I received an email recently from the deliciously inspiring Lisa (she has restauranteur blood coursing through her veins and it shows) at La Mia Cucina and Ivonne at Cream Puffs in Venice (Ivonne's recipes and photos drive me to lick my computer monitor). They were planning to throw a virtual party and I was being invited. The goal was to stuff a table full of food blogger's recipes that showcase fresh summer ingredients. I scratched my head (not sure if from performance anxiety or dry scalp) because I wasn't sure what to create. I generally suck at homework assignments.
Summer is really about abundance. At home I am hoarding a stash of the most juicy, sexy peaches ever. Betty Ford may need to open up a "Peach Wing" at her place out in the desert for me*. My herb garden is bursting with live savory offerings, including a shrub of fragrant basil sizeable enough to trim into a topiary of all seven dwarfs. I decided to splash some tequila into this mix. The result was abundant happiness and joy! I know ya'll surprised that I'm bringing alcohol to this party, right?
*Cindy--No honey, she isn't related to Tom. If he had a place in the desert, trust me, it would be a lot more fun.
GARDEN PEACH MARGARITAS
1 juicy, very ripe peach for each two drinks
Your favorite high quality tequila
Sweet & Sour mix (I used regular ol' margarita mix)
lots of ice
For each drink:
Wash peach well and pat dry. Slice in half, but leave peel on. Muddle half a peach and a few leaves of basil together until very juicy and basil leaves are crushed. I used a heavy mortar and pestle which makes short work of the task.
Plop fruit (skin and all) and basil mash into a shaker. Add 2 oz tequila and 4 oz sweet and sour mix. Add a splash of Tripple Sec. Fill with ice. Shake well (the cocktail shaker--not your hips. That'll come after you taste). Strain into chilled glass with ice. Garnish with a basil leaf if you are feeling exceptionally gay and festive.
These margaritas look and taste like colorful ribbon candy. The first photos didn't come out quite like I'd hoped so I'd hoped I made a secondd batch. They werent' rite either so I thjink that this thirfd batch wokred well. This isgonna be a gfreat party!