The Poor Man’s Margarita and Guacamole

We went shopping the other day to the local “mercado”  (grocery store) in town and picked up some more food and restocked the bar. Costa Rica is such a sensible country where you can buy beer, wine and liquor in the grocery stores and the prices are reasonable.   John bought a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila which is the same as the one we get in Canada but at half the price. The imported wine from Chile is a steal and they sell gallon jugs of vodka and gin for $20 US. Too bad we can’t get that in Canada but then when I think about it maybe that’s a good thing.

John fondly remembers swigging tequila with Erin at the cottage with Susan complaining about noise a couple of years ago, but that is another post for another day.

The food prices are reasonable as well. We bought a great tuna steak for $10 US, which John cooked to perfection –  seared perfectly but still rare and served with…..what else rice and beans. We still need to get into the habit of taking pictures of our meals for these posts but maybe mañana (tomorrow). Avocados, cilantro, limes, and fruit are also great deals.

We try to do the grocery shopping early in the morning to avoid the heat and  have also found a taxi driver who speaks more english than we speak spanish. The ride back to the condo costs $2 US and the driver Manuel (of course) helps with the bags.  However John decided it was much too hot (mucho caliente) and decided to mix up a batch of margaritas which we had with breakfast or lunch, we’re not sure which.  I call these Poor Man’s Margaritas since we didn’t buy any Triple Sec or Cointreau which the standard recipe calls for. These drinks are potent so unless you don’t plan on working for the rest of the day I would hold off until later in the afternoon, after the siesta, along with the guacamole and tortilla chips.

Poor Man’s Margarita


  • 2 part Tequilla
  • 1 part Lime juice
  • 1 part Simple syrup (which is one part water to one part sugar that has been boiled until the sugar melts)


  • Rim a  glass with lime juice and salt.
  • Mix the tequilla, lime juice and syrup
  • Fill the glasses with crushed ice – the condo fridge comes with crushed ice, cubes and water which is handy
  • Pour into the glasses and enjoy.


This makes about 1 cup of dip to enjoy with tortilla chips.


  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove the avocado from the shell and mash slightly (we like a little texture to ours so don’t mash too much)
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the avocado to prevent it from browning
  • Add the garlic, tomato, jalapeno pepper, chopped cilantro and seasonings to taste

I was going to wait to post this until  we had an appropriate photograph but that seems much harder to achieve….so much to do….so little time.  Disfrutar !! (Enjoy !!)


2 responses to “The Poor Man’s Margarita and Guacamole

  1. Tequila for breakfast! You are on holidays!
    The food sounds so good…mmmmm.
    I’d love to mix up a jug of drinks as you posted but somehow without the sun and heat it just wouldn’t cut it.
    I’ll just live vicariously through you and John. Pour me another, please!

  2. Hey Susan,
    The term breakfast is relative around here. Up at 6:30 with the roosters and monkeys, walking the beach and back for coffee by 8. The temps are at their max by about 10 and the day just disappears.

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