Getting Creative with Cocktails…
I love creating cocktails and have recently started using some more unconventional ingredients to step up my cocktail game. At first I was all about combining fruits; then I added in fresh herbs; and most recently I have been experimenting with different vegetable blends (carrots and beets…hello!).
When I was sent a package of the newest sparkling coconut waters from Buddha Brands Co. I immediately started to think of cocktails that would work nicely with the 3 new flavours – watermelon, pineapple, and regular coconut. The night before making this cocktail, Dan ordered a spicy grapefruit margarita when we were out at a restaurant. That was just the inspiration I needed to complete what was brewing up in my mind with these new sparkling coconut waters – I was going to add a little bit of spice!
The end result – a spicy pineapple margarita that is perfectly mellowed out with a hint of coconut flavour.
First, prepare the rim of your glasses…
This is how any great margarita starts! To make the salt rimmer, combine the cayenne pepper, salt, and sugar in a small shallow bowl that will fit the rim of your glass. Use a wedge of lime to wet the rim of your glass and dip the rim in the Salt Rimmer Mixture. Fill the glass half way with ice so it is ready to serve once the cocktail is made!
Ingredients for the Salt Rimmer :
- 4 parts coarse salt : 2 parts cane sugar : 1 part cayenne pepper
Ingredients to make 2 cocktails:
- juice from 2 limes (should be min. 2 oz)
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 2 oz white tequila
- 2 oz peach schnapps
- 2 tablespoons honey
- a *pinch* (I mean it…just a tiny pinch!) of cayenne pepper
- one can of Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Pineapple Coconut Water to top up (about 3 oz per drink)
Shake it Up!
First, juice the limes to get the fresh lime juice. In a martini shaker combine all of the cocktail ingredients with the exception of the Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Pineapple Coconut Water. Add a few ice cubes and shake the mixture until combined and cold. Serve into your rimmed glasses, top up with the Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Pineapple Coconut Water and enjoy!