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My Best Vanilla Margarita and a Heilala Vanilla Syrup #Giveaway

Recipe: Vanilla Margarita

Summary: Simple yet sophisticated, this Vanilla Margarita has a deliriously good sweet-sour tang, with a heady perfume from Heilala Vanilla.


  • 2 ounces good quality tequila (see note below)
  • 2 teaspoons Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Heilala Vanilla Syrup


  1. Add all ingredients to a measuring cup or cocktail shaker and stir/shake.
  2. If you like your margarita cold but not icy, then shake with crushed ice and strain into a pretty glass. If you like ice in your drink, add crushed ice to your glass and pour in the margarita.
  3. Serves. 1. (Oh, who are we kidding? Double this. Still serves 1.)


Don Julio Reposado Tequila [1]What tequila should you use? I am overly fond of Don Julio Reposado, made from 100% Blue Agave, double distilled and matured in small oak barrels. Very smooth, rich, with a hint of pear, apple and lemon aroma. It’s pricy at $50ish, but you can often find it on sale for $40ish. Or find something like Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, more in the $15ish range, which is less special and nuanced, but perfectly fine for a mixed drink such as a margarita. Suit yourself and your wallet.

Another crazy margarita you might like

Basilrita Basil Margarita on Shockingly Delicious [2]My award-winning Basilrita (Basil Margarita) [3]!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
Diet tags: Reduced fat, Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 


Heilala Vanilla Syrup 2 bottles [4]Shockingly Delicious and Heilala have joined hands to bring you a very sweet giveaway. Four lucky readers of Shockingly Delicious will win a Heilala Vanilla Syrup 2-Pack. To enter, simply do any or all of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me how you would use Heilala Vanilla Syrup. (Please make sure you enter your email address with your comment so I can reach you if you’re a winner.)
  2. Like Shockingly Delicious on Facebook [5] and Heilala Vanilla USA on Facebook [6] and leave a comment telling me you did.
  3. Follow Shockingly Delicious on Twitter [7] and Heilala Vanilla on Twitter [8] and leave a comment telling me you did and what your Twitter handle is.
  4. Tweet or RT news about this giveaway, using the wording below or your own wording, but being sure to include @Heilalavanilla and@Shockinglydlish in your wording. Leave me a comment with the URL of your Tweet.
Suggested Tweet: I want to win 2 bottles of Heilala Vanilla Syrup in a @Heilalavanilla #giveaway on @shockinglydlish. You too? Enter: http://ow.ly/oUPfP
To participate in the giveaway you may do any of these, and each is considered a separate entry, so leave a separate comment for each one you do.

This giveaway is for four winners — each gets a 2-pack (2x250ml bottles) of Heilala Vanilla Syrup (value $30 per pack).

  • Open to U.S. residents only with mailing addresses in the USA.
  • Deadline: Submissions will close at noon Pacific Time on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
  • Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of the close of the giveaway, and given 48 hours to respond. If I do not receive a response in 48 hours, I’ll need to draw new winners.
  • There is more legal fine print here [9].

Ready, set, GO!

Disclosure: I received a sample of Heilala Vanilla Syrup for recipe testing, and Heilala will send winners their packs of syrup.