Friday, May 4, 2018

Fresh Guava Mint Frozen Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo


What kind of monster passes up a container full of fresh guavas in the market? That's the thought that went through my head as I was perusing the produce aisle searching for margarita flavor inspiration when I spotted the guavas.



My gut (or my imaginary palate) told me the guavas were not enough. Something else needed to be added to the mix. Mint, of course. The first tender shoots are sprouting in my gardens but not enough to harvest for a cocktail combination. So I caved and bought a packet of fresh mint as well.



When you grow your own herbs, buying them in the supermarket is almost painful. It's not just about being economical,  there is something special and more satisfying for me about creating dishes and drinks with plants you have grown yourself. 



Anyway, on to this margarita. It's probably all kinds of American tacky to post a margarita to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. In truth, I lived in Mexico as a child, went to school there and have vacationed there several times. This does not give me cred to use this holiday as an excuse to create a new margarita flavor. But I do it anyway. 

Tacky American. that's me. 



These pretty sweet guavas and sharp fresh mint flavors work together beautifully. The guava and the mint are the fresh parts, the drink itself is frozen. The guavas were not the pink variety so I threw a few tablespoons of pink guava paste into the mix which not only accentuated the taste but provided pretty flacks of red to the drink. This is an optional step. The drink has plenty of flavor without it. 



If you have mint flavored sugar handy, use it instead of plain sugar to rim the glasses for some extra flavor. 

The weather here is getting so much better. Finally, there have been some sunny days sitting on my deck in Pennsylvania. This is the perfect companion to have for that activity. 

Happy weekend!


Fresh Guava Mint Frozen Margaritas
Prep time: 20 minutes
Yield: Makes 2
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 +1/2 cups ice
  • 3 shots chilled tequila
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 4 tablespoons cold guava syrup (see recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons guava pulp (from the syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons pink guava paste (optional)
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • Fresh mint leaves and some slices of guava for garnish, if you like
Directions:
  • Pour sugar out onto a flat plate.
  • Wet the rims for two margarita glasses and dip in the sugar.
  • Place the ice, tequila syrup, mint, pulp, paste (if using) and lime juice in a blender.
  • Blend and pour into the two prepared margarita glasses.
  • Garnish each margarita with mint leaves and serve
Guava Syrup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1/2 cup
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh peeled and finely chopped guavas
Directions:
  • Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  • Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, let the mixture stand overnight.
  • Strain the liquid into a small pitcher, reserve the pulp separately and chill both. 

More Margarita Madness:
Cherry Chili Margaritas
Fresh Spearmint Frozen Margaritas

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