Cook on a Whim: Guava Margaritas

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Guava margaritas. Photo by Anita Parris Soule. Courtesy Cook on a Whim.

These guava margaritas are fruity and super tart, made with good tequila, lots of fresh lime juice and guava nectar, with a splash of coconut milk to make things creamy and round out the flavors. Serve over plenty of ice — and don’t forget that salty, sweet, zesty rim.

My only experience with guava was the guava jelly my grandparents always had in their fridge. I loved it on buttered toast. Other than that, I had no clue what a guava actually was until several years ago, when I stumbled upon some fresh guavas at a local supermarket.

They have the most exotic, enticing aroma and such a unique, tart flavor. Guava nectar is pretty easy to track down, and if you can get your hands on a good-quality one, you’ve got to give these margaritas a try. They are sure to cool you down this summer. And you just can’t beat that color!

Feel free to leave the tequila out and replace it with some club soda, tonic or sparkling water for a mocktail version. Just make sure to add it after you shake.

Guava Margaritas

Makes 4

 

Ingredients

Zest from 1 lime

¼ cup kosher salt

8 oz. silver tequila

4 oz. coconut milk

8 oz. guava nectar

½ cup fresh lime juice

4 tablespoons agave nectar (optional — leave it out if you want it extra tart!)

Lime wedges

Ice

Instructions

In a shallow dish, combine lime zest and kosher salt. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glasses, then dip them in lime salt mixture to coat. Set aside.

In a large cocktail shaker, a jar with a tightly fitting lid or a pitcher, add ice, tequila, coconut milk, guava nectar, lime juice and agave. Shake it up or stir well. Serve in glasses with ice, garnished with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

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