Time to Be Free (Recipe: The Perfect Margarita)

I’m leaving my family. Saying goodbye to my husband and kids. Packing my bags and heading south.

Don’t worry – I’ll be back. I’m just going on a very much needed girls weekend! This is the first girls weekend I have been on, kid/baby free, in more years than I want to count. I’m excited to sleep in. To eat at restaurants that don’t have a kids menu. To sit in the hot tub without having to turn my head every 30 seconds to watch some fantastic trick being performed in the pool. To carry a tiny purse. To sleep in a bed, alone without tiny feet and hands punching and kicking me in the middle of the night. To shop without having to drag a kid out of the store because of a meltdown. To shop without having to take someone to go potty. To eat my dessert without having to share. To ride in the car listening to songs I want to listen to. Oh the joys… I can’t wait.

I’m also a little excited, in a very rude “you probably shouldn’t say this out loud” kind of way that my husband is going to have a crazy, busy weekend. 3 soccer games, 2 baseball games and one T-Ball game, plus a softball practice thrown in. I know that it is not nice of me to wish a busy weekend on him, but I can’t help it. I’m secretly smirking. With his crazy travel schedule last year, I did it all by myself for so long. He needs a little dose of mommy reality.

And I know when I return, he’ll be a little more appreciative of what I do and I’ll be a little more appreciative of him as well. I’ll be a better mom for taking some time out for me. I need it. I deserve it. I can’t wait.

(and I’ll make my husband one of these as soon as I get home… he’ll need it. He’ll deserve it. He doesn’t know it yet, but by Sunday night, he won’t be able to wait.)

The Perfect Margarita from CHOW

  • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
  1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.

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  1. says

    I totally hear you on the need for a weekend escape. I have one planned for 7/2 and it is affectionately been nicknamed Mission: Debauchery, though that name has not been shared with the husbands’ of the women who are going, let they not get a permission slip. Margarita looks divine – love the pops of color in the stem!
    .-= Cate O’Malley´s last blog ..Brownie Goody Bars =-.

  2. says

    Good for you!! I’m sure you’ll have a great weekend.

    Just curious about your margarita recipe — how come you’re so specific that it should be cointreau and not triple sec? They are both orange flavored liquors, non?

  3. says

    I know this sounds simple, but I think this margarita recipe can change the world. I know too many people who have told me they hate tequila but will drink a watered down, overly sweet, syrup-based slushy that passes for a marg in many places, but who have left the Dark Side once they tried this three-ingredient authentic version.

    I will challenge you on one thing, though. Cointreau is fine. I prefer Patron’s Citronage. But if you use quality tequila and real lime juice, than triple sec works quite well.

    And you don’t have to spend a fortune on tequila. There are lots of $20-25 offerings out there these days. And like you said, blanco, because you want the shining freshness of pure tequila without the mellowing of the oak barrel.

    .-= 12th Man´s last blog ..Since blackberries were on sale this week … =-.

  4. says

    I hope you have a great weekend, every mom deserves a break like that every once in a while! And thanks for reminding me why I don’t want any kids, LOL. I like to enjoy delicious margaritas like this without having to worry about little creatures jumping around, hehe.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Rotini with Roasted Poblanos and Tomatoes =-.

  5. says

    You go girl!! I agree that every mum needs a bit of time to just “be” and this sounds like a perfect weekend to me! Cheers to you for being able to say that “out loud” – I think you are an awesome mum and wife! Enjoy!


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