Raspberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raspberry Margaritas

Raspberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This weekend I managed to actually achieve something I had convinced myself I would probably never do. I can’t even remember the first time I tried to complete a Couch to 5K programme, but it was in Hawaii, and before I went into the hospital, so it had to be at least early 2015. Possibly before that. I would always start out with the best of intentions, but inevitably, I’d end up quitting by the third week. Sometimes I had to quit for very good reasons, like my lung collapsed. But most of the time, I’d just lose all motivation and couldn’t drag myself off the couch to engage in a mind-numbingly boring exercise routine. 

This time, I used a different app, One You Couch to 5K. It comes from the NHS here in the UK, and they got some BBC personalities involved, so I had the adorable Sarah Millican as my running coach. She cheered me on, called me flower, and promised me I could make it to the end. Pretty sure I yelled at her a few times, but she won me over in the end. There are five different coaches to choose from, so you can find the person who motivates you the most. One of them is American track Olympian Michael Johnson. I found this a bit intimidating and opted for a woman who looked like she might like cookies as much as I do. With the help of this app, I’ve now completed nine weeks of running three times a week, and I think I might continue on my own.

Raspberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Because life is all about balance, I’ve made us a cocktail to celebrate. Raspberry Margaritas are sweet, tangy, potent, and so awesome. There’s a good amount of raspberry puree in this cocktail, so it’s super fruity. This makes them extremely easy to drink, so I guess it’s a good thing that this recipe only makes four. Plus, the color is just gorgeous.

We’re making this drink in the blender, but it’s not a frozen margarita. I suppose you could chuck in a bunch of ice, but to me that just means you end up with a watery margarita. I prefer them on the rocks. If, like me, you have a cheap hand-me-down blender, you’ll want to strain out the seeds. If you have like a kick ass Ninja blender or something, your seeds will probably be neatly pulverized by the blender magic. We’re also rimming the glass in a combination of caster sugar and coarse sea salt because life should be salty and sweet, and so should your Raspberry Margarita.

Raspberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I still hate running. I’m not turning into a fitness nut. I have every intention of continuing to drink cocktails and eat cheese and chocolate. But now I know I can run (as slow as I want) for 30 minutes without dying, and I can do it three times in a week. Let’s celebrate life’s little successes with a Raspberry Margarita. Cheers!

Raspberry Margaritas
Serves 4
Raspberry Margaritas are sweet, tangy, potent, and so awesome.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup tequila
  2. 3/4 cup triple sec
  3. 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  4. 1 cup lime juice
  5. 1/3 cup caster sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons sugar, for rimming the glass (optional)
  7. 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  8. Lime wedges, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the tequila, triple sec, raspberries, lime juice, and caster sugar to your blender. Blend until your raspberries are pureed.
  2. Strain your margarita through a mesh sieve to remove the seeds. They're just not that fun to drink.
  3. If you want to rim your glasses, put your sugar and salt onto a plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of each glass, and press the damp edge into the pile of sugar and salt to coat.
  4. Add ice to your glass, fill with your margarita, garnish with a lime wedge, and celebrate.
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
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Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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.

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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. 

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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!

Cranberry Margarita
Serves 1
Cranberry Margaritas practically scream holiday cheer!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped finely
  3. 1 ounce tequila
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 6 ounces cranberry juice
  6. Lime wedge
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. In a measuring cup or another container (something with a spout will be less messy) stir together tequila, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
  3. 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.
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Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

I’ve never been popular, and as far as I know, nobody has ever considered me cool. I don’t think cool kids sit on their couch in yoga pants listening to Kate Nash whilst writing about cupcakes. They probably wear wedge sneakers and plastic frame glasses whilst drinking organic fair trade bourbon in a locally owned artisanal toast shop. I don’t think we even have fancy toast on this island.

Cooking for people is the only way I can get them to like me. If I want them to think I’m extra cool, I put booze in the recipe. It makes people feel like they’re being a bit naughty at work. It totally works. They think I’m rad. Little do they know I’m listening to NPR on my iPod, and I couldn’t name a Jay-Z song if I tried.

Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

But I’ve got everybody faked out for the time being with margarita cupcakes. From the brilliant and beautiful Brown Eyed Baker, these cupcakes are tender, light, and limey, and they’re topped with a creamy sweet tequila lime frosting. We got triple tequila action happening here, kids. Tequila in the cupcake batter, tequila brushed on the cupcakes, tequila in the frosting. It doesn’t taste like a tequila shot, but you do notice it’s there. These aren’t just lime cupcakes. They definitely taste like a margarita.

Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

If you’ve got big Cinco de Mayo plans, you should probably make these. You probably don’t need any help getting people to think you’re cool, but it can’t hurt to show up with cake with booze in it. You’ll get lots of high fives.

Margarita Cupcakes
Yields 14
Margarita cupcakes with triple tequila action and sweet tequila lime buttercream will make you seem super cool.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. Zest and juice of one lime
  8. 2 tablespoons tequila
  9. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  11. About 1 tablespoon tequila to brush on baked cupcakes
For the frosting
  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  2. 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  3. Juice of half a lime
  4. 1 tablespoon tequila
  5. Pinch of coarse salt
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and put your favorite cute papers into 12 to 14 muffin cups. If you only have one pan, just go with that.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together by beating with an electric mixer on medium high for about five minutes. You want your butter and sugar to be fluffy and very pale in color.
  4. Take the speed down to medium and add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  5. Scrape down the side of your bowl, then zest your lime and squeeze in the juice. Add the tequila and vanilla extract and mix on medium. It will start to look a bit lumpy and curdled. Not to worry.
  6. Turn your mixer down to its lowest setting. Add the dry ingredients in three batches with half the buttermilk in between each addition. Dry wet dry wet dry. Mix until just combined.
  7. Give everything one final scrape and stir with your rubber spatula and then divide the batter between your cups. I filled 14 using two scoops each from my cookie scoop.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't overbake. You want these to be light and tender.
  9. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack. Brush the cupcakes with a bit of tequila and allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Add softened butter and powdered sugar to your mixing bowl, and mix on medium for a minute or two. Add lime juice, tequila, and salt, and mix to combine.
  2. Frost your cupcakes in whatever way makes you happy. If you have an extra lime, it's great to add an extra hit of lime zest to the top. Share with your friends and enjoying being cool for once.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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