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Pink Grapefruit & Cilantro Spanish Gin Tonic

July 9, 2017
This pink grapefruit Spanish gin tonic is an ultra-refreshing sipper for summer. Flavored with cilantro-grapefruit syrup and a hefty splash of tonic.

Are you familiar with Spanish Gin Tonics? I wasn’t until a few months ago, and now I can’t stop drinking them. I am normally late to the game. I rely on my well-healed, childless friends to keep me up to date on what happens in the world after 9pm and apparently its Spain, Gin, and Tonic Water, plus other stuff.

Spanish gin tonics are like regular ‘ol English gin and tonics except lighter, more flavorful, and without that bothersome and word in the middle. They are frequently served with lots of garnishes so you can mix and match what you’d like in your drink. They also switch up the tonic and sometimes substitute mineral water, soda water, or (in this case) fresh fruit juice.

pink grapefruit Spanish gin tonics

Here’s how I like to Spanish-up my GT

First, make a herbal syrup. It is pretty common in a Spanish gin tonic bar to have a variety of herbs to choose from when making this style of cocktail because they highlight the flavors in gin. I made a syrup with cilantro and grapefruit rind. At first it might seem like a ridiculous amount of cilantro, but trust me, just do it.

Second part: use a big balloon wine glass. This will make all the difference I swear. Fill the glass halfway with ice then add some of the chilled syrup, your favorite gin, and fresh-squeezed, kinda sour, kinda sweet pink grapefruit juice. Stir until the syrup dissolves and top with fizzy tonic water. Do not use the stuff in the little cans from Trader Joes—it was gross (sorry Trader Joes).

pink grapefruit gin tonic

That’s it. Drink. Repeat. Sit in the sun. Enjoy.

Pink Grapefruit and Cilantro Spanish Gin & Tonic
 
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This pink grapefruit Spanish gin tonic is an ultra-refreshing sipper for summer. Flavored with cilantro-grapefruit syrup and a hefty splash of tonic.
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
For the Grapefruit-Cilantro Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 thick pieces grapefruit rind
For the drink:
  • ice
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce grapefruit-cilantro syrup
  • 2 ounces tonic water
Instructions
To make the syrup:
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add cilantro and grapefruit rind and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Cover and remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. Keep syrup covered in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To make the drink:
  1. Combine all the ingredients in the order they're listed in a large wine glass. Stir to combine and garnish with a pink grapefruit slice and sprig of cilantro if you'd like.

pink grapefruit gin tonic

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Skinny Cherry & Lime Leaf Margaritas

May 22, 2017
This skinny cherry margarita made with fresh sweet cherries and fragrant lime leaves is a cocktail you can sip on all summer and not feel an ounce of guilt.

Hello! Hello! Who’s interested in kicking off a Monday with a margarita? Heeyyyy!

I’m partnering up, once again, with my pals at Powell and Mahoney to create a summer cocktail that tastes amazing and will keep you looking good in that bikini, you little beach vixens. Meet the Skinny Cherry and Lime Leaf Margarita.

WHAT IS A SKINNY MARGARITA ANYWAY?

Amongst Powell and Mahoney’s many delicious cocktail mixers is their Skinny Margarita Mix and it is the key ingredient to having your margarita and drinking it too. Their Skinny Margarita Mix is a low-cal mixer made with lemon and key lime juice then sweetened with agave syrup and a little pear juice to cut down on the sugar and keep it refreshing.

I wanted to use fresh fruit to accent all the fruit flavors in the mix and settled on big, juice-packed sweet cherries because they are just coming into season and, more importantly, require basically no work other than plucking out the stems and tossing them in the shaker—it’s important to keep the work level low when making a cocktail, amiright?

The lime leaves are an addition that if you don’t have a lime tree might seem a tad obnoxious but let me explain. I adore cooking with kaffir lime leaves. Also known as Thai lime leaves they are the very distinctive flowery-sour flavor in Thai curries and noodle dishes. They can be found in most Asian grocery stores or easily ordered from Amazon, so substitute them in this margarita if you don’t have a lime tree in your backyard.

However, if you happen to have a lime tree or know someone who does, did you know you can use the leaves to cook with? Snap one off a stem and break it in half, stick it up to your nose and be prepared to inhale a most sublime fragrance. That is what you add to your food (or in this case, cocktail) when you use the leaves.

HOW TO MAKE A SKINNY CHERRY MARGARITA

To make the margarita combine the cherries and leaves in a cocktail shaker and crush them with all your might until the cherries are mostly pulp and the leaves are bent and smashed into submission. Add the margarita mix, a good handful of ice (I like crushed), and the tequila. Then shake-a-shake-a lots of times.

At this point you can strain the drink over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed glass (salt not optional). It will be sharp with cherry flavor and bright shots of lime. You can also just pour the whole shebang into the glass; bits of cherry, lime leaf, and all. A warning on this method though; the pits will still be in there which doesn’t really bother me and I like the added flavor from having the fruit in my drink but if it bothers you, you can either pick out the pits (which is rather cumbersome) or just go with the straining method, up to you.


Skinny Cherry & Lime Leaf Margarita
 
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This skinny cherry margarita made with fresh sweet cherries and fragrant lime leaves is a cocktail you can sip on all summer and not feel an ounce of guilt.
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 12 sweet cherries, stems removed
  • 4 lime leaves (or kaffir lime leaves)
  • crushed ice
  • 2 ounces Powell & Mahoney's Skinny Margarita mix
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
Instructions
  1. Rim a large glass with salt and fill with ice.
  2. Combine cherries and lime leaves in a cocktail shaker and crush with a muddler until cherries are smashed and have released their juice.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and shake until cocktail shaker is beaded with sweat. Strain margarita into prepared glass and drink up!

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Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita + Salsa de Cacahuate {Creamy Peanut Salsa}

May 5, 2017
This Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita is made with fresh pineapple puree, organic blanco tequila, and hibiscus syrup. Perfect to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

I hope it is warm where you are, you’ve got the hot sun on your face, and an icy margarita in your hand.

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita

I am blown—seriously blown—by the generosity and creative spirits of all my fellow food bloggers who have participated in this year’s Margarita Week. Really my cup, literally and figuratively,  runneth over with margaritas and gratitude and inspiration of all the gorgeous, gorgeous work that went into creating this year’s recipes and posts. It is all in good fun—a week dedicated to tequila and margaritas couldn’t be anything but—that being said, I know the time and effort it takes to pull off such jaw-dropping work and for that I want to thank each and every one of you for contributing your talents.

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita

My contribution is a fruity concoction I created with my friends and sponsors of Margarita Week, Azuñia Tequila. Their Organic Blanco Tequila is so smooth and gentle. It is the tequila you want to be drinking if you think you don’t like tequila or have had too many bad experiences with the crap tequila of all of our college days.

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita

Whenever I open the bottle and take in the aroma, pineapple is always the first thing that comes to mind, so it’s a no-brainer that I choose to make a pineapple margarita—I really had no other choice.

Hibiscus Pineapple Margarita

Because Azuñia prides itself on being an organic tequila I like to keep my cocktail that way too and use only organic ingredients in the drink. Ripe, buttery organic pineapple, organic limes from my own tree, and even organic granulated sugar in the syrup. It may seem a little nitpicky but I think it makes a difference in the final drink.

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita

The finishing touch is the hibiscus salt on the rim which comes from The Spanish Tin. It has just a hint of smoke from smoked paprika with all the tart tang of ground hibiscus flowers and the perfect amount of flaky sea salt. I highly recommend looking them up, they have a seasoning for just about any occasion.

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita

And because we all need something to snack on while we’re sipping our margaritas in the sun, I’ve got a quick little salsa for you that is one of my favorites from Baja. I don’t think it originated there (I’ve read recipes of peanut salsa hailing from Chiapas to the Yucatán) but the first time I had it was in Valle de Guadalupe so it always makes me think of Baja California.

Salsa de Cacahuate

It’s a spicy, creamy salsa made from arbol chiles and ground peanuts. You can find the full recipe here!

Have a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo my loves! For lots more Margarita inspiration we’ve got everything from cupcakes to cocktails over on the Margarita Week page and follow along on social with the #MargaritaWeek hashtag!

If you’re looking for Azuñia Tequila, check the map to see where you can find a bottle in your area!

Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita
 
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This Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita is made with fresh pineapple puree, organic blanco tequila, and hibiscus syrup. Perfect to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
For the Hibiscus Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers, rinsed
For the Margarita
  • Hibiscus Salt or kosher salt
  • 2 ounces Organic Blanco Tequila (Azuñia is my favorite)
  • 2 ounces pineapple puree *See Note
  • 2 limes, juiced, plus more for garnish
  • ½ ounce pineapple gum syrup
  • ½ ounce hibiscus syrup
  • pineapple wedges, for garnish
Instructions
To Make the Syrup:
  1. Combine water, sugar, and flowers in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Let simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Cover, remove from heat, and let cool. Strain and chill completely.
To Make Margarita:
  1. Rub a lime around the rim of a rocks glass. Dip the outside of the rim in the hibiscus salt to coat. Fill glass with ice.
  2. Combine tequila, pineapple puree, lime juice, and pineapple gum syrup with a scoop of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until combined and outside of the shaker is beaded with ice. Strain into the prepared glass. Pour hibiscus syrup over the top, garnish with a lime slice and pineapple wedge, if desired.
Notes
To make the pineapple puree; remove the peel and core from a ripe pineapple and cut into chunks. Add chunks to a blender and blend until smooth. Will make enough for 10-12 drinks. Save any leftover for smoothies.

The hibiscus syrup recipe will make enough for 10-12 drinks.

 

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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita

April 29, 2017
A strawberry pink peppercorn margarita hits all the notes of a perfect cocktail, a little sweet, a little sour, a tad bit spicy, and full of tequila!

Making a strawberry margarita is not half as difficult as you might think, and this one is made even easier with the help of Powell & Mahoney’s margarita mix.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita Recipe

Are you still with me? I did say the “M” word (mixer). I know, I know, I thought the same thing too; why would I replace my fragrant, fresh-squeezed lime juice with a high fructose corn syrup gut bomb?

Slow your roll, this stuff is not, I repeat, not the margarita mix of your college days. The Powell & Mahoney Margarita Mix is handcrafted with all natural ingredients and cane sugar, and is the perfect sweet to sour ratio that I’ll admit, I like to drink with the added fizz of a little Topo Chico on any given afternoon when tequila wouldn’t exactly be appropriate.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita

I came up with the idea for this Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita when the kids and I were out on a hike a few weeks back and came upon a peppercorn tree hanging heavy with just ripening pink peppercorns. I’m not a huge forager (let’s just say, I’m not always right) but the fragrance of peppercorns is undeniable and these were especially well…peppery. I picked a green one off the tree, cut into it with my thumbnail and held it up to my nose. A flood of black spice filled the air and I quickly filled my pockets with as many as they would hold.

For those of you not wanting to wander around in the semi-arid desert mountains looking for a peppercorn tree, store-bought pink peppercorns will work just as well and you can use them for all kinds of other cooking adventures too—a grilled steak perhaps?

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita

I love a crushed strawberry margarita so much this time of year when the strawberries are flushed red all the way through and bursting at the seams with juice. All you need to do is pull the stems from a few and crush them in the bottom of your mixer with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon. In this case you’d add the peppercorns too, then shake it all up with tequila and the mixer. Simple as that!

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita

Head on over to the Powell & Mahoney’s site for the complete recipe and check out their new Margarita Everyday page with tons of fun ideas for Cinco de Mayo!

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Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

February 23, 2017
Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

The Oscars are on Sunday and I felt it only right to leave you with some black-tie cocktail inspiration to have with your Thai take-out, or delivery pizza, or if you are really doing it right, fancy appetizers (if its fancy appetizers, can I come over?).

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

This icy drink is a combination of two different cocktails that for some reason scream Hollywood to me; the Japanese Cocktail (which has nothing to do with Japan and everything to do with classy 1920’s glam) and a Ginger Sidecar I had at Zuni Cafe when we were in San Francisco last October.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

The classic Japanese cocktail is a simple but sophisticated combination of cognac, almond-scented orgeat (pronounced or-zsa, like Zsa Zsa Gabor), and bitters. Zuni’s Ginger Sidecar has brandy, ginger liqueur, orange, lemon, and pineapple gum syrup. Put those two together and your classy Oscar cocktail is served.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

Let’s Talk About Pineapple Gum Syrup

Pineapple gum syrup is a pineapple simple syrup that packs a punch of pineapple and adds viscosity to the drink at the same time. I found a bottle made by Small Hand Foods at Bev Mo but you can also find it online.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

How To Make Your Own Ginger Juice

Making ginger juice is pretty self-explanatory. If you have a juicer, stick a big piece of fresh ginger in there (you don’t even need to peel it) and juice comes out. This stuff is for real! Add some to your orange juice in the morning, that’ll get you going. If you don’t have a juicer you can still make ginger juice, but you’ll have to peel the ginger first, and chop it, put it in your food processor and blend until it is a puree. Press the puree through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

Cheers Amigos! Have a great weekend!

Brandy Ginger Twist
 
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Brandy gets a kick in the (fancy) pants from fresh ginger juice, orgeat, lemon, pineapple gum syrup, and bitters.
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) brandy
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh ginger juice (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) orgeat
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) pineapple gum syrup
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • ice
  • lemon twist, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine brandy, lemon juice, ginger juice, orgeat, and pineapple gum syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake vigorously until sweat beads the outside of the cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, shake a few drops of bitters over the top, add a lemon twist and enjoy!
Notes
To make the ginger juice; press fresh ginger through a juicer, no need to peel. If you don't have a juicer, peel a large piece of fresh ginger, chop and blend in a food processor until very finely chopped. Press through a fine mesh strainer. Ginger juice can be kept in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

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Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe

December 20, 2016
Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Merry Christmas!

Since this is the last recipe I’ll post before Christmas arrives I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays. It means the world to me that you are here, showing your love and cooking the recipes and being just downright lovely, lovely people. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I mean it. Can I toast you with a Cranberry Ginger Margarita?

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

I hope over the next week you will gather together with people you love to celebrate another year, the beauty that is life, and just having a moment of joy in this often crazed existence we all live. And for that, I wanted to leave you with a cocktail, and a beautiful one at that.

I was halfway through developing a straight-up ginger margarita when my eye caught the last of the cranberry agua fresca sitting in the fridge and well, history was made in the form of the most gorgeous-hued cranberry ginger margarita I ever did create.

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Now, of course I’d be overjoyed if you made the cranberry agua fresca and then turned it into this margarita but you certainly don’t have to. I also tried it with store-bought cranberry juice and it tasted just as festive.

I love the little bits of fresh grated ginger

Make sure you use a microplane, you want it really fine but if the thought of ginger strands stuck between your teeth grosses you out you can strain the drink over fresh ice in each glass before serving.

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

The final holiday pizzazz comes in the form of a lime and salt rim around each glass which is made by grating a little zest from a lime (use the microplane remember), mixing with some coarse salt and sticking it to the rim of each glass—fancy!

The recipe makes either 1 enormous drink or 2 regular-sized drinks so you can either share with a friend or have a very merry Christmas by yourself! Cheers!!

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Cranberry Ginger Margarita
 
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The most beautiful cranberry margarita to celebrate the holiday. The color alone is reason to make it but then add fresh grated ginger and a lime-salt rim and Happy Holidays indeed!
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2 Drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 limes
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup cranberry juice or Cranberry Agua Fresca
  • ¼ cup silver tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • A few slices candied ginger for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Finely grate 1 teaspoon of zest from one lime and place it on a small plate. Add salt and rub the two together with your fingers to incorporate. Cut a wedge out of the lime and rub it around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Dip the rims in the salt mixture and set aside.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the other lime into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add cranberry juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and grated ginger.
  3. Cover and shake vigorously until sweat starts to bead on the outside of the shaker. Divide the drink evenly between the two prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge and a few strips of candied ginger.

 

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Cranberry Agua Fresca with Mint and Lime

November 22, 2016
Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Hi There! How’s your Thanksgiving planning going?

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Not that I want to stress you out, but I have one more thing you might want to add to it. Okay, maybe two, but that’s going to depend on how the rest of this week goes—so let’s be safe and just say one and its a beautiful cranberry agua fresca so we’re going to be okay.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Let’s Make Cranberry Agua Fresca

Lucky for you it is a very easy one. A drink! For the kiddos, and non-drinkers, and pregnant ladies. It is very festive—made with fresh cranberries. You are essentially making homemade cranberry juice—pretty cool, right? But it is much easier than it sounds. Just combine fresh cranberries with water and cook until they release their juice (even better if you can let this mixture sit overnight). Strain out the cranberries, add sugar, and your done!

Let’s Make Fun Ice Cubes

The ice cubes make this drink for two reasons:

1. They look super fancy and red carpet.

2. When the ice starts to melt into the drink, the flavor of the fresh mint and lime seeps in to the agua fresca, so it’s perfectly okay, and, actually better, to put the ice in the pitcher and fill it with the agua fresca before guests arrive so the ice has a chance to melt a little bit.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Let’s Make It Sparkle

To make it even more special you can make it sparkling by filling the glass halfway with the cranberry agua fresca and then topping it off with sparkling mineral water. We are a Topo Chico house but you can use any sparkling water you’d like.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime

Okay, that’s it! As my kids would say, easy peasy lemon squeezy! Now go out there and crush Thanksgiving you turkey maven, you!

Photos courtesy of Beard + Bonnet

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

A fun, non-alcoholic drink made with fresh cranberries and festive lime and mint ice cubes.

For a sparkling version, fill a cup two thirds of the way with ice and agua fresca, top with sparkling water and serve.

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-ounce) bags fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • For the ice cubes:
  • 2 key limes, or regular Persian limes, sliced
  • the leaves from 1 small bunch mint

Instructions

  1. Wash cranberries and combine them in a pot with the water. Bring to a boil and let gently boil until all cranberries have popped and softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Strain the cranberry juice into a clean pot, discard cranberries. Add sugar to the juice and bring to a boil again, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, let cool, then refrigerate until cold.
  3. To make the ice, divide lime slices and mint leaves between the wells of a muffin tin. Fill each tin with water and freeze until solid.
  4. To serve, pop the ice cubes out of the tin by running the bottoms under warm water until they loosen. Place in a pitcher and pour agua fresca over the top.
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Marigold Mezcal Margarita

October 7, 2016
Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

A Marigold Mezcal Margarita is a cocktail to celebrate the symbolic Day of the Dead flower with marigold syrup, mezcal, and fresh squeezed lime.

I’ve always thought of the marigold as a humble flower. More of a workhorse, a plain jane, not exactly the crown jewel of the garden.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Marigolds are the symbolic flower of Dia de los Muertos

That was until I was introduced to the African marigold, Flor de Muerte in Spanish or cempaxuchil. These tall-stemmed queens are strewn into wreaths, and constructed into brilliant arcs surrounding altars in Oaxaca and all over Mexico for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. They’re blossoms can be as big as 6-inches and grow wild in the Oaxacan countryside through October leading up to Dia de los Muertos celebrations on November 1 and 2. They’re fragrant scent and bright orange color are said to awaken the senses of the dead and bring joy to the living.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

They’re symbolism make them perfect for a Day of the Dead cocktail which we made for our Dia de los Muertos Fiesta which you can read all about here. Dried marigolds make a beautiful syrup and their floral, slightly bitter flavor go smashingly with smoky mezcal.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

My New Favorite Mezcal

One of my newest mezcal discoveries is Mezcal Yuu Baal. It has undertones of smoke, but not in your face like some. It also is lightly fruity, like maybe kiwi? Whatever it is, it goes lovely with this cocktail; gentle enough to let the marigold essence come through. A fun marigold salt rim makes this cocktail extra special.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

How To Make a Marigold Mezcal Margarita

Fresh squeezed lime juice is essential for a good margarita.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Give everything a good shake.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

And party time!

Mezcal Marigold Margarita Recipe

Now you’ve gotten this down, here are some other marigold cocktails to try:

Marigold Muerte Drink from Muy Bueno Cookbook

Marigold-Infused Tequila from Sweet Life Bake then she made a margarita with the infused tequila: Marigold Margarita

All photos courtesy of Beard and Bonnet

 

 

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe
 
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Marigolds are a symbol of Dia de los Muertos. Dried marigolds are said to cure any number of skin irritations and digestive issues. They are a bit bitter on their own but make a delicious golden syrup. They also can be steeped with water and drank as tea. You can buy them here.
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
For the Syrup:
For the Margarita:
  • sea salt
  • 3-4 dried marigold flowers
  • 2 limes
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mezcal
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) marigold syrup
Instructions
For the syrup:
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, remove from heat, stir in flowers, cover and let steep at least 15 minutes but up to 2 hours.
For the drink:
  1. Pour about ¼ cup of salt on a shallow dish. Crumble 2 marigold flowers into salt and then rub the salt and flowers together.
  2. Cut lime in half. Take one lime half and cut into thick slices. Rub one lime slice around the edge of a rocks glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the marigold salt and fill the glass with ice.
  3. Fill a shaker with ice. Squeeze the remaining 3 lime wedges into the shaker, add mezcal and syrup. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with crumbled marigold flower and a lime wedge.

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10 Recipes To Try This Week

October 2, 2016
10 Recipes to Try This Week

10 dinner party recipes for a fall get together like two seasonal cocktails, chicken and bacon pasta with cream sauce and loaded cheesy cauliflower mash.

The recipes I post in this weekly round-up have to fall into two categories:

1. I would and/or have made them at my house

OR

2. I would order them at a restaurant

The second option exists to hold all the recipes that sound incredible (and I would absolutely order should they appear on a restaurant menu) but I wouldn’t actually make them at home because a) they contain lots of dairy products that aren’t easily substituted (Armando’s lactose-intolerant) or b) I know I can’t find the ingredients.

Lastly there are those recipes that I daydream about making for an imaginary dinner party where everyone has the same tastes as me. Do you do this too? I know what my family will and will not enjoy eating and a lot of the time these tastes do not align with mine so I have this continuous dinner party happening in my head where I get to make (and eat) all the things that would never fly in my real life house.

What would you make for your “Me-Themed” dinner party?

Whatever that may be, I know you’ll find something here you are actually going to want to try this week. Have a good one! xoxo, Kate

10 Dinner Party Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho from The Lemon Bowl

Smashed White Bean Quesadillas from Oh My Veggies

Black Pepper Espresso Tapioca Pudding from Always Alejandra

Steakhouse-Style Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Mash from An Edible Mosaic

Rosemary Concord Smash from Beard and Bonnet

Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce from Julia’s Album

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Grilled Cheese from Damn Delicious

I know, two cocktails this week but they both sounded so good, I couldn’t choose. Apple Cider, Bourbon, and Amaretto Cocktails from Floating Kitchen

Vegan Green Pozole from Mexican Food Memories

Pumpkin Loaf from I Am A Food Blog

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Campari Wine Spritzer

September 16, 2016
Campari Wine Spritzer Recipe

Hi There! Today I’ve got a quick and easy cocktail for your Friday. This is a most efficient drink and one you will find yourself making again and again because for the amount of effort (or lack thereof) the results are truly stellar.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

We are all familiar with Campari, right? It is the cardinal red Italian apéritif used to make Negronis and Americanos and all those other fancy drinks we like to sip on date night. Its bitter orange flavor is incredibly refreshing and us lovers of all things bitter might even enjoy it poured over ice but let’s not be crass.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Now let’s move on to the wine. A dry, steely white wine with just a touch of fruit cuts through the bitterness of the Campari. I used Pinot Grigio to keep with the Italian theme but it depends on how sweet you’d like it to be. I would only recommend to stay away from Chardonnay; it has too much of a woodsy thing going on to be good here.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Finally a splash of sparkling mineral water adds effervescence for a refreshing drink that is perfect for sipping before dinner. Our mineral water of choice is Topo Chico, bottled at the source in Monterrey, Mexico, just saying.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Don’t forget the lemon slices, also, orange would be good. Have a great weekend mi gente!!

Campari Wine Spritzer Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

A simple drink idea: bittersweet, fire-red Campari mixed with dry white wine, a fizzy splash of cold sparkling water and a few thin lemon slices.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Campari
  • 2 parts chilled white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • Splash cold sparkling water
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in Campari and wine, add a splash of sparkling water and stir to combine. Add a few lemon slices and enjoy.
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