Gooseberry Margaritas

Gooseberry Margaritas Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Tart, fragrant gooseberries come in red, green, or Cape varieties (a gold berry in a papery husk). Red and green are most common–look for them at farmers' markets. If you can't find them, use raspberries instead.

Yield:

Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 14 Minutes
Total: 17 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 178
Fat 0.4 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 21.3 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 170 mg
Calcium 9 mg

Ingredients

2 cups gooseberries, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 cup tequila
1 cup club soda
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
9 lime wedges, divided

Preparation

1. Place 1 1/2 cups gooseberries in a mortar or other small bowl; gently crush with a pestle or fork.

2. Combine crushed gooseberries, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in lime juice; chill.

3. Combine gooseberry mixture, tequila, soda, and Grand Marnier in a large pitcher; stir gently.

4. Combine sparkling sugar, salt, and red pepper in a saucer. Rub the rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in salt mixture to coat. Fill each prepared glass with ice. Divide margarita mixture evenly among glasses. Garnish with remaining gooseberries and lime wedges.

Note:

Mary Drennen,

July 2013
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