I am deeply envious of Mark, one of my most brilliant, witty, and charming writer pals. He lives in a beautiful home (the kind that makes me worry I’ll never be a “real” grown-up) where he occasionally hosts gatherings for his terribly fortunate friends. Mark’s partner, Darryl, is always creating the most delectable spreads of food and drink–inventive sushi, handmade pizzas with creative toppings, adorable mini burgers, and different seasonal libations. Everything is homemade and delicious. I figured Mark must be using devious methods to bend Darryl to his culinary will, but apparently threats and scare tactics aren’t necessary…Darryl just really enjoys whippin’ it up in the kitchen.

Yesterday was the first ridiculously hot day in Los Angeles (with many more to follow, no doubt). Mark and Darryl went for a hike through the hills and when they returned home, both of them were jonesin’ for a refresher–something cool and delicious that would provide them with that delightful Sunday Afternoon Buzz (don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about).

Being the pro that he is, Darryl headed into the kitchen and created this delightful concoction with just four ingredients–all the fruit was fresh, naturally. These measurements will get you a pitcher’s worth…trust me, you won’t want anything less.

Mark & Darryl’s Sunday Afternoon Pineapple Margaritas

1 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice (Peel, core and cut the pineapple into large chunks. Wrap the chunks in cheesecloth and squeeze to extract the juice. If you use a juicer or blender, the juice will be pulpy and won’t work)

1 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup (or more…) quality agave tequila

2-3 tablespoons honey or organic agave nectar to taste

Pour over ice and enjoy responsibly…or not.

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