Wicked Good Kitchen is proud to participate in the brilliant Cocktail O’Clock series, today, at AGirlDefloured.com featuring our original cocktail recipe for Coconut Ginger Lime Margaritas with Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup and Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix made with fresh squeezed lemons and limes. Head on over to A Girl Defloured for the recipe!
Special Dedication: This exceptional cocktail recipe is not surprisingly dedicated to an exceptional person, my food (and cocktail!) blogging friend, Alison of A Girl Defloured. Ali, thank you for supporting me when you didn’t even know me. Unfortunately, we did not have the pleasure of meeting in person at the Nourished Food Blogger Conference, last April, in Chicago—even though we were both present. You only knew me via Twitter, yet stood by me during my illness last summer as well as encouraged me through my blog launch process. You are an incredibly talented lady and a gracious human being. I shall never forget the kindnesses and support you have extended to me over this past year. I am glad to have connected with you over our shared passion for baking, good food and wicked good cocktails. I believe K.C., of G-Free Foodie, when she recently said this about you, during your interview, here, “The coolest chick to come out of Oakdale since–well, ever.” All I can say is “ditto”, girlfriend. You are indeed one cool chick and I am pleased as spiked punch and feel blessed to count you as a friend. xx ~Stacy
Introducing A New Cocktail: The Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita
This is no ordinary ‘Lime in the Coconut’ Margarita made with everyday simple syrup, my friends. No siree. This unique Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita calls for an infused simple syrup that is extraordinarily good because it starts with coconut water. Then it is sweetened naturally with agave nectar and infused with fresh ginger and whole black peppercorns to kick up the ginger flavor profile with a hint of smokiness.
Ginger goes with coconut. And, ginger goes with lime. And, since lime and coconut have such a natural affinity for each other, I knew this threesome would make a major splash for a new twist on the beloved Margarita.
The first incarnation of this Margarita was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Ginger Margarita and other Coconut Margaritas (found online) to create a memorable cocktail last spring. Memorable because last spring The Big Lug and I were celebrating the fact that I was starting my food blog, Wicked Good Kitchen, following my attendance of the first Nourished Food Blogger Conference, in Chicago. In fact, I wanted to share my recipe with everyone last year for Cinco de Mayo, but, alas, I did not yet have a blog.
However, it was Jennie of The Messy Baker, and her recipe for Lime in the Coconut Margarita (in a guest post at Juanita’s Cocina), who inspired me back in February, when Ali first asked me to contribute a cocktail recipe, to kick up the coconut by using a coconut tequila—that is, 1800® Coconut Tequila as featured in her recipe. Besides the outstanding flavor of this special tequila, I appreciated the fact that 1800® Coconut Tequila is naturally flavored. No artificial anything. It was kismet. Also, this post would be incomplete without mention of the bottle design. The design is wicked and looks like a bottle of tequila that Captain Jack Sparrow would drink in modern day.
But, wait. That’s not all!
Being such a fan of ginger, ginger ale and everything gingerbread, I wanted this Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup “brew” to rock my ginger-loving world—especially since this Margarita is being featured at my gal pal’s blog just in the nick of time for Cinco de Mayo. So, I started thinking of just why I was smitten with my favorite gingerbread recipes. Yes! I had it…on a lock. My favorite recipes for gingerbread call for freshly ground whole black peppercorns in addition to the traditional spices such as ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Now you know where my thought process went, right? Straight to my beloved tiny whole black peppercorns for a special kicked up version of my Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita! Yes, the same whole black peppercorns I use every Thanksgiving holiday in savory applications to make yet other special “brews” such as my Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices and Golden Tangerine Turkey Giblet Stock.
What really confirmed I was on track with this new flavor profile or twist, specifically with regard to adding black pepper to this Margarita cocktail, is how incredibly irresistible Margaritas are when the rim of the glass is garnished with sea salt enhanced with a whisper of ground chili peppers, such as smoky chipotle chili peppers (as is the case with the Margarita Salt by SaltTraders.com), for a little heat. Swoon! Oh, and to keep this Margarita tropical, as well as remind us of our fabulous two-week Hawaiian honeymoon? The Big Lug and I selected a Hawaiian pink (or red) sea salt, (Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt available at Cost Plus World Market), for this distinctive cocktail, our Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. Bliss.
A few weeks back, author Ann Mah made the correlation of her Cocktail O’Clock featured cocktail, The Calcutter (named by her hubby), with marriage due to a “little heat” by stating, “…with a persistent, pleasant under note of heat. Kind of like marriage itself?”
Ironically, I must concur with Ann when it comes to Wicked Good Kitchen’s unique Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. Let’s ponder this. Why does this cocktail correlate with marriage from my perspective? Well, for starters, the impetus to create it was to celebrate something special with my love—that is, a new direction in life. And, we both wanted to go with the pink Hawaiian sea salt to fondly recall our honeymoon. Okay, so love was involved. Let’s see, what else? This Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita seems to offer everything a good marriage with a firm foundation of commitment and everlasting friendship would in the following descriptive terms:
Special, smooth, sweet, sour, salty, spicy and smoldering (read: a “little heat” with some smokiness)? Um, yes. Unequivocally. Oh, and about the undying romantic love aspect? Yes, this definitely correlates to our Margarita cocktail. Because, my friends, you will fall in love with this cocktail. Truly. Madly. Deeply.
Male or female, without a doubt, this Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita cocktail shall have you wanting to don your coconut bra.
And… Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends!
P.S. Thank you, Ali, for extending me the opportunity to share one of my favorite and most creative cocktail recipes by hosting Wicked Good Kitchen, for your Cocktail O’Clock series, at your fabulous blog (still crushing on the name!), A Girl Defloured. Happy Cinco de Mayo, girlfriend! xo
To Get the Recipe
For the cocktail recipe, and its component recipes, please visit Ali’s blog for this Friday’s edition of Cocktail O’Clock at A Girl Defloured.
For Recommended Brands for this Recipe & Step-by-Step for Simple Syrup
Please scroll down to view recommended brands of ingredients for this recipe as well as a visual step-by-step tutorial for making homemade simple syrup–specifically, Wicked Good Kitchen’s Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup.
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