I've talked about this before, but one of the things that Dan and I bonded over at the very beginning of our relationship was our mutual love for margaritas. I remember the exact moment when he said to me, "I LOVE MARGARITAS!" So on our first date we enjoyed our favorite drink together..Read More
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This is a bold and perhaps weird statement, but margaritas are one of the things that brought Dan and me together. On our first date we made dinner at my house and enjoyed a couple margaritas while we chatted. Since that night, Dan has perfected his recipe and it is THE BEST margarita I've ever tasted.Read More
Bringing you 10 easy low-calorie recipes, plus one guilt-free drink and a milkshake! It’s a new year and it’s an exciting time of possibilities. Start fresh with a great eating plan and cheers to cooking more..Read More
As a thank-you for giving us such a great drink recipe, I am giving this margarita a secondary title: Big E's Tasty Margaritas. Thank you, Ethan, wonderful friend of Dan's, for making me want to drink every day. :)Read More
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Although I wouldn't exactly call our new puppy "salty," this seemed like a good post in which to introduce him. Buddy is energetic, he loves to chew on EVERYTHING and he is such a little lover. My boys adore him. Elijah likes to stick his face near Buddy's and get tons of slobbery kisses.Read More
Dan and I visited Las Vegas yearly for a handful of years after we got married. Due to a tightened budget, it has been nearly FOUR YEARS since we have been to Vegas together. One of our fondest memories involves lounging next to the Mirage swimming pool and gazing upward at an endless blue sky through the branches of palm trees.Read More
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Such a fun, delicious drink that will be memorable, and perfect for those summer catch ups with friends. This Orange-Pomegranate Martini is wonderful because it’s made of fresh ingredients. This is a drink that has refreshing taste!
I just got back from spending a few days in Denver with a friend. We spent our time walking around downtown, enjoying art and the mountains and eating A TON of delicious food. The food became the unintentional highlight and general theme of our trip. We did not have even one meal that we thought to be mediocre. I wish I had taken even one food picture, but I am sad to say that I did not. I was far too busy stuffing my face.
Our hotel hosted free wine and beer for one hour every evening, so we didn't branch out much with the drinks. We did have one memorable non-wine drink, however. We had some time to kill before dinner on our first night in town, so we stopped at a swanky lil' bar and had a delicious cocktail that coincidentally tasted a lot like the martini featured in this blog post. The expensive version was not as tasty, though, because my version involves very freshly squeezed juice. Have I told you yet that my husband is a bit of a juicing fanatic? He goes through phases where he will literally run everything he sees through our juicer. I'm always happy to enter our kitchen to be greeted by endless glasses of various fresh juices.
This recipe makes 2 servings.
Pour the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:
Juice from 2 oranges
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
2 oz. pomegranate liqueur
4 oz. vodka
A handful of crushed ice
Put the lid on the shaker and shake gently. Strain the contents into 2 martini glasses. Top each with a splash of lemon-lime soda, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.
Bacon + Pepper Infused Vodka = MAGIC!
I think the thing I love most about the Bloody Mary is that it provides a good excuse to eat cheese and pickles and celery and olives and delicious chunks of meat. What other drink comes standard with snacks and beer? My husband and I, in our pre-child days, frequented Green Mill for the sole purpose of drinking their Bloody Marys. They are served with a ridiculous amount of snacks loaded into them. Plus, along with every BM purchase comes a tote filled with ingredients/condiments that can be added. We loved to load up our drinks with anything that contained spice and then we would feast and slurp away.
Now that we have two little ones, we don't go to Green Mill to drink BMs anymore. In fact, we really don't drink BMs much at all. But since discovering the magic of bacon and pepper infused vodka, I could not pass up the opportunity to create the ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary!
Now, there is one prerequisite for making this drink. You must have a love for peppery spiciness. Oh, and you need to enjoy consuming Bloody Marys.
If the above applies to you, then make this! It will not disappoint!
Make a batch of bacon & pepper infused vodka (this process takes 1-2 days).
Fill a celery-salt-rimmed glass with ice and add 1.5 shots of your infused vodka. Pour bloody mary mix over the top (use a mix that isn't heavily spiced or flavored..the flavors in the infused vodka take care of everything) and leave about 3/4 of an inch at the top of the glass.
Add 2 tablespoons of pickle juice and about 6 or so dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a stir stick.
Garnish to your desiring. Here are a few suggestions: celery, chunks of salami, olives of any variety, chunks of different types of cheese, celery, pickles, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, bacon, banana peppers. And last but not least, add a beer chaser, if that's your thing.