This is my first EVER video, filmed entirely on my iPhone 7 Plus, and edited with the iMovie software that came with my Macbook. I also made a tripod MacGyvered out of a man's tie, my floor lamp and a Gorilla iPhone tripod. Which is to say: you really can start from where you're at, with what you have and what you know. Just do it, no excuses.
I'd also like to note that I don't measure things, and generally only glance at recipes to get a sense for how much or how little something needs. Most the time I'm successful in the kitchen, other times I ruin perfectly good dishes or drinks.
I highly recommend everyone cook this way. It not only builds confidence but it forces you to use skills beyond simply reading directions well. You have to taste your food as you make it, and then begin figuring out why it tastes the way it does, and how you can make it better. It forces you to categorize and memorize smells and tastes and the mouth feel of things, it makes you present with your food--a skill that has been obliterated by our fast food culture.
This isn't just for glory in the kitchen, for a #HumbleBrag about how you can whip together a delicious meal with ease and without a recipe. It's also for those moments you didn't plan anything for dinner, have a bunch of mismatched food in your fridge and don't feel like running to the grocery store or a restaurant. Cooking this way allows you to be in full control in the kitchen, taking seemingly unrelated veggies, sauces, spices and grains and create nourishment.
It's a beautiful thing.
So just know my recipes aren't always going to come with hard measurements unless it's absolutely imperative, like for more complex cocktails. Taste your drinks, adjust accordingly to your preference. I tend to like more soda water in my beverages than mixers, and my husband is the opposite. Figure out what you like and go from there.
Melon-Essence Margaritas (makes 2)
- Juice of 2 limes
- 4 oz of reposado tequila* (I used Camarena)
- 2-ish oz of limeade, or margarita mixer. You could also simply add more lime juice and sweeten with agave to your preference
- Top with La Croix Melon Pink Grapefruit soda water
Combine all ingredients except for the La Croix into a shaker, and then shake that shit, and put a little wiggle into it (for good measure). NOTE: You don't have to shake it outside, I just have a small kitchen and an aggressive shimmy. You do you. Pour mix into two glasses with ice (I prefer mason jars because they have lids for #AdventureDrinks), and top with La Croix.
*I wasn't a fan of reposado tequila until this cocktail. The flavor is smooth, without be cloying or aggressively smokey, like other aged tequilas I've had. I don't think the biting flavor of silver tequila would work here because it would overpower the mellow and well rounded melon essence in the La Croix. So if you're a silver tequila lover, take a step outside your zone and try the reposado with this cocktail, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.