BBQ Shortcuts and Grilled Kiwi Margaritas with Hoda & Kathy Lee @TodayShow

Doesn’t everyone want to sip margaritas with Hoda & Kathy Lee?!

Jamie not only solved all their barbecue woes– “I forgot the kebabs, how do I grill my proteins?” “What’s the best way to slice a watermelon?” “My bbq buffet is over-crowded with 37 condiments, help me Chef James!! — he also served up one of the ladies’ favorite drinks.

Margaritas. Freshly squeezed, straight-off-the-grill citrus (trust us- it’s amazing!), touch-of-salt margaritas. After Kathy Lee called him “Big Boy” for the second time, I knew that the drinks were a hit. Maybe the best part of all are the SunGold kiwis from New Zealand. That’s right, the sweet & tart kiwis add another level of flavor to the classic Mexican cocktail. Don’t believe us? Try this recipe! If it’s good enough for Kathy Lee and Hoda…

BBQ Shortcuts- and Grilled Kiwi Margaritas!- with Hoda & Kathy Lee @TodayShow
Recipe type: cocktail
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Serves: 6
Step up your margarita game by grilling your citrus- and adding sungold kiwis from New Zealand!
  • 4 oz juice from grilled limes
  • 3 oz Simple Syrup, see recipe below
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 6 oz silver tequila (or mezcal for an extra smoky drink)
  • 2 sungold kiwi, grilled
  • ice cubes
  • kosher salt for glasses
  • garnish- grilled lime slices
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  1. For the grilled limes, cut limes in half and cook on the cut side on a hot grill until dark brown/black marks form. Remove and juice as needed. Juicing the limes warm will make them easier to squeeze. Cut the kiwi in half and scoop with a spoon to remove the skin. Cut into thick slices and grill. Reserve 6 pieces for garnish, use the remainder for the cocktail.
  2. Combine the lime juice, simple syrup, triple sec, tequila (or mezcal), grilled kiwi and several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well until chilled.
  3. Strain through the top of the cocktail shaker into salt rimmed martini glasses or rocks glasses filled with ice. Garnish with grilled lime and kiwi slices
  4. To make the simply syrup:
  5. Combine the water, sugar and salt in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Chill and reserve in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
  6. *optional- add lime zest or sliced jalapeno to the simple syrup while simmering to infuse extra flavor into your drink