Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pink Grapefruit Margarita for TGI-Friday at Home

Yesterday was my last day working at the high school.  It was bittersweet. Due to job cuts, I was "bumped" by someone with seniority over me. Hence, I will begin working at the adult school for the same school district.  I will miss the drama that comes from the high school kids.  On the other hand, it will be nice to work with grown-ups. Most importantly, I am still employed. Amen.   Typically, I come home on Fridays with low energy.  Like my Blogger Buddy "Stacey Snacks", I like to whip up tapas and a cold glass of beer.  (I save the more time-consuming dinner recipes for the weekends.)  I was home by early afternoon, giddy with excitement that I have until July 6th before I start  my new job.  My excitement gave me a second wind, and I was ready to make a few recipes I had bookmarked from Ina Garten.  I als wanted to mimic Ina Garten's adoration for her "Jeffrey", because I had the time to do it.  For those of you who watch "The Barefoot Contessa", you know how much Ina adores her husband.  I adore mine, too. In many of her episodes, she greets Jeffrey with a cocktail. He always remarks that "something smells good" in the kitchen.  Here was my chance! I was inspired to make Ina's version of Margaritas with Texas Ruby Red Grapefruits.  I needed 1 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice....

...the juice of four limes. I also needed 1 cup of white tequila and 1 cup of triple sec.  We usually like our margaritas on-the-rocks.  This time, I decided to dig out the blender and make they slushy.  I set the juice into the fridge and waited for Jeffrey Craig to arrive home...

"Hi, honey!"   Craig was surprised to see his wife so energetic.  He set his things down and I got busy making our cocktails. Now, to rub a little fresh lime around the rim of a glass... dip the glass around some coarse salt and set those aside to dry.  Add the juices and lots of ice and puree it in the blender.

VERDICT:  "Thank God It's Friday"!  It's a nice cocktail, but it needed a little bit more of something.  (The grapefruits weren't as sweet as I expected.)  I added a couple Tablespoons of sugar (simple syrup would work well, too) extra ice and it was perfect. This makes 8 servings.  I froze half of this. The next day, it was added to a blender with some ice and it was just as good!  (A printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.)


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9 comments:

Susan said...

Relax this weekend and I too am happy that you were appreciated enough to have them find you another position. The Margarita looks wonderful. Will be trying that. I do so enjoy the Ina/Jeffrey flirting. Have fun.

bellini valli said...

This would be a perfect way to end the day.

Julie said...

Oh how I could use one of those right now!

Stacey Snacks said...

Looking forward to your vacation posts!
What time are cocktails being served?

Enjoy!

Joanne said...

I certainly wish I came home to someone making me this cocktail! I love grapefruits...the tang sounds perfect with the tequila.

Yay for your summer vacation beginning! Although I'm sorry to hear about your job...but I bet you'll find other things to enjoy about this new gig.

Raina said...

That looks incredibly refreshing. I could really use one now:) I love how Ina is with her husband. I always think how lucky he is to have someone like her to cook for him.

Sorry to hear about your job loss, but it sounds like your new one might be a bit less stressful..lol. Wow! Teenagers..I have two..pretty challenging at times.

Diana's Cocina said...

I'm always available for margaritas and freshly made guacamole. Awesome recipe.

jacobskitchen said...

Yum. I love pink grapefruit. And who doesn't like a good margarita? Thanks for sharing!

baking.serendipity said...

Yum! Is it Friday yet?!?!