Li Hing Mui Mango Margaritas


Why I use a broken phone…

When I look at my phone, I am annoyed & embarrassed. The top strip area is more or less gone and the rest of the screen is completely cracked. Honestly, it’s incredible that it still works and it’s a damn near miracle that the camera still works (and also produces all the photos on my blog). 
Even though it is somehow in working condition, it is a real bother to use. I have to scroll up, down and around to read certain text messages. I cannot use my sleep/wake button &, instead, have to use the impossibly annoying Assistive Touch. And my front camera is broken so I can forget selfies (you’re welcome).

But I don’t want to invest in a new phone because I don’t want to invest my time in phone usage.
Every part of me hates this (often written about) phone-centric culture, yet I am an avid participant. I, like many of us, want to be present & have an actual conversation instead of one over text. I want to enjoy the moment instead of taking pictures of it. I want to go out into this amazing world and accomplish something instead of staring at the accomplishments of others over social media.
This broken phone helps remind me that what happens on my screen is of little importance and what happens in front of me, my life, is of most importance. I still have the phone because it is necessary. But I keep it cracked because it is evil. (AKA Necessary Evil. Props to me for that one.) 
But even after I righteously put away my broken screen, I have to consciously put my all into living the human experience. I have to relearn the art of conversing, connecting, and loving. I have to unlearn my tendency to reach for that little devil of a phone.
I choose to unlearn by reaching, instead, for a cocktail. A good cocktail. A good cocktail leads to a good conversation. A good conversation leads to a good memory. And by the time I end the night, I have silenced my phone, raised my voice (sorry neighbors) and have drank something like this li hing um margarita!
& honestly–if you need to be torn away from your virtual reality & brought back down to earth, this margarita will do just the trick! It’s sweet, salty, extra sour & delicious. It will make your taste buds sing, your heart piddle paddle, and eyebrows raise all at the same time. 
Li hing mui is a magical ingredient often found in Hawaii (hello traveling inspiration). It’s ground up dried plum skin. In Hawaii, they use it on everything from pineapple to popcorn.
If you go to Hawaii, you can find it basically anywhere, but definitely at grocery stores. If not, it’s worth the Amazon Prime splurge. Promise.
Li Hing Mui Mango Margaritas
Serves 2
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  1. 1 heaping cup frozen mango
  2. 2 1/2 oz tequila
  3. 1 oz orange liqueur
  4. 2 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  5. 2 teaspoons li hing mui powder
  6. 1 teaspoon agave
  7. 1 cup ice
  1. 1 teaspoon lime zest
  2. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  1. 1 lime, segmented
  1. Combine all ingredients of margarita in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. On a small plate, add lime zest and sea salt. Using your fingers, rub the two ingredients together (the salt will help extract the essence of the lime zest). Smooth the mixture over the plate.
  3. Rub a lime segment around the rim of both glasses. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt mixture. Pour the margarita mixture evenly among both glasses.
  4. Enjoy!
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