Monday, June 22, 2015

Margarita Sangria Swirls

We recently bought some new spices from a local small business in Hobbs, New Mexico.  We enjoy their products, and thought we'd do some Margarita Sangria Swirls with two of their products, Sizzlin Salt and Chile Lime Salt.  The company is Big T Spice Company if you want to check them out.  We aren't being reimbursed for this post.  I just wanted to share that with you.

We found some miniature ice cube trays that had small squares at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and we used them to freeze some sangria for our swirls.  We made the swirls two ways: One with just the sangria cubes on top and one with the cubes and a swirl of sangria.  The margarita portion of this drink is so easy and tastes so much better than any mix I've tasted.  We bought a bottle of Cruz Garcia Real Sangria for about 10 bucks, which isn't bad, but your favorite will do. This recipe made a full blender of margaritas.  They looked great and tasted fabulous!  Enjoy!

One 12-ounce can frozen limeade, thawed
1 C tequila
1/4 C Triple Sec
Crushed ice
Red spicy seasoned salt, like Tajin (or Sizzlin Salt)
Chile Lime Salt (or regular salt)
Red sangria

If you are going to use the sangria cubes, pour some sangria into an ice cube tray (the smaller the better) and freeze.  It won't freeze completely solid and will be slightly slushy.  Put your schooners or margarita glasses into the freezer to chill.

Put the limeade, tequila, and Triple Sec into a blender.  Fill the blender the rest of the way up with crushed ice.  Blend until smooth.  Keep in the freezer until you're ready to use it.

Put some of the red seasoned salt and some of the chile lime salt (or regular salt) onto a paper plate.  Rim the edges of the glasses with a wedge of lime.  Dip half of the glass into the red salt and the other half into the chile lime salt.  Pour some of the blended margarita into each glass carefully.  You can swirl in some sangria and top with the sangria cubes or just use the cubes.  Garnish the glasses with a slice of lime.

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