I think one of the things I love about being in the kitchen is the quiet simplicity of it all. If I listen to music instead of news podcasts, I can sort of shut the world out for a moment and just focus on the food. I can avoid the seemingly endless stream of violence, cruelty, and hate that have been so sadly dominant lately. I can stop being baffled by our inability to comprehend our interconnectedness. I can escape politics and nationalism and territorial disputes. For a few minutes, I can focus on something else, and I really need that in my life.
Food brings people together. Even when it is scarce, most people are happy to share a meal with others. When I feed people, and I see a smile on their faces, I know I’ve taken them away from their troubles and fears for just a moment. We all have to eat, but when food brings us together in a joyful moment, there’s nothing better in all the world.
This Cranberry Margarita is another spontaneous recipe made from things I already had in my house after Thanksgiving. It’s Christmas red, and the cranberry sugar rim reminds me of snow and holly and general cheerfulness. If you have any frozen cranberries left in your freezer, they make excellent ice cubes. Sadly, I was all out.
Here’s the deal. Most of us want the same things. We have to start focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. We have to realize that every life is as precious as we believe our own to be, and that none of us is alone. Christmas seems like a great time to do that.
You are so awesome. Let’s share a drink and a laugh and toast to the uniqueness that makes us each so wonderful and the magic that binds us all together. Cheers!
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped finely
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 6 ounces cranberry juice
- Lime wedge
- To rim your glass, you'll need to combine the sugar and dried cranberries on a small plate. Wet the rim of your glass with water and place it upside down on your sugar plate. Use your fingers to gently press the sugar and cranberry bits onto the edge of your glass. Turn the glass upright and allow it to dry for a minute or so.
- In a measuring cup or another container (something with a spout will be less messy) stir together tequila, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
- Carefully place some ice in your rimmed glass and pour your cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime to squeeze in just before drinking.