One Hundred and Nine degrees.
I know the weather chick said it was “only” 107… but she also told me that we “only” had a 30% chance of rain in late May.
And then it flooded.
Buy my thermometer said 109. So 109 it is.
How do you deal with 109 degrees? I weed the garden with the sprinkler running and then I make margaritas.
And then I hit up the pool.
I snagged some red and black plums last week on sale and whipped them up into a couple of batches of margaritas. They both yield the same fruity concoction taste-wise, but black plums (above) make a much darker (and therefore harder to photograph) drink than red plums (top).
And either will work just fine to help you almost forget that your back yard feels like a convection oven. And will for another 3 months.
Fresh Plum Margaritas
Fresh red or black plums are cooked into a beautiful red syrup and then blended into the perfect summer margarita.
- 2 red or black plums, pit removed and cut into 4-8 slices
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar*
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 oz orange juice (or orange liqueur)
- 6 oz tequila
- Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
- Salt for rimming glasses (optional)
- Place the plum slices (skin still on) in a small sauce pan with water and sugar, if using. (If using a sugar substitute, add at the end to taste).
- Bring to a boil and simmer covered for 5-7 minutes, until the fruit is very soft and the liquid has taken on the color from the plums.
- Let cool a few minutes and then transfer to a blender with the lime juice, orange juice/liqueur, and tequila.
- Blend for ~30 seconds, until completely smooth.
- Pour over ice into salt-rimmed glasses and serve with lime wedges.
Yields: 4 servings
Estimated time: 20 minutes