Posts Tagged With: tequila

Today’s Drink Recipe: The Paloma

Looking to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, but prefer something other than a margarita?  Try The Paloma, the first cocktail I ever made!

The Paloma

2 oz tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Grapefruit Soda
Pinch Of Salt

Illustration by Caitlin Keegan

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Tequila Drink Recipes for Tonight’s Island Time Radio Show

I will be making my regular appearance on the Island Time Radio show tonight and am in a tequila kind of mood.   Here are the recipes I will be sharing.  Check me out between 11 and 11:30 eastern on www.wbwc.com

Tijuana Taxi

2 oz reposado tequila
2 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz sour mix
1 oz cointreau

Served martini style in a sugar-rimmed glass.  Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into prepared glass.

Mexican Fizz

1 1/2 oz tequila
1/4 oz grenadine
ginger-ale
crushed ice
Shake the tequila and grenadine with ice until slushy and frosty. Pour into a tall chilled glass and balance with ginger-ale.

Harvest Moon
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Triple sec
2 oz Orange juice
2 oz Pineapple juice
2 tsp Grenadine

Pour all but grenadine into an ice-filled Collins glass (or pint glass), using equal parts of both juices. Slowly stir in the grenadine. Enjoy!

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Drink Recipe: Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Triple sec
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
2 tsp Grenadine

Pour all but grenadine into an ice-filled Collins glass (or pint glass), using equal parts of both juices. Slowly stir in the grenadine. Enjoy!

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A 1/2 Dozen Delicious Solstice / End Of The World / Christmas / Winter Drink Recipes

‘Tis the season!  I have a couple of private parties coming up and wanted to share some delicious recipes that I will be using.   Maybe you can add one to your celebration!  No cocktail (martini) glasses?  Serve them on the rocks.

Old Silk Hat
1 1/2 oz blended whiskey
1/2 oz cherry brandy
Juice of 1/4 fresh lemon

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a skewered lemon slice and cherry.  Don’t be surprised if your guest begin to dance around. 

Kris Kringle Cocktail
1 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz peppermint schnapps
1 oz heavy cream

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with chocolate shavings. 

Mayan Icicle
1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz blue curacao
1/2 oz triple sec
juice of 1/2 lime

Blue sugar (available in gourmet food stores or just make your own with some blue food coloring)

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with the blue sugar.  Shake ingredients well with ice and strain into prepared glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.   

Fuzzy Stocking
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1 oz half & half

Shake well with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a twist of orange peel. *Modified from a tequila recipe*

Alcohol Free Poinsettia

2 oz cranberry juice
3 oz ginger-ale
squeeze of lemon

Build over ice in a tall glass.  Garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.

Red Garland Cocktail (Alcohol Free)

3 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounces orange juice
1 slice lime

Pour the cranberry juice and lime juice over ice and shake well. Strain into a large wine glass.  Splash with orange juice and place the lime slice on top.

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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
cinnamon-sugar
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 floridabeachbar.com.  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 tikitender.com 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 wbwc.com 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:

tikitender.com – my website for drink recipes and good times

tiffanybank.net – home of my new “celebrity” crush

goldenlioncafe.com – my main work venue. check out the cocktails menu.

agavero.com – tequila for lovers

partidatequila.com – traditional tequila meets cutting edge technology

tierrastequila.com – the first USDA certified organic tequila to hit the states

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