I Swear I Don’t Drink Here That Much

Tonight I was lucky enough to grab dinner with my mom, who is usually busy on Sunday nights getting ready for the week and trying to wrangle my 2 younger sisters.  It just so happens that my sisters are on vacation with my dad, and my husband is out of town for work, which means…

Woohoo!  My mom hardly ever gets to go out, so I was excited to take her to one of my favorite local restaurants, which has the most KILLER margaritas I’ve ever tasted.  I’ve tried to find out what is in them, but apparently it’s a secret.  But I swear there is beer in there…in a good way.

I should probably mention that I usually frequent this restaurant with one of my best friends, and we are usually coaxed into drinking more than we normally would by a particularly persuasive waiter.  We may or may not have been there less than 48 hours earlier…but we sat at the bar and drank Corona so it doesn’t count.

So my mom and I sit at our table, and wouldn’t you know, Mr. Persuasive Waiter walks up and greets my mom, and then looks at me and says, “Heyyy, welcome back!”  I looked at my mom and said (with my eyes), I swear I don’t come here that often.  Strike 1.

Mr. Persuasive Waiter takes our drink order, and when I ask for a sangria instead of my usual margartia (it’s Sunday night, after all – let’s not get crazy), he says, “Oh, changing it up from the usual!  Nice!”  My mom shakes her head…and I bow mine, in shame.  Strike 2.

After sharing some delicious tacos and finishing our sangrias, our waiter comes by and asks if we’d like another round of drinks.  When I politely decline, he turns to me and says, “You?  YOU don’t want another drink?!”  Strike 3.

Jesus Christ, I’m not an alcoholic!  Your restaurant just happens to be less than a mile from my house, and your margaritas are super delicious, and I am easily persuaded by a girl who will mix tequila with mai tai mix to make shots at 2 a.m. (also known as Ma’Quila shots) (sorry LJ but it’s essential to the story).  My mom just laughs, and I spend the walk to the car trying to convince her that I’m really, truly not there that often, that our waiter just has a really good memory, asking why she hasn’t told me about my twin who clearly lives in the area and also loves margaritas…to no avail.

To be fair…they are REALLY good margaritas.

Speaking of, here’s a skinny margarita recipe that is surprisingly fabulous:

Crystal Sprite Margaritas

1/2 gallon Sprite Zero; 1 packet of Crystal Light Lemonade mix (the big kind, not the individual serving kind); Tequila to taste (Don’t go cheap on the tequila – get the good stuff!  It’s worth it.)

Mix and enjoy!