When poured into a glass bottle, this tangy mixer makes a fantastic hostess gift, especially when it’s packaged with a batch of Lime Sea Salt and a bottle of tequila. This holiday season, instead of gifting peppermint bark or bourbon balls (although both delicious), give your friends and neighbors a unique homemade gift that they’ll love. Although we’re the biggest fans of Southern desserts and will never say no to a piece of pound cake or a bite of fudge, there can be an overabundance of sweets around the holidays. If you’re going to a holiday party or need a fun gift to have ready at the house for guests who stop by, this festive mix might be more welcome than yet another sweet treat. We think margaritas are fabulous all year long, though, so keep this recipe saved for fiesta parties and taco Tuesdays at home.
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
Lime Sea Salt
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime zest
1 cup coarse sea salt
How to Make It
Prepare the mix: Add pineapple juice and granulated sugar to a 16-oz. glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Cover with lid; shake vigorously until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Add orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier) and fresh lime juice. Cover with lid; shake until well combined. This mix can be refrigerated up to 3 days; shake before serving.
Prepare the Lime Sea Salt: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread fresh lime zest across prepared baking sheet. Bake at 150°F (or lowest temperature) until zest is fragrant and dry but not browned, 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on baking sheet set on a wire rack. Combine coarse sea salt and cooled zest. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.