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Grilled Italian Margaritas

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Prep time:

15 minutes

Cook time:

15 minutes

Difficulty level:

Simple

Italian margaritas are my go-to cocktail when I’m entertaining, since I developed this recipe years ago. I made a grilled version for my Hasty Bake Dinner Party cooking class at the Hasty Bake headquarters, and they were a big hit! Grilling the lemons and limes really adds an interesting dynamic. Many Italian margarita recipes call for Amaretto, but mine does not. The caramelization of the citrus, when grilled, makes it almost tastes and looks like there’s been a little Amaretto added to it. I cannot tell you just how amazing these are, so you have to try them for yourself!

We used the Portable 369 Charcoal Grill to grill the fruit for our grilled margaritas. The Portable is our “go anywhere” Hasty Bake and it’s perfect for tailgate parties, apartments, and outdoor activities-wherever you get hungry. Click here to purchase one for yourself!

Grilled Italian Margarita

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Homemade Sweet and Sour: To grill the lemons and limes, simply cut them in half, grill them flesh side down until they are caramelized. Allow to cool, juice, strain, and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Tip: It helps to lightly brush the grill with oil before grilling fruit. 1. Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. 2. Remove from heat and add the juice from the 7 grilled limes and 5 grilled lemons. 3. Chill, covered in the refrigerator. (Can be made up to a week ahead of time.)
  2. Grilled Italian Margaritas: 1. Add limoncello, tequila, and sweet and sour to a shaker with 1 cup of ice and shake until blended and chilled. 2. Serve over ice in pretty glasses with a basil leaf and grilled lemon slice.
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