Tres de Mayo – Ole! [Sangria and Margaritas]

Last Saturday I had a “tres de mayo” party with some friends who came from out of town.  Of course I love an excuse to cook for a crowd, so I started bookmarking recipes with a “Mexican” theme.  

Margaritas! | Jai La Vie

Jai’s Margaritas [Recipe]

My friend brought the taco dip, and for the rest of the meal, I wanted to get crafty.  Here’s the menu:

Drinks:

  • Margarita (recipe below)
  • Sangria (recipe below)
  • Beer (obviously)

Image and recipe via SkinnyTaste.com

Main Course:

Giada’s Espresso Caramel Bars via FoodNetwork.com

Dessert:

  • Espresso Caramel Bars from Giada de Laurentiis (of course)
  • Grandma’s Rice Pudding from Grandma Travis :) 

If I can say so myself, everything was a hit – a successful menu! 

And to share some original recipes, here’s how I make my summer cocktails – Red Sangria and Margaritas!

Summer Red Sangria
Yields 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup triple sec
  2. 1 apple, diced
  3. 1 orange, sliced
  4. 1/4 cup orange juice
  5. 1/2 bottle of red wine
  6. 1 liter of Sprite (or any lemon-lime soda), chilled
Instructions
  1. Chop fruit to desired size and place in a glass pitcher with triple sec. Let sit for about 1/2 hour so that the fruit can absorb the liqueur. Add juice, wine and sprite; stir.
  2. Refrigerate before serving or serve with ice.
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Classic Margarita
Yields 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. lime juice
  2. 1 oz. tequila
  3. 1/2 oz. triple sec
  4. 1/2 oz. orange juice
  5. 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Serve over ice if desired and add optional rim of salt.
Notes
  1. Adapt to the number of servings you need by 2 parts lime juice and tequila, 1 part everything else.
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