It is 94F today in Dallas; who wants to eat? not me!
Give me a margarita, with chips and salsa! (It is Cinco de Mayo today, after all!)
Do you know how many Lebanese folks immigrated to Mexico? A LOT! In fact the man who beat Bill Gates in terms of billions to his name, Carlos Helu Slim is from Lebanese immigrant parents, whose late wife was Lebanese and is dating a Lebanese woman, Lisa Halabi, King Hussein of Jordan’s widow. How about that for gossip!
I made these margaritas to show my neighbor, Mary, the self-proclaimed margarita queen (she is Irish), that it can be made with something other than the mix that is sold at the liquor store.
This one is made with a product that comes from Lebanon, Amardeen nectar. Amardeen is an apricot paste, beloved by Lebanese kids and adults alike. The amardeen nectar is used to make an apricot drink very popular during Ramadan. The actual apricots are harvested in Syria, near Damascus, and are exceptionally tasty.
The pistachios on the rim of the glass are to show Mary that you can use something other than salt, which everybody knows is not good for you, anyway!
Sahtak! Salud! Cheers!
To make the margaritas:
3 portions Tequila
1 portion orange liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or whatever)
6 portions Amardeen syrup (mixed with water) Substitute apricot nectar
1 portion fresh lemon or lime juice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender with some ice cubes (if you like it frozen); puree the mixture till slushy.
- Brush some lemon juice on the rim of the glasses, both inside and outside; dip in chopped pistachios. Serve with chips.
NOTE: 2 Tablespoons of the Amardeen syrup diluted in one cup of water; add more syrup depending on taste.
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