Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jun 27, 2013

BluePrint Margarita

I just finished doing a BluePrint Juice cleanse the other day, but in preparation for it, I picked up a couple of their juices at Whole Foods and had one last drink before I succumbed to a no-alcohol policy for a few days.  Yes, the Lush Chef occasionally doesn't drink!  Louis Anderman from Miracle Mile Bitters and I have always joked about how these juices would taste even better in cocktail form, with bitters, of course.  Well, I finally took a crack at making one with their Lime Ginger Lemon Agave flavor.  I decided to make a margarita, although Louis said next time something with Flor De Caña 7 Year Old Grand Reserve Rum and some of his Yuzu bitters would be pretty amazing.  I couldn't agree more.  Because the juice I was using has such a light flavor, I found I needed to double up on the amount of juice and also put in an extra squeeze of lime.  After tasting it, I thought it needed something I added in a few dashes of Napa Valley Bitters' Tamarind Lime Chili flavor.
BluePrint Cleanse Margarita 
  • 2 oz tequila (I used Patrón Silver)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 oz BluePrint Lime Ginger Lemon Agave Juice
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 3 dashes of citrus bitters (I used Napa Valley's Tamarind Lime Chili)
  • Salt to garnish
  • Lime wheel to garnish
- Run a lime wedge round the rim of a glass and dip into a plate of coarse salt.
- In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the tequila, Cointreau, BluePrint juice, lime juice and bitters and shake.
- Strain into your ice-filled glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel