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Cinco de Mayo Recipe Roundup

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This time last year, I was in LA filming a video for Sauza Tequila. The theme was “Cinco de Mayo Ladies Night,” and it involved drinking margaritas for about 10 hours straight in a mansion in the hollywood hills, while me and several other bloggers were pampered and styled from head-to-toe. It wasn’t hard to look like we were having fun. In between giggling awkwardly and sipping margaritas, the makeup crew would run up to us to touch up our lipstick, straighten our dresses… and I remember distinctly feeling like I was getting way more attention than I had at my wedding (where I got a lot of attention!). And you know what? It was fun to feel like a big deal for a day. A girl could totally get used to that.  Continue reading


Party like it’s Cinco de Mayo

Cinco De Mayo recipe roundupGiven the name of this blog, you’ve probably induced that I’m a big fan of Cinco de Mayo. And right you are my friends. In fact, here’s the photo booth evidence from one of our recent Cinco de Mayo parties:

And yes, those are homemade cardboard photo booth props made by my husband extraordinaire. But I digress. Whether you are going to go big or stay at home this Cinco de Mayo, you’ll want to check out this roundup of recipes.Homemade Infused TequilaBaked Margarita Donuts

Fruity White Sangria
Mini Rosemary Cornbread muffinsSouthwest Brown Rice Bowl
Baked Apple Empanadas
Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Frozen Lime Yogurt Mini Pies

Homemade Infused Tequila

Homemade Infused Tequila

I went through a period in college where I thought that cherry-flavored vodka was the bees knees. My friends and I would drink it with diet cokes, and think that we were super classy for making such delicious “cocktails.”

Ahh, the good old days.

Homemade Infused Tequila

Today, I look at cocktails a little bit differently.

I prefer using real ingredients, like fresh squeezed juice instead of pre-packaged mixers. And my newest thing? Making my own infused liquor instead of buying the sticky-sweet pre-maid stuff. If you’re a marshmallow-flavored vodka-type person, no worries. I don’t judge. But I will say this: the flavor of liquor infused with fresh fruit, herbs and spices is like a totally different experience.


Go ahead and try making infused tequila and you’ll see for yourself. I recently made my own batch of infused tequila. And because I was too indecisive to pick one flavor combination, I decided to go with three:

Strawberry Basil for a fresh taste of spring
~ Pineapple Jalapeño for a tropical kick
~ Grapefruit Cinnamon for a citrusy-yet-savory combo

Homemade Infused Tequila
And in a nutshell? Totally a success!

I was really pleased with the results, but I wanted to give these infused tequilas the ultimate test. So naturally, I brought them out for our friends to taste test at our latest dinner party. For variety (and because not everyone likes to sip tequila straight), I also brought sparkling water, grapefruit juice and orange juice.

It’s safe to say our friends had a blast mixing and matching their own cocktails. I was sort of hoping there would be a clear winner – but everyone had their own favorites for different reasons. So, I have to share all three flavor ideas.

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, this would make a pretty fabulous alternative addition to tequila shooters or margaritas. What flavors are you going to mix up?

Homemade Infused Tequila
Homemade Infused Tequila

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1 cup of desired infusion ingredients, ex: fresh strawberries and basil leaves, pineapple chunks and sliced jalapeños, grapefruit slices and cinnamon sticks or your own fun combination
3 cups tequila

Wash and prep infusion ingredients. Add to glass container along with tequila, and screw lid on tight. Let jar sit on counter (out of sun) for 3-5 days, taste-testing each day to achieve desired flavor. When tequila is properly infused, strain and re-bottle. And that’s it. Enjoy responsibly 🙂

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Ladies Night In with Sauza Tequila {Video!}


If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you know that I was in LA a few weeks ago for a video shoot with Sauza Tequila. And, uh, sorry about the photo uploads every 2 seconds. The trip was pretty exciting, and naturally I had to document every.single.moment. From manicures and accessories to food stylists and party decorators, this experience was truly glamorous.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the decor, food, and day-of-shoot shenanigans:

Cinco de Mayo Ladies Night In
Cinco de Mayo Ladies Night In

But what’s even cooler than these photos is the finalized Sauza video. Watch it here:

Cuuute, right? But I must say, besides drinking margaritas for 10 hours straight, the coolest part of the trip was getting to meet the other five fabulous bloggers that were participating in the shoot: Christi at Love From the Oven, Jennifer at Hostess With The Mostess, Jenny at Good Bad and Fab, Jillian at Catch My Party and Candice at Fashionably Organized. Big shout out to these fabulous ladies! Their blogs are truly inspirational, so make sure to click on over and check them out. And then, start start planning your own Cinco de Mayo party, starting here, with the Sauza-rita recipe:

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1 can Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 bottle light beer
1 can frozen limeade
1 can water

Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza Blue Silver and pour into pitcher. Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy.

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NOTE: In case you noticed I was using the hashtag “#makeitwiththelifeguard” during the shoot, here’s the scoop about Sauza’s latest hunk bartender in action. Sadly he was not invited to our girls night in.

He’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at http://facebook.com/SauzaMargaritas.

Whether it’s ladies night in or you’re going to ahem, make it with a lifeguard, have a great Cinco de Mayo!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.

Baked Margarita Donuts

Baked Margarita Donut

Is it ever too early for tequila? No way, jose.

Let me clue you in to two of my latest obsessions: my donut pan. And tequila. Okay, okay. Technically tequila has been on the list for a while. But who’s counting? Here’s the problem: you can’t add tequila to your coffee. Luckily, I figured out another way to add it to my morning routine. This is normal behavior, right?

Baked Margarita DonutsBaked Margarita Donuts

My husband maaaay have been slightly concerned about me when he came home to discover tequila-infused breakfast food on the counter – but one bite and he was hooked. The thing about these donuts is that they aren’t super boozy. They are light and citrusy and delicious. For those of you who loved my coconut banana bread scones with lime glaze, these  donuts will be your new fave. Promise.

Baked Margarita Donuts


Baked Margarita Donuts
Yields 12

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For the donuts
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lime zest
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T butter, melted

For the glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp tequila
Lime zest and course salt for garnish

Preheat oven to 425F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, butter and lime zest. Beat until combined. Fill each donut cup 2/3 full and bake for 7-9 minutes. While donuts are baking, whip up the glaze, whisking the powdered sugar, lime juice and tequila together. When donuts are ready, dunk into the glaze and let cool on a baking rack. Garnish with lime zest and course salt before glaze cools completely.

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