Summer Margaritas and Guacamoles


This balmy summer weather is here to stay for a while and many are seeking refreshing drink and snack ideas for their July 4th celebrations. Luckily I have the perfect go-to book for entertaining options.

This past year I had the opportunity to work with renowned Chef Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless, prop-styling, plating and showcasing recipes and unique cocktails for their book release, Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks by Rick Bayless. Not only did they entrust me in their home to edit through their impressive tabletop collection of earthenware, Frankoma Pottery and the like, I got to see their outdoor garden and kitchen, including soapstone countertops, where they shoot Mexico-One Plate at a Time.

I appreciate Rick and Deann’s humble nature and their sincere love for the food, culture, and people of Mexico. I can also appreciate the many twists on making Margaritas interesting for every season.

Paging through the book to come up with ideas, the alluring photography of the finished concoctions, shot by Paul Elledge, reminds me of all the tasty sips and yummy bites that I had during our photo shoot.

It’s about time that I try some of these recipes out for myself, for my Central Park picnic with Frisbee and friends. I invite you to check out the recipes in his book, which can help add a kick to your day off.

A few of my favorites: Pitcher recipe for a Peach (or Mango)-Basil Margarita, Black Currant-Rhubarb Margarita and Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole with Crunchy Chicharrón. And don’t miss the Citrusy Jicama and Watermelon with Toasted Sesame recipe.