Thursday, December 22, 2016

Orange Bitters Margarita, #WholeFoodsGiveaway #MineralFusion

"This simple margarita, made without sweet and sour, is simply made with lime juice, agave and orange bitters. Oh, and of course, a great tequila!"
Margaritas have been a favorite of mine since the day I discovered Mexican food. It would be scandalous to suggest that the two don't go together. Over the years I've had margaritas made in countless ways. Frozen or blended; salt or no salt; shaken or on ice; but for the record I prefer mine on the rocks with a salted rim. After all, we are on a need to know basis, right? There are also countless flavors of margaritas and a variety of colors. My new one to concoct will be tamarind, but I haven't had time to decipher that yet.

This month Whole Foods gave us a variety of things to write about. One suggestion was holiday cocktails. You're probably thinking though, that a margarita is not a holiday drink unless of course that holiday is Cinco de Mayo. But let's be real here... any day is a holiday for me if it contains a margarita! Traditionally Christmas Eve for many Mexicans is a time to make tamales, so I figured there must be lots of margaritas involved too. And if there aren't, there should be! So I propose margaritas this holiday season. Want to join me?

My new favorite margarita includes just a few ingredients. It has no sweet and sour which to me can be the kiss of death. I don't know about you, but I've had pitchers of 'ritas with the horrid, fake stuff called sweet and sour, and have woken the next morning holding my head. I don't think it was the tequila, though  it could have been because sweet and sour is the perfect way to disguise bad tequila. Well, in this recipe you must use primo tequila. No skimping here unless you too want a bad margarita, and a BAD headache. AND if you are going the sweet and sour route search out some good tequila and  squeeze lots of limes to make your own sweet and sour.

Primo tequilas are everywhere. Casa Dragones is a small batch silver tequila with grapefruit herby overtones making it perfect for a citrusy drink. I love this but it is on the pricey side, in which case you may want to try Espolon, another pure agave that comes in at a much lower price. If you ever find a tequila tasting available do it, because there is a huge variety of flavors out there. In any case, this recipe can be adjusted and if you find a need more sweetness, a little extra agave sweetener or even another drop of orange bitters should do the trick. On that sweet note, let's get to it shall we?

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Orange Bitters Agave Margarita

This Orange Bitters Agave Margarita depends on a great tequila. Add some agave, lime juice and orange bitters and you have a very special margarita. And also a very potent one!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins


  • 1 1/2 limes squeezed
  • 3 oz premium silver agave tequila
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • 3 - 4 drops orange bitters


  1. Fill a margarita glass with ice and water to chill.
  2. Combine lime juice, tequila, agave syrup, and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 40 times vigorously. (Really.)
  3. Empty ice filled glass. Rub a slice of lime along the rim of the glass. Dip rim of glass into a plate of kosher salt. Carefully pour contents of shaker into glass. If you don't want this on the rocks, then strain it. Just make sure to use a smaller glass.
  4. Sip slowly and enjoy!
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On another festive note....If you are still rapidly searching for one more gift to throw in a stocking and find yourself instead grocery shopping at Whole Foods not despair. Whole Foods has tons of gift ideas that may not seem readily apparent. For myself tons of great chocolate, olive oil or vinegar would make a gift I would adore; but my sweet Zoe loved the Mineral Fusion make up that Whole Foods kindly sent me a sample of. She fell in love with the colorful box packed with natural colors of eyeshadow and a coordinated  eye pencil.  Throw a ribbon around this and make a girl happy. Honestly I do remember when she was a sweet young thing tossing those fruity candy lip glosses into her stocking and watching her eyes light up as soon as she saw them. For the rest of the day we had to put up with a strong bubblegum flavor! She may have grown up, but her love of makeup hasn't changed. For myself, I liked the lip tints that went on like a dream and even looked great on me!

Check out these minerals on a mission. Mineral Fusion products offer natural sun protection and are free from all that normal junk that is added to many cosmetics. For extra added goodness they also have partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and donate a portion of their profits to this worthy cause.  To add to that they also donate products to sponsored shelters. How cool is that?

The winner for November's giveaway is Petite. Please send me your email!

To enter the Whole Foods $25 giveaway please share your favorite cocktail in the comments below.
This post is sponsored by Whole Foods but all opinions expressed are mine. Open only to US residents. No compensation has been given, but products have been provided. Giveaway closes on January 15, 2016. Winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator. Enter again by subscribing to This is How I Cook · Enter again by following me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

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  1. How tempting! Cheers :-)
    Happy Holidays, Abbe!

  2. What a beautiful cocktail, Abbe! Even though my favorite beverage is Chardonnay, we enjoy margaritas occasionally too. Your recipe sounds so much more tasty than the average marg! I love Mineral Fusion lipsitck!

  3. My favorite cocktail is a concoction my cousin's boyfriend invented. He calls it a bourbon daisy. They are dangerous!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

  4. and I follow on pinterest as deniseleb.

  5. I'm with you. Margaritas are my favorite and I love your easy-peasy recipe!! Happy Hanukkah, Abbe!!! xoxo

  6. Wow - this makes a big drink! Going to visit my brother and sister-in-law in St. Louis and all they drink are margaritas so I will make this version for them! Perfect timing Abbe - thank you and Happy Hanukkah!!!

  7. I just adore margaritas! Wish I could have one in Mexico :) Hope your husband is all healed up. Wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Hanukkah! Blessings to you and your family.

  8. Thanks for this recipe I have been anxious to get a peek at hit. Happy first night. GREG

  9. Margarita on the rocks is my favorite.