I finally had one. It took me 27 years, but it finally happened. Over the weekend, I had myself a Chevy Chase moment.
As Chevy once noted, tis the season to be “Mary”. Well, standing atop my roof on Saturday, staple gun in hand, bundle of Christmas lights strung about my torso, I couldn’t help but feel proud of the fact that I’ve finally grown up to appreciate the beautiful simplicity of an 80-foot extension cord. Eleven strings of lights, two automatic timers, and only a single staple through the meatiest part of my palm. Chevy would be proud.
Yes, I hung Christmas lights this weekend. Or, more accurately, I practiced some seriously amateur electrical work over the course of a very frustrating six hours. As a result, though, our house looks quite festive. Not exactly Griswold-esque, but decent enough.
In fact, I think I deserve some tequila.
The original title of this post was “Shot of Tequila”. But, considering all of my recipes – at least to this point – have included multiple ingredients, that just wasn’t going to cut it. So, I whipped up a cucumber and jalapeño margarita (i.e. tequila mixed with other crap so it qualifies as a “recipe”). Actually, though, this thing turned out delicious. The cucumber cooled off whatever heat was present as a result of muddling the jalapeño, and the agave nectar is always a welcomed departure from the overly sugary margs to which you might be accustomed. (In general, I think it’s only appropriate that you sweeten a margarita with agave – the same plant from which the tequila itself is made.)
Anyhow, make yourself a margarita, get up on your roof, and give those string lights hell.
We’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas…
Cucumber & Jalapeno Margarita
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 slice of jalapeño (Holding the stem, stand the jalapeño on its tip. Then, slice off the pepper’s flesh, leaving the seeds and ribs intact.)
- 1 thick slice of cucumber, quartered into hunks
- 2 measures fresh lime juice (2-3 limes), plus 1 slice – for garnish
- 1 measure agave nectar
- 1 measure orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (preferred) or TripleSec
- 2 measures reposado tequila, or tequila of your choice
- Add the slice of jalapeño and hunks of cucumber to a shaker glass. Muddle until the jalapeño is thoroughly mashed, and the cucumber hunks have released their juices.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the glass. Add ice, top the shaker, and shake like hell.
- Prepare the glass: rub a slice of lime around the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip the rim into a plate of salt. Add fresh ice to the glass.
- Strain the margarita into the glass, and garnish with the slice of lime.
- Imbibe and get Christmas-y.