Blood Orange Cardamom Mezcal Margaritas

The blood orange and cardamom help to balance the smokiness of the mezcal.  You can also sub tequila if you don’t have mescal. An anejo tequila would work well, adding a little smoke flavor.

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My Week

This week was my birthday week so I did just a little to celebrate starting with a “surprise” party at my store and then a few days in Atlantic City. My party was not an actual surprise because one of my friends spilled the beans days before. Even with knowing about the party, it was still a nice treat to spend time with my friends. Stay tuned for a post for more of my Atlantic City trip and my tips for a great beach picnic.

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Summer Tea and Wine Punch


It’s hot on the East Coast, I mean really hot! Even in this weather it’s still nice to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. I received some new XL iced tea bags from Le Palais des Thés that I waned to put to good use. They are perfect for hot weather because no boiling water is require, just steep for 30 minutes and your done. Of course we need some spirits, I opted for Bolla Pinot Grigio and a little rum. Fresh peaches, mango, and strawberries give this drink a light fresh taste that will quench your thirst on the hottest of days.

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Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and this margarita is perfect! For this recipe I used my ice cream machine to get these margaritas nice and icy. I hate when margaritas are watered down, which is why I hate adding regular ice cubes. When you use this method, your margarita can also double as a dessert. After about 15-20 minutes in the ice cream machine, the mixture is the perfect consistency for a great margarita. If you freeze the mixture, it becomes refreshing hibiscus margarita sorbet. Try serving the frozen sorbet with a little tequila or champagne on top.

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