So, Empire Records remains one of my all time favorite movies, it’s right up there with ‘The Craft’ and ‘Clueless’- I’ve probably watched each of those movies at least 70 times. Let’s all take one moment to recognize that yes, that is indeed Renee Zellweger.
While I may have only been a pre-teen/teen in the 90’s they were great and alot different than today. I think I’ve said this before but the difference between High School now and when I was there is the difference between the television show Pretty Little Liars and Dawson’s Creek. I am mainly referring to the clothing selections of each show but I’d also like to hit on the amount of effort it must take to me in High School now than when I was there. The outfits, hair, make up and drama are at a whole other level. Le sigh… how exhausting. I think this is why I will ultimately prefer an over intelligent brunette lead actress who frequently wears overalls and Abercrombie and Fitch (circa 1995) to the hipster outfits and accessories crazy leading ladies of today. Shows like Dawson’s Creek and movies like Empire Records clearly helped shape some of my personality and my world view- and now that I’m 25 I’d like to say thank you for not making me focus on outfits and which one of my peers is secretly trying to kill me and all my friends.
So, to end I’d like to be as cliche as possible and say I miss the 90’s.
(P.S.- all this Dawson’s Creek, Empire Records and 90’s talk was most likely spurred by just starting the series “Fringe” starring Joshua Jackson. AKA- Pacey, as much as I am trying and I am sure Joshua Jackson is trying I can’t help but always think of Pacey when I see him. (swoon). Anyway, I apologize for the 90’s flashback and mumblings but when faced with a teen crush from the past it’s basically unavoidable. Also I am not sure how I went from Pacey-Dawson’s Creek-Empire Records, but I did and it just all feels so right.)
It’s no secret that I love margaritas, in fact I must say a good tequila on the rocks is my favorite alcoholic drink (with lots of lime and salt of course!). Normally I’m pretty much a traditionalist and like my margs fresh squeezed with only lime and a splash of orange juice- but this Saturday I was feeling something different. Seth and I walked down to our neighborhood market (Kaunes, pronounced ‘Connies’) and I spotted one of my favorite childhood New Mexico road trip drinks- Carrizozo Cherry Cider. For those reading who don’t know Carrizozo is a town in New Mexico and they make Cherry and Raspberry Cider- it’s great. It’s pretty natural I mean they do add sugar and stuff like that but it’s local berries and it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a toddler. You can’t get it everywhere and I normally was lucky to get some on a road trip to Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Lincoln or Farmington. I was so happy to see it in this little neighborhood market, I just had to get some. Once we got home I had the craving for a good afternoon margarita and #boom, I could use this Cherry Cider! I don’t like my margs super sweet so I opted to 2 ounces of Cherry Cider with 2 ounces of Orange Juice (and a whole lot of fresh squeezed lime juice; and yes fresh squeezed makes the difference). These came out so good I had to write down what I did, I know that Seth and I will be enjoying these all summer all year for that matter. The next time you have a hankering for a margarita I would highly recommend these! The Carrizozo Cherry Cider is probably more of a nostalgic thing for me, I am sure any cherry juice would work great.
Saludos a la dulce vida!
Carrizozo Cherry Margaritas
From my kitchen to yours 🙂
6 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Carrizozo Cherry Cider (or other Cherry Juice)
2 oz Orange Juice
3 oz Hornito’s Tequila
1 oz Triple Sec
1. Put all liquid into the shaker- shake with ice.
2. Rim glasses with salt or sugar (these are a little on the tart side so sugar rimmed glasses are a great option)