A couple of weeks ago we went to the central market in Avignon where Matt bought some bitter oranges, among other things... When we got home, he kept trying to think of things to do with them; a dessert, some "vin d'orange", maybe we could even preserve them in salt like the moroccans do with lemons? Finally he decided to make some "vin d'orange", he also added some lemons to it that came from the town of Menton, the only place in France where citrus will ripen, so the legend goes...
He didn't use them all though, and here is where this story gets interesting, he decided to make us bitter orange margaritas! Yum Yum! After a few minutes on the internet he came up with a general recipe, then he went to work, trying his best to be a master mixologist! Well, let me tell you, he's pretty damn good at it! They went down way too easy, and I was asleep on the couch at 9:00! The next week he ordered a whole case of organic bitter oranges from Sevilla! We juiced them and then froze the juice for margaritas next summer. Hmmm, I'm not sure the juice will last that long, we still have a lot more pruning to do, and I sure do like the way they taste!
Matt's Bitter Orange Margaritas:
1.5 cups GOOD Tequila
Half cup Cointreau
1.5 cups bitter orange juice
4 tablespoons sugar
Mix it up and pour it over crushed ice, and don't forget the salt! Not sure how many this makes, depends on how big you like your margaritas!