Drinks & Beverages

Peach Jalapeño Texas Caipirinhas


Summer is here, and with it the longest day of the year. Why not enjoy the extra day time by making these delicious Texas Caipirinhas with the best company there is: a great bowl of fresh chopped salsa and chips…Oh yes, my friends this is one of  the best ways to start your Summer!

Brazil’s national cocktail “Caipirinha”is an easy and refreshing cocktail. This recipe has great twist that makes it Texan all the way.  It will knock your socks off! ~which is about time is summer bring out the sandals!~ You are gonna love this Peachy Caipirinhas. Now instead of talking about them, just start making them, you’ll see what I mean pictures speak more than a thousand words on this recipe.  Company? I got you covered “chips and salsa”. I made a Cucumber-Avocado Pico de Gallo, it’s refreshing and a cross between your regular Pico and Guacamole.  I’m sharing my salsa tips with you. Making salsa is so easy when you know the little tricks. I’m sure these tips will make your salsa dance and taste even better.

Cheers to a happy Summer,  have a great weekend!


Peach Jalapeño Texas Caipirinhas

Makes 2…because a drink always taste better when you are in company!

2 large lime cut in pieces
1 small ripe Texas Peach
2 jalapeño slices no seeds!!!
3 teaspoons turbinado sugar (1-1/2 for each glass.)
4 ounces of Cachaça Pitu or Yurioca My favorites.
Plenty Ice cubes


1. In a short wide glass place pieces of 1 lime, the sugar and muddle with a wood pestle.
2. Add ½ a peach on each glass and muddle.
3. Add 1  jalapeño slice into each glass and muddle just enough to release the spicy juices.
4. Pour the 2 ounces of Cachaça into each glass. Stir.
5. Fill glasses with ice
Stir well. Sip. Repeat.






What goes better with a drink like this…

Cucumber-Avocado-Pico de Gallo Click here!




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Vegan-mato a Vegetable Cocktail


Need some veggies in your life? Let’s veg-out!, I mean Veg-in, Vegan-mato is a vegetable cocktail that delivers a fun way to drink and eat your vegetables. Let’s  throw a party in a glass!
Sometimes you just need something that boost your inner health and some vegetable motivation in liquid form is the way to go. Not sure what to do with left overs veggies of the week? juice it up!
This Vegan-mato is waiting for you, perfect summer power drink, made with fresh vegetables, all natural, extremely flavorful and fun to make.

It can’t be easier than to throw all the veggies on a food processor, season, squeeze some lime juice, sea salt, a little hot sauce kick, some ice, a straw and some extra veggies to munch and crunch.

This Vegetable-non alcoholic cocktail is one of the best ways to drink you veggies.

Have a great weekend…Enjoy!

Do you need an umbrella to go with this cocktail? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…
Check our music gallery for our music-recipe pairings…


Vegan-mato a Vegetable Cocktail

Serves 2 large mugs or 4 short glasses.

4 Roma tomatoes
3 large carrots
1 medium orange peeled
2-3 small cucumbers
1 spinach handful
2 large celery stalks including the leafy tops (celery leafy tops are a great source of magnesium do not waste them! Drink them, include them on your salads.)
1 sprig of parsley
1 green onion
2 inches of fresh ginger

Season with:

the juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 pinch of celery salt
2 pinches of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of spicy brown mustard
2, 3, 4 dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

Garnish with:

2 bamboo skewers
Celery stalks
Martini Olives, jumbo pepper stuffed olives or Jalapeno stuffed olives.
Fresh cucumber wedges
Cherry tomatoes
Radishes and chopped capers

Some extra sea salt and a half of lime to cover the rim of the mug.

Note: It is very important to me to make emphasis on how important it is to buy organic produce when juicing. Flavor, nutritional value is superb when organic vegetables are used; believe me you don’t want to be drinking pesticides. Please take this in consideration…



1. Chill your Mugs, by placing them on the freezer.
2. Wash and cut the hard ends of vegetables.
3. With the help of an electric juicer, juice all your vegetables first and add the orange last. The juicy orange will help to clean up all bits of vegetable flavor on your juicer.
4. To this juice, add the soy sauce, sea salt, pepper, spicy brown mustard, a few dashes of hot sauce, and the juice of two limes. WHISK!!! until well combined. Taste to adjust the flavor.



5. Make your vegetable skewers, using what ever you prefer for garnish, cherry tomatoes, radishes,caper-berries, olives, pickles the limit is your imagination.
6. Take the mugs out of the freezer, rub some lemon on the rim and dip it in salt. Add lots of ice.
7. Add your celery stalk, a garnish skewer, a straw, umbrella, sandals, a sunny porch and some great music check our music pairings here!


Cooking music Pairing: Guardians of the Galaxy- Awesome Mix Vol. 1


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My perfect dark chocolate pairing


A cappuccino can rescue any morning or afternoon. Taking a break and indulging in a foamy creamy cup of coffee is like taking a bubble bath. I’m always craving something sweet in the middle of the afternoon, and this pairing does the trick for me. A warm cup of cappuccino and a piece of dark chocolate that I dunk into the coffee. The dark chocolate starts to warm up and slowly melts becoming sinfully silky. The flavor of coffee intensifies the chocolate notes as you sip it. The frothy warm milk foam creates an ethereal chocolate bite!…*sigh*

Last Sunday I sat and watched migratory birds under our small tree eating from our feeder. Ian help me set up a camera and I took photos through my front window while I had my cappucino and chocolate treat. It is often the little things that give my day something special.
For me cappuccino and dark chocolate is the perfect recipe for a little boost for a happy endorphinated afternoon…

My perfect Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate~Yes,-more-please!

My perfect dark chocolate pairing…

Cappuccino and dark chocolate

What about your favorite pairings?…I’d love to read you, leave us a comment!
There is always a great deal of listening when it comes to chocolate…

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Guava and Cinnamon Atole


Quick Fire Recipe, this is a delicious warm drink ; “Atole “it does not have an exact translation, this drink dates from the pre-columbian times. Moctezuma used to drink it sweetened with honey.  The best way I can describe it is a warm cozy, slightly sweet and fruity light porridge. The consistency of atole varies anywhere from almost porridge-like to a thin, pourable drink.

It is made with milk, sugar, piloncillo or honey,  fresh fruit, cinnamon and a little bit of cornstarch or masa.  Other fruit variations can be: strawberries, blackberries, plums, mango, grounded pecans, cocoa powder, or simple vanilla.  I love this Guava and Cinnamon Atole, it is warm and the fruit makes this drink simply delicious. I hope you like it as much as I do, Enjoy!


Guava and Cinnamon Atole

Serves 2 cups

2 Cups of Milk (you can use coconut milk, almond, soy, rice it will taste fantastic!)
1/2 cup water
4-6 Guavas fresh (You can use frozen or buy a guava juice concentrate)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
2 tablespoons Corn starch disolver in 1/4 cup of cold water.


1. Cut and remove the seeds of the guavas and boil them in a small sauce pan with enough water to cover them, add a stick of cinnamon and cook them until fork tender. pure the guavas.


2. In a medium pot warm the milk, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon stick add the sugar until dissolve.(watch your pot at all times-do not let it boil!)
3.Once that the milk is warm add the guava pure, stir until well incorporated, and add the cornstarch dissolved in cold water little at the time and stirring the milk at all times until it thickens a bit. let it come to a soft simmer.

4. Serve warm un a mug and dust with cinnamon.


Fruity and Delicious, Enjoy!

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Watermelon Grasshopper Cocktail

watermelon grasshopper Cocktail so refreshing!

I’m fascinated by grasshoppers. With their large and powerful back legs they can jump and leap virtually unlike any other animal on earth. Also in many tales grasshoppers are the  voice of your conscience like Jiminy Cricket. To farmers and even backyard gardeners, the appearance of a swarm of grasshoppers is second only to a swarm of locusts as the most devastating insect attack that can happen. Their voracious appetites can lead to stripped fields faster than seems possible. Its like summer heat, relentless and voracious!… Is it winter yet?.
The grasshopper in this drink is a good blast of freshness it’s so refreshing and light, the peppermint liquor gives it a breeze feel without being overwhelming. It finishes with a subtle note of fresh peppermint that complements well with the sweetness from the watermelon. It is just the drink you want to have in a hot summer afternoon.
Beat the heat! Make yourself a Watermelon grasshopper for the weekend!…

Watermelon grasshoper cocktail, cold and refreshing summer drink!


Watermelon Grasshopper Cocktail

3 cups watermelon seeded and blended until smooth.
2 parts of vodka
2 teaspoons of peppermint liquor ( choose one with out the green coloring)
1 tablespoon Grenadine
A shake or two of Angostura bitters.
4-6 cups of ice
Garnish with:
1 lime juice and zest.
4 cups of ice


In a Glass pitcher combine everything, mix well. Serve on short glasses squeeze some lime juice and lime zest. Enjoy!

watermelon grasshopper  cocktail cold and refreshing...

Watermelon Grasshopper drink away your cocktail...

The grasshopper on the picture scientific name is:  Caloptenus femur-rubrum.

Their legs are actually reddish in color. These red-legged demons eat everything, including the tops of potato plants.

So, I think he likes Vodka!…



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Mango-Basil-Pomegranate Daiquiri

Mango-Manbo~Yes, more please! best rum mango drink!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…….Maaangoo!..

It’s Friday and even if your week is not over yet, you must chill. I’m gonna be posting one drink every Friday, just for a little reminder that whenever your weekend starts you must relax and try to have some fun. Ian and I we are very homebodies; we like to stay at home relaxing and making our own treats. Don’t get me wrong we do go out every now and then, but the truth is that is always more relaxing to have a drink in the safety of your home.
This Mango-Basil-Pomegranate Daiquiri is refreshing and not too sweet. The basil brings so much freshness and the pomegranate kernels burst and pop in your mouth adding some texture, you’re gonna love it.
Mango-Mambo 2 drinks, 4 drinks, 6 drinks!

Mango-Basil-Pomegranate Daiquiri

Makes 4-6 drinks

2 cups fresh Mango peeled and cubed. If you can not find fresh, frozen mango will be great too.
2 cups of ice
6-8 Basil leaves, I used Thai Basil, you can use any basil you have on hand
2-4 parts of white Cuban rum, more or less …
1 part of Grenadine
a splash of Pomegranate juice
a squeeze of lime
Garnish with fresh pomegranate kernels. ( Little pieces of strawberry will work as well.)


In a Blender Place all ingredients, Blend until smooth.
Serve on chilled short glasses.

Cut the straws on a bias for an easier sip,  sprinkle the pomegranate kernels and add a little spoon to eat them as you go.

To get you in the Friday mood put some Mambo music Like Perez Prado, The King of Mambo.
Here is some link to the proper music to play while you prepare your drink!
Also, I have included some Mambo steps just in case you want to shimmy… Have fun, Mangoooo!!!


Mango-Mambo the best rum drink!

Mango-Basil-Pomegranate Daiquiri

makes 4-6 drinks
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mariana McEnroe


  • 2 cups fresh Mango peeled and cubed. If you can not find fresh frozen mango works best.
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 6-8 Basil leaves I used Thai Basil, you can use any basil you have on hand.
  • 2-4 parts of white Cuban rum this is up to you!
  • 1 part of Grenadine
  • a splash of Pomegranate juice
  • a squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Garnish with fresh pomegranate kernels. Little pieces of strawberry will work as well.


  1. In a Blender Place all ingredients, Blend until smooth.
  2. Serve on chilled short glasses.
  3. Cut straws on a bias for an easier sip. Sprinkle pomegranate kernels and add a little spoon to eat them as you go. Cheers!

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Martini Dos Flores


Playing with leftovers can be fun. Ian my husband, is a master of drinks and beverages. He can make awesome concoctions in the blink of an eye. Last weekend what we had in our liquor cabinet was not very promising. But sure enough, Ian saw lots of possibilities and he came up with this awesome drink. We named it “Dos Flores” for obvious reasons, the Hibiscus tea and the Elderberry flowers liquor. After drinking the first martini we started joking about the combination of Elderberry flowers and “Jamaica” (in Mexico pronounced -Ha-my-cuh) which is very widely used for Aguas Frescas, popsicles, sauces you name it. Then we started to make comparisons and talking about history. One thing lead to another, and suddenly we where just thinking that this Martini would have been just the thing to drink if Benito Juarez ran into the Emperatriz Carlota; something a little sweet and sour to smooth out the edges of the time of the monarchy back in the day.

Anyway, we were just being silly and it made us laugh to the point that I have to share my mental image. What I know for sure is that it will smooth out the edges of any Friday. Have a great weekend *cling!* cheers!Martini Dos Flores the favorite drink of Benito Juarez & Emperatriz Carlota



 Martini Dos Flores

1 part Vodka

1 part Extra dry Vermouth

1 part Elderberry Liquor I used St. Germain Liqueur

A splash of concentrated Jamaica “hibiscus tea”,  instructions below…

Splash of bitters

Squeeze of Lime


Jamaica- Hibiscus concentrated tea:

1/4 cup of hibiscus dry flowers

1 cup of boiling water

Proceed to steep the tea for about 3-4 min.Using a french press makes it really easy, is you don’t own one just make a tea and pass it trough a sieve.

Cool for about 20-30 minutes.

Garnish :

Lime wedges

1 Rehydrated hibiscus flower left over from the concentrated tea making. (optional)

Proceed to:

In a shaker, pour the Vodka, Vermouth, Elderberry liquor, squeeze of lime and the bitters with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with Lime wedge and pour the concentrated hibiscus tea slowly into the center of the glass to create the marbling effect.

(Add a couple of extra ice cubes, especially if you are in Austin Texas Summer)

Serve in a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!



Music Pairing: Danzon No.2 Marquez Alondra dela Parra



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