The Sketchbook Project and Cinco de Mayo Whole Fruit Margaritas

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than a freshly made margarita?

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a freshly made margarita?

This past weekend marked both the advent of Cinco de Mayo and the day the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library was in NYC at Street Fest! The Sketchbook Mobile Library houses sketchbooks created last year via the Brooklyn Art Library and travels to cities across North America for people to view.

Jamie is the kid on the scooter.

Jamie is the kid on the scooter.

It was of special interest to me and Jamie because we took part in the Sketchbook Project and our sketchbook is included in the tour!

Sketchbooks in the mobile library.

Sketchbooks in the mobile library.

Checking out books.

Checking out books.

Our sketchbook!

Our sketchbook!

Looking at the sketchbook traveling with ours -- artist is a 14 year old girl.

Looking at the sketchbook traveling next to ours — the sketchbook artist is a 14 year old girl.

I first heard about the Brooklyn Art Library that houses the permanent collection in the New York Times.  I brought Jamie to the library located in Williamsburg last summer during a visit with my friend, Kaori, who used to live in the neighborhood.

Various stationery items for sale.

Various stationery items for sale.

A wall of sketchbooks.

A wall of sketchbooks.

Some rules.

Some rules.

library 1

We loved the vibe and the creative spirit of the venture.  You can go there and buy a sketchbook and fill it and add to the collection.  You can also check out other people’s sketchbooks.  There are so many wonderful ones.  Of course Jamie wanted to do a sketchbook. And me being a softy for anything creative, said yes.  I paid the $25 fee to get started and we were given a blank sketchbook to fill.  As always, Jamie wanted to do a food theme.  Trust me — it wasn’t my idea!  We took turns filling up the pages and deciding on what kind of food to highlight. It was a really fun collaboration. Sometimes his idea would inspire me to do something and vice versa:

Evolution of Sushi and Yaki Onigiri Recipe

Evolution of Sushi/Yaki Onigiri Recipe

Fish for sale and Japanese Breakfast at Inn

Fish Market/Japanese Breakfast at Inn

Mochi Cakes

Mochi Cakes/Make Your own Mochi!

Then the cuisine turned all-American….

Burger Party!

Burger Party!/Hamburger Game

Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie/I Love Strawberries

BBQ Ribs/Slow Cooker Pork Recipe

BBQ Ribs/Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Our sketchbook will be on tour for 2013.  Anyone in the world is welcome to participate in the next Sketchbook Project.  Sign up here if you want to take part!  To see more sketchbooks online, you can view them here.  There are so many amazing ones!!

The next day was Cinco de Mayo so….

It was Margarita Time!
margaritaI found the best frozen margarita recipe made from whole fruit!  What a great idea, right?  I love frozen margaritas, but they tend to be overly sweet.  This one isn’t and it is FULL of fresh fruit flavor.  Next time, I will add twice as much lime and halve the orange amount for a tarter lime flavor.  But this one was great.  I even made a virgin one for Jamie, which he loved. 🙂

Whole Fruit Margarita (adapted from Better Recipes — here is the original recipe)  Mine is for 2 servings and I changed the ratio of fruit

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups ice cubes

2 tablespoons water

1/4 orange, peeled

1/4 lime, peeled

1/4 lemon, peeled

1 1/2 ounces tequila (or more if you like!)

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1.  Chill margarita glasses.

2.  Run a wedge of lime around rim of glass.  Spread salt on a plate.   Coat rim of glass with salt by placing upside down on plate.    Set aside.

3.  Crush ice in blender.

4.  Add remaining ingredients.  Pour into prepared glasses.  Garnish with lime wedge. Serve immediately.

margarita 2


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17 responses to “The Sketchbook Project and Cinco de Mayo Whole Fruit Margaritas

  1. What a great project — loved seeing your and Jamie’s drawings. The food theme was brilliant :). The margarita looks soooooooooo refreshing!

  2. We love making fresh fruit margaritas in our nest–it’s right the next to making fresh fruit pancakes! Your collaborative sketchbook is amazing and sounds like a new book idea. Happy Nesting.

  3. What a great activity… The sketchbook is precious!!

  4. ysaroo

    The sketchbook is amazing! Am definitely going to have to do something like that with my god daughter.

  5. what a great idea and the margarita looks so good 🙂

  6. I love your sketchbook!! What a great idea!

    Also: YUM, for both the slow cooker recipe AND the margarita. 😉

  7. Peter Toan

    Your sketchbook is GREAT. Kudos to both of the authors!

  8. Peter Torkland

    I spelled my name wrong. It happens.

  9. I love the sketchbook! What a great idea.

  10. Lovely idea, nice to read and a margarita recipe. Couldn’t ask for more. Thanks.
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, if you are interested the details can be found here.

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