Lime Chili Beer Recipe

Lime Chile Beer

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus 2 lime wedges
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle light-bodied wheat beer (such as New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Procedure:

  1. In a glass measuring cup, stir lime juice, sugar, and 1/3 cup water together until sugar dissolves. Fill 2 beer mugs with ice and pour half the beer into each. Top with lime mixture.
  2. Sprinkle one side of each lime wedge with salt and the other with chili powder.
  3. Serve with beer.

Classic Margarita Recipe

Classic Margarita

Yield: 1

Ingredients:

  • Fresh lime wedge (optional)
  • Margarita salt (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Garnish: lime slice

Procedure:

  1. Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with lime wedge, and dip rim in salt to coat, if desired.
  2. Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add lime juice, liqueur, tequila, and powdered sugar; cover with lid, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.
  3. 1/3 cup thawed frozen limeade concentrate may be substituted for fresh lime juice. Omit powdered sugar, and proceed with recipe as directed.
  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cointreau for orange liqueur and Jose Cuervo Especial for tequila.
  5. Frozen Margarita: Combine lime juice, liqueur, tequila, and powdered sugar in a small pitcher or measuring cup; stir until powdered sugar is dissolved. Pour into a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and freeze 8 hours. Let stand 5 minutes at room temperature before serving. Pour into prepared glass. Makes 1 serving.
  6. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas: Process lime juice, liqueur, tequila, powdered sugar, 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries*, and 1 cup crushed ice in a blender until slushy. Rub rim of 2 chilled margarita glasses with lime wedge, and dip rim in red decorator sugar to coat, if desired. Serve immediately in prepared glasses. Makes 2 servings.
  7. Your favorite fruit, such as watermelon, peaches, or berries, may be substituted.
  8. Margarita Sunrise: Pour lime juice, liqueur, tequila, powdered sugar, and 3 Tbsp. orange juice over ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover with lid, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into prepared glass. Add 3 Tbsp. club soda or lemon-lime soft drink for a little fizz, if desired. Top with 2 tsp. grenadine. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.
  9. Melon Margarita: Substitute melon liqueur for orange liqueur. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 1 serving.
  10. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Midori for melon liqueur.

Note: For a shortcut, substitute frozen limeade concentrate for the lime juice and sugar. Like it slushy? Add ice and whiz the mixture in a blender. Make any size batch of this recipe and all the variations by simply multiplying the ingredient measurements by the desired number of servings. For larger batches, stir together all ingredients in a pitcher until powdered sugar is dissolved. Chill and serve over ice. For a sweeter drink, use 1/2 cup powdered sugar instead of 1/3 cup.


Frozen Cranberry Margaritos Recipe

Frozen Cranberry Margaritos

Servings: 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Ice

Procedure:

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender. Fill blender with ice to 5-cup level, and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
  2. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Triple Sec for orange liqueur.

Frosty Raspberry Lime Margarita Recipe

Frosty Raspberry Lime Margarita

Yield: Makes 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange liqueur
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups ice

Procedure:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Serve.

Sparkling Peach Splash Recipe

Sparkling Peach Splash Recipe

Servings: 8 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped peeled peaches (about 3 peaches)
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • 8 peach slices (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Freeze 1 hour.
  2. Pour Champagne into a pitcher. Spoon peach mixture into pitcher; stir to combine. Garnish with peach slices, if desired.
  3. Serve immediately.

Layered Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Layered Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Servings: 2 (serving size: 2 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango (peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 banana (peeled, and chopped)
  • 10 medium strawberries (washed, and hulled)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Procedure:

  1. In a blender, whirl the mango; 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt; 2 tablespoons honey; the fresh lime juice; 2 ice cubes; and the freshly grated lime zest until smooth. Divide mango-lime smoothie between 2 straight-sided glasses and set aside.
  2. Rinse blender, then whirl the banana; the strawberries; 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt; 2 tablespoons honey; the fresh lemon juice; 2 ice cubes; and the freshly grated lemon zest until smooth.
  3. Layer banana-strawberry smoothie onto mango smoothie, gently spooning mixture around inside edge of each glass to create a clean horizontal line.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per smoothie.