Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes 
February 22: National Margarita Day 

When we go out to eat with our Tex-Mex neighbors, Glenn and Ana Maria B., who like to take advantage of happy hour prices at their favorite authentic Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, Highlander would order a cerveza (beer) while Islander tries a margarita. She personally finds the alcohol too strong for her tastes. But she likes margarita cupcakes over the cocktail and often bakes this boozy dessert for fiestas and get-togethers. Make margarita cupcakes for National Margarita Day. Son muy deliciosos.

Recipe

(Adapted from Diana’s Desserts)

For the margarita cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix (we used Duncan Hines brand)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 (10 ounces) can of non-alcoholic lime margarita mix, thawed (we used Bacardi brand), divided use (3/4 cup for the cupcakes, remainder for the frosting)
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur (we used Triple Sec)
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 4-5 drops of green food coloring

Directions

Zest the lime and set aside. Separate the eggs, reserving the yolks for another recipe.

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In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and egg whites. Add the lime margarita mix, orange liqueur, tequila and vegetable oil. Mix in the lime zest.

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Tint the batter with green food coloring. Blend until smooth. Scoop batter into cupcakes papers lining a muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until done. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Yield: 2 dozen. 

Margarita Cupcakes

For the frosting

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (we used Wilton brand clear vanilla)
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-alcoholic lime margarita mix, thawed (from the cupcake ingredients above)
  • lime wedges/half slices or curly peel (optional garnish)
  • green sugar sprinkles (optional decorations)

Directions

Cream the butter. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla. Thin with 2-3 tablespoons of lime margarita mix until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

Margarita Cupcakes

Frost the cupcakes (or fill a pastry bag with frosting and decorate with a swirl on top; we used Wilton tip 1M). Garnish with a lime wedge/slice. Sprinkle green sugar on top. Refrigerate to set. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Margarita Cupcakes 

Notes

  • Also try our Texas Margarita Pie recipe for National Margarita Day. 
  • Search our blog for other Mexican-inspired recipes.

Margarita Pie (Pastel de Margarita)

Margarita Pie

February 22: National Margarita Day

Margaritas are a quintessential Mexican drink. As our South Texas home is close to the border, Tex-Mex cuisine and cocktails abound. Margaritas are made with tequila, orange liqueur and fresh limes or lemons. The ingredients also make for a potent pie! Instead of traditional salt crystals on a glass rim, we used sugar in whipped cream to balance the tart flavor of this cool and refreshing dessert. Celebrate National Margarita Day with a creamy cocktail-inspired confection and make margarita pie.

Recipe

(Adapted from a postcard)

Ingredients

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup lime or lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur (we used Triple Sec)
  • green food coloring
  • whipped cream to decorate (we used Cool Whip)
  • lime slices to garnish

Directions

Whip the cream until thickened. Gradually add the powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate while preparing the margarita flavoring.

Margarita Pie

In a double boiler (see Notes), dissolve the gelatin in the lime or lemon juice. Stir in the tequila and orange liqueur. Transfer to a bowl and cool in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until syrupy but not gelled. Fold the liquid into the whipped cream.

Margarita Pie

Add a few drops of green food coloring. Smooth into the pie crust. Decorate as desired. Garnish with sliced twists of fresh lime. Serve chilled.

Margarita Pie

Notes

  • Our “double boiler” consisted of a saucepan with boiling water over which a sturdy glass mixing bowl was used to dissolve the gelatin in liquids. We melt our chocolates for other recipes in the same manner.
  • We decorated our margarita pie with whipped cream using various sized star tips in a plastic/pastry bag.
  • Search our blog for more booze-infused dessert recipes.