Tequila gets a mint twist

Associated PressJanuary 1, 2014 

The drink is made by pouring cranberry-mint infused tequila over a mixture of orange juice, agave and lime juice.

BY MATTHEW MEAD — Associated Press

Want to take the fun out of hosting a party? Spend the whole evening playing bartender.

You want a cocktail that can be prepped ahead of time, then set out for guests to serve themselves so you can enjoy the party, too.

We started by infusing tequila with cranberries and fresh mint. Then we paired that with a blend of citrus juices for a delicious DIY margarita. Note that the cranberry-mint mixture must steep at least overnight and can be made up to three days ahead.

What you'll need:

  • Twelve-ounce bag cranberries.

  • One cup fresh mint leaves, plus additional for garnish.

  • 750-milliliter bottle silver or blanco tequila.

  • Three quarters of a cup agave nectar.

  • One cup lime juice.

  • One cup orange juice.

  • Half a cup water.
In a blender, combine the cranberries, mint leaves and tequila. Blend until the berries and mint are well chopped. Cover, refrigerate and allow to steep overnight or for up to three days.

After the mixture has steeped, pour it through a mesh strainer to remove and discard the solids, pressing them to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer the infused tequila to a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a second pitcher, stir together the agave, lime juice, orange juice and water. Serve the pitchers side-by-side, along with mint sprigs to garnish. Instruct guests to pour equal parts of each mixture (roughly two ounces of each) into an ice-filled glass, then gently stir. Makes 12 servings.

Per serving: 210 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 0 protein, 0 sodium.

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