what up wednesdays

Just a few things I’ve been up to lately……
1. Jesus is gay. No, I’m not being sacrilegious. I’m talking about the Walking Dead. I actually missed that part of the show and read about it on the internet. But I saw the rest and the show is still good so I’m ok with it all. I still have not seen the last 2 episodes of This Is Us. I know wtf right? But every time I try to put it on, Mikey begs me not to. So I put on Big Little Lies instead and we really really like it. I’m glad I didn’t read the book first. We of course still love Billions and I’m kind of digging Imposters, which I mentioned last week. Elaine who turned 40+1 has been trying to get me to watch Girls. I watched the first season but was like ummm, nah. but now she insists that I should watch this season(which is the last) and the season before that. I’m kind of tempted though just so I can feel like I’m part of the “in” crowd.
2. Books- I’m still reading Engagements.
3. Working too much. Which explains #2 above. And my absence from my blog. Excuses, excuses I know.
4. So I was all excited about Sex and the City 3 only to find out that it’s all just “in talks” and whatnot and not even remotely going to happen anytime soon.
5. The weather- Spring is here and the low tonight is 18 degrees. Oh and this past Friday night it snowed 2 inches of big fat snowflakes and covered everything and they were calling for rain. I am so ready for summer. Or Florida.

Blackjack margarita

Happy National Margarita Day!!!

What up Wednesdays will be on a 1 day delay because um hello??!! How could I pass up national margarita day?? I couldn’t!!
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I love me a good margarita. There’s this peach margarita (which is one of my all time faves), this watermelon margarita, a rhubarb margarita, blackberry margarita, mango margarita, cherry margarita(maybe my 2nd fav), fresh citrus margarita, Cadillac margarita, and don’t forget the margarita pie I made for “pi day.” My margarita obsession runs deep…

The inspiration for this margarita came from the fact that over the weekend I had an obsession with blackraspberry chocolate chip ice cream that was just so beyond delicious. So I saw this recipe for a margarita using black raspberry liquer and I knew that I just had to make it for national margarita day. It was fate! And the name is cool too!

Blackjack margarita
2oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz black raspberry liquer
2 oz Rose’s lime juice
salt for rim of glass and a lime wedge
Place all ingredients (except salt) in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and enjoy!!!

Happy #nationalmargaritaday!!!

spiked smores hot chocolate

The perfect cold weather drink!

And it’s made with homemade marshmallow vodka!!

So I live in a state with ridiculous liquor laws. We have to buy liquor from state run liquor stores. And only until recently could we buy wine at a grocery store and have wine from other states shipped to us. But don’t get me started on all of that. So, I had this idea for spiked smores hot chocolate for a while and I finally decided to make it. I went to the liquor store to buy marshmallow vodka, which I had seen on the shelves many times. Lo and behold, when I went to finally purchase some, they were out. So I asked if they had any in the back and they said no but they would check other locations to see if somewhere else had some. The answer was no. They don’t carry it anymore and it’s now a special order. Seriously??? I have to special order this? Ummm no thanks. Pissed off, I left but then had that light bulb moment and I thought “I’ll just make my own!” So I did. And it was so easy and so much cheaper. Win win!! Plus, I only made a small amount so I didn’t have this great big bottle sitting around.

Homemade marshallow vodka
Fill a pint glass jar 3/4 full with marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows)then fill with vodka. Place lid on jar and shake gently. Let sit for approximately 1 week, shaking gently every few days. Strain vodka through a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer.

Besides making the homemade marshmallow vodka, another fun part was trying to toast the marshmallows on my gas stove top burner. If you don’t have a gas stove, you could try broiling the marshmallows but very very carefully.

I also dipped the cup in marshmallow fluff then into graham cracker crumbs and it just made this drink even more delicious.

Spiked smores hot chocolate
1 cup of your favorite hot chocolate/cocoa mix made with milk(I used almond milk) and heated through
1 oz marshmallow vodka
graham cracker crumbs (and marshmallow fluff- optional) for rim of cup
Ok, ok so I took the easy way out and just used a premade cocoa mix and heated my milk and stirred in the cocoa mix. Yes, I could have melted pieces of chocolate and mixed it with milk and did all that but, I didn’t want to. This way was just too easy. So, dip your cup in marshmallow fluff then in graham cracker crumbs. Pour in heated milk mixed with your favorite hot cocoa/chocolate mix and stir in 1oz marshmallow vodka.

The perfect hide under the covers and keep warm drink!!

Tie me to the bedpost baby

No this is not an erotic blog post!! It’s the name of the shots I made us!

It’s perfect for your special Valentine! Or if you’re going to see the new Fifty Shades movie coming out. And if you don’t want to do them as shots, just pour it in a glass with ice and make it into a cocktail…It’s really tasty. Fruity but not too sweet. And really strong!

This drink reminds me of when I used to bartend every Friday night for like 5 years straight. There was a period of time where I would make a shaker or 2 or 3 of tie me to the bed post baby shots. There was a recently divorced middle aged man who would come into the club around 9:00pm. He would start the night off with either a beer or a martini. He would then commence to feed money into the jukebox pretty much all night long. He actually played some really good music and we would always say he should be a DJ. By about midnight when the club got into full swing and he was surrounded by all of his friends, some old and some new, he would summon me over and say “Hey Lis, how about a shaker of tie me to bedpost baby.” That’s when I knew the party was really going to get started…

He would pour out the shaker into as many shot glasses as he could get and just start passing them out to everyone. Always giving a little wiggle of his eyebrows and a wink when he told them what the name of the shots were.

The party and the shots would continue on until I would have to throw everyone out by 4am. Oh those were the days. I do not miss at all. HA.

Tie me to the bedpost baby
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz southern comfort
1/2 oz melon liquor
1/2 oz black raspberry liquor
1/2 oz sloe gin
1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into shot glasses or into a glass with ice. Enjoy and get ready to party!

mudslide coffee

Just a little something to warm you up on a cold winter’s day…

We were reminiscing about our trip to mexico we took almost 3 years ago. Just about every single day we had a few mudslides while sunning on the beach and by the pool. This was after a very large, absolutely delicious breakfast. But usually before lunch which was a giant juicy cheeseburger and some chips with guac and pico de gallo. After our approximately 3 mile walk on the beach. So yes throw in a few mudslides in the afternoon and we probably gained about 5 pounds each. That’s what vacations are for right?

Since we are not going anywhere warm this winter, I figure I would turn a frozen mudslide drink into a hot one. It’s quite tasty and the coffee flavor gives it a little twist. If you don’t want the whipped cream, I recommend dipping the rim of your coffee cup in chocolate syrup. That little bit of chocolate elevates the taste of the mudslide just like the frozen kind.

Not to be boring and talk about the weather, but we have been having some crazy January weather around my neck of the woods. One day it’s 2 degrees and 5 days later it’s 55 degrees. Everyone I know is sick or was sick. I’ve only been fighting a runny nose thank god. Today it’s about 40 degrees so it’s still cold enough to warm up with this coffee…

Mudslide coffee
3/4 cup of hot coffee
1/2 oz vodka
1 oz irish cream liquer
1 oz coffee liquer
1 oz milk, optional (I didn’t use it but you can if you like your coffee creamier)
whipped cream and chocolate syrup, optional
Place all 3 shots in your coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup or dip the rim of your coffee cup in chocolate syrup.

I still wish I was sitting on the beach sipping a frozen mudslide but this coffee one will have to do for now.