I have had quite a few different jobs in my lifetime.
From working 9 to 5 office jobs (I totally can’t write that without singing Dolly Parton’s “Nine to Five”… quite possibly out loud… at the top of my lungs… at my desk… yeah… good thing only the cat and dog are around!), to working retail and an array of jobs in the restaurant and food industry.
Since food is my passion, most of my work experience involves food. I got my start hosting at a popular restaurant and moved my way around to being a caterer and now teaching cooking classes and working as a chef consultant and recipe developer.
But one food related job that everyone is surprised to find out is that I once bartended (as part of my restaurant/catering work).
Yup, I can make a mean martini (so I’ve been told), and can pour a perfect draft beer!
One thing that I enjoyed learning about when I bartended, is that just like food, liquors and mixers all complement each other differently. There is a science behind things and being a true ‘mixologist’ takes skills!
While I wouldn’t call myself an offical ‘mixologist’ (I prefer to stick with what I know, cooking up some soulful dinner), I do find it fun to learn and attempt to try a few new things!
This grapefruit margarita was inspired by the beautiful, juicy grapefruits that were so plentiful the past few months; paired with a mild winter (sittin’ on the porch type weather) and visiting friends (who requested ritas); this refreshing Grapefruit Margarita was born!
Perfect for a Friday!
2 large grapefruits, juiced (or approximately ½ cup grapefruit juice)
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon agave nectar (or to taste)
4 ounces tequila
2 ounces orange liquor
Salt or sugar, if desired for rim of glass
On the rocks:
In a large shaker combine juices, liquors and agave nectar. Shake well to combine.
Pour salt or sugar on a small plate. Rub lime on edge of glass and dip in sugar. Add ice to glass and pour margarita over ice.
Combine juices, liquors, agave nectar and ice in blender, blend until smooth. Serve in salt or sugar rimmed glass.
Prepare as directed above for frozen or on the rocks and substitute liquor with sparkling water or club soda.