Fresh Orange Margaritas

Fresh Orange Margaritas

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EHadj-tv4eM/TyL6XR6jlCI/AAAAAAAAnAM/WSh0CStG6gw/s1600/OrgRita-1-text.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EHadj-tv4eM/TyL6XR6jlCI/AAAAAAAAnAM/WSh0CStG6gw/s1600/OrgRita-1-text.jpg" //a/divArggh. I can't tell you how crazy it makes me when a whole week passes and I'm unable to post here! I won't start grumbling about how I've been sick all week - because I hate to come here and whine when really, life is good and there are plenty of people out there with much more than a cold to complain about.br /I also won't start complaining that I've been iso/i busy. Because the kind of busy I've been is good. Things are happening. The kinds of things that happen when more and more people realize I have this little blog here. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that people actually come here and like what I do. I love hearing that a recipe you found here was the best ever. I love hearing how I've influenced you in some way - to start cooking, to cook more, to try new things. iIt's the best/i.br /What I will mention is that, while I haven't been here this week - I have been other places, in the form of guest posting. I've done guest posts before, but the month of January has brought more than usual. Honestly, I'm happy to do them and I'm quite flattered that people ask me. So - as a token of my gratitude I thought I'd share them with you here.br /Two of the many lovely ladies I met at the a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/10/blogshop14.html" target="blank"bBlogshop workshop/b/a I did last Fall asked me to guest post for them - both posts are part of a new series each of them have recently begun. First, was iRanu/i at a href="http://lanuchan.typepad.com/peace-love-pandas/" target="blank"bSunshine Girl/b/a - who's series is called, "a href="http://lanuchan.typepad.com/peace-love-pandas/qa/" target="blank"bQ&A with.../b/a". I love reading interview posts and getting turned on to new blog finds, so I'm really enjoying them.br /Second, was on a blog called, a href="http://emilyisrunninginheels.blogspot.com/" target="blank"bRunning in Heels/b/a - written by iEmily/i. Her series is called, "a href="http://emilyisrunninginheels.blogspot.com/search/label/what%20she%20wears" target="blank"bWhat She Wears/b/a" - in which she asks bloggers to share their style. This was a new area for me, but as you know I love a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/search/label/design" target="blank"bmaking design boards/b/a - so I was excited to participate.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-957HONQAC5U/TyL5YMv1zI/AAAAAAAAnAE/c6puX4UAas/s1600/juice.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-957HONQAC5U/TyL5YMv1zI/AAAAAAAAnAE/c6puX4UAas/s1600/juice.jpg" //a/divLast, but not least, I guest posted this week on a food blog, called a href="http://www.savoringthethyme.com/" target="blank"bSavor the Thyme/b/a. I met iJennifer/i quite awhile back, at the first a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2010/10/save-childrenfridgidaire-event.html" target="blank"bFridgidaire/Save the Children event /b/aI attended. Her guest series is called "a href="http://www.savoringthethyme.com/tag/guest-post/" target="blank"b10 Things You Didn't Know About Me/b/a" - which features fun interviews and delicious recipes from many of my favorite food bloggers. Needless to say, I was quite happy to participate! The day I met her, I added her blog to my reader feed where I've been enjoying it ever since.br /So - I've told you about some of the places I've been this week. Now, I must tell you how you need to make yourself one of these ridiculously tasty margaritas this weekend - ior now works too/i. I know it took awhile for me to get to this important part...especially after the week I've had. But does one really need an entire blog post dedicated to the mixing of a cocktail? I doubt it. But if you do, there should be plenty of info here to help you.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pGY0ZgSSA4U/TyL51RIelXI/AAAAAAAAm8/x8UCO2HtOk/s1600/OrgRita-2.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pGY0ZgSSA4U/TyL51RIelXI/AAAAAAAAm8/x8UCO2HtOk/s1600/OrgRita-2.jpg" //a/divYou may remember that I recently posted a link to a gorgeous looking 'a href="http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/drinks-cocktails/blood-orange-margarita/" target="blank"bBlood Orange Margarita/b/a' in one of my a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/search/label/blog%20love" target="blank"bFood Blog Love/b/a posts. Ever since I saw it, the desire to make one has consumed me. Problem was, I didn't have any blood oranges. Then, when I decided to hunt some down during my next trip to the market - they were pathetically dry and shriveled looking. Defeated, I decided to make another version using Florida juice oranges...which I just so happened to have a massive 25 lb. box of.br /I consider myself to be a very good margarita mixer and have made many different types over the years. One thing is always a constant and that is - Patrón tequila. Along with with the good tequila you must also have some sort of orange liqueur. Mostly, I use Cointreau {ipricey!/i}...other times Triple Sec {iwhen money's tight/i}....and once in a blue moon {iusually because it's all I have laying around/i} I'll use Grand Marnier.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JjoaoVjwMfA/TyL5AVJBZ3I/AAAAAAAAms/pEKQhXimaH0/s1600/OrgRita-3.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JjoaoVjwMfA/TyL5AVJBZ3I/AAAAAAAAms/pEKQhXimaH0/s1600/OrgRita-3.jpg" //a/divbr /In this particular instance I actually recommend you use Grand Marnier. I find it tends to be sweeter than the other orange liqueur options and I also find the orange flavor to be more intense. For this reason, it's not my favorite option when making a traditional margarita, because it tends to compete with the lime. Here, since the citrus being used is orange, it was the perfect compliment.br /However, part of the fun of mixing cocktails is experimentation. Definitely try making one {and that's all I recommend - ijust one!/i} with whatever you have on hand.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5sSL6KO2HJk/TyL4mJqkflI/AAAAAAAAmk/TIHxJ5atL3k/s1600/OrgRita-4.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5sSL6KO2HJk/TyL4mJqkflI/AAAAAAAAmk/TIHxJ5atL3k/s1600/OrgRita-4.jpg" //a/divWhat makes this margarita special is the fresh squeezed orange juice, which is not what I would have ever thought to make one with - ibut it is so good/i.br /If you love margaritas as much as I do - be sure to check out this post for a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/05/margarita.html" target="blank"bTraditional Margaritas/b/a...and another one of my favorites - a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2009/07/watermelon-margaritas.html" target="blank"bWatermelon Margaritas/b/abr /a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2012/01/fresh-orange-margaritas.html#more"Wait, there's more! 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