Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blood Orange Margaritas {or, It's Not Easy Being Green}

Back in September 2011, our friends Adam and Samantha came to our house on the day we got the keys - before we had officially moved in. Adam is a chef, and Sam has spent some time as a bartender, so when they found out that the two sickly looking citrus trees in our new backyard were blood orange trees, they were really happy about that. We vowed to have them over for blood orange margaritas one day - once we nursed the trees back to health. Assuming we could make that happen...

Well, friends, we made that happen!

There has been something very gratifying about getting these trees back to good. And last summer when we noticed a bunch of little green fruit on them we were really excited. It has been so much fun watching the fruit on our citrus trees grow and ripen. And when we finally picked one and had our first taste of a blood orange? Oh my goodness. We were in love! {the orange wasn't bad either... ;o}

So this past Saturday, Sam and Adam came over and we fulfilled our promise ~ blood orange margaritas.

I wanted to be prepared with whatever mixers Sam would need to make these drinks, so after checking a few recipes I found online, I went to the grocery store with my list.

One of the items on my list was triple sec and I had to ask a sales clerk to help me find it. It was down on the bottom shelf, all the way at the end, and I stood there trying to guess which bottle to buy. I know that "most expensive" is not always better, but in this case I picked the one that was a dollar more and headed home. {Nothing but the best for our friends!} I also liked that it was in a pretty cobalt blue bottle, so - hey - bonus.

No. Not bonus. I bought BLUE liquor {it was blue curacao - not even triple sec! oy!}, and when it was mixed with our beautiful blood orange juice...well...they looked more like kale margaritas than blood orange. ~sigh~

Anyway! This could have been a complete fail,
but the drinks were actually DElicious!
and we had such a fun time with Sam and Adam.

I feel so happy knowing that we helped save those orange trees.
I feel so happy for friends like Sam and Adam.
And I feel so happy that next year our blood orange margaritas will be orange.


Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Blood orange margaritas masquerading as nice healthy smoothies. I like it x

Becky said...

I am glad they tasted nice even if they weren't the right colour! I have to admit that I have never had a margarita! xx

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Looks like a fun day! I do have a couple of recipes for blue curacao if you want me to dig them up. xoxo

Rhona said...

Looks like you had a great time :) and well done for saving the trees! I love the way you photographed the margaritas.

Jo said...

Sounds like a happy error. I think it's great that you nursed the trees back to life and have been able to enjoy the fruits of your labours :)

Irene said...

I'm sure those margaritas had a lot to do with why you feel so happy. LOL Have one for me.

Karen said...

My only experience with Margaritas left something to be desired! I'd never heard of blood oranges until a month or so ago when I found them at the store and made a fabulous salad with them.

Amy said...

How's this for a comment ... TSYO was looking over my shoulder earlier this morning as I was quickly looking through google reader. We I came to your post she said .... 'Oooh, Mum, you need to take photos like those ones, they are so pretty.'

Yes, they are!

Margaret said...

How funny! I would end up buying the wrong thing too. I'm glad it worked out.

Alison said...

LOL at you confusing Triple Sec and Blue Curacao!...glad they were still delicious though
Alison xx

Jimjams said...

Fab story - glad that they tasted better than they looked!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh Deb,
this just made me laugh!!!
I would have gone out for triple sec (grand marnier works even better).
Next time you visit, we'll make some real margaritas.

Anonymous said...

LOL - Thanks for the laugh this morning. Glad they still tasted good even if the colour was off. :) I must try a blood orange sometime.

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