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Day 126, Cocktail 124

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t as swank and swell as the picture, but we did attend a party last night that included drinks and dinner.  It was a fun night hosted by our friends Julie and Dave and there were 8 or 9 people there, so it qualifies as a party!

Chili was the main course and most of the guys (me included) brought beer to drink.  However, Dave also had mixed up a pitcher of margaritas (and then several more as the night wore on!).  I have to admit that I did have one (or three) as we moved into the party games after dinner.    One of the games was Imagine If – the object is to read a card, starting with Imagine if so and so was a store manager, would the store be … and then there are 6 choices that are read off.  I was absolutely shocked when one of the questions was “Imangine if you were looking for Stan at night” and my friends were unaminous in there selection of a bar as the place to find me.  Really?  Oh well.

So where was I…right, the margarita’s.  Dave used a recipe that I’ve used for years now whenever I need an easy to make crowd pleaser, the beer margarita.  This is simple to make by the pitcher or by the gallon (as I’ve done for BBQ’s and pool parties).

  Beer Margarita

  • 12 oz can limeade
  • 12 oz tequila
  • 12 oz water
  • 12 oz beer

Just combine everything in a pitcher, stir to mix and serve over ice.  Garnish with a lime wedge (just set a bowl of them out next to the ice).

Like I said, it’s tough to get much easier than this.  The key is to use a decent quality tequila and beer.  The tequila doesn’t have to be top shelf, but don’t reach for the store brand tequila on the bottom shelf either.  A good rule of thumb is that if the bottle is dusty don’t buy it!  As for beer, I like to use Sam Adams, but any good quality lager or ale will do.  In fact, play around with different beers to see what it does to the flavor before picking your favorite.

So fire up the grill, grab the party hats and have fun!


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