margaritas are the way to go. Pinkies out and enjoy! I’ll be sharing an additional recipe this week on Friday along with a round-up of Mother’s Day breakfast menus, so love your mama and check that out! As always, you can sign up to receive blog posts straight to your email, so if you haven’t done that already, now is the perfect time to do so. Have a great week and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Honey Basil Margaritas

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Sparkling Margaritas

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Sparkling margaritas are a sweet and bubbling version of the classic cocktail, flavored with elderflower liquor and champagne.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 11/2 ounce elderflower liquor (like St. Germaine)
  • 1 ounce tequila blanco
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (optional-see notes)
  • 2 ounces sparkling wine ( or cava/champagne)

Instructions

  1. Combine the lime juice, elderflower liquor, tequila, and simple syrup (optional)in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour the contents of the shaker in a tall glass and top with the cava. Stir gently and enjoy!

Notes

  • Serve with a salted and sugared glass rim, if desired.
  • I prefer a dry sparkling wine for this recipe.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add the 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. This is optional and should be used according to your taste.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 19
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 12
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Honey Basil Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

At the end of April, my mom and I created a summer bucket list- a list of projects and goals we wanted to complete before fall came rolling through. Initially, I was determined to tick each and every item off that list. I’d finish sewing a few quilts, piece together George’s baby photo album, and shed the remaining pregnancy pounds, among a number of other tasks that I was sure I’d finish with ease. 

I was wrong.

Had my summer bucket list included eating an entire ice cream cake by myself, binge watching every episode of “Naked and Afraid” on my DVR, or successfully maintaining a sports bra/t-shirt hybrid of a farmer’s tan, then this summer would have been crowned an all out success. Instead, my biggest success of the summer was keeping two humans alive (three, if you count my husband), and finally sleeping through the night myself without an extra kick in the pants from my good friend, melatonin.    

Honey Basil Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

One silver lining of those summer nights and my struggling bucket list are the cocktails. Ohh, the cocktails.

I have honey basil margaritas to thank for a lot of my summer nights. Made with classic margarita ingredients and the added bonus of a honey simple syrup and fresh basil, these honey basil margaritas are incredibly refreshing and the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and salty. This is a cocktail made for sunset-watching on the beach, summer barbecues, or (if you’re like me) when the witching hour is strong and mama just needs a little something to take the edge off.  

Honey Basil Margaritas

The honey simple syrup is made like any other simple syrup, by boiling equal parts water and sugar (in the form of good quality clover honey) until it’s dissolved. After being chilled, the syrup is muddled with the basil before being shaken to oblivion with the lime, tequila, and orange liquor. You can store your syrup in the fridge for two weeks and I highly recommend shaking it up with some of your other favorite citrus-based cocktails (French 75, anyone?)

Honey Basil Margaritas

I’m sharing this recipe for honey basil margaritas in participation of #DRINKTHESUMMER , a virtual cocktail party being hosted by Sherrie of With Food + Love . Even though summer is short, it is always plenty generous with a bounty of produce that is worthy of celebration, so be sure to check out her post where she will be sharing the names and recipe links of the other bloggers involved. 

If you made a summer bucket list and failed to complete it, don’t fret. Just drink up what’s left of the summer and look forward to all that fall has to offer. 

To see more of #DRINKTHESUMMER , click to the host site here .

 

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Honey Basil Margaritas

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Made with fresh basil and a honey simple syrup, these honey basil margaritas are a refreshing, summery take on the Mexican classic.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

For the honey basil margaritas

  • 3/4 ounce honey simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 medium sized basil leaves
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 ounce lime juice

For the honey simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup good quality clover honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

To prepare the margaritas

  1. In a shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the honey simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with ice. Shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!

To prepare the honey simple syrup

  1. Combine the honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Allow to cool on the stove or in a heat-safe container in the fridge. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Grapefruit Tejitos

Grapefruit Tejitos / Tequila Mojitos Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by kate Wood. This is a tangy, delicious boozy take on the classic mojito, made with tequila and lemon juice, fresh mint, and citrus grapefruit juice. Shake this fun summertime cocktail in a shaker or make a pitcher full for a crowd. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

There should’ve been margaritas. 

White sand, the smell of Coppertone, fish tacos, yes. But mostly, margaritas.

Don’t underestimate the amount of tequila a small woman can put away when it’s appropriately mixed with lime, salt, and a little bit of sunshine. On tropical vacations, I always feel like I’m in some weird Bermuda Triangle of alcohol tolerance where my upper limit for liquor is  suddenly similar to that of like, a 250 lb. Irish biker dude that hangs out in bars and takes his coffee with two shots of Bailey’s. I shudder to think of what the cabana boys must think of my poor liver at that point in time, but what is that saying about “work hard, play hard?” Yeah, let’s do that.

Our flight to Mexico last fall was to land mid-morning, giving us ample time to travel to our resort, check-in, and wiggle a pasty body into last summer’s bikini. By noon, I would be (over)due for a margarita.

Grapefruit Tejitos

This is, at least, what was supposed to have happened. 

At 5pm the evening before our 5am flight to Mexico, my husband announced that he could not find his passport. We spent the next several hours plowing through stacks of papers, pulling sweaters off of shelves, looking through all of our luggage, bags, and purses, and even lifting up the coffee table for a peek. I looked between every book on my bookshelf, in the back of that weird, tiny cabinet that is above the refrigerator, and in the medicine drawer.

Spoiler alert: we never found it.

I can’t really articulate the things going through my mind at that point, nor would my thoughts at that time be appropriate to share on the Internet with you kind folks. You come here for recipes, not to read about the evil torture I was plotting for my husband. Although I was mega-bummed, my frustration and disbelief was outweighed by the look of devastation on Brett’s face. He works so hard for our family and he had earned every second of that vacation. We were both equally disappointed and discouraged.

Eventually, we decided to throw in the towel and I called to cancel our flight. I spent the next hour on the phone with the airline and I think we can all agree there is nothing worse than that. Forty minutes of automated conversation with a smattering of elevator music, all endured  in hopes of finally talking to a REAL PERSON?? And then, can you even be sure it’s a real person? I’m convinced they’ve hired robots, which would actually be impressive if some scientist has already figured out how to create machines that are even more annoying that any human being I’ve ever met.  I submit that a superior option to these world-dominating telephone robots would be Siri or even Scarlet Johannson from that movie “Her”. Or maybe they could hire Matthew McConaughey or Morgan Freeman to do the voice prompts? These have got to be better ideas than what we’re currently working with. 

I was moments away from a mental break when Brett announced we still just needed to get away. We had airline credit now, a babysitter lined up for the weekend, and a few days off work; we might as well spend those days on the road to somewhere else instead of sitting at home, salivating over the margaritas that should have been.

Grapefruit Tejitos

The following day, we were poolside in Scottsdale, Arizona, which I’m now pretty sure is is the birthplace of cactuses (cacti?) and delicious, over the top breakfast and brunch options. The trip was perfectly splendid, but I was definitely missing my margarita.

When we got home, I made a margarita for Brett and a cocktail for myself that was almost too good for words. I was really proud of this creation until just recently when I discovered it was not ingenious and, in fact, was a near dead-ringer for Mexico’s most popular cocktail: the Paloma. 

Have you all tried one of these? If my research serves me well, a traditional Paloma consists of tequila with a splash of grapefruit soda and a wedge of lime. In light of a margarita, I have unknowingly turned a blind eye to this delicious beverage for years! No longer.

grapefruit tejitos

The version I mix up for myself contains fresh grapefruit and lemon juice, tequila, simple syrup, and a few mint leaves muddled in for good measure. I told Brett they were called Grapefruit Tejitos because in my mind, I was drinking a flavored mojito made with tequila instead of rum. These cocktails are refreshing, tart, and multi-faceted in flavor. With a salt-rimmed glass, they make me feel like we never missed that flight to Mexico last fall and we’re laying on the beach right at this very moment. Sigh. Maybe this fall.

I think these tejitos (it has a ring to it, doesn’t it?) would be a perfectly unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a couple weeks, or, at the very least, to celebrate the start of this weekend. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

grapefruit tejitos

 

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Grapefruit Tejitos

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If a mojito had a love triangle with a grapefruit and some tequila, these grapefruit tejitos would be the outcome. This beverage is refreshingly balanced in flavor, offering both sweet, tart, and floral notes.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 large mint leaves
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or another orange flavored liquor
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 large grapefruit
  • Salt (for rimming glass)

Instructions

  1. Muddle mint in the bottom of a martini shaker.
  2. Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and fruit juice.
  3. Fill shaker up with ice and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds or until ice has begun to dissolve.
  4. Serve in a salt rimmed glass with additional ice, if desired.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 181
  • Sugar: 13
  • Sodium: 92
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 24
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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