First, a traditional Tom Collins. When I was a little girl I remember my parents ordering this cocktail in restaurants. I tried a sip of my mother's once and actually liked it. I also thought the name was great, so when my best friend and I played "house," I gave my "pretend husband" the name Tom Collins. My parents thought that was pretty funny!
- 2 ounces gin (my preference is Tanqueray)
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce homemade simple syrup
And here is a unique margarita recipe from the Vitamix cookbook I received when I purchased our Vitamix blender. I found it a little on the weak side, so I increased the amount of tequila in the recipe below to 6 ounces. If you want it less strong, use 4 ounces.
Place the following ingredients into a blender container:
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 6 ounces tequila
- 1/2 cup pure blueberry juice (I use R.W. Knudsen brand)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 4 cups ice cubes
When I thought about making this cocktail, I realized we didn't have any true margarita glasses, so I bought a couple of Clara margarita glasses at Williams-Sonoma. They have a nice, green tint to them and a pretty shape. I didn't realize until I started shopping for margarita glasses that they vary a bit in size and shape. I like this style the best. Now that I have the glasses, I'll have to experiment with different margarita recipes.
Enjoy the last days of summer, and cheers!