Apologies + a Cocktail

So first, I must say I am quite sorry that I haven’t been around for a few weeks. I started a new job and decided to move from Southern California to NYC for the month of July. And of course, I arrive during the most DISGUSTING and muggy heat wave ever and all I want to do is lay in my bed and let the A/C hum me to sleep.

But to make up for it, I have a super refreshing summer cocktail for you! It’s alcoholic version of an Arnold Palmer (which Snapple calls “Twisted Tea” and others call “Half Lemonade/Half Iced Tea”). I thought a “Tipsy Arnold Palmer” would be a good name for it, but I’m open to suggestions.

Here’s what you need to cool off on a hot summer day:

  • Sweet Tea Vodka
  • Lemonade (fresh is best, but concentrate diluted with water will do in a pinch)
  • Lemon wedges (unless your lemonade is already very tart to begin with)
  • Ice

Ratios are up to you. I like to fill my pint glass with ice, add 2 shots of sweet tea vodka, and fill with lemonade to the top! Garnish with lemon wedge and sip, preferably from a straw.

If you want more formal ratios, try 2 parts vodka to 5 parts lemonade. Taste and add more vodka or lemonade to your liking.

Recipes coming in the next few days, but who can cook in weather like this?

Margaritas

Updated for Cinco de Mayo with new photos!

Who doesn’t love drinks with dinner? Usually we stick to wine, but I just had to make margaritas for my Southwestern food night (chipotle-lime chicken recipe here and black bean & corn salsa recipe here). You will find a ton of variations for margarita recipes on the web, but I love this particular combination of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. I prefer fresh lime juice over sour mix because it has a brighter flavor and really perks up the drink for me. I also love salt around the rim because it’s a great compliment to the strong flavors in the margarita. If you want, you can throw this mix into a blender to make frozen margaritas, but I like mine on the rocks.

Read the recipe and the rest of the post here…

Gin-gin cocktail

I have no idea what this gin & ginger ale cocktail is actually called, but I’ve decided to call it a gin-gin. Because it sounds cute. I really like the blend of flavors here. I’m not usually a big fan of gin, but the ginger ale really balances out that flowery taste and the lime juice gives it a nice zing. ┬áThis recipe is for one serving, but you can easily double (or triple, or quadruple) it.

Read the recipe and the rest of the post here…