Say the word "Margarita" and you have my attention. A self-proclaimed margarita snob, I like my margarita tart and strong with a heavy dose of lime. Being somewhat particular, I've been known to send drinks back time and again when they boast only a sweet, somewhat limey and no tequila flavor. With some 25+ years of margarita experience, I finally know what I like.
And what I like more than the drink itself just may be this Frozen Margarita Lime Pie. Going against all of my rules, this pie is creamy, somewhat sweet with only a very, very faint hint of tequila (and that might only be because I doubled the ingredient in my pie...). It does however bring a fabulous lime punch that brings a smile of approval to my face and makes the most perfect summer dessert.
Taking part in the ever popular Pass the Cook Book Club (where we reach to use the sometimes neglected cookbooks already on our shelves, or at least on Kita's shelf), Kita has once again chosen a winner, and another one that I personally don't have on my shelf but after trying this recipe I just might have to buy. Slushed!: More Than 150 Frozen, Boozy Treats for the Coolest Happy Hour Ever, by Jessie Cross, boasts an Amazon bargain price of under $6.78 (that's under 5¢ a recipe!) and if this Frozen Margarita Pie is a sign of the rest of the book, I'm sold.
Using low-fat cream cheese in my version, no one was any the wiser and my calorie guilt reduced. The addition of lime juice and zest (we did add a little lemon too) brought a wonderful margarita flavor that combined beautifully with the little bit of tequila and Grand Marnier. Reminiscent of a cheesecake, I actually preferred the pie a bit less frozen, though others liked the fresh from the freezer texture.
Definitely a keeper, this recipe will be making the rounds this summer everywhere we need to bring a dish. Thanks Kita! (I just ordered the book...)