Celebrate National Tequila Day
July 24 is National Tequila Day. I’m sure everyone is looking for creative ways to celebrate. A margarita is an obvious choice, especially delicious in slushee form on a hot summer day. But don’t stop there! Since you already have tequila on hand, make some grilled margarita shrimp. Yes, there is such a thing and it’s delish! Also very simple.
How to make these Shrimp Skewers
To start, marinate the shrimp in a mix of tequila and lime juice (sounds like a margarita to me!) as well as some Mexican-y spices.
This step needs at least 30 minutes but can be left up to 3 hours. Very convenient when
you feel like having a drink there are other dishes to prepare.
To cook, the shrimp are threaded onto skewers and placed on a hot grill.
Shrimp cooks very quickly, so grill only 2-3 minutes per side to produce delicious, perfectly cooked crustaceans on a stick.
These grilled margarita shrimp can be served with rice or a salad to make a light and satisfying meal.
Grilled Margarita Shrimp
- 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes
- 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 3 TB olive oil
- 2 TB chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 TB tequila
- 2 TB lime juice
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate to marinade for 30 minutes.
- Soak bamboo skewers in water while shrimp is marinating.
- Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil the grates.
- Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Discard marinade.
- Cook on the preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until shrimp turn pink.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Did you know? According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the margarita is merely a popular Mexican and American drink, the Daisy (margarita is Spanish for "daisy"), remade with tequila instead of brandy. It became popular during Prohibition as people drifted over the border for alcohol. There is an account from 1936 of Iowa newspaper editor James Graham finding such a cocktail in Tijuana, years before any of the other margarita "creation myths". (source: Wikipedia)