Refreshing Cucumber Margarita Recipe

Margarita Ingredients (1 serving):

1 shot (1.5 to 2 oz.) tequila
1 shot (1.5 to 2 oz.) triple sec
Juice from one lime
Juice from 1-2 cucumbers (can use a juicer)
Honey & pink sea salt for a pretty garnish

Coat the rim of a small to medium size glass with honey then dip in sea salt. Fill the glass 2/3 full with ice. Pour in the shots, lime juice and top off with cucumber juice. Give the drink a stir and garnish with a lime slice.

*If you want to sweeten your margarita try adding a little sour mix or simple syrup. Cheers!

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Pink Lemonade Jello Shots Recipe

Ingredients:
12 whole lemons
1 cup pink lemonade
2 packages plain gelatin
1 cup vodka

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Directions:
1. Cut the lemons in half. Scoop out the insides.

2. Add the lemonade to a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes.

3. Heat the lemonade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the vodka. Pour into the lemon halves.

5. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

6. Cut the lemons into half and serve.

Martini Day & Recipes to Celebrate

martinisJune 19, 2014 is National Martini Day! Although the exact origin of the martini is unknown, this iconic drink has earned a permanent place in the pantheon of classic cocktails. The first printed recipe for a “Martinez” cocktail appeared in a bartending manual published in San Francisco in 1887. However, historians disagree over whether the beverage actually originated on the West Coast. In 1911, a New York City bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia began serving a cocktail made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and an olive garnish. The martini gained widespread popularity among Manhattan socialites, and has been associated with New York ever since.

Today, 50% of all cocktails are served in a martini glass. Some of the most famous (historical and fictional) martini lovers include: John D. Rockefeller, Humphrey Bogart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond. Celebrate National Martini Day by enjoying a refreshing martini in the company of friends. Below is a small list of supplies you need to make martinis & a couple of popular recipes:

Supplies:

12 ounce Shaker

Strainer

Ice

Plate

Chilled Martini Glasses

 

apple martiniApple Martini:  Fill shaker with ice, add five ounces of apple flavored vodka and two ounces of sour apple flavored schnapps or liqueur. Shake vigorously for about one minute, strain into chilled glass and garnish with cherry.

Chocolate Martini:  Fill shaker with ice, add five ounces of vanilla flavored vodka, two ounces of chocolate liqueur, and one chocolate martiniounce of crème de cocoa. Shake vigorously for about one minute. Pour some chocolate syrup onto your plate and rim the edge of chilled glass with the syrup. Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with cherry.

peach martinisPeach Martini:  Fill shaker with ice, add five ounces of peach flavored vodka and two ounces of peach flavored schnapps, liqueur, or both. Shake vigorously for about one minute, strain into chilled glass and garnish with cherry.

Lemon Drop Martini:  Fill shaker with ice, add five ounces of lemon or citrus flavored vodka, two ounces of sweet and sour mix or lemonade. Shake vigorously for about one minute. lemondrop martiniPour some sugar onto your plate. Take a lemon wedge and run it around the edge of chilled glass making sure it gets all around the rim then wet edge with sugar. Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with lemon twist.

dirty martinisDirty Martini: Fill shaker with ice, add six ounces of vodka or gin and one ounce of olive juice. Shake vigorously for about one minute. Pour a splash of dry vermouth into a chilled glass, swirl around covering the whole glass and pour it out. Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with an olive.
 

 

Creamsicle Margarita Recipe

Creamsicle Margarita Recipe

Blender
1 oz. margarita mix
3 oz. orange juice
1 1/2 oz. gold Tequila
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
6 oz. ice

Blend all ingredients until slushy.

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National Margarita Day History & Recipes

Get ready for February 22, 2014; it’s National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail—a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice—has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.

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History:
Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels. While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!  

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Classic Frozen Margarita Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 tsp salt
1  lime
3 oz  white tequila
1 oz  triple sec
2 oz  lime juice
1 cup  crushed ice

Instructions:
Place salt in a saucer. Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge and dip glass into salt to coat rim thoroughly, reserve lime. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and crushed ice into a blender. Blend well at high speed. Pour into a cocktail glass.

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Blue Lagoon Margarita Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/4 oz  Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila
3/4 oz  Blue Curacao liqueur
1 splash  7-Up® soda
1 splash  Rose’s® lime juice
pineapple juice

Instructions:
Pour the Jose Cuervo gold tequila, blue curacao, 7-Up and Rose’s lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Add pineapple juice to taste, and shake vigorously. Strain into an old-fashioned glass 1/4 filled with ice cubes, and serve.

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Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe:
(makes 1 pitcher)

Ingredients:
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
10 strawberries
8 basil leaves
2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)

Instructions:
Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila (or a bit less, if you don’t want your drinks to be quite as strong).

Hull the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.

When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color. Now all you have to do is serve them and wait for the compliments to pour in.

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Blueberry Lime Margarita Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups ice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer
2 tablespoons frozen limeade
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 ounces tequila, optional
1 lime wedge

Instructions:
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

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Sparkling Cotton Candy Cocktail Recipe

Cotton candy lovers can enjoy a special cocktail to drink and celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day together with this sweet and sparkling cocktail recipe. Your sweet tooth is sure to fall in love with this concoction.

*For added sweetness, sprinkle your cocktail glass with a bit of powdered sugar before serving. It not only adds to the flavor, but also, the romantic feel of the drink.

Ingredients (Makes 1):

Cotton candy (enough to give the drink color & vibrancy)

5 ounces of sparkling wine

Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

This cocktail is so simple it is almost a crime to offer directions. Pour your sparkling wine into a tall flute or champagne glass, add the cotton candy and watch it dissolve, then dust with powdered sugar before serving. You can use any color of cotton candy to coordinate with whatever occasion you’re toasting!

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Sparkling Cotton Candy Cocktail Recipe

Cotton candy lovers can enjoy a special cocktail to drink and celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day together with this sweet and sparkling cocktail recipe. Your sweet tooth is sure to fall in love with this concoction.

*For added sweetness, sprinkle your cocktail glass with a bit of powdered sugar before serving. It not only adds to the flavor, but also, the romantic feel of the drink.

Ingredients (Makes 1):

Cotton candy (enough to give the drink color & vibrancy)

5 ounces of sparkling wine

Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

This cocktail is so simple it is almost a crime to offer directions. Pour your sparkling wine into a tall flute or champagne glass, add the cotton candy and watch it dissolve, then dust with powdered sugar before serving. You can use any color of cotton candy to coordinate with whatever occasion you’re toasting!

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