Black Mulberry Margarita
Jun 27, 2014
If it wasn't for the outrageous overpricing of cocktails, I wouldn't be this much in love with margaritas. The formula for eternal love, the inability to fully own or reach the subject of desire - in my case margaritas - keeps my passion alive for them.
As the romance icon Julio Iglesias once said 'Love is like wine. To sip is fine, but to empty the bottle is a headache.' But who am I to learn from a wise man's experience; I'm human too. I will believe that I will never get bored or bore the one I love - the margarita - and we'll live happily ever after because our experience will be different.
So what I do to fully own my subject of desire, I go shopping for margarita ingredients. I have tons of berries stocked up in my freezer left over from a series of marmalade and jam shootings. Using my long-neglected smoothie machine I puree the mulberries, squeeze some lime, mix Cointreau and my precious Silver Patron Tequila and sit down in an afternoon at the balcony to start sipping this glass from heaven.
I don't have a smothering character, I like giving things I love, space. So, me and the margarita, we have a very balanced relationship; we get together only once a week; this way I allow myself time to yearn for it. But still, by having easy access to it, knowing that it will be there whenever I want, have I been less in love?
Actually the opposite, as we get to know each other, slowly and with moderation, I'm becoming more and more fond of it.
“Be always drunken.
Nothing else matters:
that is the only question.
If you would not feel
the horrible burden of Time
weighing on your shoulders
and crushing you to the earth,
be drunken continually.
Drunken with what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.
But be drunken.
And if sometimes,
on the stairs of a palace,
or on the green side of a ditch,
or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
you should awaken
and the drunkenness be half or wholly slipped away from you,
ask of the wind,
or of the wave,
or of the star,
or of the bird,
or of the clock,
of whatever flies,
ask what hour it is;
and the wind,
clock will answer you:
"It is the hour to be drunken!”
Black Mulberry Margarita
- blender or smoothie machine
- 12 (about 1/3 cup) fresh or frozen black mulberries (raspberries, strawberries and sour cherries are also good)
- 1/3 cup Cointreau or other good quality orange liquor
- 1/4 cup tequila 100% agave
- 4 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- a lime wedge
- A mix of 1 tablespoon sea-salt and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for the rim
- Rub the rim of glasses with the lime wedge. Dip them in the sea-salt-sugar mix. (You can skip this step if you don't like sweet-salty combinations)
- Blend black mulberries, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and powdered sugar in a blender. Transfer to glasses. Serve on ice.