Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blood Orange Margarita: Red Robin

It's been a great holiday week. If you saw Facebook or Instagram I shared my fabulous shirt and multitude of tequila that I received. We have finally made it back from the great white north to the metropolis and we are dying for food. Not only do we need nurishment, but because a big part of our drive was extremely slow due to icy roads we needed a drink too. That's not to say I didn't have enough tequila this week... But I needed more. We decided burgers were the way to go and Red Robin is where we landed. I ordered the Blood Orange Margarita. The margarita here is sweet blood orange, strawberry, and blackberry mixed with Hornitas Plata 100% Blue Agave Tequila, triple sec, and house made margarita mix.
This margarita is is sweet and delicious. After all of the heavy holiday foods this is light and refreshing. I'm also a big blood orange fan so that really helps! It also helps that this margarita is under $8!! Typically a margarita made with any 100% Blue Agave (the only tequila in my mind) is $10 or more. 
This margarita starts with the sweetness of the berries and finishes with the tang of the blood orange. I found it to be very appetizing. I would recommend if you get the chance to stop in at a Red Robin have the blood orange margarita... It's delicious!
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tequila Carnitas

Almost as much as I love tequila, I love food. Even sitting at my desk at 8:30 in the morning I am thinking about eating these carnitas. Growing up and living in the Midwest, we are big meat eaters. Meat is central to nearly every dish we make from bacon at breakfast to steak for dinner. These pork carnitas were a natural fit into my eating habits.
I wasn't the only person eating this delicious shredded meat, my husband and I made these for our friends and family during a football game one Sunday afternoon. It took longer to cook the carnitas than it did to devour them! This recipe serves 6-8 people very comfortably.
Ingredients:
- 4 or 5 lbs. pork shoulder, boneless
- Taco seasoning (I had Old El Paso on hand)
- Salt & Pepper
- Butter
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 large jalapeno seeded and chopped fine
- Juice of about 2 limes
- 1 cup Tequila (I used Tres Agaves Reposado)
- 1/2 cup of water

Cut your pork shoulder into 4 large chunks to make it easier to work with. Season the shoulder with the salt, pepper, and taco seasoning. (I gave my pork shoulder a good coating of the taco seasoning and added just a pinch of salt and pepper since the taco seasoning has plenty of both). Find a large pan. Melt some butter in this pan. Once the butter is melted, add your pork shoulder. Sear/brown the shoulder on all sides. If the spices start to burn, reduce the temperature a bit. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Once seared, put all of the meat into a glass baking dish. Add your garlic, jalapenos, lime juice, tequila, and water. Cover the baking dish with tin foil and put it in the oven. Now comes the waiting. The pork shoulder will have to bake in the oven for 2-3 at this temperature. Once the pork is cooked to a safe temperature (160 degrees), remove the baking dish from the oven. Remove the large fatty bits from the pork and begin to shred the meat with a fork and knife.

Once you have shredded the pork shoulder it will be hard to resist eating all of that porky goodness but do wait! Now you'll need to turn on the broiler of your oven and crisp up the carnitas. You should be able to eyeball when the top of the meat is getting a crust. Then comes the best part of all..... eating! Top these carnitas with anything you prefer, I like avocado and all kinds of other veggies. 

No one was disappointed with the outcome of these Tequila Carnitas! A group of 6 of us demolished the entire pork shoulder.  All that was left was a little lettuce and cheese. I would love to hear from any of you who decide to make these yourself... let me know what you think!

Happy Drinking (& eating)!
Kate

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chili Tequila Truffles

I don't know about you, but I love chocolate. What I love more than just chocolate is adding some spice. I woke up this morning and decided that it was a great day for truffles. Disclaimer, I have never made truffles before so I can honestly say that anyone can make these! These are not a quick-to-make so allow for some time in between to do a couple other short tasks. If your ready to make these sinfully delicious truffles, read on!
Ingredients:
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, I used chips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Tres Agaves Reposado tequila
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Directions:
  • Place the semi-sweet chocolate and butter in a medium glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and repeat once more. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream and corn syrup over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and pour over the melted chocolate and butter. Let stand for 2 minutes then use a rubber spatula to stir gently in concentric circles until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth and creamy. Gently stir in the vanilla extract, chili powder, cinnamon, and tequila. Pour the mixture into an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Using a small truffle scooper, melon baller or gloves and a spoon, scoop the chilled chocolate and place onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 more minutes.
  • Place cocoa powder in a small bowl for dusting. Remove the truffles from the refrigerator and roll into balls between the palms of your hands. Then roll one truffle at a time in the cocoa powder, using a fork to lift the truffle out of the bowl and dust off the excess. Sprinkle with additional chili powder, for garnish. Let rest at room temperature for one hour before serving. Keep in an air-tight container at room temperature.Don't worry if the chocolate mixture seems thick at first, keep slowly stirring until it becomes smooth and creamy. I couldn't find my truffle scooper or melon baller so I used the good 'ol gloves and spoon option. It worked just fine for me although it was a little sticky.
    The end result has been much talked about! These truffles are just a little spicy but you'll only be reaching for the milk because they are sooo creamy and smooth! Way easier to make then cookies and pie because you can't burn them. Not solely holiday related like peppermints. Chili Tequila Truffles are the perfect treat to bring to holiday gatherings and for every night! 
    Happy Drinking! (And tasting!)
    Kate
  • Monday, October 26, 2015

    Tequila & Taco Fest Seattle 2015

    What a day! At all started at Pike Place Market - the Gum Wall, fish being thrown, market samples (apples and smoked salmon), and of course coffee! What journey to Seattle would be complete without the coffee?! (And yes, I added my own gum to the wall.)



    Once we had seen some of the sights, we headed off to the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle for the Tequila & Taco Fest. Looking back on the event, I'm glad I purchased the Premium ticket. We got in 2 hours before the general crowd and had room to roam as we pleased. There were so many tequilas represented; Jose Cuervo, Sparkling Donkey, Maestro Dobel, Hornitos, Mexican Moonshine Tequila, 1800, Papa Bueno, Gran Centanario, El Tesoro, Sauza 901, Tres Generaciones, Aha Yeto Tequila, Alipus Mezcal, Deleon Tequila, El Tesoro de Mi Tierra, Milagro, Montelobos Mezcal, Oredain Ollitas, Puerto Vallarta, and Scorpion Mezcal. I enjoyed them all but I would say my favorites would be the Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican Moonshine, and the Tres Generaciones. I tried the Reposado of every brand except the Puerto Vallarta (it is brand new as of June on the US market, it was an Anejo) and the Deleon Tequila (it was only offered in the Blanco). This Tequila and Taco Fest benefited the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue (www.motleyzoo.org). 








    Along with the tequila, many local restaurants brought their version of a taco. The tastes were provided by Seattle restaurants; Agave Cocina, Barrio, Cantina Lena, Dilettante Chocolates, Evolve Chocolate, Famous Northwest Catering Company, Flat Iron Grill, Poquitos, Mr. Villa, Red Star Taco Bar, Seasoned in Seattle Catering, South Seattle College, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Torero's Mexican Restaurants. Surprisingly enough, there was no ground beef used. Steak tartare, chicken, shrimp, shredded beef, Korean ribs, pork, and Ahi Tuna were all represented. There was even tequila/chile infused chocolates and chocolate tacos! My two favorite food offerings were the steak tartare taco from Barrio (not associated with the one in Minnesota that I love so much) and the shredded beef taco. I can honestly say that none of the food was bad, but there has to be favorites. 

    (The steak tartare from Barrio)
    (The shredded beef.)


    (There was even a chocolate taco!)

    Adding to the ambiance of the location, a mariachi band was brought in from a local restaurant. Not only were they excellent but they played to the crowd (nobody missed shouting "Tequila"). 

    video

    Once the general admission crowd was allowed to come in things got very loud and crowded. I would recommend if you attend the Seattle Tequila and Taco Fest next year to purchase a premium ticket, its worth the extra $40 to have the room and time without all the other people. There were quite a few people in the general admission crowd who got way too drunk, way too fast and caused scenes. Not only can you avoid the drama that way but the money benefits a great cause and all the swag was free instead of for purchase! 
    I'm hoping to make this first Tequila Fest a regular event for myself! I had a lot of fun, ate a lot of great food, and drank a lot of really great tequila!
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate






    Friday, October 16, 2015

    Tequila and Weight Loss?!

    Until now, my site has just been margarita and tequila reviews with a recipe or two thrown in for good measure. I didn't start this as a whim though. I am serious about tequila, serious enough that I'm talking science. I think I'm about to make your day.... Tequila can help you lose weight! Yes, it's true! Not only that but it can help lower your blood sugar too. A recent study conducted at the American Chemical Society has blessed us with this glorious information. Basically agavina, a sugar that comes from the agave plant used to produce tequila, triggered insulin production and lowered blood sugar in an experiment with mice. In addition it also helped the mice drop some weight! Can I get a hallelujah!?!
    Now, this is not an encouragement to drink shots of tequila until you lose not only weight but days as well. The sugars coming from the agave plant help you feel more full, that's where the weight loss comes in. Enjoying a highball of your favorite blanco, reposado, or anejo is just the right amount to have the fantastic properties of this miracle drink work.
    As if I needed another excuse to enjoy more tequila. Except now there is no excuse, I'm just watching my weight! : )
    Happy Drinking (and weight-watching)!
    Kate

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    Chipotle: Sauza Margarita

    I know that a LOT of people really love Chipotle. I rediscovered that I too enjoy it! I just don't eat there often because my husband is not a fan. I really only ended up there today because I wanted a drink but didn't know where to go. My sister claimed she heard that Chipotle had margaritas and away we went. (We both got rice bowls if you were curious.) But on to the margarita.

    I knew that Chipotle served beer but because I was unsure of what the margaritas would consist of, I chose the Sauza version - they also had a Patron version. I can say I was glad I went with the Sauza.... The mix they use would have over-powered the Patron making it worthless and a waste of $3 extra. As far as a "fast food" margarita I can say it wasn't the worst thing I've ever drank. As far as I'm concerned, Chipotle made a smart business decision adding margaritas to their Tex-Mex menu. I give the Chipotle Sauza Margarita a 3 out of 5 shots. It's definitely worth having one with your meal. 
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    Casamigos Anejo

    Last night I tried my first Anejo. I haven't seen many people drinking it, but I know if I'm going to have a well rounded tequila experience and be able to tell you about it I had better try it. Because it was something I was new to, I chose to find a smaller nipper bottle for my first go. I would hate to have bought a big bottle of something to find it wasn't something I wanted to continue to drink.... There is nothing worse than wasted tequila! 
    The only Anejo nipper bottle available at my local liquor store was the Casamigos version. I've heard that the Anejo style of tequila is similar to whiskey with its oak-y flavor and I would agree. I discovered in my quest to know more that an Anejo must be aged a year in an oak barrel but no more than 3 years. The smell (I smell them all before I drink them) was very subtle. You knew it was tequila you were smelling but not as harsh of a smell like you would get from a blanco. With each taste I picked up more flavors. Agave first, then a little caramel and pepper, finally a little mint and citrus. 
    I did enjoy the Anejo but I still would prefer a resposado at this point. Don't worry for those of you reading who are Anejo fans, I'll try more! I give this tequila a 3.5 out of 5 shots. I prefer the Anejo over the blanco I reviewed earlier but this wouldn't be my go to brand. 
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Tres Agaves Reposado

    So it's Sunday and it's fall... That means football and tequila! This week I'm drinking Tres Agaves Reposado. You can't fully try a tequila if you don't try it alone and in a margarita. To make this the best it can be and stay true to brand, I'm making the margarita with the Tres Agaves Mix (check out my review for that too!) and it's great. 
    Alone, this is DELICIOUS. Smooth and sweet. This Reposado needs no chilling and no training wheels. Anyone and everyone can and should pour a rocks glass of this. I shared with my husband, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and friend.... They all agreed it was great. 
    Then I added the Tres Agaves brand margarita mix. Because the tequila is great and this is a mix I'm a fan of, this was a great margarita. Smooth, sweet, and tart all in one glass. I also discovered that rather than mix it together with a mixer, I could put it all in a mason jar. All I had to do was put the lid on and shake. It's already in the glass to drink it from! I felt like a genius. 
    I am giving the Tres Agaves Reposado a 5 out of 5 shots! This tequila has won its way into my heart and a permanent place in my liquor cabinet. Definitely give this Reposado a try, you won't be sorry!
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Macho Camacho: Cocina Del Barrio

    For those of you outside of the Twin Cities, I am truly sorry. Unless you come into our airport/city or they expand you may never know the glory that is Cocina Del Barrio. If I could live here, I would. Honestly. I have done a review of this establishment before so you'll know the locations. I prefer the Edina location over downtown for the atmosphere. I could bathe in their fresh-made guacamole. It is legit.... but that's not what your here for! This round at Barrio I tasted the Macho Camacho. I decided to try this particular margarita after I saw it on a list of the 7 best margaritas in Minneapolis (Check the Article Here).

    The Macho Camacho is a blood orange margarita made with ancho-infused tequila and a splash of cava. Hands down, this is one of the top 3 margaritas I've ever had. Nicely sweet with just enough heat from the ancho. I could seriously drink these by the GALLON. I'm convinced that Barrio uses magic in their drinks.... I can't say enough to do this margarita justice! If you can stop by a Barrio location first - call me! I'll show up any day, any time. Second, order this margarita and then order it again. 
    I am officially going to give this margarita 5 out of 5 shots. Yes, that just happened! Straight up number 2 in my top 3. 
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate


    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Primo Margarita: Buffalo Wild Wings

    There are many times that my husband funds my margarita adventures... Saturday was one of those days. We wanted to go out for appetizers and decided on Buffalo Wild Wings. College football on the big screen, fried food, and alcoholic drinks. Sounds like a good time to me! Buffalo Wild Wings has 4 margarita options and ginger beer in my margarita did not sound appetizing. I choose the step above their house margarita, the Primo Margarita.

    The Buffalo Wild Wings Primo Margarita is made with Patron Silver Tequila and Cointreau. I was ready to be disappointed in a chain restaurant margarita after my experiences with Old Chicago.... but I was pleasantly surprised! This didn't taste like a pre-made mix, it didn't taste like candy, and it didn't taste like a non-margarita which made me love it! This was nicely tart and you could taste the tequila without it being over-powering. The difference between the Primo and the House margarita, other than $1, is the house was made with Sauza Gold, triple sec, and lime juice. In my opinion, if you are going to have a margarita, have one that tastes good! Don't worry about an extra $1 for the drink.... you'll miss out on some great margaritas that way. 

    While the atmosphere was a little loud for relaxing with a margarita, this one had good taste. I'm glad I tried this one, I'm hoping since there are Buffalo Wild Wings everywhere you might try it too! All that being said, I'm going to give this Primo Margarita 4 out of 5 shots. It loses a half a point by being nearly $10. I know I just said don't worry about the price of a good drink, but there are other $10 margaritas out there that will knock your socks off. This one could be ordered over and over and still taste great but it didn't knock my socks off.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Agave Margarita: Old Chicago

    I'm back at Old Chicago again. Because they have a list of margarita options, I went with their basic Agave Margarita. Last time I was at Old Chicago I was disappointed in the taste of the tequila in my drink. Different location, same disappointment. 
    This has very little tequila taste at all. The worst part? It tastes of straight sour. Enough so that I made the sour face taking a drink. In fact, there is so much sour mix to tequila in here that your lips dry out after you've had a sip! This margarita is made with El Jimador tequila, triple sec, and lime sour. 
    I believe after this second attempt, I won't be ordering any more margaritas from Old Chicago. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
    I give this margarita 1 shot out of 5. This was not appetizing at all.
    Happy Drinking (a different margarita)!
    Kate

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Cadillac Margarita: Acapulco

    So it's Labor Day Weekend and being outside is almost a requirement. I've been out in the humidity for the last couple hours and it's time for a margarita. On our way home is a Mexican restaurant I haven't been to yet and I knew I could get one there. Acapulco it is. Now, I know I said I was NOT a fan of the Cadillac Margarita. Especially the one I last reviewed at Broadway Bar... It was not appealing. 
    This Cadillac Margarita came with its Grand Marnier on the side. It's made with Don Julio Reposado, margarita mix, and fresh lime. Since the Cadillac typically comes with Grand Marnier already in it, I tried the margarita by itself first. Alone, the margarita was alright. You could tell there was a mix but it wasn't the worst premade mix I've ever had. After a few sips I knew I wouldn't be drinking the shot of Grand Marnier by itself - not my style. So I dumped the shot right into the margarita. Surprisingly it made the margarita better! I was ready to be disappointed again after my last Cadillac but I wasn't! I tried this particular Cadillac on the suggestion of our waitress. I was a little wary but she claimed it was her favorite of the 15 or so margaritas on the menu. I'm glad I didn't let my past experience hold me back! If you get the chance to stop by an Acapulco's Restaurant, I suggest you give their Cadillac Margarita a try. 
    I give this margarita 4 out of 5 shots.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Black Raspberry Margarita

    We're out today for my husbands birthday. We're heading to the horse track later so Old Chicago was a convenient place to have lunch/dinner. Naturally when you head to Old Chicago, pizza is popular fare and that's what we had. My husband as usual enjoyed a beer and I decided on the Black Raspberry Margarita. I was in the mood for something other than the average margarita. 
    This margarita was made with Cabo Wabo Reposado, Chambourd, and lime juice. As with most super sweet margaritas this one had a sugar rim. I will say it had a nice raspberry flavor.... But I tasted more of the Chambourd than I did the tequila. It had an after-taste of tequila which helped. For those who like a super sweet margarita, this will satisfy your taste buds. I happen to be in the crowd that likes a little bit of tang in their margarita so this would be a reorder but not an all-night-drinking margarita. 
    I'm giving this Black Raspberry Margarita 3.5 shots out of 5. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
    Happy Drinking! 
    Kate 

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Maestro Dobel Tequila & Blueberry Infusion

    About a week and a half ago I stopped at the liquor store (shocker I know) and decided on a bottle of Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila. I had never heard of the brand before so I decided since I've never seen it now was the time to buy. 
    Maestro Dobel is made by the same family that makes Jose Cuervo but under a different name. It's made in the lowlands which would make you think more of an earth tone taste... Buy surprisingly you taste vanilla, oak, and a very mild agave. When this tequila was first introduced it was $75 a bottle. I bought a smaller version (but bigger than the nipper) for $12. Maestro Dobel is clear, making you think it's a blanco... That is incorrect. It's a blend of Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo aged 60-120 days in oak barrels. I rate this tequila by itself 2 out of 5 shots. But infused...
    Last week on Monday I needed groceries. Blueberries are at the end of their season and I thought why not infuse something fresh before winter comes and nothing grows in this tundra called Minnesota?! I picked up 1 carton of blueberries and used about 2/3 of the package to infuse my tequila. I used the rest of the Maestro Dobel as I don't like to waste tequila but I wasn't going to be pushing anymore of that down myself without some help!
    Fast-forward a week and I have this beautifully colored jar sitting on my counter. Every other day I would lightly shake the jar, just in case you plan to try this at home. I can officially say that my bottle of Maestro Dobel will not go to waste... The addition of the blueberries was exactly what this tequila needed! The blueberries give it a slightly sweet, easy to drink alone flavor. Hopefully before I finish it I can try a margarita. I can only imagine the great taste! With the addition of the blueberries I can re-rate this tequila to a 4 out of 5 shots! I think I've gone a little infusion crazy. 
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate 

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Espolon Blanco

    Just before noon today my husband and I stopped at his brothers house for breakfast. They were drinking beer and I was offered a taste of Espolon with my breakfast. I know what your thinking but it's Sunday Funday, don't judge me. Since I've never tried it and heard all kinds of things I figured why not?! 
    As far as a blanco, it's not awful tasting. At first smell, it smells slightly like grapefruit and mint. You get both of those flavors when you drink it as well. This, in my opinion, is not an all night sipper. This is the tequila you can shoot with some friends and they would appreciate that you at least bought something that was 100% blue agave. It could also be good for making large batches of margaritas on the cheap. Many have compared this tequila to Jose or 1800, neither of which I have ever been impressed with. This bottle cost about $28 locally. Not worth keeping stocked in your bar but definitely worth a taste. 
    Starting here I'll be rating the tequilas and margaritas I try. This Espolon blanco I will rate 2.5 out of 5 shots.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    Bud Light 'Ritas

    Let's start with the fact that I know these have no actual tequila. I know, I know, this is a tequila blog and you are reviewing something without any actual tequila. My logic here was I also try and review margaritas and Bud Light is trying to call these some kind of 'rita. 
    I bought the variety pack because I didn't want to have to go back and buy multiple packs of something I wasn't sure would even be any good. I started with the Strawberry Rita, it's the most common of the flavors you an find/buy. It was definitely strawberry but not really margarita tasting. I'm glad there are only 4 of these in the pack. I went for the Lemonade Rita next since it was the next most common flavor I could find. It reminds me of just what it says, lemonade. Again, there was no real margarita flavor here and still glad there are only 4 of these. The Rita I couldn't find in a pack all its own was the Mango Rita. It had great mango taste.... But to my disappointment still not a great margarita taste! The mango was also a little sickeningly sweet for my tastes. I may give away the last 3.
    Now we come to the flagship of Bud Light's Rita brand, the Lime-a-Rita. Despite the fact that these have no tequila, this flavor had the closest margarita taste. This makes up 6 of the 18 pack and I'll admit on a hot day when I'm feeling lazy I could crack one of these instead of making my own margarita. They aren't terrible, a ton of calories but not bad. I still think that Bud Light has some balls to call these any sort of Rita. Bud Light, please stick to your beer and leave the rest of us to our handcrafted tequila beverages.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Serrano Infused Tequila

    Last week I decided I wanted to make my own spicy tequila. I'm in love with the spicy/sweet margarita flavors I've been seeing out and about lately. I had half a bottle of Camarena Silver hanging out in my fridge just waiting to be used. Many of the recipes I've found suggested jalapeño but my husband suggested I use Serrano peppers. 
    It was really simple. A glass jar (I had this mason jar), 3 serranos, and a half a bottle of tequila. I sliced the ends off the peppers and then just cut them into slices. If you get any brown seeds on the inside, you'll need to get rid of those before you add them to your tequila. I combined the two on Sunday evening last week. 
    I let the infusion begin. In Friday I decided that staring at this Serrano heaven on my counter for 5 days was long enough... And it turns out I was right! I really enjoy the sweet of strawberries so I stopped at the grocery store on my way home and purchased a bag of frozen strawberries. The taste was good but there were just WAY too many seeds.
    It was really really tasty but as I said, the seeds. Yuck. I searched my local grocery store and other food locations but couldn't find strawberry purée anywhere (purée would have eliminated a lot of the seeds). Frankly I was in no shape to make my own purée as the kitchen was tore apart with the cabinets being repainted. I found what I think was a great substitute, Strawberry Guava Nectar at my local World Market store. It tastes delicious and isn't too sweet. I chose to mix a little of the nectar, margarita mix, and my Serrano tequila. It was phenomenal! The Serrano gave it a smoky spice that you can't get from a jalapeño or habanero. I suggest if you like a little spice in your life you give this infusion a try! 
    I whipped these in the blender which made them a little foamy but once they settled they were a gorgeous shade of pink. You can be guaranteed that this will not be my last infusion!
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Pomegranate Margarita

    It's been a pretty rough week for me so far. Last night after work I decided that it was time for a drink. I picked up my husband and headed out to find a patio (I love the sunshine). I knew that Claddaugh's Irish Pub had a quiet patio and a happy hour. Claddaugh's has a great pub atmosphere, plenty of alcohol, and great Irish food. We ate the corned-beef and cabbage rolls, delicious! My husband enjoyed an Irish beer while I ordered the only margarita on the menu; the pomegranate margarita.
    Let's start with the glassware. This is NOT what you would ever put a margarita in. I'm all for a margarita glass, a rocks glass, even a pint glass.... But not a martini glass. The worst part? They served it on the rocks in a martini glass. Stupid. The margarita itself tasted good. More like kool aide and less like something with alcohol, but good. 
    This margarita consisted of Lunazul blanco tequila, Combeir Liqueur d'orange, Pama, sour, and lime. I would not suggest you order this margarita. Not based on the taste (that was good) but the price. In a martini glass for $8.... Not for this margarita lover! If you do decide you have to try it Claddaugh's has locations in: Maple Grove, MN (my location), Columbus and Toledo Ohio, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Middleton Wisconsin, Livonia and Lansing Michigan, Geneva Illinois, and three locations in Indianapolis Indiana.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Strawberry jalapeño margarita - Malone's

    I'm sitting here on a beautiful Saturday night having dinner on the patio of Malone's. The weather is perfect and the patio is full. Lucky for me, the Malone's summer drink menu includes a strawberry jalapeño margarita. As I've said before this is my kind of beverage. I love something spicy and sweet at the same time.
    This spicy/sweet 'Rita was good the first time but better the second time (the bartender muddled the jalapeños the second time around). As opposed to other margaritas I've had with strawberries, this one used strawberry purée. I like the purée better than freshly squished strawberries.... They are terrible to suck up through a straw! Despite this margarita being made with one of my least favorite tequilas (Jose Cuervo) I really enjoyed its fresh and spicy taste. 
    If your ever at Malone's and it's summertime (or anywhere with a patio and a spicy/sweet margarita for that matter) give this one a try! I know I'll be back before the summer is over.
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Broadway Bar & Pizza Cadillac Margarita

    I have family moving out of state. We chose to get together one more time before moving day and we chose Broadway Bar & Pizza. Naturally I had to have a margarita... It's pretty much all I order at the bar. The only offering Broadway had was their Cadillac margarita. I've never had a Cadillac before but I have heard good things so I gave it a try.
    The Cadillac at Broadway comes with Patron Silver, Grand Marnier, sour mix, and fresh sqeezed lime. The margarita looked nice... But I wasn't a fan. For those Cadillac fans out there, sorry. The addition of the Grand Marnier was a deterrent for me. This was the first margarita that I didn't completely finish let alone order another of! 
    Don't worry, I'll give the Cadillac another try somewhere else. For now I'll stick to tequila on the rocks and spicy margaritas! 
    Happy Drinking!
    Kate