Nasturtium Margarita

Since our nasturtiums are in full bloom, I took the opportunity to put together another Garden to Glass recipe over the weekend.  Easy, delicious and a colorful presentation!

To make your own, run a slice of lime around your glass and dip in coarse sea salt, fill with ice and set aside.  Fill cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour 1 ounce nasturtium simple syrup (see below), 2 ounces silver tequila, 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice and 1 ounce fresh orange juice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or more.  Strain into your salt-rimmed glass and garnish with fresh nasturtium flowers.  Makes 2 drinks.  (Planting nasturtiums are also a great way to keep aphids out of your garden!)

Nasturtium Simple Syrup:  Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in saucepan. Constantly stir until sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove saucepan from heat, add 10-12 pre-washed nasturtium blossoms and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain liquid when cool and discard wilted flowers.  Simple Syrup can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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