Author : Sharon Kay
I don’t know about where you live, dear Lhymer, but around these parts, it’s been unusually cool for August. Just this morning, my car told me the outside temperature was 58 degrees! While I’m certainly enjoying this cool summer in an anticipation of fall and all that the Autumn season brings, I’ll admit to some lamenting over the by gone summer. Who doesn’t love summer? The bright sun, the wavy heat lines on the cars, the long lazy days with nothing but fun to do, the lounging pool side with a drink in hand, the wardrobe of flip-flops, shorts, and tank tops, the abundance of summer fruits and veggies, the dewey warm nights catching fireflies, the porch sitting, the summer music festivals, the riding with the top down, the vacations to the beach, and the overall total sense of abandon and freedom summer brings all combine into an amazing middle-of-the-year magic. While I love every season, and claim each as my favorite, summer will always hold a special place among the favorites. I’ve had SO many fantastic times while wearing my flip-flops and dancing in the summer night.
I’m fortunate though that we humans are gifted with memory—particularly memory that can be enhanced or triggered with sounds, smells, and tastes. In this way, I can easily relive the summer anytime that I choose just by whipping up something I enjoyed during the summer! I know EXACTLY what I’ll do! I’ll make a margarita! Not just ANY margarita though, one from a recipe of Mr. Summer-good-times himself, Kenny Chesney!
Kenny Chesney is a huge force in country music. He’s recorded 15 albums—14 of which have gone gold or higher! He’s had over 30 Top Ten singles—22 number ones, and sold more than 30 million albums internationally. THIRTY MILLION! I can’t even, y’all.
He’s been awarded Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The same association honored him with Top Male Vocalist and the Triple Crown award in 2005. This past summer, he’s been rocking on his 11th consecutive summer tour—each of which have been to record sell-out crowds. This summer’s tour was titled the “No Shoes Nation,” an affectionate nod to the beach life that Chesney loves so much and sings about in many of his chart toppers. Other tours echo his draw toward sand covered beaches and rhythm of the ocean, “Flip-flop Summer” and “Margaritas and Senoritas” were both wildly successful tours, even among people (like myself) who don’t call themselves fans of country music. Kenny told Billboard magazine, “I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and told me they don’t really listen to country music, but they love what I’m doing, I love that we’ve captured a demographic that can grow with us.”
Chesney’s love for all things seaside is apparent in his personal life. He owns a 60′ Sea Ray yacht and also has a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He spends much of his free time in the Caribbean and includes island-themed songs on his albums and tours. It’s not unusual to hear “margarita,” “sand,” “sun,” and “corona” as a song lyrics on several songs—all giving his fans a peep into his life and loves while setting him up as the definitive boy of summer.
I have it on good authority that Mr. Chesney makes a kick ass margarita. I even sweet talked my way into getting his particular recipe. This drink, y’all, is pretty dang amazing. Watch yourself, though. It’s so tasty you’ll want 3 or 4 of them. Margarita responsibly, Lhymers—and when you’ve nothing going on the next day. So here you go! Here’s your very own sweet ticket to summertime fun any day of the year!
Tequila Loves Me Margarita
1 can Frozen limeade
Tequila (don’t be cheap about it)
1. Empty the frozen limeade into your pitcher.
2. Fill limeade can with tequila, and add to pitcher. (take shots if’n you want)
3. Fill limeade can with Sprite, and add to pitcher.
4. Empty one bottle of Corona into the pitcher.
5. Stir. Pour up. Garnish and enjoy.