Hickam Drinks Club & The Perfect Margarita

Hickam Drinks Club & The Perfect Margarita

One afternoon under the swaying palm trees, as the trade winds blew, the Brazilian cardinals tittered overhead and a shirtless neighbor waxed his minivan to a gleam, my friend Christina and I leaned back under her wrought-iron gazebo.

"I wish someone would bring me a margarita." 

"I wish everyone would bring me a margarita right now."

We sighed, looking around at the children chasing each other with sticks, surveying the spilled-over sandbox, the developing sunburns, and the trail of plumeria flowers shredded around us.

The Tiki Bar behind us mocked us with its presence. Christina's husband, in a burst of boyish "I'm stationed in Hawaii!" optimism, purchased a backyard Tiki Bar. But as the reality of fatherhood kicked in, the Tiki Bar had been relegated to "outdoor toy storage." 

And then, out of the clear blue Hawaii sky, a thunderbolt of genius struck us. We could hold a competition for "The Best Margarita" and invite all of our type-A neighbors! 

The highly-coveted trophy & lawn ornament.

The highly-coveted trophy & lawn ornament.

To inspire competition, we purchased a highly-covetable Plaster Gnome on a Sphere, and spray-painted it gold for the ultimate in lawn ornament luxury. Everyone wanted the golden gnome - which is I'm sure the reason it kept ending up on other people's doorsteps. 

Matt adds the secret ingredient as the judges grip their scorecards.

Matt adds the secret ingredient as the judges grip their scorecards.

The competition for The Golden Gnome was so fierce that instead of the 6 pitchers we had been hoping for, we had an overwhelming 17 participants. We handed out scorecards, and each sample was judged on a 1-10 scale. Do you know how hard it is to be objective after 15 samples? 

To our shock, neither of our excellent entries even made the Top 5. We were losers. Or were we?

Because from behind, our easygoing neighbor Matt like Seabiscuit galloping from behind, came in with his entry, and he won by a landslide.  His secret: Galliano liqueur. 

Galliano Margarita

Matt's Simply Limeade Galliano Margarita

(makes 2)

  • 4 oz Simply Limeade
  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1 oz Triple Sec 
  • 1 oz Galliano 
  • fresh mint and lime slices
  1. Mix limeade, tequila, and triple sec in a shaker with ice.
  2. Wet glass rim with Triple Sec and salt.
  3. Pour tequila mixture over ice.
  4. Float Galliano over ice.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel and spring of fresh mint
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