Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There's Nothing Skinny About My Margarita

Disclaimer: This post is due to an email I received at work and not because I enjoyed the new show Big Sexy last night on TLC (click here for a review). Did I mention that Tiffany Bank @replied one of my tweets? Woohoo!

Anyhow, back to the business of making a margarita. The email I received was to ask The Golden Lion to start buying "skinny" margarita mix. The person sending the email was diabetic. Fair enough question, BUT those skinny mixes are full of artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. I'm no expert in diabetes, so I might be wrong in presuming that the natural sugars found in fresh fruit are acceptable.

That being said, skip the fake mix. Skip the sour mix. Skip all the mixes and try a "Mark-A-Rita"! I don't care for sour mix in a margarita, so this is how I make them at home.

Original Mark-A-Rita
2 oz Sauza® gold tequila
3/4 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
1/2 medium lime, juiced

Chill a cocktail glass (aka martin glass) with ice. In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake until cold & frothy. Dump ice from cocktail glass and strain ingredients into the frosty glass. Enjoy!

The above is how I prefer my margaritas. No sour mix, no salt, no lime. All the flavor you need is right in the glass. I have substituted other tequilas in. I particularly enjoyed this recipe with Agavero® and Partida® Blanco. Agavero has a yummy sweetness to it, while Partida Blanco adds some subtle citrus flavors. Options you might enjoy include salting the martini glass or serving over ice in a double old-fashioned glass with salt.

You can shave a few more calories and go au natural by grabbing a bottle of Tierras® Blanco Organic tequila. You should be able to find a bottle for under $40. Ditch the Cointreau and go with this all fresh fruit recipe.

Mark-A-Rita On A Diet
2 oz Tierras® Blanco tequila
1 whole lime, juiced
1/2 orange, juiced

Combine all ingredients into a shaker half-filled with ice. Really shake it up. You want all those flavors bouncing up against each other. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Enjoy the circus of flavors!

This might not be a solution for a diabetic person looking for sugar-free alternatives. But, these recipes are closer to natural than your average margarita. Tastier too! Further, remember that "sour mix" much like "frozen daiquiri mix" did not exist when these classic cocktails were created. Retro is in.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Jim Beam Rye

Sipping on my back deck, enjoying a bit of Jim Beam Rye on ice. The bottle was a gift from a colleague and a welcome reminder of his respect and friendship.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

10 Great Tiki Bars

Islands Ho!

10 tasty spots for tiki tippling.

Tiki drinks are back in a big way, and in our July/August 2011 issue, we celebrate modern tiki recipes full of tropical fruit juices, island spirits, spiced syrups, and plenty of frou-frou garnishes and tiki mugs to spare. And Polynesian cocktail popularity continues to grow with lounges across North America pouring a mix of tropical classics and modern interpretations. From New York City to Los Angeles, with a few surprising stops in between, here are 10 spots that will whisk you away to a tropical oasis.

Read the entire article here

Friday, August 19, 2011

Read if you like rum, ink, and / or cheescake...

I hope the title got your attention. I love Sailor Jerry. I love retro cheesecake. When I found out my friend Bella Valentino was in the hunt for a spot in Sailor Jerry's 2012 pinup calendar I had to get the word out.

Bella is up Jacksonville way. She's a bartender. She appreciates good rum. She's awesome. PS, she's also pretty hot.

Click below to vote. You will have to do an age verification thing. Then you will most likely have to use the scroll menu on the left of the page to find her. Bella Valentino is who you're looking for. Thanks bunches from both of us!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Island Time Radio tonight!

Check me out in a live call-in from the Golden Lion Cafe deck, tonight between 11 and 11:30! Tune in online at

A double treat tonight as Jeff Pike from the band A1A will also be interviewing from the Lion!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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