With Memorial Day Weekend beginning today, we are so excited to welcome the “Official Start of Summer.”  Since it’s Friday and nothing quite says summer like a Margarita, here are some unique margarita recipes to try (yes, one does involve Jell-O!!)

Everyone loves strawberry margaritas so why not make them in the strawberry?! These require some love and labour with carving out the strawberries but they are great for intimate gatherings and your Memorial Day picnics. You will need strawberries, Strawberry Jell-O, Tequilla, Cointreau, course salt, and a lime for garnish. To prepare your strawberries, cut the bottoms of the strawberry flat to get them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure that you do not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom. Use a huller or apple corer to empty out the strawberry. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a towel to pat the outside of the strawberries dry. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling. Follow the directions for the Jello except use only a 1/4 cup of cold water. Combine 4 oz. tequila and 2 oz. Cointreau, in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add liquour mixture to cold water and stir to combine. Pour final Jell-o mix into strawberries and chill overnight. Dip your finger in water or use a moistened brush to wet the edge of the strawberries, dip and rotate the strawberries in salt to rim. Garnish with cut lime triangles to finish. These pint sized margaritas are not only pretty but will be gone in a flash. (Read more about these strawberry margaritas at bakersroyale.com)

(image courtesy of bakersroyale.com)

Lastly we have fallen in love with “Like No Other” Margarita wine from Tamanend Winery. (It is a featured specialty drink right now at Accomac Inn!) You can hardly believe that you are drinking wine! Melon soaked in margarita wine is a match made in heaven. Ball or cube watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew. Place in your choice of melon in a large bowl and pour the margarita wine over the melon and let it soak for about an hour. You can serve them in a bowl with toothpicks or serve as garnish in a glass of the margarita wine or in a margarita!