I am getting married in 81 days. Yes, the countdown is on. And while I’ve been slowly trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to phase alcohol out of my wedding diet, I’m certainly looking forward to all of the options on the big day.
First, the signature cocktail. As I’m not a fan of naming my drink after myself, my fiance or my marriage, we’ll just be serving Sangria. Since stone fruit will be in season around Sept. 7, I’m going to serve a modified version of a traditional White Sangria (pictured above), adding in peaches and plums, if they are available. I suppose I could call it Wedding White Sangria, but it would taste exactly the same.
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It’s Friday. For most, it’s the last day of the work week we have to get through before we finally reach the weekend. For some, it’s a day for recovery. Hangovers are never fun, but if you are going to wake up tomorrow wishing you never turned 21, you may as well savor every sip as it goes down. In honor of The Hangover Part III, we’ve put together a list of the top five most-delicious ways to get a hangover.
1: Tequila Lemonade (pictured above) – For the tequila fans out there: Clear your schedule for tomorrow morning. You’re going to need some R&R after you gulp down a couple of these adult lemonades. Meyer lemons, fresh mint and a whole lot of tequila come together to make a refreshing yet simple cocktail with a kick.
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Cinco de Mayo is America’s favorite excuse to overindulge in tequila. But what do you really know about the national spirit of Mexico? I took a trip to the source to learn more.
About a 45-minute drive northwest of Guadalajara, and a couple hours inland from Puerto Vallarta, the diminutive town of Tequila sits in an arid valley at the foot of the dormant volcano of the same name. The landscape of dusky orange and yellow soil is interrupted by patchwork squares of deep blue-green fields of spiky agave plants. This is where tequila gets both its name and its character.
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For the perfect pitcher of something sweet, Southern and spiked, serve up a batch of some seriously tasty iced tea. Freshly brewed black tea is infused with mashed blackberries and mint, resulting in a pretty, purple-hued brew. Then tea time gets serious when each glass of chilled iced tea is crowned with a shot of Kentucky bourbon that lazily floats on top to ensure a kick with each sip. This refreshing medley showcases bourbon’s smoky charm in a fruity, summery sipper.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Lecturing you on drinking less to avoid hangovers is like lecturing you on not eating all the Halloween candy in one night. I know you’re going to do it anyways, and you know you’re going to regret it. So let’s just make some breakfast and move on:
Everyone knows that grease is No. 1 in prevention. Wanna know why? It coats the stomach the way a mother cradles a baby. Give in to it. Scoffing a cheeseburger will limit the amount of alcohol absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream, helping to prevent hangovers. Or allowing you to drink more.
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On Bobby Flay’s Basket of Brunch Goodies episode of Brunch @ Bobby’s (which you can watch in full here), Bobby cooks up a spread of American favorites like Shoo-Fly Muffins, Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean-Pecan Butter and homemade Fruit Filled Mini Toaster Pastries! Then he creates a one-of-a-kind bellini bar that is sure to impress any brunch guest.
There are several benefits to putting together a bellini bar if you’re hosting a continental brunch. They’re delicious and everyone will have fun making their own cocktails. Traditionally, the bellini is made with a white peach puree and topped with prosecco (it originated in Venice) but you can put any sparkling wine on ice and put out a variety of add-ins.
Bobby Flay’s suggestions for a great bellini bar:
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This month I’ve been celebrating Margarita March. It’s not an official holiday (yet), but this alliteration is enough to make me pull out the tequila and limes to make this classic concoction.
Meet margaritas more playful side with these cool, bite-sized Margarita Jell-O Shots. Lime green and jiggly, these little shots pack a punch and are great to make for a crowd. They are easily adaptable to incorporate other flavors, so try using strawberry or raspberry Jell-O for a fruity-flavored margarita.
Just combine your Jell-O flavor of choice with tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice and triple sec and refrigerate until set. Ditch the small plastic cups and cut the Jell-O shots into cubes, so you can easily pop them in your mouth.
P.S. These would make a festive addition to your St. Paddy’s Day celebration!
Bottoms up, folks.
Margarita Jell-O Shots
Recipe courtesy of On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz, copyright (c) 2011
- 80 cocktail picks
- 3 (6-ounce) packages lime or strawberry Jell-O
- 1 cup tequila
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tbsp triple sec
Line a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with plastic wrap.
Combine Jell-O powder and 2 1/2 cups boiling water in a large bowl and stir to dissolve. Add tequila, lime juice, and triple sec and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
Once Jell-O has set completely, turn out onto a clean surface and peel off plastic wrap. Cut into 1-inch cubes and serve on cocktail picks. Cheers!
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When life gives you lemons, what do you do with them? Do you go to the old stand-by and make a fresh batch of lemonade? That’s a great idea! But wait. Might I suggest making your own homemade Italian lemon liqueur instead? Think of it as an adult version of lemonade.
Start brewing up batches of limoncello, a clean, sweet and beloved lemon-based digestivo from Southern Italy. Brewing your own limoncello will take six weeks, so some patience is required. But as soon as the weather starts to warm up, you’ll have a cool, refreshing drink that showcases the bright, lush flavor of lemons.
And since limoncello requires only a few simple ingredients, make sure they are the best you can find. Though Sorrento Oval lemons are standard, any bright yellow and juicy lemon will do. And for the best results, be sure to use a grain alcohol (not vodka!) to extract the concentrated flavor from the lemon peels.
Though traditionally limoncello is good to sip cold and neat after dinner, it’s becoming increasingly popular in mixed drinks like this Limoncello Spritzer. So get your lemons assembled and start your brewing, because every sip will be worth the wait.
Bottoms up, folks.
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On Sunday while your team is facing off in New Orleans (or perhaps waiting it out to try again next year), skip a pitcher of beer in favor of these classier cocktails. The Long Bar at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa passed along a few theme drinks to turn your party into an at-home cocktail smack down between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. So while you’re watching all the action go down in the Superdome, be sure to have a cocktail shaker on hand. Not a fan of either team? We too are equal opportunity cocktail drinkers, so sip away.
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