Revamped Guacamole Kit & Peligroso Skinny Margarita

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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and it is the first year, of the past 6, that I do not have to work behind an insanely packed bar slinging margaritas and shots of silver tequila. I was a bartender at a famous family-owned Mexican restaurant in Laguna Beach and have always had to get plenty of rest before this latin celebration in the past. Everyone knows Cinco de Mayo is a day of craziness and drinking shenanigans. This year, I can join in the festivities instead of working my booty off and sweating the day away. Let’s face it; we can not celebrate this day without a brilliant recipe for guacamole and, of course, a method for a stellar margarita. So, I am here to give you both. I like to think I know my margaritas and tequilas, that is for sure. My frequent choice for making margaritas behind the bar was Peligroso Silver Tequila, because I love the pure and smooth taste in this hand-crafted perfectly-aged tequila. It was a ‘no brainer’ to make margaritas for the blog, because, well… why not?? I like a “skinny” version of sorts, but I have to say, I hate calling it that. I think some of the hoity-toity bar patrons ruined it for me. Although, for what it’s worth, it really is skinny. It’s lower in calories, not too sweet, and perfectly measured so that the tequila is not masked by it’s counterparts.  You want to be able to taste what you are drinking. No one loves a cocktail full of sweet and sour mix. Gross.

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But, when it came to a go-to guac recipe, I wasn’t sure I had THE one. I had only recently discovered a new way to mix up my favorite appetizer; pairing the creamy avocado with a touch of a roasted corn. I was inspired by Joy the Baker’s recipe but made it tad simpler on myself by picking up a “guacamole kit” from my favorite market, Trader Joe’s. I spiced up the kit to make it more homemade with a bit of a fruity spin. I fed this to my husband the other day as a midday snack and he was silent while he chewed.  He said only 7 words, and I quote, “Babe. This is the best guacamole ever.”

So, there you have it. If he liked it, so will you, I promise. Happy Cinco de Drinko my friends! Stay Safe!

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Revamped Guacamole Kit {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo} 

Makes 1 medium bowl of guacamole 
 

1 guacamole kit from Trader Joe’s (2 ripe avocados, 1 Roma tomato, 2 cloves garlic, 1 jalapeño, 1 shallot, 1 lime {juice and zest})

1 ear of organic corn, roasted (omit if on Paleo diet)

2 TBSP cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh mango, or frozen & thawed

1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

Sea salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Husk the ear of corn and roast over an open flame on the stove top, turning regularly to ensure even roasting. Once the ear is speckled with black kernels, remove from the flame, and slice off the kernels using a sharp knife. Add the roasted corn kernels to a medium bowl. Prepare guacamole kit per package directions but remember to add the zest of the lime too. If you do not like it too spicy try to remove as many seeds as possible from the jalapeño before dicing. Save the pits from the avocados if you plan to store some of the guac. Add the cilantro and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder to your taste. Finish with chopped mango and pomegranate seeds. Serve with organic corn tortilla chips (I like the scoops) and a Peligroso Skinny Margarita! ¡Olé!

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* No Fail Storage Tip: To keep the guacamole from browning, spoon it into a tupperware with the 2 avocado pits. Place plastic wrap  over the top of the guacamole so that no air can touch it. Top the tupperware with it’s lid and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Peligroso Skinny Margarita {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Makes 2 margaritas 
 

2   1.5oz shots of 100% Agave Peligroso Silver Tequila (or your favorite silver tequila) divided

2    limes, cut into 8 wedges each

2    tsp organic Agave Nectar, divided (or organic wild honey)

2   splashes of margarita mix (I use Trader Joe’s marg mix, but feel free to use your favorite!)

1/2   cup sparkling water or club soda, divided

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1. Pour sea salt on a plate. Rub the rim of glass with a lime wedge and then dip onto the plate of salt. Rotate the glass several times to ensure even salt distribution around the rim, set aside. Fill a bar shaker with ice. Pour a shot of tequila (1.5oz) into the shaker, squeeze 3 lime wedges in, add 1 teaspoon of agave, a splash of margarita mix, and shake well. Pour over the salted and ice filled glass and top with soda water (about 1/4 cup in each). Garnish with a lime wedge. Repeat for the second margarita.

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  1. jessica

    2 May, 2013 at 11:22 am

    this looks so delicious and beautiful, now i want to have a cinco de mayo party just so I can make this yummy looking dish!!!

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