Cara Cara Orange Margarita

Happy National Margarita Day friends!!  margaritaI secretly love these national whatever food days. Its kind of fun to get to celebrate random food and drinks that you love!margaritaY’all. I have been battling this nasty sickness that my kids brought home all weekend and week. I finally got prescribed a z-pack and I’m on my way to feeling much better! National Drink Wine day was sometime last week/weekend and I missed it because I was sick… arrrgghhhhhh!!!! I promised my favorite wine I would definitely be making up for missing it’s national day once I’m off my antibiotic!margaritaAnyways, this marg is made with fresh squeezed lime juice and the juice from a cara cara orange! Have y’all ever eaten a cara cara? They are by far the best ones!! They aren’t as acidic as a regular orange and are definitely sweeter. I also LOVE the bright pinky-orange color of the flesh! If you can find them at your grocery store, grab a big bag because they are so addicting! I found mine at Costco, I haven’t seen them at our H-E-B but I also haven’t looked too hard since I have about a million that we need to eat. cara cara Isn’t it so pretty! It looks like a grapefruit, but I promise it doesn’t taste anything like one!margaritaI think I’m going to have to break the rules and have one of these tonight! Shhhh… don’t tell my doctor. And by the way, don’t you hate when they ask you how many drinks you have a week. I always want to say- Dude.. I have three boys under the age of three, I can have as many glasses of wine a week that I want!!! Mind your own business! Haha! My answer is always oh you know I only drink on the weekends and have 1-2 glasses of wine. Yeah-freaking-right! #confessions
margarita Thanks for following along! Remember to post what you make on Instagram and tag me @graceandwineblog + use the hashtag #graceandwineeats 

Cara Cara Orange Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 Margaritas

Ingredients

3 oz lime juice

3 oz cara cara orange juice

2 oz tequila

3 tbsp simple syrup, recipe below

Ice

Kosher salt

Lime wedges

Instructions

    Fill a shaker with ice. Add in the cara cara orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Cover and shake until margarita is chilled, about 20-30 seconds. Place kosher salt on a plate. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a lime wedge. Dip rim in kosher salt. Fill glass with ice and strain margaritas into the glass!

    Simple Syrup

    1/2 c sugar

    1/2 c water

    Place sugar and water in a small pot over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool before using. Can be stored in refrigerator for a month.

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Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Valentines Day. Do you celebrate? I’m sooo not a Valentines Day celebrator. I don’t want to find a babysitter or pay for overpriced food. Give me a home cooked meal and Netflix and I’m a happy girl! I do think Valentines day is a nice reminder to stop and tell the one you love how much they mean to you. Life with three kids is crazy, and we don’t always have the chance to stop and just enjoy being with each other, so Stuarty, here’s to another year of a house filled with as much crazy as there is love! Wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else but you!

Ok sappy out of the way!

Although we don’t exchange gifts I can usually count on him bringing home flowers and a bottle of prosecco for me. So with that I thought I would share a fun sparkling lemonade that is the perfect shade of pink for Valentines day, you know, if you’re into that kind of thing

similar here / here 

Can we pause for a second to admire these amazing champagne glasses. I saw them at Nordstrom before Christmas and just couldn’t get them out of my mind. I happened to be doing a little shopping with Santa (AKA my mom) that day and she snuck back in and bought them for me to unwrap Christmas Day! I can’t find the glasses online anymore, but I did link to similar styles!Quick tip: use frozen raspberries in the drink! It helps keep the cocktail cold, and after the last sip is gone the raspberries should be perfectly thawed for eating.
I usually only make the whole recipe when hosting a baby/wedding shower but if its just us at home I will pour 1/4 cup of the raspberry lemonade in the champagne glass, fill the rest of the way up with prosecco, and garnish with the raspberries and mint. Tasty!

This is the easiest recipe, but is such a crowd pleaser.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

1 bottle of prosecco

1 bottle Simply Raspberry Lemonade

1 bag frozen Raspberries

Mint for garnish

(*If you plan on making this for a big group such as for a baby or wedding shower I would use two bottles of prosecco and 1 bottle of the lemonade!)

Instructions

    In a pitcher combine the prosecco with about half the bottle of simply raspberry lemonade and stir to combine.

    Pour into champagne flutes and top with 2-3 frozen raspberries and a sprig of mint.

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