My favorite thing to do on the weekends during the spring, summer, and fall, after a long day at work, or after mowing the lawn, working in the garden, or kayaking, is sitting in the sun with a good book. And of course, having pre-dinner munchies always makes it better!
These two recipes are simple, easy, and perfect for two people; one avocado is the just right amount for two with no wondering what you will do with leftovers–you won’t have any! If you want to double it, that’s easy to do, and measurements are mostly based on taste. As with most of my recipes, I like a little bit of heat, so I add some cayenne for that extra kick. If I have some cilantro in the vegetable bin, I’ll add some, but it’s not mandatory, it’s delicious with or without. It seems like a dash of salt is always needed, so be sure to add to taste. I love the flavor of fresh limes, which are inexpensive this time of year, so I add it liberally.
I wanted to create a summertime margarita that didn’t rely on a pre-made, sugary mix. You can get the same flavor with Triple Sec–or it’s more expensive cousin, Cointreau. No worries if you buy a whole bottle of TS, it’s relatively inexpensive, lasts forever, and is great in a pomegranate martini, too! (That’s a winter cocktail, stay tuned in November/December!) And of course, if tequila isn’t your liquor of choice or you don’t drink alcohol, plain seltzer water with a lime is also a refreshing drink!
1 soft avocado
1-2 cloves of finely minced garlic
Juice of ¼ to ½ lime
Sprinkle of cayenne (if desired)
A few sprigs of cilantro (if desired)
Dash of salt
Spoon out the avocado into a bowl and smash with a fork. Add the garlic, lime juice, and if using, cayenne and cilantro. Stir. Add a dash of salt to taste. Spoon into a serving bowl and add corn chips.
In a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add :
4 ounces tequila
2 ounces Triple Sec or another orange-flavored liquor
The juice of 1/4-1/2 fresh lime juice
Shake and divide evenly between two glasses filed with a few ice cubes. Add juice of the lime slice to the glass and drink!