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!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Casamigos Blanco Tequila & Tequila Lime Shrimp

Unfortunately #NationalTequilaWeekend (I'm striving for it to get bigger every year!) has ended. I rounded out my weekend with some new tequila and a new recipe. Let's start with the Tequila Lime Shrimp.
2 tablespoons blanco tequila
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
black pepper to taste
1 lbs. shrimp
Wooden skewers

I found this recipe on Pinterest (as most of us do) and decided to give it a try. I used a gallon ziplock bag, threw all the ingredients in, and shook it up. I let the shrimp marinate for most of the day in the refrigerator. We had the grill heated up for some ribs we were cooking so we threw the shrimp on at the end. It took all of about 10 minutes for the shrimp to be ready to eat. Let me tell you, I am not really a shrimp eater.... but I ate more of these than anyone else! I loved them and so did the rest of my family. I even have a request to make them again.

Now on to the tequila! It was about time I tried a celebrity-owned tequila. I opted for Casamigos Blanco, which if you haven't heard is brought to us by Mr. George Clooney himself. I really dig the logo (I'm a fan of the agave plant look) and I purchased a nipper bottle. Frankly I had two other bottle of tequila in my fridge and didn't think buying another big bottle would be appropriate (notice I said HAD two bottles in the fridge :) ).
So is Casamigos worth all the celebrity hype? Casamigos is made at NOM1416 which means it comes from the same distillery as Avion and Clase Azul tequilas. The tequila clings to the bottle/glass like a good oily tequila should but I don't believe it lives up to the hype of the celebrities behind its name. Don't get me wrong, this tequila was enjoyable enough but not worth a heafty price tag. The blanco is crisp with hints of mint, citrus and agave. There is also a slight taste of vanilla, but its very slight. Because of the region where this tequila is grown, it isn't as sweet as say a Tres Agaves style. I say it's worth a try.... in the nipper size bottle. If you like that enough to buy a full size bottle go for it! I've noticed that the nipper bottles can be purchased at almost any liquor store.

Let me know what you think! Have you tried the shrimp? How about the tequila? I would love your feedback!
Happy Drinking!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

TGI Friday's Ultimate Margartia

With yesterday being National Tequila Day, I couldn't not have some tequila. National Tequila Day is one of my top days of the year! I called up my sister and suggested we head to our local TGI Friday's. It had been a long day for both of us and I didn't want to make my own margarita. According to the menu, you have the choice between the Ultimate Strawberry Margarita or the BFM - Best Friday's Margarita. I wasn't in the mood for slurping strawberries through my straw so I asked for the BFM. On recommendation from our server, I switched to an item not on the menu - the Ultimate Margarita.
Finally, my request for no salt was granted! Why would the server take me out of something I had asked for? He wanted to save me money. Our server told me that the Ultimate Margarita and the BFM were basically the same thing except for the price tag, I would save $2 by changing the name! Thank the tequila gods for this kind soul! Yes, his tip was generous for this suggestion.

I enjoy having a margarita at TGI Friday's more than other chains because their whole slogan is "Hand-Crafted Cocktails". No day-glo mixes that taste like chemicals here. The Ultimate Margarita has a fresh taste that isn't too sour or too sweet. Just in that margarita sweet spot. You can taste the tequila without it being overpowering. We enjoyed our 'ritas inside as it was nearly 90 degrees and really humid outside, otherwise we would have been on the patio.
For people who want a refreshing summer drink that you don't have to make yourself, I would recommend stopping in at your local TGI Friday's and requesting the Ultimate Margarita. The price is right and so is the taste!

Happy Drinking (& National Tequila Day)!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Strawberry Jalapeño Maragrita

Today we went to Canterbury to celebrate my brother-in-laws birthday. If you read my previous post, you know that for a pre-made mix trackside, I really enjoyed the margaritas. Today's weather was perfect (85, sunny, with a cool breeze) so I enjoyed two while I was also enjoying the races. But this post isn't about a margarita I've already had. Since we were out for a birthday celebration, we stopped for dinner after a day at the races. Tonight's dinner was a random stop at The Tavern Grill in Edina.
I ate a burger I created myself (one of their most famous options) and it was delicious. Again, this isn't about the burger! Along with my burger I had a Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita. I was informed when I ordered it that it was delicious but I wouldn't be able to order it as described. They were out of the jalapeño/grapefruit vodka. The server informed me that she could muddle the jalapeños right in and that it should taste great. I was really happy with my choice. I've had strawberry margaritas at MANY other locations in my life.... this one was the freshest strawberry margaritas I've ever had! I really enjoy a spicy kick to my margaritas so the added jalapeño taste was great. I was disappointed again when I asked for no salt on the rim and it came with salt, but I can overlook it. 

If you get a chance to head out to The Tavern Grill in Edina, give their Strawberry Jalapeño margarita a try. Its sweet and mildly spicy taste will be sure to please. 

Happy Drinking!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tres Agaves Margarita Mix

I mentioned in my last tequila review that Tres Agaves had their own brand of margarita mix. Over the last week or so I tracked some down and took them up on their claim that their tequila was made for margaritas. I'm all about sitting on a patio/deck in the heat having a margarita. For me, almost nothing beats that feeling.
 I found the mix at my local Cost Plus World Market store. They have a unique selection of items but offered the mix closest to me and at the cheapest cost. I had the store hold a mix for me and it cost $7.99 for the bottle. If you have read posts here before you know that I am NOT a fan of store-bought, pre-made mixes. I just prefer to make my own or purchase a margarita that is made in what I feel is the correct way. As the label says it's organic and made with just lime and agave. Needless to say I was pretty skeptical but most of the other reviews claim its the best mix they have ever tried.

Hopefully you've tried my perfect margarita. I found that recipe years ago and it has never let me down. This mix tastes like my margarita but with less of the sweetness from the agave. According to the directions on the bottle, you mix 3 ounces of mix with 2 ounces of Tres Agaves tequila. I followed the directions to the letter and made mine on the rocks. I have to say that I agree with the masses, this is the BEST pre-made mix I have ever tried!
Yes I know, margaritas don't really belong in an Irish pub glass but that's what I had clean and available. I plan to use this cost effective mix and tequila at all of my gatherings.... throw it in a blender and everyone can enjoy the taste. If you don't have a World Market or local retailer near you, you can also order the mix off of the Tres Agaves website. Give it a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Happy Drinking!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tequila Lollipops!

I did a lot of work this weekend. Actual work and I helped my sister paint most of her house. Needless to say I'm exhausted, but before I started on any of this I made some tequila lollipops!
I must give a disclaimer though, you will get diabetes before these get you drunk. I know, I was a little depressed too. Not to worry though... they are actually good! A sweet and classic lollipop that anyone can enjoy.

1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of tequila
2 tablespoons cold water
3/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons Karo light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (I used table salt, it worked great)
1/4 teaspoon food coloring - optional (I chose not to use it)

Step by step instructions:
Prep: If you don't have lollipop molds you can use a silicone baking mat. I couldn't find molds I liked and the silicone mats were too expensive for a couple time event. Tin foil on a sheet tray worked just fine.
1. Mix together 1/4 cup of the tequila, and the water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 1-2 quart sauce pan until all of the sugar is wet. If sugar crystals cling to the sides of the pan, dissolve them away.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and gently with a spatula until all of the sugar is dissolved. Then boil to 300°F without stirring.
3, Remove from the heat and, working quickly, add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of tequila and food coloring if you are using it.
4. Still working with haste, use a spoon to drop the candy onto the silicone mat/tin foil or into the lollipop molds.
5. Place a lollipop stick into the candy and twist 180° to completely cover.
This recipe makes approximately 18-20 lollipops. You'll need to let them cool and develop flavor over night. I covered the sheet trays with saran wrap and placed them in the fridge over night. I'm hoping to make a variety of margarita-style flavors, maybe for the holidays. This first batch tasted great though. I was pretty amazed at my own candy making skills!
 Happy Drinking! (And candy making)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July Weekend: Tres Agaves Blanco & Little Angie's Ultimate Margarita

This last weekend was the 4th of July and it wouldn't be complete without tequila. I went up to the North Shore with my husband, our friend, and my in-laws. It was a great time. Small town celebration including free beer and great fireworks. As much as the beer was free I couldn't miss an opportunity to enjoy an out-of-town margarita or introduce the people I know to some new tequila.

I'll start with Little Angie's Cantina & Grill in Duluth. We had spent a couple hours playing disc golf and we were really hot when we got done. Naturally people flock to the lake to feel the cool breeze coming off of it. We did just the same. Little Angie's has a large interior but with the lake breeze blowing just right we sat out on the patio. Little Angie's had a large selection of margarita options; peach, strawberry, pomegranate, sweet tart, classic lime, etc.I chose the Little Angie's Ultimate Margarita. 

The Ultimate Margarita consists of Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Cointreau, and their famous Little Angie's margarita mix. Now, I don't know the ingredients of their famous mix... but it was phenomenal! Of the classic lime margaritas I've had, this one takes the cake. I could have had multiple. I usually order mine without salt but some how seem to always get salt. It didn't wreck anything though. There were 3 size options for your drinking pleasure; the small was a 14 oz., the medium (what I chose) was a 26 oz., and the large was a massive 45 oz! We enjoyed our drinks with some 99 cent bottomless chips and salsa. The salsa wasn't like your store-bought style. It was more authentic Mexican with a watered sauce and more pico de gallo style. A lot of onions but definitely worth the price. 

 We enjoyed free beer, a parade, and some great fireworks for our 4th of July celebration. After all that it was time to break out the tequila.In the past when I've had tequila with my in-laws its been Patron. I chose a sweeter tequila to enjoy for the 4th. I went with Tres Agaves Blanco. It was fairly cheap as far as premium tequilas go (it only cost about $23) but the taste was great. Everyone agreed that it was really smooth and enjoyable. Tres Agaves has a sweet, fruity taste to it. There is no after-burn of alcohol that can turn may people away. Tres Agaves has a distinct difference, their entire product family is made to make delicious margaritas at home! Tres Agaves is one of the few 100% blue agave tequilas still made in the town of Tequila. If you or someone you know just aren't into the spicier, highland tequilas this lowland is for you. It ends with a sort of vanilla, lemon finish that anyone can enjoy. I've heard they also make a naturally flavored margarita mix... soon to be tried and reviewed!

Happy Drinking!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

El Rodeo Margarita

Moving sucks. I'm sure many of you agree. It's been nearly a week since my last post because I was moving. After a couple days of moving, cleaning, and putting things away a friend took my husband and myself out for drinks. Being fully supportive of my blogging efforts and loving tequila himself, we went out for Mexican. 
I'd never been to El Rodeo before... In fact I'd never even heard of it! As with most Mexican restaurants, the chips and salsa were free and kept coming!
Absolutely delicious. Since we had been moving and sweating for the better part of two days we decided to sit out on the patio. It was getting cooler and a storm front was moving in but according to the weather man we had the better part of an hour before we would get wet..... He was wrong. We were on the patio with a couple and a large group of guys. By the time our door arrived it was sprinkling and not long after we were left on the patio alone while it down poured! 
We finished our dinner and then went inside to dry off. I couldn't find any sign saying it was Happy Hour but my margarita was 2 for 1.... That made me pretty happy. I opted out of the peach/mango/strawberry/etc of fruit flavors and went straight for the house margarita. (If you read my last post about the mango margarita at Teresa's, you'll know why I opted out.) 
The house margarita came in half fish bowl sized glasses and tasted great for using a premade sour mix. Not too tart where you had to pucker your face but not so sweet you couldn't have more than one... Just my style. I'm glad I got the house margarita, looking around I noticed that some of the other margaritas came in martini glasses. That is one of my biggest pet-peeves. Put the drink in its proper glass! Anyways, at 2 for 1 these margaritas are a good taste at a great value. They rang in at about $6.50 for the 2. Most people in the restaurant were having a margarita of some variety so they must be doing something right. You can also order them by the pitcher.
Happy Drinking!