July 24, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: National Tequila Day & Not Your Mom's Tequila Cocktail

Today is National Tequila Day! When most people think tequila they think of their salt and lime shooter days in college (just me? ok then.) or blended up in a margarita. However,  whether you decide to sip over ice or mix it up in a cocktail, tequila can be enjoyed in a number of ways. 




There are several different kinds of tequila, and when shopping for tequila it can be hard to know what you want for your mixology bar. Tequila is made from agave and like most liquors has a very unique and distinctive taste. For me, I typically use silver tequilas which is tequila that is clear and is extremely pure in taste and has no additives. It is great for mixing in cocktails. If you are a tequila sipper you can try tequilas that have been aged anywhere from 2 months to more than three years. These tequilas are like whiskey and have been aged in barrels where the flavor has been enriched and become much more complex and even more smooth.

While I have always been a fan of margaritas both on the rocks and blended, made with every fruit under the sun including mangos. I wanted something a little different for today. When looking for a cocktail recipe for today, I wanted something where I could really taste the tequila, use some herbs in my garden, and have a nonalcoholic option for my non drinking friends. Thanks to Martha Stewart, I found this recipe and doctored it up a bit.




Thyme & Tequila Lemonade (makes one cocktail)
3 lemon wedges
3 sprigs of thyme
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 oz tequila (optional)
3 or 4 oz sparkling water or club soda
extra thyme for garnish
1/2 cup ice




In a small cocktail glass add ice, and let the glass chill. In a large cocktail shaker or glass, muddle together lemon wedges, thyme and sugar until thyme leaves have fallen off and sugar is almost dissolved in lemon juice. 




Strain mixture over ice into cocktail glass. Top with tequila and sparkling water. Add thyme sprigs and give a little stir. Enjoy immediately.





Be ready for good times, because let's face it, where there's tequila or lemonade, there's fun!








If you like summertime drinks that can be virgin or alcoholic check out this peach iced tea or these watermelon slushies or these two version of mint juleps. For all things beverage related, check out the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!



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July 17, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Peach Iced Tea

Tea is my drink of choice, and when I get the chance to drink it I do. Whether it be hot or cold, it is the perfect drink for any time of day. However, there are times when the same old iced tea isn't cutting it for me, and I like to jazz it up. Especially, when soaking in a beautiful evening.



For the middle of July, the weather has been a little cooler than usual. In fact, it has been perfect for sitting outside and watching the world go by. So while the kids eat popsicles or ice cream outside, I have been joining them with a glass PEACH ICED TEA. Peaches are still in season, and you can add some Absolut Apeach for a little adult zing, or leave it out.




PEACH ICED TEA (makes 2 servings)
2 tea bags (I used TAZO Peachy Green Tea)
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 peach sliced
2 cups ice
2 shots Absolut Apeach (optional)
mint sprigs for garnish




In a heat safe pitcher, pour boiling water over tea bags. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in two glasses add ice, peaches, mint, and vodka. Once tea is steeped, add sugar to tea and sir until dissolved. Pour mixture over ice, and serve immediately.



Be careful, relaxing and good conversation may take place.



If you like summertime drinks like iced tea, lemonade or slushies, try this recipe for fresh pink lemonadeOr for all things beverage related, check out the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!



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