Tag Archives: tequila
4/20/14

lime margaritas

easy lime margarita recipe

I have to get something off my chest. I’m a total margarita snob.

There, I said it. And I feel better already. It’s taken me 3+ years to admit that, but I couldn’t lead you on anymore. The truth is, I only drink margaritas made with fresh ingredients – and I am totally that girl at the bar who asks what’s in the cocktails. Making fresh margaritas is so easy – why use the syrupy-sweet, preservative-filled mix? Believe me, I’ve had enough margaritas to know that there is a difference. I also prefer my margaritas without triple sec. Or salt. High maintenance, I know. Continue reading

4/29/13

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.

Intrigued?

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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Ingredients
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

Instructions
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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4/25/13

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

Instructions
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®.