Sunflower Margarita Recipe

Make Your Own Sunflower Margarita - A recipe from Home Style AustinWhat a great way to combine the time-honored tasty tradition of the margarita with the inspiration of Texas’ unofficial flower … the sunflower! Dress-up your next margarita party with these awesome “sunflowers” you form out of real fruit!

While the true origins of the margaritas are a bit fuzzy, we think you’ll agree there’s no better way to cool off from the sun. Shaken. Stirred. Frozen. Or on the rocks.

Ingredients:

To Taste  |  Your favorite margarita recipe (use the good stuff)
1 Each Per Drink  |  Large Lemon or Lime

What To Do:
(we’ll make a lime sunflower in this example)

1. Slice one large lime slightly larger than in half (about 60% of the width of the lime). Set the small side of the lime aside.

2. Slice 1/8″ off the large half of the lime; to form the flower, invert the lime slice inside out from the center. It may be helpful to use a knife to cut the flesh before inverting.

3. Slide the lime flower around the remaining large side of the fruit. Shape the fruit’s flesh to form the sunflower petals.

How To Make A Margarita Sunflower by Home Style Austin

4. Cut a small slit behind the petals (as shown) so you can place the sunflower on the rim of your serving glass.

5. Fill your glass with margarita and garnish with your sunflower.

Shazam ~ It’s time for “sunflower power!” Have you made one of these for your party? Share a pic or two with us on our Facebook page!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Homemade Limoncello Recipe

A Homemade Limoncello Recipe by Home Style Austin

This is my family’s favorite limoncello recipe, which will amaze minds (including your own) that you made it.

The recipe is compliments of Ed’s Cucina. To say he touched my heart and belly… well, it’s just an understatement. The world lost an amazing soul in 2011. I hope we greet and eat again!

Ingredients:

8 -10  |  Lemons, Depending On Size (get the big ones)
1 Gallon  |  Widemouth Jar
1 Liter  |  Everclear
3 Cups  |  Granulated Sugar
4 Cups   Distilled Water

What To Do:

1. Using a vegetable peeler, strip the rind from all the lemons. With a very sharp knife, cut away all the white pith (it’s very bitter) from the peels. Place the peels in the jar, then pour the Everclear on top. Try to keep the peels completely immersed under the Everclear. Put a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the jar and screw on the lid (this prevents evaporation).

2. Don’t throw the peeled lemons out! Why not make Oprah’s famous Lemon Drop Martini while you’re at it? Delicious, indeed!

3. Each day for a total of eight days or more, swirl the mix once and return it to a cool place.

4. On the eighth day (or later), place the sugar in a pan and add water. Heat until dissolved an then set aside to cool. It’s not necessary to boil the mixture.

5. Now filter the clear bright yellow Everclear. Use a coffee filter in a funnel or large colander and ladle the Everclear into the filter. Try not to shake up the mixture (it will filter much faster). When all of the liquid has been filtered, empty the jar and discard the spent lemon peels.

6. Rinse and dry the jar and transfer the Everclear back into the jar.

7. Here’s the easy part; pour or ladle the simple syrup into the Everclear. As you add the syrup, the mixture becomes more and more cloudy. When you’ve added the last of the syrup, you have created your homemade limoncello!

If you plan to store the limoncello in the Jar, be sure to first cover the top with plastic wrap and then screw on the lid. Stores well in the freezer.

Finally, if you find that the mixture is too strong for your taste, you have some options:

  • Dilute the limoncello with DISTILLED water to your liking. Bear in mind, if you dilute the mix too much it will turn to a slush in the freezer or even worse, freeze.
  • Substitute 1/2 of the Everclear with some vodka.
  • If you think it needs to be more or less sweet, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar ON THE NEXT BATCH!

Bottled limoncello makes great gifts, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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