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!!!

orange dream protein shake

I’m on a really big citrus kick. Especially oranges and orange juice.

Who couldn’t use the extra vitamin C, especially in the winter???

This shake is great for your breakfast or as a post workout. I may have done both. But not in the same day. I’m not sure what it is about oranges right now but I literally can’t stop eating them. And in case you’ve read my blog before, I love love love fresh squeezed orange juice especially in my cocktails. I did use store bought orange juice for this shake though because it uses a whole cup of OJ and that’s a whole lot of oranges to juice. Especially when I only have a hand juicer, not an electric juicer.

Orange dream protein shake
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth.

A tasty glass of vitamin C with a kick of protein. Does it get any better?

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!!

chocolate cherry cheesecake protein smoothie

I have the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and your swolemate!

I’m totally obsessed with these “cheesecake” smoothies. After I made the blueberry one, I kept thinking of all these different kinds I could make. I’m thinking strawberry may be next…or maybe blackberry…

One of the reasons I’m so obsessed with these smoothies is that they are not made with protein powder. Not that I’m opposed to protein powder, but sometimes I just don’t want it or get sick of it. Plus I know a few people who can’t drink it because it upsets their stomachs.

This smoothie is loaded with protein from plain greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Which is what helps give it that “cheesecake” flavor. If you’re still following your new years resolution to eat healthier, than this smoothie is like the perfect dessert.

Chocolate cherry cheesecake protein smoothie
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 cup milk (I used original almond milk)
2 tsp cocoa
1 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serves 1-2.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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!