Ginger Margarita

This ginger margarita recipe is an absolute standout cocktail. I love it on its own or with a bunch of little nibbles. It’s a fabulous happy hour drink.

My absolute favorite margarita recipe! This ginger margarita is delicious and kicky! It's a perfect happy hour drink. | Shiny Happy Bright

This recipe is part of Margarita Week - a delightful roundup of margarita recipes from bloggers, organized by Hola Jalapeno. I'd recommend checking it out, because there are several awesome recipes. The site will keep updating through May 5th with new recipes. 

Margarita Ingredients
Salting the Glass
Margarita Essentials - Cointreau, Tequila, Fresh Limes
My absolute favorite margarita recipe! This ginger margarita is delicious and kicky! It's a perfect happy hour drink. | Shiny Happy Bright

 

I’ve made the ginger syrup in as small a quantity as makes sense, but this recipe can very easily be increased. There’s no need to add more lemongrass – even if you double or triple this recipe though, it will hold its own.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! As always, give me a shout on Instagram or Facebook if you make it - just tag me @shinyhappybright 


This cocktail is adapted from Jean-Georges gorgeous ginger margarita. I first tried this drink 6 years ago and it remains my favorite cocktail of all time. 


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The Everything Salmon Salad Niçoise

This Salmon Salad Niçoise has everything in it (hence the name). It's for those of us who like the a few too many ingredients in our salads. It's delicious, hearty, and an incredibly inviting lunch for a group of 2 to 4 people. 

Lest anyone take issue with this, this is definitely not a traditional Salad Niçoise. A traditional version would have tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, olives, and anchovies. Newer versions of the Salad Niçoise often contain green beans and potatoes. I know that anchovies really bring the umami flavor, but I don't typically cook with them at home because whenever I buy them I never end up using the whole can. 

The Everything Salmon Salad Niçoise - tons of flavors, textures, and brightness in this gorgeous salad. | Shiny Happy Bright
The Everything Salmon Salad Niçoise - tons of flavors, textures, and brightness in this gorgeous salad. | Shiny Happy Bright
The Everything Salmon Salad Niçoise - tons of flavors, textures, and brightness in this gorgeous salad. | Shiny Happy Bright

This salad is composed, so it looks beautiful when you serve it, but you need to mix it up when you eat it so you get the rich flavor of all the ingredients. I just serve it on a platter and let people take what they want though, because I like how it's so beautifully arranged. 

I've been adding edible flowers to a lot of salads recently. I know they might seem like a finicky, unnecessary addition, but people light up when you put an edible flower in front of them. I've been reading Edible Flowers: A Global History, and the authors write, "Flowers are not typically found in everyday meals, so their deliberate inclusion in a dish makes that dish something special, a treat for the receiver. They send a message of freshness and caring." I think flowers are such a beautiful way to enliven a dish. Before eating flowers though, be sure to check out my handy guide on which ones are edible!

I hope you enjoy this delicious salad recipe! 


*Here's a recipe for hard boiled eggs, or you can just buy them pre-hard boiled (like me!) at Trader Joes. 


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Beet, Apple, and Watercress Salad

This beet, apple, and watercress salad is a perfect spring salad. It features fresh ingredients, has minimal hands-on time, and has lots of lovely notes of citrus and richness. Also, I always like any salad I can top with an edible flower. It makes me feel like it might someday be summer again! :) 

Beet, apple, and watercress salad with a zesty dressing. A wonderful, vegan side salad or main course | Shiny Happy Bright

I have been absolutely racing through a few books this week. I started reading the Throne of Glass books (Is this a YA fantasy series that is ridiculous? Yes, it is. But it is also the best) on the flight to Japan and I haven't been able to stop since then. I didn't even watch any movies on the 12 hour flight; I got so wrapped up in the books. I thought the fifth book was the final book and as I was halfway through it I realized, uh oh, stuff is still way too messed up for this to be wrapping up. Yep, turns out there is a sixth book and it's not coming out for another year! Argh. I hate it when I have to wait to find out what happens. I've actually been known to read the final pages of a book when I start reading it, just so I don't have to worry the whole time. This is only a problem when I find out a character I love has died and then I slightly resent having to read it all. 

I took a break from reading this weekend and went to the Whole Foods down the street to stock up on the mass of produce I need to get through the week and the produce section looked like an apocalyptic event had occurred and there was a run on lettuce. They left behind the rainbow chard, but all the other leafy greens were gone. Note to self, do not grocery shop on Sunday nights, the good people of Evanston leave no asparagus behind. 

Beet, apple, and watercress salad with a zesty dressing. A wonderful, vegan side salad or main course | Shiny Happy Bright

I hope you have a great week! And I hope you enjoy this recipe for a really lovely spring salad. 



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