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Cheap Summer Margaritas

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

Serves 2


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



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.





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!



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.



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.


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.


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


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.



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!