Thursday, February 14, 2013

El Beso de Luz Margarita + @Casa_Noble Tequila {I'll Drink to That}

Okay.  So.  Over the years, I've had mixed feelings about Valentine's Day.  Growing up, I loved decorating paper lunch sacks with cut-out hearts of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  I loved taping it to the side of my desk and hoping it would fill up nicely.  I loved sliding my own Valentine's into other people's bags.  It was fun.

Fast forward a few years and perspective starts to shift.  Valentine's were a bit more coveted.  I always hoped I wouldn't be the one to get to the end of the school day without a cheesy carnation in my hand.  At least one.  You remember, right?  If it just so happened that you were not "going with" somebody that year, you conspired with your girlfriends to plunk down the couple of dollars it took to send each other a carnation.

And then there was collage.  Basically, Valentine's Day could come and go and I didn't even realize it.  There was one year when I made a huge batch of THE BEST sugar cookies on the face of the planet.  I cut them out in the shape of hearts.  I topped them with white, pink, and red frosting. And a few sprinkles here and there.  I shared them with cute boys.  This was when we no longer lived in the dorms.  I shared an apartment with three friends (♥ Kel...Bren...Gina - miss u guys).  And then I promptly lost (threw away?) the recipe for those cookies and have regretted it for approximately 16 years since.  I've never made another sugar cookie recipe that good.
I mean, as I got older, I always thought of it as a "Hallmark Holiday".  But that didn't mean that I didn't want something pretty...or chocolaty...to go along with it.  So, do you know what I did?  Stay with me here, it's a doozy.  I decided that getting married on Valentine's Day was the perfect plan.  We I We would actually have a reason to celebrate LOVE on February 14th.

Plus, who can forget that date?  I was making it easy on my husband.  Never would he have to scramble to get me a gift or wish me a happy anniversary because he forgot our anniversary until the last minute.  Nope, he'd have constant reminders every time he turned around for at least a month before the date -  and not even from me... from the television and billboards and stores that he would pass by anyway.

I told you it was a doozy.  Pretty smart though, huh?  Yes, these days I join in the celebration of love not (only) because it's Valentine's Day, but because it is my wedding anniversary.

Wanna know a sexy way to spend the day?  Or maybe just the evening... or the afternoon... whatever?  Put on some vinyl (record, not pants please) and sip a margarita.  Preferably a little Santana.  On both fronts.  Santana album.  Carlos Santana tequila.

El Beso de Luz Margarita (Kiss of Light Margarita)

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: beverage alcohol blood orange orange tequila Mexican

Ingredients (1 cocktail)
Instructions
Combine Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, Licor 43, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with an ice cube. Shake vigorously.

Pour into a glass, over ice, if you wish. Squeeze the orange over the top and then drop it into the cocktail. Enjoy.

This cocktail recipe comes from Casa Noble Tequila and was used with permission.
         "Not only is tequila an aphrodisiac, but Carlos Santana likened his first warm taste of El Beso de Luz to the first time one falls in love. In fact, he was so moved by it that he gave the cocktail its name, a tribute to his wife Cindy."
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my thoughts...
     -Casa Noble Crystal Tequila: smooth, sexy, very sippable, perfect alone or in a cocktail.  New favorite tequila.
     -Licor 43: slightly sweet with hints of vanilla and citrus.  Loved it.  Need a big bottle.
                                                                                 ...loved both separately and together.


I received a teeny-tiny sample-size bottle of each Casa Noble Crystal and Licor 43 so that I could try this cocktail. All opinions stated in this post are my own.