Pursuit of Happiness Hour, Cinco de Mayo Edition: Margaritas For the Court

If you’re a political junkie (and we’re betting that visitors to this site share that trait with us), 2012 will either be the ultimate thrill ride (if the Democrats do well) or a tragedy (if the GOP takes back the Senate and/or the Presidency).

That’s why we don’t feel we need an excuse to enjoy a Pursuit of Happiness Hour cocktail, even when the calendar gives us such lovely ones like Cinco de Mayo. And believe me, after this week’s  MOMocrats MOMochat podcast, I couldn’t wait until Saturday to unlock the liquor cabinet.

Our wonderful legal expert, Jessica Pieklo gave us the skinny on the not-so-wonderful actions of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Roberts, which she described as a “Parade of Horrors.”

“The partisanship is so apparent, I can no longer assume the justices are acting in good faith,” Jessica said.

The discussion was prompted by last week’s hearing on Arizona’s tough immigration law (aka “Show Me Your Papers”), a law that originated with ALEC and is part of what appears to be a carefully calibrated strategy. Listen to the podcast – preferably, while sipping one of these babies:

BASIC MARGARITA RECIPE

1 1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lime Juice

Rub rim of cocktail glass with rind of lemon or lime, dip rim in salt. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into salt-rimmed glass.

This recipe is going to give you a super tart margarita, perfect to serve a sourpuss like Antonin Scalia. Many recipes call for a mix of three parts lime juice to one part simple syrup.

Quality liquors will also add to the flavor of the drink. A premium tequila will make it a lot smoother. You can also add to its flavor by substituting Cointreau or Grand Marnier for the Triple Sec.

Some folks prefer fruity variations of the classic lime margarita. Strawberries are luscious this time of year – and so are the margaritas you can make from them:

STRAWBERRY MARGARITA

1 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Strawberry Schnapps
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Fresh Strawberries, pureed in a blender

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a glass.

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo margaritas, and try not to turn off the news. We don’t want you to spend Seis de Mayo with a hangover!

 

 

 

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