The Mexican Riviera & Mango Margarita with Grand Marnier
A week at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort near Cancun, Mexico was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year. We were there for Food Blog Camp 2011 to learn from some of the top food bloggers, photographers and food stylists in the world. It was a fantastic week with good food, sunshine and warm tropical breezes, high-powered teaching, new friendships and food-blogger fellowship. In one word, heavenly!
The A Team of Food Blogging
It was such a privilege to meet and be taught by (yes, and hang out with) Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes, David Lebovitz, Diane Cu and Todd Porter of White On Rice Couple, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites, Adam Pearson, and Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.
Mango Margarita with Grand Marnier
We couldn’t resist a refreshing margarita in the land of tequila. Traditional, Cadillac, ruby red strawberry, cool white coconut, lime green lime, pale peach, or bright orange mango. It was hard to decide. The mango won, but it needed a little something more.
With the intent of not only getting a margarita, but a lesson and recipe, I sauntered up to the pool bar. The smiling bartender, Santos, was happy to oblige. I requested a mango margarita made like a Cadillac margarita with Grand Marnier. It was hit, a Mango Margarita with Grand Marnier. Cool, and refreshing with a taste of tropical Mexico.
Sweet mango puree, citrusy lime juice, good tequila plus the famous bitter orange cognac flavor of Grand Marnier all blended with ice. Instead of just salt or sugar on the rim, Santos used a special Mexican red chile-lime-salt blend called Tajin.
Blend with ice in a blender (a Vitamix makes it easy and fast), pour into a tall glass and enjoy a taste of the Mexican Caribbean. We will definitely be making these at home while we read up on the adventures of all of our new friends from Food Blog Camp.Click on the links above for some good reading. You will be glad you did.