We are settled! In a house that I plan to breathe my last breath in. Just like the last day of high school, college, etc, I thought this day would never come. In the summer of 2008, Kev started graduate school. I started this blog soon thereafter. We lived 4 semi-settled years in Chicago, knowing we’d most likely move come internship time. And that we did. In 2012, we hauled our belongings to the east coast where we spent two years completing his internship and post-doctoral work. We loved our time in Connecticut, but it didn’t quite feel like home. In 2014, we trekked back to the midwest with a cute 9-month in tow and plans to build a house in Minneapolis. We parked ourselves in a tiny apartment just outside the Twin Cities and began the never-ending process of building a house. Like all things, it came to an end. And here we are! Settled, minus all the boxes in the basement and frames lining the walls, with a margarita in hand. Well, one of us is.
Seven years of marriage, and I’ve never been able to persuade Kev to partake in my morning coffee and evening cocktail. What’s the advice they give to newlyweds? Don’t try to change the other person. I gave up but tried hard. And instead came up with a single serving margarita. I think they also say marriage is about compromise. And wouldn’t you know, just when I gave up the fight, I’ve caught him taking sips of my marg. I’ll gladly pour him one while we sit on the couch and talk about anything but which door knobs to go with. Because it’s been done. We’re settled!
This margarita comes together in under a minute. It’s fit for a weeknight single serving. Come the weekend, I double this recipe and still call it a single serving. It’s smooth and wont make your lips pucker and your eyes wince. Line the rim of the glass with salt, if that’s your thing. Serve with your favorite Mexican dish.
1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz. filtered water
1 tsp. agave nectar
2 oz. tequila (100% pure agave)
1 oz. triple sec (on Cointreau)
tiny pinch of salt (optional)
generous scoop of ice
Into a glass, add lime juice, water, and agave nectar. Stir to combine.
Add tequila, triple sec, and salt. Stir again. Top with a generous scoop of ice.
Love this and love the glass!! Can you share where it’s from?
The glass is from Crate and Barrel 10 years ago. They don’t sell it anymore sadly!
Is there a brand of tequila you prefer?
I usually buy Tequila from Costco. They sell a Silver 100% agave. I should probably do a taste test. I’ll report back when that happens!
Yay, Melissa! A single serving margarita speaks to me because now I can use any excuse to have one. It’s Monday! We’re having tacos! I wish I were having tacos! Bachelor in Paradise is on! All the excuses 🙂 The peeks of your house you’ve shown are so gorgeous. Congrats! Major props to you because while we were remodeling our bathroom and bogged down in decision making, I continued to tell Marc, “There’s a blogger who’s building her dream house from scratch!” And finally, LOVE these photos.
I love this. I’m so late, but the hugest congrats to you guys, Melissa!!!! Such a huge, happy milestone. Hope you’re feeling on top of the world right now.
Yay!!! CONGRATS!! I may have to have a margarita tonight just to cheers to you. So exciting.
Love this recipe! So simple, it might warrant 2 (or 3) single-serving margies 🙂
Good luck in your new home!
I totally questioned my serving size after posting. Somedays it’s a single and others it’s a double 🙂
Welcome to your new home Melissa! From the sneak pics you’ve posted, it looks just incredible!! A single serve cocktail sounds just perfect for those times the man is out of town or would rather a beer — love it!
You’re in the house! You’re getting settled! Hooray x 2 (times a million :)). I might have to make this beverage for myself to celebrate for you.
I need to have you over and clink a cheers with this!
If this doesn’t represent summer, I don’t know what does! Looks soo good.
Yay for a house! And yay for yummy drinks!
Her Heartland Soul
Man, I love margaritas. And this one looks amazing. I have been following your house progress on instagram, and Melissa, it looks incredible. I love love the looks of your new kitchen. Super excited to see more pics. And keep the boozy posts acomin. I am stocking up on boozy recipes for when after the baby is born 🙂
I loved this story.
Danny and I will have cocktails.
The one thing I can’t get him to do AFTER 9 years of marriage is to eat supper at a NORMAL time. Normal being anywhere before 10PM. I gave him a huge range of times. No Danny eats his supper right before he goes to bed. No matter if he is up till 3AM. He will eat and got right to bed and RIGHT to sleep.
I grew up with family dinners and we ATE together.
I raised my son to do the same.
Thanks for the update on your house. Now I want to see a tour,
Have a good night, Sarah
Some things will never change. And it will take me a life time to learn that. Ha! House updates coming soon!
Love it!!! Robert doesn’t really drink margaritas with me either … but I’ve been perfecting my single-serving margarita recipe as well. I can’t wait to try your version! Glad to hear you’re getting settled in the new home, and I’m also looking forward to that inevitable house tour that you are REQUIRED to show us at some point. 😉
If you lived nearby, I’d have to alter my recipe for two. House tour coming soon! In the meantime, I need to figure out how to wallpaper. Scary!
Congrats on the move! It sounds exciting.
This margarita is such a great idea for a small party, too if someone is hankering for something other than beer. It’s always nice to know what goes into a single glass so you can easily customize it to the number of guests. Thanks for sharing!
Will we see a house tour?! Dying.
Yes! I’m wishing Chicago was just down the street. I need a major consult on a couple spaces!