Summer sun, you’re like a lover that has left me, so, like many a girl, I will keep your memory alive by constantly staring at photos that remind me of you and sharing said photos and supplemental stories with everyone I know—ad naseum; be prepared for lots of posts fully dedicated to or featuring my swanky porch and the bright summer sun.
I guess if I want to go the lover route then I need to be a little kinky and realize this blog post is really more of a threesome: me, the sun, and some fine ass drinks. This one is muy caliente.
This pink delight is called a Salty Chihuahua, which is not to be confused with the Salty Dog that uses vodka (or gin for those who are really hardcore.) It’s a simple drink: grapefruit juice, tequila, and orange liquor. Good things always come in threes.
Never one to do something the easy way, I went to town on this drink. Mixed drinks should be coddled, adored, and held with great reverence. Stupidly I bought put-hair-on-your-chest tequila, so to make up for the low quality I went with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice instead of bottled. It was a little chunky so I used the last bit of cheese cloth to strain out the excessive amounts of pulp—a little is good, but too much and you end up picking out your teeth.
Paying reverence to the place I formerly interned at, I used the EatingWell recipe as a starting point. Splitting the recipe in half I ended up using 2 shots* of tequila, 1 shot of triple sec, and 1.5 cups of grapefruit juice. In hindsight I wish I used a little less juice.
But there is always a saving grace to drinks that seem “too weak.” See, despite mild dilution, 2 shots is 2 shots. If you make a drink with 2 shots and little juice then you’ll sip it slowly. If you make a drink with 2 shots and lots of juice you’ll drink it faster and likely get that giddy, tipsy head rush sooner. I guess I really depends on what you’re going for, but either way you can’t go wrong!
But I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I’ll definitely be playing around with this drink (oh, the torture!) until I get the right ratio that will please both the “nursers” and “knock-em-back-ers.” Until then, sit tight and keep it salty!
*note that the recipe calls for ounces and not shots. 1 shot = 1.5 ounces. I just happen to have shot glasses around, so I use those instead, imagining they are one in the same. I would wager a guess that most people do this, so your body (and your liver) is likely used to drinking that extra ½ ounce.