Friday, February 22, 2013

Gourmet Beergarita's with Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix, Beer Simple Syrup, Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, & a Splash of Beer

Gourmet Beergarita's with Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix, Beer Simple Syrup,
Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, & a Splash of Beer
Hey hey everyone. It's officially the weekend in our house, and hopefully y'all are getting there too! Oh and by the way, did y'all know today is National Margarita Day? When I found that out, I knew I had to feature a margarita recipe, butofcourse. What I have always loved about margaritas are the infinite possibilities for flavor combinations. You really could drink a different type every day of the year and never repeat. Well, one of our favorites is Beergarita's. Between the tequila and the beer, you get double the alcohol in one drink... and that is our kinda drink people. I knew I had to gussy it up a bit, so I started off by making a homemade margarita mix because I didn't want any of that store-bought crap that is overly sweet and sour. Yuck, I was craving fresh squeezed juice from limes, lemons, and oranges, along with their ever-so-fragrant and flavorful grated zest. This makes a big ole' pitcher, so make sure you're throwin' a party! Along with the mix, I also made a Beer Simple Syrup that would sweeten the drink, but also lend a lot of beer flavor to the entire margarita. But don't you worry, at the end, it will all be topped off with even more beer. So, you put some of the mix, syrup, tequila, grand marnier, and crushed ice into a mixer, and shake it up until its ice cold. Next, you gotta rim a glass with some of this Mixed Citrus Sea Salt. It's salt that is loaded with a bunch of zest, and then baked until it has all dehydrated a bit. These beergarita's would be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party... or any day of the week really!! Enjoy :)
Mixed Citrus Sea Salt Rim
See the layers of beer simple syrup, margarita mix, and beer?
Oh and just for fun, we made some Blood Orange Beergarita's!!
I mean, how amazing is that color?
For the Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix:
4C Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2C Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1C Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1T Lime Zest, Freshly Grated
1T Lemon Zest, Freshly Grated
1T Orange Zest, Freshly Grated
4C Cold Water
1C Sugar
Green Food Coloring, Optional (if you want it to be a bright green color instead of yellow)

For the Beer Simple Syrup:
6 Budweiser Cans
2C Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick

For the Gourmet Beergarita’s:
3oz Prepared Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix, Chilled
2oz Silver Tequila
1oz Grand Marnier
2oz Prepared Beer Simple Syrup, Chilled
Crushed Ice
Corona Beer, For Topping
Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, For Rimming
Lime Wedges, For Rimming & For Garnishing

1. For the Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix: Combine all of the fresh citrus juice and zest into a pitcher until they are completely combined. Chill the margarita fruit juice mix in the refrigerator until cold.
2. For the Beer Simple Syrup: Add all of the ingredients into a pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture has reduced by almost half. This will take about 45 minutes to an hour. Pour the simple syrup into a bottle and let it cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, chill the syrup in the refrigerator until cold.
3. Assembling the Gourmet Beergarita’s: Fill a cocktail shaker with a little bit of crushed ice, and then pour in 4oz of the Homemade Triple Citrus Margarita Mix, 2oz Silver Tequila and Grand Marnier, and Beer Simple Syrup (we used our large jigger at home to make our drinks, so we followed a ratio of 4 shots of juice to 2 shots of tequila and triple sec to 1 shot of simple syrup… not exactly specific ounces, so keep that in mind). Shake hard to combine the cocktail. Next, rub a lime wedge along the rim of a tall glass and dip it into the Mixed Citrus Sea Salt. Add in a little bit of crushed ice into the bottom of the glass. Pour the strained liquid over the ice and fill the glass up to the rim with some Corona Beer. Stir until a frost forms on the outside of the cup. 
4. Enjoy immediately!!

**If you want to make the recipe for the Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, please look at this recipe!!**

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