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Juicy Fruity Prickly Pear Margarita

Cactus Fruit Margarita 2

Did you know the fruits that grow on Cactus trees are edible? Not only are they edible, they are delicious. They have many names – Cactus Fruit, Prickly Pear, Cactus Fig, Optunia, and their Spanish name, Tuna. I find them almost year-round at our local hispanic food market and make Margaritas with them. To remove the nubs on the skin which contain spines: slice off the ends of the fruit, make a lengthwise incision, and peel off the rind. This post was featured on BevMo!’s Thirsty Times blog. To see the recipe and instructions, click here.

Cactus Fruit Margarita 3

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Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Happy Halloween! It’s been a busy few weeks. I’m in the process of selling my condo, buying a house, packing, and enjoying bonding with my daughter while on maternity leave. We’ll be settled into our new house by the time I go back to work in December. And, i’m really excited to cook and entertain in my new kitchen. The kitchen is brand new and open to a family room so i’ll finally be able to cook while entertaining and not have to be all by myself in the kitchen when guests come over.

Here is a photo of the three of us all dressed up for Antonio’s company Halloween party. Adriana has such a happy demeanor and was so excited to put on her costume. We feel so fortunate and adore her so much.

Halloween

Just in time for your Halloween parties tonight and for upcoming holiday gatherings, BevMo!’s cocktail expert, Jordan Catapano, has brewed up some frightful concoctions that are a real treat! If you’re looking for inspiration for your holiday gathering, there is a spine-chillingly delicious Boo Blizzard Cocktail and a creative Pumpkin Marshmallow Martini, perfect for the pumpkin spice-loving ghoul in your life.

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Pumpkin Marshmallow Martini

2 ounces Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
2 ounces Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
½ Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree
Dash Ground cinnamon
Dash Ground cloves
Halloween Pumpkin Peeps for Garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add the Fulton’s, Pinnacle vodka, honey, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and cloves, and shake to mix. Strain into a glass, then garnish with a skewer of Halloween pumpkin Peeps.

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Boo Blizzard Cocktail
2 cups Dolce de Leche Ice Cream
1 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
4 Oreo Cookies – for gluten free, use Glutino’s Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies
1 White Ghost Peeps
Straws

Directions
Add the ice cream, Kahlua, and Pinnacle marshmallow vodka to a shaker. Stir until the spirits are mixed in and the ice cream is soft. Pour into a small glass and cover the top with crushed Oreos. Impale the Peeps with a straw, sink it into the cookie crumble, and serve.

Photos and recipes used with permission from BevMo!. For more great recipes, visit BevMo!’s Thirsty Times Blog

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Antonio’s Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule Recipe

Maybe it’s the ginger that makes the moscow mule so good? Or it could be the adorable copper mugs that make them so delicious? I happen to be a huge fan of ginger and the ginger beer, mint and lime combination is so refreshing and makes this moscow mule recipe my new favorite cocktail. The moscow mule was a drink that became popular in the 50’s but seems to recently be making a comeback. At least at our house it is. Antonio has much more patience than I do in general and especially when it comes to perfecting cocktail recipes. After trying several variations, this is how we make Antonio’s version of the Moscow Mule.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 Tbsp. Minced Ginger
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 Tbsp Agave Nectar (Optional)
4 Mint Leaves
8 oz. Ginger Beer
Ice
Copper Mug

Directions:
1. Fill mug 3/4 with ice
2. Combine vodka, ginger, lime juice, and agave with ice in shaker
3. Pour shaken ingredients into mug
4. Top with ginger beer and stir
5. Garnish with mint leaves

Moscow Mule Recipe

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Bloody Mary Brunch

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

I love having people over for brunch and guests love skipping the long waits at the popular brunch spots so I came up with this new idea for hosting a Bloody Mary Brunch. What could be more fun than to create a serve yourself Bloody Mary bar for your guests? There are so many ways to get creative with a Bloody Mary. And, it’s easy to turn your Bloody Mary’s into the meal by including things like Sliders, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Flavored Bacon, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and Pickled Eggs as garnishes. This is a special post I created just for the BevMo! Thirsty Times Blog. To see the full post with everything you need to host a Bloody Mary Brunch, click here.

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

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