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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Midnight Margaritas!

I think everyone and their mother knows how much I love this time of year. Now that it's officially October, it's time to get the candles and pumpkins out. I met my best friend in Morocco last year and ever since then, we've become inseparable. 

Other than my Mama, Sister and Jessie, no one I personally know has ever seen Practical Magic. When I found out that it was Charlotte's all time favourite movie, I just knew we had to re-create it. Not to mention that it is also her birthday on Halloween, so it seemed like the perfect time to get our 'spook' on. 

If you've never seen Practical Magic by the way, you absolutely need to. It's the ultimate chick flick but with a twist. It's a little bit dark and teaches you a lot about love, love with a partner and love with a sister. It stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, two of my all time favourite actresses. Perfect film for Halloween too. You can purchase the movie (here) for just £3.98 

We went shopping for the ingredients to make the Margaritas and we also bought our first pumpkins of the year (mainly for the photos but whatever.. haha). When we got home, we put our cosy pyjamas on and got right down to business. Straight away, my phone was plugged into the speaker doc and we were dancing around to the Practical Magic soundtrack. It is so, so good and makes both of us extremely happy. 

Midnight Margaritas (Alcoholic)
"I could drink a case of you.."

What you need: 

- Ideally Margarita Glasses (wine glasses will do)
- 2 Limes (four wedges)
- Crushed Ice 
- 4oz Rum (1/2 cup)
- 2oz Cointreau (1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup of Lime Juice
- Orange Juice (optional)
- Salt/Sugar 

How To: 

Run one of the lime wedges around the rims of the Margarita glasses and then dip them into the salt OR sugar. We opted for sugar because we felt like it would taste nicer but I think in the original recipe, they use salt. Add crushed ice into the glasses and then pop them into the fridge to chill. 

Roll your limes around, pushing down firmly to loosen up their skin. This makes it easier to squeeze and you'll get more of the juice. Squeeze until you have half a cup (about 4oz). 

Put the Rum into a blender, along with the lime juice and Cointreau. Blend until you have a slushy mixture and then Voila. 

Pour a splash of pure orange juice into the glasses. Add the mixture to the crushed ice and add a lime wedge to the rim to garnish. Then serve. 

These drinks are from the scene where the two Auntie's wake Gilly and Sally up with the noise of the blender. They both come down the stairs, with Margaritas handed straight to them, in which they all dance around the kitchen to "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson. 

If you're under 18 years old, an alternative to these would be the Virgin Margaritas: 

- 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice 
- 1/2 Cup of Lime Juice
- 1oz Lemon Juice
- 2oz Simple Syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)  
- Lime (garnish) 
- Crushed Ice

Firstly, add crushed ice to your glass and then chill in the fridge. You can do the whole 'sugar around the rim' thing if you wish to, if not, you can get straight into blending. Combine the liquids into a blender and blend until it becomes smooth. Pour over the ice and add the lime wedge for decoration. 

These will taste exactly like Margaritas, just without the alcohol. 

Also, have you ever made dried oranges? They smell amazing. 
Cut up a few slices of orange, sprinkle on some cinnamon & pop into a pre-heated oven of 120 & cook. We let ours cook for around 40 minutes and they were perfect. 

If you make any of these, I would love for you to tweet me a picture or upload a picture to instagram.

"There are some things I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can."

Have the best Halloween guys.

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With Love, always..


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