HAPPY HOUR: Easiest Corona Margarita

David and I are in Texas this weekend. Our final trip back before we officially move back home. We miss a lot of things about Texas, great tex-mex, margaritas, warm weather! I told David this weekend I need to sit on a patio and drink a margarita, so here is my Easiest Margarita recipe in case any of you want to join in the fun!

EASIEST MARGARITA.

EASIEST MARGARITA.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 can frozen limeade
1 empty limeade can Tequila
1 empty limeade can of water
1 bottle Corona

Mix together in a pitcher and pour over ice! Enjoy!

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HAPPY HOUR: Cucumber Refresher

Today David and I are venturing to Columbus to help our friend move apartments. I have a feeling after a long day of lifting and moving (on David’s part) and a long day delegating and directing (of course on my part) we will be in need of a cold drink. Here is a great drink recipe that is refreshing and full of Spring! Enjoy!

CUCUMBER REFRESHER

CUCUMBER REFRESHER

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 mint leaves

1 large basil leaf

1 lime wedge

1½ parts Cucumber Vodka

3 parts soda water

½ tsp. agave nectar

DIRECTIONS:

Squeeze lime wedge into rocks glass, muddle lime wedge with mint and basil

leaves and vodka. Add ice. Top with soda water.

Add agave nectar and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

HAPPY HOUR: The Ultimate (and easy) Bloody Mary

So recently David has realized if I haven’t tried something I just say I don’t like it. So he is now forcing me to try all sorts of crazy things I have never tried, mustard, ketchup, ham. Crazy things!! And I love them all of course. I recently tried a Bloody Mary for the first time and fell in love! One of our favorite brunch places in Dallas, Hattie’s, has the BEST Bloody Mary of all time. So here is the ultimate bloody mary recipe and some of my favorite bloody mary add ons!

THE ULTIMATE AND EASY BLOODY MARY

THE ULTIMATE (AND EASY) BLOODY MARY

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 ounces of Vodka

4 ounces of Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix

Kosher Salt & Pepper Mixture

all your favorite Bloody Mary fixins

Ice

DIRECTIONS:

Rim your favorite glass with the Kosher Salt & Pepper mixture.

Combine the vodka and the Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix and ice in

a martini shaker. Mix well. Pour over ice in to your rimmed glass. Add your fixins.

and ENJOY!

This is a new discovery for David and I. Are amazing neighbor Karen told us about this PERFECT bloody mary mix. You can always make your own mix, but why mess with perfection? David LOVES the Extra Spicy Mix because it has horseradish shavings. I like to do a half and half with the spicy and mild mix.

This is a new discovery for David and I. Are amazing neighbor Karen told us about this PERFECT bloody mary mix. You can always make your own mix, but why mess with perfection? David LOVES the Extra Spicy Mix because it has horseradish shavings. I like to do a half and half with the spicy and mild mix.

Another great recommendation for the ULTIMATE Bloody Mary is perfect vodka. Tito's is the absolute best, and it doesn't hurt that its made in Texas!

Another great recommendation for the ULTIMATE Bloody Mary is perfect vodka. Tito’s is the absolute best, and it doesn’t hurt that its made in Texas!

Of course besides a huge stalk of crunch celery I love Bloody Mary's that come with a screwer of goodies. Rick's Pick's Smokra is amazing! David's favorite!

Of course besides a huge stalk of crunch celery I love Bloody Mary’s that come with a screwer of goodies. Rick’s Pick’s Smokra is amazing! David’s favorite! Mine are a huge chunks of pepperoni!

My favorite (and FIRST) bloody mary at Hattie's has a huge slice of candied bacon laying over the mouth of the glass. Talk about heaven. Everything is better with bacon.

My favorite (and FIRST) bloody mary at Hattie’s has a huge slice of candied bacon laying over the mouth of the glass. Talk about heaven. Everything is better with bacon.

Here is the EASIEST candied bacon recipe to bring your Bloody Mary to perfection…

INGREDIENTS:

10 strips of thick cut bacon

Brown Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Position a cooling rack over a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Lay the strips of bacon on the rack and place in the oven to bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

Sprinkle each strip with brown sugar and bake until the sugar melts and caramelizes and the bacon is crispy, another 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn. Remove from the pan and lay on the cooling rack to solidify and come to an eat-able temperature.

Enjoy your Bloody Mary! These are the perfect drink for any brunch. Even setting up a Bloody Mary bar for all your guests is such a fun party DIY.

Enjoy your Bloody Mary! These are the perfect drink for any brunch. Even setting up a Bloody Mary bar for all your guests is such a fun party DIY.

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR: The Lady In Red

Valentine’s Day is always the perfect day to share a cocktail and a box of chocolates. Here is one of my favorite holiday cocktails.

THE LADY IN RED COCKTAIL.

THE LADY IN RED COCKTAIL.

INGREDIENTS:

1.5  ounces of Maker’s Mark

1 ounce of POM Pomegranate Juice

half ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Chilled Ginger Beer

Combine lemon juice, pomegranate juice and

bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Shake vigorously for a minute

then pour over ice in a rocks glass and top off with ginger beer.

HAPPY HOUR: Smirnoff Sorbet Slushie

Um hello yum! This title caught my eye on Pinterest and I had to find the recipe! I know this is a perfect summer drink, but I thought I would share it anyway for all of us who are still dreaming about flip flops and pool days in this gloomy rainy Texas weather!

photo and recipe courtesy of Waiting on Martha

photo and recipe courtesy of Waiting on Martha

RECIPE:

Smirnoff Lemon Sorbet Vodka

1 pint of Lemon Sorbet

*combine the pint of sorbet with 1 cup of vodka, mix well in blender*

Smirnoff Sorbet Vodkas also come in Raspberry, Mango Passion Fruit, and Pomegranate

PRODUCT FEATURE: Happy Hour Special

I realized yesterday that I have been posting a ton of Happy Hour recipes! But today I found this adorable Cocktail Recipe Cards made by Moxie House Paper Goods on Scout Mob. So here is an amazing present, house warming gift, or even early stocking stuffer for your Happy Hour loving friends.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

You can check out some other amazing paper goods from Moxie House Paper goods just by clicking on the picture below!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

HAPPY HOUR: Mandarin Sunset

Happy Holiday Weekend, everyone!! I’m planning on spending my holiday weekend lounging by the pool and grilling out so I thought I would give you all a nice little cocktail recipe to try out poolside!

MANDARIN SUNSET

MANDARIN SUNSET

1 PART PUCKER WATERMELON SCHNAPPS

2 PARTS MANDARIN FLAVORED VODKA

A SPLASH OF ORANGE JUICE

*garnish with a lime and sugar rim and you are ready to go!