I couldn’t make it to a meeting last night for my volunteer job because of my real job, so I re-planned with a last-minute mini leap day dinner.
no time or inclination to shop, I found an avacado in my fridge and decided to make guacamole. I had leftover multi-grain tortilla chips (from the superbowl, I think?) and pepper jack cheese, so I cooked some beans into a semi-homemade style chili (cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomato paste, nutmeg), added some onions and tomato, and layered with the cheese on the chips, baked at 400.
I didn’t have limes for the guac, but I did have a ton of organic blood oranges that I added onto my boston organics box last week. which made a decent citrus for the guac and, more importantly, inspired the evening’s cocktail - cinnamon blood orange “margaritas”. all ingredients seen above, it was simple and sweet with the sharpness of tequila (which I am working on learning to like). I squeezed 3 oranges, and poured the juice through a sieve. then I filled a shaker with ice, 4 oz of tequila, 2 oz of st. germain, a splash of club soda, 1/4 of the orange juice, and a teaspoon-ish of cinnamon. shook until cold and then poured into glasses and topped with the rest of the juice. I ended up adding more tequila as well because I erred on the conservative side since I don’t always like it.
when I was a kid, I used to mix orange juice, cranberry juice, gingerale and cinnamon as my go-to “fancy” drink. and there’s just something about that combination of orange and cinnamon that is a perfect winter flavor. when booze is added, how can you go wrong?