Rita ‘Rita

National Margarita Day is February 22, and it just happens to fall on the birthday of the Bloomery’s very own Rita! Oh, girl! You know we’ve got a super special SweetShine drink just for you.

Did y’all know Rita has an alter-ego?

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That’s right! She’s often spotted in character as Raspberry Lemon! So, of course we are featuring her favorite flavor in her signature cocktail.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 oz Raspberry Lemon SweetShine

1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz tequila

For optional grapefruit salt blend: 

1 Tbsp grapefruit zest

1/4 c. kosher salt

1/4 c. raw sugar

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You’ll need to prepare your grapefruit salt blend ahead of time. It will keep in an air-tight jar for about 2 months.

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Preheat your oven to 225. Then simply combine 1/4 c. kosher salt, 1/4 c. raw sugar, and 1 Tbsp grapefruit zest. Mix until well blended, making sure not to leave any clumps of zest.

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Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until grapefruit zest is completely dry and crumbles to the touch. Let the blend cool then gently break up clumps with a spatula. Be careful not to over-bake! Your bake time will depend on how finely you’ve zested your grapefruit. 

 

Now to build the Rita ‘Rita!

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Freshly squeeze 1 1/2 oz grapefruit juice.

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Add 1 1/2 oz lime juice, also freshly squeezed.

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Sweeten it up with 2 oz Raspberry Lemon SweetShine.

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Add 1 oz tequila and ice. Cover and shake.

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Pour a bit of your grapefruit salt blend onto a cutting board or plate.

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Rub the rim of your glass with a fresh, juicy lime wedge.

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Swirl the lime-coated rim in grapefruit salt blend.

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Fill your prepared glass with crushed ice and strain your cocktail into the glass.

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The Rita ‘Rita with Raspberry Lemon SweetShine.

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Cheers! And Happy Birthday, Rita!

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