Salud! To your health!
Although Cinco de Mayo celebrations are muted in Mexico this year with the H1N1 virus outbreak and dramatic loss of tourism, if you're still planning a party, please toast our friends south of the border with a natural margarita. Try blending up a batch of this green cocktail with Stirrings. These eco-friendly mixers feature all-natural or all-organic ingredients, which means the concoctions are made with real fruit juice and cane sugar. No preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or "ingredients you can't pronounce." There are also special versions and extras with secret ingredients. The "Simple Margarita Mix" in Stirrings' glass bottle contains: triple-filtered water, Key lime juice from concentrate, cane sugar, natural flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), pectin, natural triple sec flavor. Stirrings uses Key limes native to Mexico. Serve with organic corn chips and salsa.
Stirrings also offers "Rimmer Garnishes" in tin cans for a variety of cocktails. The Margarita rimmer was Stirrings' first product. Founders Bill and Gil set out to create their own rim on par with the fine tequilas they imbibed. The tasty result combines sea salt (less acidic than regular salt), herbs, cilantro, and basil.
Seeking a variation on the theme? Try one of its specialty recipes:
1 part Stirrings Watermelon Mixer
1 part Stirrings Margarita Mixer
1 part Don Julio Tequila
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker (or blender) with ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Serve in glass garnished with Stirrings Watermelon Rimmer.
Cocktails with a Cause
Stirrings' corporate responsibility program, "Stirred to Action," provides its cocktail mix blends to nonprofit organizations "that make the world more cheerful," donating products to offset the costs of fundraising events. They've worked with the Something to Share program and refer customers to its party guide to "give new meaning to get-togethers."
Search out a Green Drinks gathering in your area to network and imbibe with like-minded environmentalists or start your own and serve up Stirrings other treats, like Blueberry or Blood Orange Martini mixes, Bloody Marys, Mojitos, or Classic Cocktails. Available at Whole Foods and other grocers.
Okay, if you insist on shaking up your Margarita from scratch, here's a recipe: 1-1/2 oz. tequila, 1/2 oz. triple sec and 1 oz. lime juice.
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