- Take several hundred skiers, ranging from Olympic downhill gold medalists to housewives on fat skis.
- Put them on Snow King Mountain, one of the steepest and notoriously icy venues in the West for downhill speed.
- Throw in that Friday night feeling of relaxing celebration.
- Mix in one or two or three of Pica's legendary margaritas, a few of their award winning tacos (named Best Tacos by Food and Wine magazine), and the best guacamole in the West.
Hopes were high when 19 year old pro skier Alex George joined the slightly over-40 Red Hot Chili Peppers. Alex was named one of Powder magazine's 20 under 20 skiers to watch, and we were thrilled to have her on our team. Certainly this would improve our chances of getting our team's name engraved on the Pica's Margarita Cup plaque. (Look for it on the wall next time you are at Pica's).
The recipe for the famous Pica's margarita is a highly guarded secret, but you can buy the mix at Pica's and make them yourself at home. Or you can try my Perro Salado, a margarita of a slightly different breed, made with freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice.
The racing season may be over, but the skiing is still good. So gather your teammates, pretend like it's spring, and make a pitcher of Pica's famous margaritas or my Perro Salados. Or better yet, head down to Pica's and enjoy one on their deck. Ski racing is hard work; you earned it.
For a printable version of the recipe, click on the file below it.
Perro Salado (Salty Dog)
This recipe makes 2 margaritas. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple the recipe if you have your whole Margarita Cup team over.
I had been fooling around with a grapefruit margarita recipe for some time when I saw the Perro Salado in the latest edition of Canal House Cooking, a quarterly seasonal cookbook. Many of their books have a chapter entitled It's Always Five O'Clock Somewhere, with inventive cocktails that capture the spirit of the season.
- 1 cup freshly squeezed ruby red or pink grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup 100% agave blanco tequila
- 1 lime, cut in half
- kosher salt
- Moisten the rim of each glass with the cut side of the lime. Roll the rim in kosher salt.
- Fill each glass with ice.
- Add 1/4 cup tequila and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice to each glass.
- Squeeze each lime half into each glass and stir gently.