Island Time Radio 5/1/17

Fresh back from my trip to Austin, TX and just before Cinco de Mayo means it’s time for some margarita recipes!!!!


Electric Margarita
1 1/4 oz tequila
1 oz blue curacao
4 oz sour mix

Pre-chill an unsalted margarita glass with ice. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake shake shake! Pour into the prepared glass. 

Catalina Margarita
1 1/4 oz tequila
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz blue curacao
4 oz sour mix

Pre-chill an unsalted margarita glass with ice. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake shake shake! Pour into the prepared glass. Anytime I use blue curacao, I like to garnish with an orange wedge.


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Finishing Up Your Thanksgiving Menu? Don’t Forget Beverages!


Turkey Day is almost here!   Here are a few drink suggestions for you, from simple to moderately difficult.

Rhett Butler
1 1/2 oz bourbon
cranberry juice to balance
lemon wedge for garnish
Pour over ice.

Apple Pie Margarita​
1 oz white tequila
1 oz DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
1 1/2 oz apple juice
1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
cinnamon sugar
Rim a margarita glass with the cinnamon sugar and fill halfway with ice. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Yummy!

Pumpkin Pie Margarita
2 oz reposado tequila
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
sour mix
Rim a glass with the cinnamon-sugar. In a shaker half-filled with ice combine tequila, pumpkin puree, and about 2 oz sour mix. Shake, shake, shake. Pour into prepared glass. Delish!

Sparkling Harvest Punch
2 cups chilled cranberry juice
2 cups chilled apple juice
1 1/2 cup chilled orange juice
2 cups chilled club soda
Orange slices (to taste)
Frozen cranberries (to taste)
Mix together everything in a punch bowl. Add a bottle of vodka for an
alcoholic punch.


Mark Woods aka TikiTender has been a fixture in the Flagler County beverage scene since 2004.  His primary “wood” is at the Golden Lion in Flagler Beach, which has twice been named a Top 10 Beach Bar by  He has also been spotted behind the bar at Henry’s Harborside Bar, McCharacter’s Music Cafe & Sports Pub, and Europa Lounge & Bistro.   His creative drink mixing and welcoming personality have led “Tiki” to be voted the area’s favorite bartender five times  by the readers of Backstage Pass Magazine.   Visit for more about him. 


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Thanksgiving Drinks For Island Time Radio!

I am calling in to Island Time Radio Show tonight for my regular drinks feature.  Tonight’s call in will be from Toucan’s Bar & Grill in Brunswick, GA.   Tune in at between 11:00-11:30 to hear me on the show.

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I am mixing up some cocktails for the occasion.

Cranberry Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
2 oz sour mix
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Pour over ice into your favorite margarita glass.     Also tastes yummy when disguised in a red dixie cup.

Cheesecake Martini
2 oz Absolut® Vanilia vodka
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into your favorite chilled martini glass.  Can also be served over ice.

Pudding Shots
1/4 cup Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/4 cup Bailey’s® irish cream
1/4 cup vodka
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
5 oz box chocolate instant pudding

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour into 14 plastic shot glasses.    Put into the freezer to set, then remove to the fridge a few hours before your party.


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There’s Nothing Skinny About My Margarita

Disclaimer: This post is due to an email I received at work and not because I enjoyed the new show Big Sexy last night on TLC (click here for a review). Did I mention that Tiffany Bank @replied one of my tweets? Woohoo!

Anyhow, back to the business of making a margarita. The email I received was to ask The Golden Lion to start buying “skinny” margarita mix. The person sending the email was diabetic. Fair enough question, BUT those skinny mixes are full of artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. I’m no expert in diabetes, so I might be wrong in presuming that the natural sugars found in fresh fruit are acceptable.

That being said, skip the fake mix. Skip the sour mix. Skip all the mixes and try a “Mark-A-Rita”! I don’t care for sour mix in a margarita, so this is how I make them at home.

Original Mark-A-Rita

2 oz Sauza® gold tequila

3/4 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur

1/2 medium lime, juiced

Chill a cocktail glass (aka martin glass) with ice. In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake until cold & frothy. Dump ice from cocktail glass and strain ingredients into the frosty glass. Enjoy!

The above is how I prefer my margaritas. No sour mix, no salt, no lime. All the flavor you need is right in the glass. I have substituted other tequilas in. I particularly enjoyed this recipe with Agavero® and Partida® Blanco. Agavero has a yummy sweetness to it, while Partida Blanco adds some subtle citrus flavors. Options you might enjoy include salting the martini glass or serving over ice in a double old-fashioned glass with salt.

You can shave a few more calories and go au natural by grabbing a bottle of Tierras® Blanco Organic tequila. You should be able to find a bottle for under $40. Ditch the Cointreau and go with this all fresh fruit recipe.

Mark-A-Rita On A Diet

2 oz Tierras® Blanco tequila

1 whole lime, juiced

1/2 orange, juiced

Combine all ingredients into a shaker half-filled with ice. Really shake it up. You want all those flavors bouncing up against each other. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Enjoy the circus of flavors!

This might not be a solution for a diabetic person looking for sugar-free alternatives. But, these recipes are closer to natural than your average margarita. Tastier too! Further, remember that “sour mix” much like “frozen daiquiri mix” did not exist when these classic cocktails were created. Retro is in.

The Links: – my website for drink recipes and good times – home of my new “celebrity” crush – my main work venue. check out the cocktails menu. – tequila for lovers – traditional tequila meets cutting edge technology – the first USDA certified organic tequila to hit the states

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