Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blueberry Margarita: Granite City

Blueberries. I don't like to eat them on their own but I love them in smoothies and alcoholic drinks. They are blue on the outside, green on the inside, and purple when mashed. We like to go out for lunch on the weekends and usually its about the food because my husband is a chef but sometimes we get to combine our loves and get great food and margaritas. Granite City, for those who have never been, is considered slightly upscale but approachable by the average diner. Granite City is known for brewing their own beer, which made the guys happy. I started by ordering the house margarita, which was on the happy hour menu for the day, but when I looked inside the menu I saw there was a blueberry margarita and I had to change my mind.
The margarita had great color but the taste was only ok. You could barely taste the blueberry and you really couldn't taste any tequila. It was citrus-y which is part of a margarita but it could have easily been a tequila/lemonade. I was unimpressed enough to not order another one. Which has become a dig to my husband and others who join us it to eat. They don't ask anymore if it was good or not, they ask if I'm having another one! 
Happy Drinking!
Kate 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sangria Margarita: TGI Fridays

Hello... It's me. Bad Adele reference o know, but I've been slacking on bringing you the tequila and maragarita reviews! I feel terrible and hopefully you still love me! 
Monday was National Margarita Day and it was a busy day. Due to all the running around I couldn't make it to my favorite watering holes so we ended up at TGI Fridays. I was about to go with a margarita I'd had before when our waitress brought out the "new" menu. I'm a fan of both margaritas and sangria so I figured why not?! 

It came to me unmixed which I found weird so I mixed it together. It didn't taste like I was expecting. I expected one of the drinks to take over the flavor profile and be stronger... But neither stuck out as being more powerful than the other. 
I could only taste the wine slightly more than the tequila. 
As far as calling it a margarita of any kind, TGI Fridays was wrong. This wasn't tropical in any shape or form. That's motto say the drink wasn't enjoyable, it was, but it wasn't a margarita. Should you be looking for an enjoyable drink, want both tequila and wine, and don't want that tropical feel this is the drink for you! 
On the maragarita scale this gets a 2 out of 5. On the drink scale it gets a 4 out of 5.
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Sunday, January 17, 2016

McCoy's Pub House: Margarita

It's Sunday and I'm hungry. Here in Minnesota it's cold. And when I say cold I mean it's -6 with a feels like of -23. The kind of weather when most people would call the couch their best friend and Netflix their new lover. But I'm fresh out of tequila at home and that just doesn't sit well with me. We chose to meet up with some friends and brave the cold at McCoy's Pub House. An average, unassuming place that you feel comfortable meeting your friends. We came for lunch and naturally when they list a margarita on the menu infused with citrus and made with house mix I'm interested. 
I'm not interested anymore. As you can tell by the picture it came out looking like something from outer space the way it glowed. Based on its color I knew it would be too sweet and it was. Unfortunately the lime that came out with it was dried and brown. All around a major disappointment. I can understand if you don't have a margarita on the menu that I should expect it won't be that great, but when you make it part of your specialty cocktails menu it better be on point. 
I have never (until today) seen a tequila old fashioned on a menu anywhere. I had asked our server which she preferred and she told me the margarita. So for my second drink I ordered the Old Fashioned. Amazing. The old fashioned was made with Casamigos tequila which isn't my first choice but it turns out that it was amazing. Slightly sweet but still able to enjoy the taste of the tequila. I have to say, these may be my new go-to. Old fashioneds are made simply; tequila, agave, and orange bitters. 
If you get the chance to pop in to McCoy's have a Tequila Old Fashioned. Or make your own at home, you won't be disappointed. If you do stop into McCoy's don't order the margarita. Just don't do it. 
Happy Drinking!
Kate