Thirsty Thursday: Lemonade (with Tequila)

Thirsty Thursday. April 28th. One day after Beyoncé kicked off the Formation World Tour in Miami. Warm weather is so close we can taste it. And after last weekend's album release, the other thing we're tasting is Lemonade. Or is it Tea? (Anyone who's listened to the album will get that reference. If you don't, stop reading this and go listen to it now. Seriously.)

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Anyway. It only feels appropriate so share a Lemonade cocktail recipe today, so without further adieu: The Lemonade (and Cuervo) cocktail. All you need to make a pitcher this simple sipper is the juice of 8 lemons, 1/2 cup of simple syrup and 4oz of tequila. Stir together with ice and refrigerate. To serve, add a sprig of mint (if you're feeling fancy) and get in formation.

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A little note to all of you loyal and dear readers and friends. As you know, MOGBLOG is one year old now (yay!) and I just had a birthday over the weekend. Hello 27. And in light of these milestones, and with the continued desire to step my game up for you, I'm going to be taking a brief hiatus before relaunching a brand-new more user-friendly site, full of completely fresh content! It's very exciting, and something I've wanted to do for a long time - but it's a large undertaking, and I appreciate your patience until its ready. In the meantime, you can keep up with all of my antics on Snapchat @mogblog. Don't miss me too much, kids! Cheers! X

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Thirsty Thursday: Spring Champagne Sangria

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And Thirsty Thursday is here once again. I hope you're all having a marvelous week - if you are, good for you. This Champagne Sangria is the perfect way to celebrate. If you aren't, my condolences. This cocktail is sure to cheer you up.

This week, I'm teaming up with my friends over at the SoFab Food Blog to share this recipe - so if you want to see the full details, head over there and check it out. (Psst, just click the link here)

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Give this one a try- couldn't be easier to drink. And it's chock-full of vitamin C, so it's basically good for you. Ok maybe not. But let's pretend, shall we? Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Red Pepper Cocktail

Oh Thirsty Thursday, you beautiful weekday, you. It's no secret that I love a good cocktail, and (when the weather calls for it) enjoying it outdoors. With the recent surge of sunnier weather - knock on wood - I figured it was the perfect time to share a fresh springy libation with you. The Red Pepper Cocktail.

Deceptively simple to make, all you need is a red bell pepper, a handful of basil, a lime, and your poison of choice. Today, I'm using gin. Muddle strips of pepper, basil and the juice of half a lime in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 oz of gin and some ice and shake. To serve, just pour over a large ice cube in a rocks glass and garnish with a ring of pepper. I also like to add a little pinch of salt, just because.

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Are you loving these vegetable-infused cocktails? Then you should definitely give my cucumber basil cocktail a try. Or, if you're feeling adventurous - make your own cucumber-infused vodka! Myself, I'll be over here enjoying the sun with my red pepper cocktail in hand. Cheers!

Thirsty Thursday: No-Fuss Mojito

My favorite day of the week is here again. Thirsty Thursday. Aka almost Friday. Aka basically the weekend. Aka the week is almost over so it's ok to be thinking about Cocktail Recipes even though it isn't quiiiiite 5 o' clock yet. (But surely it is, somewhere.)

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Now sometimes, you have the time and energy to commit to a luxurious multi-step recipe, and other times, you want that luxurious complex flavor, but want to spare the energy spent creating it on other things. Like drinking. Today is one of those days. Luckily, my dear friends at Powell & Mahoney have days like today covered.

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If their name sounds familiar, perhaps it's because you've seen them at your local grocery store. Or maybe you've seen them written about on your favorite blog. Aka, right here. Either way, their line of all-natural mixers are a no-brainer. And making a Mojito with this sparkling Mojito Mix couldn't be simpler - combine 4oz of all-natural mix with 1.5 oz of light rum. Pour over ice and serve. No muddling. No cutting limes. (I wasn't kidding when I said it was a No-Fuss.)

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So, don't mind me kicking back and enjoying 1 or 3 of these. And if you knew what was good for you, you'd join too. Let's kick back and enjoy our Mojito's and pretend it's warmer outside than it really is, k? Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Gin n' Juice

My favorite day of the week is here again - Thirsty Thursday. And boy have I got the perfect cocktail for your unpredictable early spring weather. The Gin n' (grapefuit) Juice. Also known as the Greyhound, it's chock-full of Vitamin C... so it's basically healthy. Right? Can't be getting sick as the temperatures are (slowly) starting to rise.

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Immensely simple in preparation, but the elegance of this cocktail lies in its simplicity. Of course, I'm going to put a personal twist on it, but you wouldn't expect anything less, would you? To make my version, muddle a couple basil leaves in the bottom of a shaker and combine with 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 2 oz of Gin. Top with Ice and shake.

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To serve, simply pour over a large ice cube, and finish with club soda or tonic water if that's your thing. Garnish with a basil leaf because they're pretty, and presentation is everything. Ps, if you're into basil in cocktails, be sure to give this one from a couple weeks back a try, my Spring Basil Cocktail. Or, for a full list of MOGBLOG approved cocktail recipes, check out all of my past Thirsty Thursday posts, you're bound to find something you like. Cheers! x

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Thirsty Thursday: Lavender Collins

It's my favorite day of the week again! And contrary to popular belief, it isn't Friday. It's Thursday. Something about the potential for the upcoming weekend is often more exciting to me than the weekend itself. It's sort of how like Tuesday's always end up being worse than Monday's even though you expect it to be the other way around. (Anyone else like that? Just me? I hope not.) Anyway...

Another reason I really love Thursdays is because I get to shamelessly treat myself to a fancy cocktail in honor of the approaching weekend. And being that we're in the throws of Spring, and Easter is this Sunday, I thought this floral-inspired libation was just the thing for a day like today. 

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I call this little number the Lavender Collins. It's a twist on the classic Tom Collins, subbing the usual gin and sugar for a little vodka and lavender-infused simple syrup. The delicate flavor and pastel hue is just begging to be in your hand alongside your Sunday best this weekend!

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To make it, start by creating your infused simple syrup. Combine 1 cup each of sugar and water, with 2 tablespoons of culinary lavender (no, not something you just picked up from your neighbor's garden... you need the food-grade stuff here.) Once it has dissolved, allow it to cool, and then strain into a separate container.

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To assemble the cocktail, combine 1.5 oz vodka, 3/4 oz of lavender simple syrup and 3/4 oz of fresh lemon juice in a shaker and mix. Serve over a large ice cube and top with fresh seltzer. Feel free to garnish with a sprig of lavender. Presentation is everything, after all. Cheers!

Thirsty Thursday: Spring Basil Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday is here again, and boy have I got a good one for you! This cocktail is inspired (read: stolen) from my recent trip to Steven Starr's Parc restaurant here in Philadelphia. Called the Basilic, it combines all of the garden fresh elements of Spring that this weather calls for.

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Start by combining 3oz cucumber vodka and 1oz St. Germain with a handful of fresh basil a in a shaker with some ice. To assemble, use a vegetable peeler to slice ribbons of cucumber into tall glasses. Then add ice, and pour the contents of the shaker between two glasses. Top with club soda and garnish with a couple basil leaves.

These are fresh, green, and truly taste like Spring in a glass. What could be better? Personally, I'll be enjoying these to celebrate St. Patrick's day this weekend - so much better than green beer. Amirite? Just make them and find out for yourself. Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Old School Negroni

Happy Thursday, friends! Are we having a fantastic week? Is it just me, or does February almost feel like holiday season part 2? It seems every weekend has something going on this month-- which of course, I'm not mad about. Busier is better. It helps the winter fly by, amirite?

Anyway, in the spirit of looking forward to the weekend, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite beverages of late: The Negroni. Few cocktails are more perfect in their simplicity of ingredients, and yet complexity of flavor. Using just 3 ingredients, it packs a serious punch, so sip with caution, and get the recipe below:

Now, there are many twists on the classic, but the original Negroni simply combines equal parts Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth. This holy trinity creates the perfect balance of spicy, bitter and sweet. Endlessly sippable.

Simply add one shot of each into a cocktail shaker and serve in a rocks glass with a twisted orange peel. Yum. A little sweet, a little spicy, and with a festive red color. Honestly, I can't think of anything more appropriate for Valentine's Day. Just saying.

So give this one a try this weekend, next weekend, or at noon after you're done taking pictures of it for your blog. I mean. What? Who said that. Not me. Cheers! x

Hot Toddy Pick-Me-Up

Thirsty Thursday is here again, and this week's a doozy! An oldie, but such a goodie: the fix-what-ails-ya Hot Toddy. Being that we're in prime cold season now, this cure-all is just as as effective for a sore throat as it is for beating the blues! 

By the way, has anyone else noticed that as soon as they confess to their friend/coworker/mom that they're sick, their first response is ALWAYS "There's something going around!" ...You think? We live in a world of 7 billion people, isn't there always "something going around"?? Sorry. Just needed to vent about a pet peeve of mine for a sec.

Anyway, I'm loving Bon Appetit's classic recipe, combining black tea, bourbon, spices, and lemon. Served up nice and hot, this recipe goes down even smoother. So if you happened to have caught "whatever's going around." or, if you're just really craving a taste of the season, be sure to give this a try!

#NationalDonutDay

Happy #NationalDonutDay everyone! Being that the holiday also happens to fall on a #ThirstyThursday this year, I thought I'd celebrate with a recipe combining my two favorite things in life - sweets & libations. Hence, these Maple Bourbon Bacon Donuts were born.

Did I pique your interest yet? I sure hope so. I mean look at them. Golden brown and fluffy, covered in a scrumptious maple syrup and bourbon glaze, and sprinkled with salty, smoky bacon. I mean, I don't think I even need to say more. Except maybe give you the recipe. Cause I know you wanna try em. Read on below:

For the Donuts: Start by frying up 4 - 6 pieces of thick cut bacon. Yes, fry them. Now is not the time for one of those microwave tray things. You'll need the rendered fat. (I know.) Now, set aside your bacon and crumble for topping the donuts later... and maybe eat a slice or two while you're baking. Once your fat has cooled, combine it (about 1/4 cup) with 3/4 cup of milk. Then, activate 1 packed of yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl of your standing mixer. (You know the drill.) Once it's foamy, pour in your milk/fat mixture, one egg, and spices (2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice). Give everything a good mix, and slowly add 2 1/2 - 3 cups of flour. Everyone's dough will be different here. I needed close to 3. Once that's kneaded, allow it to rise for about an hour before rolling it out and cutting out your circles. Then, set aside your donuts on a tray for another half hour to rise once more before frying.

To Fry: Add about an inch and a half of canola oil to a heavy bottomed pot (I used my dutch oven) and heat until the surface looks shiny and the end of a wooden spoon forms tiny bubbles when inserted. Then (carefully!) lower in 2-3 donuts at a time and cook for just about a minute per side. Remove and put on a wire rack to cool briefly before topping with your glaze.

For the Glaze: Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 2 teaspoons milk and 1 teaspoon of good quality bourbon. Stir together with a whisk to form a thick glaze. If it's too think for you, add more milk (a drop at a time) to desired consistency. Dip the donuts and sprinkle with reserved bacon.

Eat immediately. And try not to eat the whole batch yourself. Or do it. I won't stop you. x

Thirsty Thursday: Mulled Wine Witches Brew

It's back. Thirsty Thursday is BACK, y'all. Are you excited? You should be, it's gonna be a good one! This little number is inspired by a delicious brew I had with my friends earlier this week - a spicy and delicious mulled wine. Now i know that hot red wine may not seem to be your vibe, but picture the lovechild of a spiced cider, and a summer sangria and you're on the right track. And I assure you, it is the track to be on.

in honor of halloween this weekend, I picked up a bottle of Marc Mondavi's "Divine Red"- its label is perfectly witchy with its crossed wands and all-seeing eye. Idk, it spoke to me. So I opened it, simmered it with 1/4 cup of honey, several whole cloves, a couple cinnamon sticks, and a splash of brandy for about 20 minutes, and then strained it into some glasses. You can drink this as-is, though an orange wheel would be a welcome addition, too. 

I'm telling you. Just try it and tell me you're not a fan afterwards. By the way, this is so not a halloween exclusive...I'm sure there will be many a chilly winter night spent with a batch of this on the stove. So join me and let's toast to a great halloweekend! Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Rosé Sangria Slushes

Take a moment to just read that headline again. Go ahead, I'll wait. Yes, you did read that right. Rosé. Sangria. Slushes. They're real. And they're delicious. They are just begging for you to make them for your long holiday weekend. Share them at your picnic. Take them to the beach. Enjoy them in your kitchen at 11am while writing a blog post. What? Scratch that last.

Anyway. Not only are these delicious, they are painfully simple, and dare I say, fun (?) to make. All you need is a bottle of inexpensive rosé (need a suggestion? - check my previous post HERE for some great picks under $15!) some orange liqueur, and a baking dish. Follow along, now:

Simply pour your bottle of rosé into a glass baking dish (one that you would bake say, a casserole in). Add 1/4 cup of orange liqueur, 2 cups of plain ol' H2O... and depending on the sweetness of your rosé, between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of sugar. You can also add a squeeze of lime or orange juice in there if you are so inclined. Give everything a good whisk for a few minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Place the entire concoction in to the freezer - and here comes the hardest part - wait about 8 hours or so. 

Once the time has passed, take a fork and use it to "shave" the slush mixture into flaky, fluffy, delicious, boozy ice. (Because of the alcohol content, it wont freeze solid like an ice cube, but rather the perfect "soft ice" texture. Is that a real term? It is now. I made it up.) Serve in paper cones for a festive flair, or in glasses if you want to class it up. Of course, be sure to pair with your favorite late-summer fruits - a good place to start is with anything that matches the flavors in your rosé. Mine said it had notes of citrus and red berries, hence, orange, lime and strawberry.

Really do give this a try. I can't think of a tastier, boozier, funner (there I go making up words again) way to have a summer sendoff! Let me know how you like it in the comments below, and if you have any new twists on classic sangria - I'd love to try 'em. Good luck, and happy almost weekend, y'all!

Thirsty Thursday: Classic Lemon Drop

Hey everyone! For this week's Thirsty Thursday, I wanted to share with you something special in honor of #NationalLemonadeDay - the Classic Lemon Drop Cocktail! in these final dog days of summer, simple cocktails are key. And, thanks to my friends at Powell & Mahoney, all you need is 1 1/2 oz of Vodka, 2 oz of their All-Natural lemon sour mix, and ice. Served in a tall glass with a classic striped straw, I wouldn't wanna celebrate any other way!

Be sure to check out the full line of Powell & Mahoney products at their website, and pick them up in a store near you! You'll see plenty more of them on here in the future. Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Summer Fruit Shrub

Yes, you read that right. And no, it's not actually a shrub. If you haven't heard, Shrub Cocktails are the new thing. Or, so I've read in Bon Appetit. Naturally, if it's something I haven't tried before, I knew I needed to set out and make it for myself.  

Shrub, at its essence, is simply fruit-infused simple syrup with vinegar. This potent combination makes a perfect addition to bright summer cocktails, or even drank non-alcoholic, mixed into some seltzer. Find the super-simple recipe below:

To make your shrub, mix 3/4 of a cup of sugar with a 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Then, add about a pound of cut fruit of your choice (today I'm using peaches) and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain into a container and chill.

To make your shrub cocktail, add 2 oz of your shrub, 1 1/2 oz of vodka, and ice into a shaker. When frosty, strain over ice, and top with seltzer. Absolutely delicious. Perfect for these remaining hot summer days. Tell me you'll try this. Really. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Thirsty Thursday: Watermelon Margaritas

Happy (almost) National Tequila Day, everyone! Okay, okay, so it's not technically until Friday, but if you drink a few of these, you might be out past midnight, and hey - what's the difference then, anyway, hm?

Today, I'm so happy to share with you my delicious and simple Watermelon Margaritas. The perfect combo of sweet/tart/boozy - these are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ, soiree, or summer hangout. Get the recipe below.

Pulverize a small watermelon into juice, and strain through a sieve. (You'll want to end up with about 2 cups of juice.) Mix In a quarter cup of lime juice, and a quarter cup of simple syrup. Add to that a half cup of white tequila - I used Espolón brand - and give everything a good stir. Serve over ice in glasses with a salted rim.

What can I say? These were a hit. So easy, and oh-my-god so delicious. Give this a try tonight. Or tomorrow night to celebrate #NationalTequilaDay. Or on Saturday. Or all weekend. I won't judge. Cheers! x

DIY Cucumber Vodka

Hey Everyone! My favorite day of the week - Thirsty Thursday is here again. You know what else is here? scorching summer sun. Wondering how to beat the heat? Of course you could stay inside all day, but where's the fun in that? Or, you could give this super easy oh-so-refreshing cocktail recipe a try.

All you need is an organic cucumber and a bottle of decent quality vodka (which needn't be expensive, by the way - this bottle of Monopolowa was 11 bucks at Trader Joes.) Just Skin your cucumber, scoop out the seeds, and chop into small pieces. Add into a jar, pour your vodka over and seal. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for 2 - 3 days, giving it a shake every several hours. After it has turned a pale green color, strain through a coffee filter and pour back into the bottle.

It's absolutely delicious over ice on its own, or with a splash of soda. Watermelon or cranberry juice also make a perfect pair. It's arguably the perfect cocktail for these sweltering summer days. So have at it. I know you'll enjoy. x

The Only Cocktail You Need This Weekend

As Independence day fast approaches, many of us are still frantically looking for the perfect beverage to bring along to our pool parties, picnics, and rooftop soirees. Look no further, friends. Presenting: the Calimocho. AKA, the red-wine-and-coke. Now, you may be asking. "What? That's a thing?!" According to us, it most definitely is. Still don't believe - ask Esquire too.

Simply mix equal parts dry (and cheap!) red wine - we love this $5 bottle of Green Fin Organic Pinot Noir from Trader Joe's - and Coca Cola. Serve over lots of ice, in red solo cups if you're feeling festive. Or glassware if you want to class it up. Something about this combination hits everything you want in a daytime cocktail - effervescent, tangy-sweet, and surprisingly drinkable. Besides, the classy-trashy contrast is charming, no? Just like our pal, Gwyneth Paltrow, says "Balance keeps you vibrant!" Couldn't agree more, Gwynnie. Cheers.

#ThirstyThursday: Dulce de Leche Milkshake

Hey Moggers! Thirsty Thursday is here again, and in case you didn't know, its National Milkshake month, says Refinery29. Killing two birds with one stone, I thought I'd share with you this delicious boozy milkshake today on our YouTube Channel. Check it out: 

Recipe:
1/2 cup - 1 cup Milk
4 scoops Ice Cream
1.5 oz White Rum
Dulce de Leche to taste
Sea Salt (for garnish)

Combine ingredients in blender, adding liquids first, then blend. For a thicker shake, use less milk, for a thinner/frothier shake, use more. Serve with Dulce drizzle and a pinch of sea salt.

PS- not sure where to find Dulce de Leche? Make your own! Simply buy a can of sweetened condensed milk, peel off the label, and place in a large pot of water to simmer. After 2-3 hours, remove, allow to cool, and open to reveal a delicious, smoky, rich, caramel-y treat!

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#ThirstyThursday: Golden Road Brewing Co

Happy Thirsty Thursday, MOG readers! We're nearly to the end of another week. Reason enough to crack open a cold one, if I do say so myself. Though, tbh, I hardly need much of a reason when the beer is this good.

Presenting Golden Road's Hefeweizen - a delicious, refreshing, balanced brew that is absolutely perfect for these hot summer days. Pick up a sixer today to share with good ol' dad for father's day this weekend. Or, keep it to yourself and try to resist the temptation to finish it all at once. (Plz drink responsibly, kids.)

By the way, have to shout out my new "Das Can" glasses from CB2. If you want to feel fancy (or vaguely German) these are the perfect vessel to pour your golden brew into. Yum.