A couple of nights ago I had some friends visit & what do you do when friends visit?
You make cocktails!
It always seems that whenever cocktails are on the menu, the most popular one is always the classic margarita. Maybe it's the sourness? Maybe it's the freshness? Or maybe the song was right & tequila really does make you happy? Who knows.
Years ago, before I'd tasted a proper margarita, i was always baffled by how something containing tequila was always so popular.
You see, tequila and I have not always been friends. Or even on speaking terms. In fact, I still wholly blame tequila - in it's slammer form - for my barring from the Bunch of Grapes circa 1998, but that's probably as far as I should go with that story (hi mum!)...
Anyway, i digress... Yes! The other night, we made cocktails. Lots of cocktails! And because i'm now over our original issues, we started off with margaritas!
With the help of some of the awesome Truvia, which is a natural sweetener derived from the Stevia leaf (& it's calorie free - score!), i was able to make up a batch of 'sugar' syrup to add to some of them which was especially perfect for one of my friends who as a diabetic, needs to be aware of her sugar intake.
I was asked by the people of Truvia to give it a try in some of our recipes, and as their website had many cocktail recipes (amongst others) i thought we could give it a go. I fancied making a passion fruit margarita for myself the first time as i'd heard they were gorgeous & i love passion fruit. Here's what i did...
Per cocktail, you will need:
37.5ml tequila (blue agave is best)
1/2 passion fruit
12.5ml fresh lime juice
Optional: truvia sugar syrup, salt/sugar/truvia for a sweet or salty rim
And you will need to do this (it's taxing stuff....)
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake over ice.
Pour into a tumbler.
I like my margaritas sour, so i like a rim of salt along the tip of my tumbler and take it as it is. My friend liked hers a little sweeter, so i added a teaspoon of truvia 'sugar' syrup to hers and a rim of truvia around the top of her tumbler. The syrup is SO easy to make:
Add 3 1/2 tbsp of truvia to 1/2 cup of warm water. Mix until dissolved completely & store in the fridge until needed.
A lovely sunny, happy, evening was had by all! See - Tequila does make you happy...