Blue has always been my favorite color. It has a comforting and soothing depth that has always allured me. Winter, on the other hand, has never been my favorite season. Although I do have a few friends who claim the cold and white season to be among their favorites, it's just not in my DNA to share their sentiment. Although the libation I am featuring here does not shorten the waiting period for the arrival of spring flowers, this particular combination of blue and mid-January does indeed take away some of winter's bite.
I recently discovered this Winter Blues Margarita, off the beaches bordering the lush tropical rain forest of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. The sun-filled and heat-infused day that I ordered this beverage in the Central American paradise was in sharp contrast to the surly, mid-winter evening I put one together upon our return to Wisconsin. Might I submit, for just a few minutes we were seemingly transported some 2,000 miles away from the wrath of this unusually cold and inhospitable weather, to the warm and friendly mindset of what the native (Ticos) like to call, "Pure Vida," literally, pure life.
Regardless of your love or disdain of the winter season, whether you are 9 degrees or 45 degrees from the equator, and even if blue isn't necessarily your color, this Winter Blues Margarita is a great reminder that a little bit of pure vida can be found and enjoyed anywhere, even in the frozen tundras of Wisconsin in mid-January. Try one of these. Enjoy, and as they say in Costa Rica, "Pure Vida!"
Winter Blues Margarita
- 4 lime slices
- 3 tablespoons coarse sugar
- ½ cup chilled lemon-lime soda
- ½ cup tequila
- ½ cup blue curacao
- ½ cup grand marnier
- ⅓ cup partially thawed frozen limeade concentrate
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Using lime slices, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses.
- Set aside lime slices for garnish.
- Sprinkle sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside.
- Discard remaining sugar on plate.
- In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients; cover and process until blended. Pour into prepared glasses.
- Garnish with reserved lime slices. Serve immediately