You know those really dramatic questions - "If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?" "If this was your last meal on earth, what would it be?"
Always difficult to answer, because I love all of the food, but when I give it some thought...my answer is always usually (always usually? Does that even make sense?) avocados, guacamole, tacos, chips and salsa. I think you notice a theme here, right?
Growing up in Southern California, I've always had a love for Mexican food. I rarely missed a Taco Tuesday, I celebrated my birthday 4 years in a row at El Matador, and no party was complete without a "build-your-own-taco-bar."
When I first started cooking, I definitely gravitated towards what I loved and ate often. The first thing I learned to prepare and master was perfect guacamole. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I have been known to make a mean batch. I'll share it here one day. The next thing I learned how to make were Fish Tacos, which are by far in my top 5 favorite foods on earth. Unfortunately, we don't get around to making these as much anymore and it's a damn shame...
Instead, during busy week nights we almost always have some version of a Mexican rice bowl. We mix and match constantly, rotating between shredded chicken, shrimp, fajita veggies, brown rice, sweet potato rice, lettuce, etc. However, it's always piled high with guacamole, black beans, some form of pickled veggies, and all of the hot sauce.
I think with confidence, I can truly say that if I was only allowed to eat one cuisine for the rest of my life, Mexican would be it.
Today is Cinco de Mayo. It's currently 60° and gloomy. What the hell?
I wanted to whip up something fun and festive for you all, but to be honest, this weather kind of brought me down. It's also been fairly busy at work (cannot wait to share with you all what we've been working on), so I've been a little all over the place.
However, a gloomy day and scattered brain can only be helped with one thing...margaritas! No taco party is complete without margaritas, am I right? These margaritas are a simple take on the classic, with a gut-friendly addition - Kombucha! With the addition of Komucha, plus a lightly sweet homemade lime juice (made with honey), you can actually feel good about drinking this. Also, the slight sweet, fizzy taste of the Kombucha makes this margarita extra refreshing.
Serving size - 2 cocktails
2 oz tequila (2 shot glasses full)
1 cup Original Kombucha*
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2/3 cup filtered water
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
limes and salt for garnish
*Notes - I used GT's Kombucha brand, but I also love Health-Ade. These two make the best original kombucha. However, I think this recipe would be so good with other flavors, especially Lemon Ginger or Guava!
1. In a small sauce pan or small pot add honey and water. Heat over low, and whisk slowly until honey melts, about 1 minute.
2. Take the simple syrup off the heat and whisk in lime juice. Let cool. This should not be the consistency of simple syrup, you want it thin like a "sweet lime juice."
3. Meanwhile, rub a lime wedge around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Add salt to a shallow dish and place the glasses upside down to rim the edges with salt.
4. Add 3-4 ice cubes to each glass. Pour 1 oz of tequila in each glass.
5. Divide sweet lime juice into each glass, then top each glass with 1/2 cup kombucha.
6. Use a cocktail stirrer to mix, top with lime wedges, and enjoy!