coconut margarita with salted + toasted coconut flakes

May 5th, 2011

Alright my friends. It’s Cinco de Mayo, which to most Americans means a reason to drink a margarita. In reality, it’s celebrated by a minority of Mexicans, mainly in the Puebla region, as a way to commemorate the 1861 Mexican battle victory over the French. I’m not going to lie, I love any excuse to drink a margarita. So Americanized or not, I’ll surely find a way to have a margarita in hand. This year I’m going for something a little fancy, a coconut margarita rimmed with salted toasted coconut flakes. Yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

So let’s raise a glass to one of my favorite cocktails, the margarita. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

If you’re not a fan of coconut, try one of my other margaritas: the perfect classic, rhubarbaritawatermelon or mango.

Coconut Margarita
adapted from Martha Stewart
makes 2 cocktails

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus 2 slices of lime (about 3 limes)
3/4 cup Coco Lopez or cream of coconut*
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss coconut with the salt. Spread on sheet; toast in oven, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then crush with your hands until crumbly.
2
Rub the rim of both glasses with a lime slice. Place coconut mixture on a rimmed plate. Dip rims of two cocktail glasses in coconut mixture, coating well.
3
Combine remaining ingredients with 1 cup ice in a blender; puree until smooth. Divide evenly between prepared glasses, and serve immediately.
*If you can’t find Coco Lopez, taste the margarita before pouring as it may need a little sugar added to it. Add a Tablespoon at a time until you’re satisfied, blending between each addition.

Comments: 10 Total

  1. Candace

    May 5, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Now this is a flavor that I’ve never experienced. It looks fantastic!

  2. Michelle

    May 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Oh- – I can totally get down with that!

  3. danielle

    May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for this! I am totally making one when I get home from work tonight. :)

  4. Ruth

    May 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    The coconut on the rim is genius. Must try these!

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