Friday, May 11, 2012

Perks of Shopping Lidl + Margarita Recipe

Every now and then I go by Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, to see what interesting items they may have. Why Lidl? Well, besides having top rated olive oil at a great price they're also a unique source for ethnic food. Every few weeks they pick a type of cuisine (Chinese, French, Indian, etc.) and bring in products. There are some great finds to be had. Last week was Mexican themed which aligned perfectly with the Cinco De Mayo holiday. I stocked up on crunchy tacos, lots of ripe avocados, and silver tequila. They also had sliced jalepenos but I'm more of a serrano pepper gal so I skipped those. The crunchy tacos were an especially good buy - impossible to find otherwise. Taco night, with guacamole, for the win!

Sad you missed out? Pick up some silver tequila at Lidl or any other supermarket. Then make yourself a margarita like you've never made before. No really, this recipe is not normal. I couldn't find triple sec anywhere in the city, just a rather steeply priced bottle of Cointreau which --as much as I love margaritas--wasn't worth it. Plan B: Orange zest provides the same flavors as triple sec according to my research. The result is a make-shift margarita that I've been preparing a few times a week. I love an afternoon cocktail over lunch :) Hope you try this and like it:

Viv's Make-shift Margarita (Serves 2)
  • 2 shots of tequila
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Zest of 1/2 an orange (perfect substitute for triple sec, I promise)
  • Splash of lime soda
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar (optional)
  • Ice
Juice the lime, add the orange zest, sugar and tequila - then mix. At this point pour a bit of lime soda in (don't overdo it). Rim a glass with a sugar/salt combo and pour your margarita over lots of ice. Enjoy!

*Special note: This post is not brought to you by Lidl, I just like the place. 


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Girl meets boy.
Love strikes.
Boy moves to Romania,
girl (now engaged) follows suit.

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