Thursday, July 14, 2011

Salty Chihuahuas

Have y'all ever heard of a salty chihuahua? I hadn't. But I do love salty dogs. Apparently a Salty Chihuahua is the mexican cousin of a Salty Dog. It's just pink lemonade or grapefruit juice with tequila. So, I decided I had to make these delicious drinks, but of course, with my own special little twist. We made a pink lemonade with raspberry puree and grapefruit juice (instead of lemon juice) for a play on the whole salty dog idea. Lemme tell you, this raspberry-grapfruit-lemonade is amazing. We were just drinking it by itself. I loved it. So if you don't want to make an alcoholic drink, just serve this juice to the kiddos. Anyway, we combined our unique "pink lemonade" with tequila, grapefruit zest-salt (for the rims), and garnished them candied grapefruit slices. These drinks were awesome and a new summer staple for us :) Enjoy!
Salty Chihuahuas
For the Grapefruit-Raspberry Pink Lemonade:
2C Sugar
2C Water
2C Fresh Raspberries, Pureed & Pushed Through a Fine Mesh Sieve (no seeds)
2C Fresh Grapefruit Juice
4-6C Cold Water

For the Grapefruit Salt:
Sea Salt
Grapefruit Zest

For the Salty Chihuahuas:
1C Grapefruit-Raspberry Pink Lemonade
½C Tequila
Frozen Raspberries (acting as ice cubes)
2 Slices of Grapefruit (to moisten the rim)
Prepared Grapefruit Salt

1. Make the Simple Syrup: combine the sugar and water together in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until sugar is completely dissolved (swirling the pan occasionally). Let this mixture cool.
2. Puree the fresh raspberries in a blender or food processor. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.
3. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice in large pitcher. Add 4-6 cups of cold water (to your liking).
4. To Make the Grapefruit Salt: In a small bowl, combine together the sea salt and grapefruit zest and set it aside until ready to rim the glasses.
5. To Make the Salty Chihuahuas: Pour the grapefruit salt onto a small plate. Moisten the rims of two highball glasses with the 2 slices of grapefruit. Gently dip the rims into the salt to coat lightly. Fill the glasses with raspberry ice cubes. Pour ¼C of tequila over the ice in each prepared glass, and then pour over ½C of the grapefruit-raspberry pink lemonade over the tequila. Lightly stir the two together.
6. Serve and drink your problems away :)

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