This recipe comes from Daisy, copywriter extraordinaire and cocktail Queen.
I’ll be frank: I buy in bulk. Not toilet paper, but tequila. It’s a staple in my kitchen (right up there with garbanzo beans and Top Ramen), and it’s been the cornerstone of my “What’s in the pantry?” margaritas of late.
With the shelter-in-place order in full effect in our Central CA town, I’ve had to get creative. I’ve started infusing simple syrups with anything I can scrounge (Rosemary? Yep. Lavender? Sure thing); I’ve made friends with neighbors with overflowing citrus trees; and I’ve resolved to use up all those random liqueurs that I bought for that one cocktail, that one time…
So this cocktail – the Quarantinarita – is a product of the times: Costco tequila, big batch simple syrup, Aperol from last Summer’s “Spritz Blitz,” and oranges straight from my neighbor’s trees. It’s whatever’s in the pantry, shaken, poured over ice, and best consumed during a sunset neighborhood stroll. Yeah, I could get used to this.
QUARANTINARITA – MAKES 1:
- 1oz (standard shot glass) simple syrup
- 2oz tequila
- 1 cap-full of Aperol (about 1.5 tbsp)
- Juice of 1 orange
- Juice of 1/2 blood orange
- Bubbly water (club soda, La Croix, soda stream – whatever you’ve got)
- Blood orange slices for garnish
To Make Basic Simple Syrup:
1 cup water, 1 cup granulated white sugar. Combine and bring to a boil; simmer for 3 minutes until sugar dissolves. Cool immediately. Store in the fridge for a month or freeze forever.
To Make the Drink:
Fill a shaker with ice and combine simple syrup, tequila, Aperol, orange juice, and blood orange juice. Shake the living daylights out of it. Pour over ice and fill to the brim with bubbly water. Garnish with a slice of blood orange for fancy pants points. Enjoy responsibly and “air cheers” your neighbors.
Butterflies are to caterpillars what tequila is to agave plants: a magical transformation resulting in pure delight! In honor of National Tequila Day on July 24, we’re whipping up the Mariposa Margarita. Modified from our friend’s at Lily the Wandering Gypsy, the Mariposa Margarita (mariposa means butterfly in Spanish) is equal parts sweet, tart and pure delight. ¡Salud!
The Mariposa Margarita
1 part grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed is best)
1 part club soda
1 oz. tequila (we like Hornitos blanco)
1 tsp. organic agave nectar
Organic cane sugar for rim
To sugar the rim, rub the rim with a slice of grapefruit and dip the glass in a plate of sugar. The sugar complements the tart perfectly.
Fill your glass half full with ice. Now order is important: Pour in the grapefruit juice, tequila, agave nectar and top off with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and viva la fiesta!
New Year, new health kick. We’ve resolved to be healthier in 2016, to exercise more and get our daily fix of antioxidants and vitamins. So a modified whiskey sour is just what the doctor ordered: a mixture of immunity-boosting ginger, antioxidant rich honey, high in potassium egg whites, vitamin overload lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper (the ancient therapeutic wonder spice). And whiskey – for health and happiness of spirit. Lose the whiskey and combine ingredients with hot water for an even healthier health kick, or double the recipe and share with a friend. Go ahead, drink to your health!
The Health Kick
2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
5 slices fresh ginger
1 egg white
pinch of cayenne pepper
1. In a glass, stir honey into whiskey until smooth.
2. Muddle ginger in shaker.
3. Combine whiskey, lemon juice and egg white in shaker. Shake for about 15 seconds or until frothy.
4. Pour over ice and garnish with a pinch of cayenne – drink to your health!
Every holiday we roll up our sleeves, preheat the oven and get down to business. With full houses and empty glasses, we spend much deserved time with our loved ones and whip up our favorite things to share. So here’s our recipe for a perfect holiday:
60 Minutes of volunteering (or more!)
24 Hours without the internet
12 Pack of your favorite local beer
10 year aged bourbon – take a sip, splash a sip
8 Tracks of The Boss (or whatever keeps the kitchen crew grooving)
4 Shotted-shotski (learn how to make one here)
Pair of stretchy pants
A liberal sprinkling of good company
1. Prep ingredients the night before.
2. Morning of, spend 60 minutes volunteering.
3. Preheat oven to 375, turn on 8 tracks.
4. Mix remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally.
5. Top with good company and share!