My mom has always been a fan of serving what I like to call Resort Season food. Margaritas and festive Mexican fare in the middle of a snowstorm, just when you need the Jimmy Buffett most - that sort of thing. I have extremely fond memories of a particular margarita, served to me as I studied in my childhood bedroom, stranded at home during a nastily snowy Christmas break in 1996. Needless to say, having grown up with this mini-season of food, I'm a huge fan.
So I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover, when my January Food & Wine arrived, that the issue was full of tropical foods and fun drinks. I'd been expecting stories off a much more standard January editorial roster - something along the lines of "The Health Issue" and "The Perfect Yoga Party" (which did appear in the January 2004 and, to be fair, included a cookie recipe that will always be on my Christmas cookie list.)
But I digress. Back to January 2006. The cover claims this year to be "The Year of the Cocktail" and with crazy recipes like squid-ink martinis, who can doubt it? A story touting the new food and style book Latin Chic is full of shrimp and avocado-laced dishes and Lilly Pulitzer-inspired prints splashed all over Carolina Herrera dresses. I love it.
And, best of all, hidden all the way on page 110 out of 116 (it's a slow advertising month), lies the recipe for the cover cocktail: the Mango-Ginger Margarita (subscription necessary, sorry). Could a my bloggier drink ever be created? I'm sure not.
Obviously, I have yet to try it, but I'll trust Sevilla chef E. Michael Reidt's expertise. It sounds fabulous: a misture of muddled fresh ginger, sugar, tequila, mango nectar, fresh lime juice and triple sec.
You can be sure I'll be reporting back on my version of the drink soon - just as soon as Christmas is over and January sets in. Sounds perfect to sip while sitting by the fire, right?