The Best Margarita Recipe

Cocktails | April 16, 2015 | By

 Margarita Recipe
 

The Best Margarita Recipe

The best margarita recipe is usually the simplest.  No sweet and sour mix required!  Margaritas often get a bad rap but I’m convinced this is because most margaritas these days are made with sweet and sour mix.  Sweet and sour mix makes a sub-par cocktail because it doesn’t contain actual lime juice.
 
The key to the best margarita is three simple ingredients:  Tequila, Triple Sec, and Lime Juice.  When it comes to tequila I like to stick to middle-shelf stuff.  I would never dream of making a margarita with top-shelf liquor.  Fancy liquor is for sipping, not for mixing!
 
Triple sec is the next ingredient and even this ingredient will vary in quality.  I stick to nationally known brands.  Triple sec is orange flavored liquor that gives the margarita it’s sweetness.  Some cocktail aficionados will use Cointreau instead of triple sec, but I personally prefer the cheaper stuff.
 
Lastly, the lime juice.  There really is no substitute for fresh lime juice.  The lime juice cuts through the sweetness of the triple sec and gives the margarita its classic tartness.
 
 This recipe makes one strong cocktail, so watch out!

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White Wine “Affogato” with Blood Orange Sorbet

Cocktails | July 12, 2011 | By

While having a glass of white on a recent Sunday afternoon a blast of genius wafted over my ice cold glass of Pinot Grigio. The pint of blood orange sorbet I’d bought the day before had been taunting me all day but my glass of Pinot was truly hitting the spot—what to do, what to do?

My brilliant idea of course was to scoop the sorbet right into my glass. Mike looked at me like I was crazy (or a lush. or both.) but I knew that it would be delicious, and it certainly was.

An Affogato is traditionally made with espresso, but since “Affogato” technically translates to “drowned” I felt like I had creative liberty to change it up. A nice dry table wine works great here—the citrus undertones of the white works great with the blood orange and the sweetness of the sorbet melds well with a dry white.

Scoop, pour, and dip your spoon in the Summer goodness!

Perfecting My Bloody Mary Recipe

Brunch, Cocktails | January 5, 2011 | By

Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe

The Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe

Perfecting My Bloody Mary Recipe

For years now I’ve been the designated bloody mary maker at brunch and vacation weekends.  I’ve always used the Barefoot Contessa recipe as my base and have always freely amended it to my liking.  A dash of this, a sprinkling of that, and a couple of minutes later we would have a pitcher of the most divine bloody marys.

The problem with this of course, is that when I’m on vacation sometimes I want to, you know, rest.  But because I never wrote down all my additions to the recipe, no one could recreate it quite like I could.
 
Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe
 
This past holiday weekend I decided to write it all down and finally produce the very best bloody mary recipe.  This recipe is full of body and richness, a hearty brunch cocktail sure to please any bloody mary fan.
 
Perfect Bloody Mary

 

Perfect Bloody Mary

 

Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe
The Perfect Bloody Mary Recipe
This recipe makes one giant pitcher, about 8 – 10 cocktails
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Ingredients
  1. 1 quart of tomato juice
  2. 2 1/2 cups vodka
  3. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon horseradish
  4. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  6. 1 teaspoon tabasco
  7. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons lime juice
  8. 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  9. 1 teaspoon grated fresh onion
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher and pour over ice in a cocktail glass. Add a stick of celery, slice of jalapeno, and/or olives to garnish.
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How To Make A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail

Cocktails | August 18, 2009 | By

Tom Collins Cocktail

Classic Cocktail Recipe

If you’re looking for a classic and refreshing Summer cocktail, stop right here, because I have just the thing for you. A Tom Collins is a classic Gin based cocktail that is simple and refreshing and super easy to make.

What’s not to like about Gin, lemon, and simple syrup?

A Classic Tom Collins Recipe
A classic cocktail with citrus and sugar
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz of Gin
  2. 1 oz of lemon juice
  3. 1 tsp of simple syrup
  4. 3 oz of club soda
  5. lemon twist
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice and place all of the ingredients in the glass. Give it a stir and enjoy!
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How To Make The Quintessential Mint Julep

Cocktails | May 1, 2009 | By

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Mint Julep‘s are so delicious!  I like to pretend I’m wearing a big white hat while I drink mine.

How To Make the Quintessential Mint Julep: bonappetit.com