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17
May
12

Cheap Summer Margaritas

For whatever reason, tequila, which I abhorred in previous years, sounds fabulous now.
Even the cheap stuff. Lucky us!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1/4 c. triple sec
  • 1/2 c. tequila
  • coarse salt
  • ‘ice

 

Directions:

Rub the rims of 2 glasses with a lime wedge, then dip the rims in a dish of course salt. Place one wedge in each glass. In a blender combine the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and pulse until well blended. Pour into the prepared glasses.

 

 

 

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06
Feb
12

2009 Leo Vinis Bordeaux

Check out this smooth, buttery red. Wine Enthusiast gave it an 85. Goes well with mild cheeses. Runs just over $10 a bottle. For locals, The Wine Company is having a month long anniversary sale and this is included!

 

08
Mar
11

pink grapefruit margaritas

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago while perusing my cookbooks and thought it looked very tasty (margaritas+grapefruit=whatsnottolove?). Yesterday I remembered the grapefruit that had been hiding in my fruit bowl for a few days, and decided we needed to make a date. I had to make some adjustments to the original recipe, but I think it turned out pretty well. I would actually even add more grapefruit juice, but I tend to like things on the tart side. So here’s the recipe as I made it last night, and there was some left over that I just left in the shaker and threw in the freezer!

juice from 1/2 of a ruby red grapefruit
juice from 1 rather hard and un-juicy lime
4 ice cubes
1/4 cup orange liqueur (I used the cheap Harlequin stuff, but I’m sure Grand Marnier would be better)
1/4 cup 1800 tequila
2-3 tbsp granulated sugar
extra ice

Combine the grapefruit and lime juices in a cocktail shaker with the ice. Measure the orange liqueur and tequila into a measuring cup and swirl in sugar until it’s somewhat dissolved. Pour into the cocktail shaker and shake. Serve in lowball glasses over a little ice.

Like I said, this was a bit sweet for me, so I think I’ll juice the other half of the grapefruit and add that to the leftover mixture in my freezer for tonight! I might also add a bit of salt, as recommended in the original recipe…

Edited to add: The next night I added the juice from the other half of the grapefruit, along with the juice of half of a big juicy lemon, and another generous splash of tequila (maybe a shy shot?). That was pretty good. Then the next night I poured the rest into a big margarita glass with a pinch of kosher salt at the bottom and that was really really good.

12
Jan
09

“mocktails”

I’m not usually a huge fan of cocktails. I’ll enjoy an occasional cosmo and a really good dirty martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives…yummmmm), but beyond that I’m more likely to stick with a glass of wine or champagne. But I am human, and when there is something that I can’t have, I am naturally inclined to want it more. This applies to cocktails, and I’ve been craving cosmos, margaritas, and mojitos lately. I bought a mojito mix and added club soda and it was okay, but not good. I tried a “gentle sea breeze” that was just cranberry and grapefruit juice mixed with club soda, and that was also okay but not good. So I made up my own recipe involving lots of cranberry juice, a little lemon lime soda, and the pulp/juice from half a lime shaken well in a cocktail shaker. I put it in a margarita glass and garnished it with a lime and it hit the spot. Very tasty with a good balance of flavors that didn’t leave me thinking that it just wanted for a bit of alcohol.
cranberry

13
Nov
08

macaroni and cheese season

Yesterday we got a beautiful half inch of rain here. It was so thick that it was obscuring the ridge to the south of our apartment, and every time I passed by our bedroom window I had to stop and look out at how beautiful it all was. Oh, and I spent a number of my formative years in Oregon, so that probably accounts for why I like the rain so much. Anyway.

With this chilly weather came the need for some comfort food, and Andrew and I both decided that macaroni and cheese would be perfect. And it was. Nothing like a steamy bowl of mac ‘n cheese from scratch on a cold rainy day. And, we found a beautiful ale to pair it with – a Winter Bourbon Cask Ale. Maybe it was just great because we haven’t had beer for a while, but I loved it all the same. Nice and smooth and not incredibly hoppy.

After the delicious mac ‘n cheese and ale, we needed cookies so I put together a batch of those too – some soft gooey peanut butter ones. All around a great evening for comfort foods.

30
Sep
08

Champagne-Maraschino Punch

A friend suggested this one to me. I haven’t tried it yet, but I thought it would make a great girlie drink!

Champagne-Maraschino Punch

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. Orange Bitters
6 oz. Brandy
48.0 oz. Champagne
6 oz. Cherry Liqueur
1 Lemon Slice
2 Orange Slices

Put all ingredients except the champagne in a punch bowl. Refrigerate this mix for about one hour. When the punch is to be served, add a block of ice and then pour in the champagne, stir gently.

08
Sep
08

Sorbetka

Okay, I made up a really yummy, very girlly drink tonight. I had just finished my housework after being ridiculously lazy today and since Ben and Ophelia were still out on there Papa/Daughter date, I decided to kick back…again.

Mix a shot of citrus vodka (I used Svedka Citron) in a double old fashioned with 1/4 – 1/3 cup of your favorite sorbet (I used Ben’s leftover raspberry from Cold Stone Creamery). Add a couple of cubes of ice and top it off with tonic water. Stir until well mixed. Very refreshing!




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