Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Margarita for Martina

Today we celebrate the feast of one of the Roman martyrs, Saint Martina. Her story is similar to that of many other Roman virgin-martyrs: she was a steady witness to the Faith, devoted to the poor and a life of prayer, who endured multiple torture methods before finally returning Home via the removal of her head. There is, however, one interesting twist on the story: Legend has it that during this removal, her body bled milk, which is why she is one of the patron saints of nursing mothers.

On that appetizing note, here is a delicious beverage recipe to toast St. Martina while we await the land of milk and honey:

Honey Margarita

1 lime wedge
2 ounces anejo tequila
1/4 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur.
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce honey
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 thin jalapeno slice

Salt the rim of a cocktail glass.  Add tequila, Contreau, lime juice, honey, simple syrup, pineapple juice and jalapeno in shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.  Pour into glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.

(This recipe came from Joanne Weir's great book Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites)


Madonna and Child With St. Martina and St. Agnes; El Greco, 1597

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