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Mai Tais

Mai Tai recipe

Since my big announcement about moving back to Hawaii, I’ve been packing like a madwoman. My goal is 2 boxes a day, which might not sound like much, but you guys, I’m tired when I get home from work. All I want to do is have a glass of wine and watch some Gossip Girl on Netflix. Plus, I’m already getting sentimental about leaving. And packing doesn’t help.  Continue reading


White Russian Cocktails

white russian cocktail recipe

Let’s talk about cocktails. Because, you know that I love margaritas. But – there are other beverages I love, too. In my mind, cocktails fall into different categories. Like, for instance, rainy day cocktails (Margaritas!), summer cocktails (Sangria and Lava Flows!), winter cocktails (Spiked Hot Chocolate!) and night cap cocktails – like this classic White Russian recipe. White Russians are creamy and comforting, and there’s a good reason that this standard cocktail recipe has remained one of the most common cocktails around. Continue reading


Blood Orange Sangria

Blood Orange Sangria

Last night we attended “family dinner,” a potluck-style affair with a group of friends who are all Portland transplants. Over steaming bowls of Vegan Clam Chowder and a pitcher of Blood Orange Sangria, we sat around, sprawled out on couches and the hardwood floor, and played catch up.

One by one we filled each other in on the latest and greatest. New projects. Health kicks. Travel stories. Work drama. We always have so much to report.

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There was a time where we saw these folks every week. From concerts to TV marathons of The Bachelor, we spent quite a bit of time bouncing between each other’s homes. As cliche as it is, things have changed as we’ve gotten older. We’re (mostly) not in our twenties anymore. We’re all out of school, working full-time, volunteering in the community. A few of us have bought homes. Had children. And all of us are simply more busy. Life seems to get more complicated every year. 

Blood Orange Sangria

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Grapefruit Thyme Champagne Cocktail

grapefruit thyme champagne cocktail

There are no words to describe New Year’s Eve in Hawaii. In fact, if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you might not believe the craziness. Imagine the way that the 4th of July is celebrated here on the mainland. And times that by 100. We’re talkin’ fireworks galore, mochi making, eating Japanese Soba noodles for a long life, sips of sake at midnight for good luck, and many other great traditions that reflect the melting pot of cultures that make up Hawaii.

I’m usually home in Hawaii for the holidays – and I always try to stretch my trip over NYE, too. Last year, we watched the most ginormous fireworks display while hanging out at the beach. Barefoot and coatless. It was absolutely lovely.

grapefruit thyme champagne cocktailGrapefruit Thyme Champagne Cocktail

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Holiday Sangria Spritzer

Holiday Sangria Spritzer

So I did it. I finished my first half-marathon yesterday. That’s a whopping 13.1 miles. And you know what? I never thought I’d say this – but the first 12 miles really weren’t so bad. After all, I’ve been training for months. But that last 1.1 miles? MAN, I hated my life. I was suddenly very aware of the rain, blisters, chaffing and thirst, and I wanted to start walking so badly. In fact, I almost did start walking. But a few things kept me going: 1) my fab running partner, 2) wanting to get the f&@!ing run over with, and 3) knowing that there would be celebratory cocktails. And indeed there were. Cocktails, that is. Continue reading


Coconut Rum Spiked S’more Hot Chocolate

 Koloa Coconut Rum S'more Cocktail

I don’t believe in wearing boots before October; and yet, I sported my knee-highs yesterday. See, it’s been pouring in Portland for days on end. Not a sunny, summery mist but a winter-like downpour. The sky is dark and even the pup, who always wants to be outside, would rather stay snuggled up on the couch. This is the time of year that I begin to remember why I started Margaritas In The Rain; because, sometimes the only thing a girl can do to cope with the rain is to keep calm and enjoy a tropical cocktail. 

I did something else out of the ordinary this week. I skipped over my list of Go To fruity cocktails like Lava Flows and Mango Margaritas, and opted for a warm cocktail. And not just any warm cocktail. A s’more-inspired hot chocolate beverage. Because let’s face it, that’s just how me and my crazy sweet tooth role. And I figured the only way I could top the chocolate-graham-marshmallow combination was to add a little dash of a lot of coconut rum. So I did. And whatd’ya know, my day was instantly a little better. Continue reading


Leprechaun Kiwi Drop

Leprechaun Kiwi Drop
 I’m not a huge fan of green beer. Or whisky. So on St. Patrick’s Day, I opt into drinking my own green concoction. I call it the Leprechaun Kiwi Drop. It’s an Irish cocktail gone tropical. Ok, it’s actually not Irish at all. In fact, there’s nothing traditional about it. But I’m Irish and I drink what I want.
Leprechaun Kiwi Drop
Leprechaun Kiwi Drop
On a side note – Sam and I both have dark-ish complexions, but we’re both part-Irish and occasionally get red hairs. Does this mean we could have a red-haired child? Weird.
How are you celebrating St. Patty’s?
[Note: Sam doesn’t love pulp OR kiwis, and was not a fan of this drink. I’d recommend straining the seeds and pureeing as finely as possible if you have a similarly strange aversion.]
Leprechaun Kiwi Drops
Serves 1

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3 ripe kiwis, peeled and cubed
1/2 lime
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 tsp sugar
1 oz rum

Blend kiwis in food processor until smooth and frothy. Add to shaker along with juice from lime and several ice cubes and shake. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and lime zest, and pour onto a flat plate. Next, run the used lime along the rim of a martini glass and dip in the sugar mixture. Pour cocktail into glass and enjoy!

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