Roasted Grape Margarita
12 grapes or Las doce uvas is the tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. With each grape eaten you make a wish for the New Year.
This is one of my favorite family traditions. A tradition bursting with hope for the New Year with a few final laughs in the old year as we stuff our faces with juicy grapes. This year is no different my fridge is stocked with grapes ready for the countdown. There is one tiny detail that will change this year, no champagne. This gal is serving margaritas, chocked full of roasted grape flavor. I adore roasted fruit over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, so it was only natural that my roasted fruit would make its way into my margaritas one day.
Roasting helps to boost the grape flavor. Tossing with olive oil, salt, pepper and orange zest give them warmth and a savory hint. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this mix, but I really did ( I had three!). This opens endless options for me like roasted peach margarita or plums, pears… etc. I did have a few grapes left over and these went into my pico de gallo, while my daughter added them to her salad. Enjoy!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May your new year be filled with blessings, love and tasty treats!
- 1 -2 pounds seedless grapes
- Olive oil
- Juice from 1 orange, plus 1 tbsp zest
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Cointreau
- 1 cup tequila
- Lemon wedges
- On a small plate spread salt. With lemon wedges moisten rim of 4- 6 ounce glasses.
- Dip glasses into salt. Place glasses into freezer to chill.
- Toss grapes with olive oil, salt, pepper and orange zest.
- Place on baking sheet and roast in a 450 oven for 10 minutes.
- Place roasted grapes and orange juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Strain and combine with lemon juice, cointreau and tequila.
- Garnish with lemon or grapes.