Shake and Dump Margarita Recipe – Happy Cinco de Mayo

This is a Bobby Heugel original Margarita recipe

This Margarita Recipe is a game changer. Strong, sour and sweet, it’s strength is in its simplicity. Blanco Tequila, key lime and Persian (typical grocery store type) lime juice, and agave syrup are all you need.

Prior to finding this recipe on Punch, I was a big fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita straight up. This one brings in rocks to the mix. It’s a shake and dump style of mixing.

At 2 parts Tequila to 1 part lime juice and syrup, it makes for a very strong drink – so pick that top shelf Tequila you love so much! And it has to be silver, blanco or plata Tequila. You know, the clear stuff.

I prefer Patrón, Casamigos (George Clooney’s), or Cazadores Tequilas – but any fine silver Tequila will be great here.

If you can’t find Key limes, you might try Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice or just double up on the typical grocery store Persian limes.

Finally, the agave syrup can be found near the sugar in almost all grocery stores now. Look for the Blue Green brand Organic Light Blue Agave Nectar. It’s perfect.

Shake and Dump Margarita – THE RECIPE

  • 2 oz silver Tequila
  • 1/4 oz lime juice – typically 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 oz Key lime juice – usually 1 whole Key lime
  • 1/2 oz Agave syrup

Combine in shaker with ice, shake well, dump into a rocks glass rimmed with salt.

Pro tip – use good sea salt. I prefer Maldon Flaked sea salt that I’ve ground into a finer mix.

What is YOUR favorite Margarita recipe? Tell us in the Comments below…

Some links are affiliate links.

How to make a Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma Cocktail

Ask anyone who knows (in other words not you or me) what the most popular cocktail in Mexico is and you will probably get “Margarita” as the answer.

Wrong!

It’s the Paloma. The Paloma Cocktail is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Source: The Internet

Made simply of tequila, lime juice, salt, and grapefruit soda… it’s a sipping drink that I personally have trouble with… well, sipping. Both refreshing and delicious, it’s hard for me to just sip it.

Here’s a short video of me making the Paloma cocktail:

See? Easy peasy to make. Easy peasy to drink.

No wonder it’s so popular! LOL.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve made one, like it or just whatever you think.

Enjoy! ~brian

Michelada Cocktail recipe

Cinco de Mayo Michelada Cocktail Recipe

This Michelada Cocktail recipe features Dos Equis Cerveza and Clamato Juice (the Preparado version).

A michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America. Wikipedia

Here’s my version:

You will need:

– 4 ounces Clamato Juice (Preparado version preferred)
– 4 ounces Cerveza (Dos Equis )
– Big splash of Lime Juice
– 4 drops Maggi Seasoning
– 2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
– 2 or 3 dashes of Cholula or other Mexican hot sauce
– kosher salt and chili powder for rimming glass

Directions:

1. Dip glass in lime juice and rim with salt and chili powder mixture
2. Add ice to glass, splash in liquid ingredients
3. Pour in 4 ounces Clamato Juice
4. Season with more chili powder
5. Pour in 4 ounces of Cerveza / beer
6. Stir and enjoy!

I hope you try one of these for yourself, you will love it!

Thanks for reading and watching! ~brian

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

And now, from the That’s Not Hot Sauce department… we bring you a short review of the Original Maraschino Cherries from Luxardo in Italy.

Luxardo maraschino cherries are sour marasca cherries that are candied and steeped in syrup made of cherry juice and sugar. Their firm texture and thick rich syrup make them ideal for use as a cocktail garnish, for topping ice cream sundaes, and for use in baking.

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries – Are they worth the extra expense?

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries from Italy

Original Maraschino Cherries are made by the Luxardo family, who exclusively cultivate over 30,000 Marasca cherry trees in the Veneto region of Italy. This product is all natural, with no coloring or thickening agents added, and are certified kosher. Each container contains about 50% cherries, and 50% syrup by volume.

Ingredients: marasca cherries, sugar, marasca cherry juice, glucose, citric acid, natural color, maraschino flavor.

We purchased a bottle of these candied marashino cherries from DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace in Baltimore Maryland. And at $19.99 for the jar I thought these better be good!

After sampling a few, I told Marilyn how delicious they were, but I wasn’t sure about the $20 price.

A few searches later, and low and behold, on Amazon they are priced at that point and even higher. Apparently, these babies are worth their weight in gold!

I love them in my homemade Orange Crush (vodka, OJ, splash of Sprite, maraschino juice and cherries). Just for fun, here’s a pic of my Pineapple Crush I had recently. Recipe is at the end of this post.

Pineapple Crush Cocktail

These definitely rock in a Manhatten or a Jack and Coke for a little sweet kick!

Throw a few of these delicious cherries on top of your favorite ice cream desert, and you will thank me. They are amazing.

And they really are worth the extra bucks. The best deal I found was for 2 jars (400g. / 14.11oz each) at $33.97 with free shipping. Here’s our affiliate link:

Buy Luxardo Original Marashino Cherries

Pineapple Crush recipe:

– 4 oz pineapple juice
– 2 oz vodka
– splash of Sprite
– drizzle of Maraschino juice
– garnish with Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

I’ve already ordered two more jars. Yum!

I’d love to know if you’ve tried these candied goodies, and what you think of them. Just leave a Comment below.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix

Packed with flavor, Crazy Good Sauce’s Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix is not your average bloody mary mix of tomato juice and horseradish. Instead, Crazy Good has loaded up Crazy Mary with a hot version of Worcestershire sauce, olive brine, roasted peppers, and fresh garlic. But the star ingredient is their own Green Chile Dust. The end result is crazy good!

crazy mary bloody mary mix drink

It’s a cool Sunday morning in November as I write this review, and I’m enjoying my 2nd Crazy Mary Bloody Mary. The fresh taste and citrus smell give way to a spicy and flavorful beverage, but  I think I’ll stick to Fireball Whiskey when I decide to have a great night.

Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), Worcestershire Sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), prepared horseradish (horseradish, distilled vinegar, water, soybean oil, salt), apple cider vinegar, olive brine (water, salt, olive solids, lactic acid), fire roasted red bell peppers, green chile dust (New Mexican green chile powder, sea salt, spices), salt, fresh lemon juice, black pepper, fresh garlic, Worcestershire powder (brown sugar, onion, maltodextrin, modified corn starch, spices, malted barley, flour, garlic, vinegar solids, tamarind extract), xanthan gum.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary texture 01

Texture: It’s hard to see in our pics, but Crazy Mary is not too thin, and not too thick. A beautiful “sauce” to look at, with pieces of fresh garlic and horseradish that provide some very chewy bits to play with in your mouth.

Crazy Mary is thin enough to make a great Bloody Mary, and thick enough to drink straight up as a tomato cocktail sans alcohol. Remarkable.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix Texture 02

Taste: Like any good recipe, the many flavors in this mixer are uniquely identifiable and yet married into one big tasting extravaganza.

Crazy Mary smells spicy and very different from other mixers. Right away notes of citrus and of horseradish hit the nose. The smell of Worcestershire is strong but muted in the flavors. In other words, the Worcestershire sauce is not overbearing.
The light tomato flavor balances well with the spices and seasonings.

Especially prominent is the Green Chile Dust (30% Hatch Green Chile). The Chile Dust brings its own unique flavor and complex properties to the mix. I believe this ingredient is responsible for the overall flavor blast that is Crazy Mary. That, and Chef Jim O’Brien’s talents as a mixer of flavors, make Crazy Mary Bloody Mary mix the instant “hit” it has become. Fresh.

two crazy mary flip top bottles

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5 Stars – While Crazy Mary looks and smells very spicy, it’s actually fairly tame. Surprising, considering the amount of fresh horseradish in the mix. Add in the “chile pepper extract” component of the Worcestershire sauce used, and you would think this stuff would be super-hot. Just another nod to the genius of O’Brien – bringing on the flavor without overpowering heat. Nice heat.

crazy mary 700ml bottles

Final thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – 5 Stars – A superb mixer for bloody marys, Crazy Mary gets our best rating. Outstanding.

For you Bloody Mary fans looking for something different, or the next new thing, I highly recommend Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix.
I’m sorry to report that the flip-top bottles pictured above are not for sale. They were promotion bottles / corporate gift one-offs.

The good news is, Crazy Mary is available in a big 750ml bottle at http://crazygoodsauce.com/ and soon to be available in small “Perfect Pour” bottles of 5 oz. each.
(For you wholesalers, Crazy Good also has a 4/1 Gallon case of plastic bottles available.)

About Crazy Good Sauce:

Chef Jim O’Brien and his Crazy Good Specialty Foods are based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Always searching for fun & unique flavor combinations, we have thrown out the rule book. We believe that food and life should be fun and vibrant. Celebrated your next meal with Crazy Good® Specialty Foods. We will make your taste buds dance.

Their motto is “Play with your food!”.

We reviewed their Southwest Sweet Heat Sauce & Green Chile Dust, as well as their Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Ubons PitMaster’s Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix

We last looked at Ubons BBQ Bloody Mary Mix back in March of 2013 where it placed 3rd among 5 mixers with ★★★☆☆.

This is their latest version called “Hot and Spicy”.

Ubons PitMaster’s Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer

ubons hot and spicy bloody mary mix

Since this is still the BBQ Month of May, what better bloody mary mix to review than one from Ubons? Ubons having won many championships on the BBQ circuit as Ubons of Yazoo, surely know their way around the bbq pit. And I’m sure many a bloody mary have been concocted at those camps.

Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), Worchestershire sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), vinegar, sugar, molasses, salt, lemon juice, garlic, onion, ascorbic acid, spices.

Taste: Thick and full of mouth texture, with bits of garlic and spices. Bright, fresh tomato taste. Savory.

ubons-spicy-texture

Texture and Appearance: Celery, black pepper and a little lemon in the background. The Worcestershire sauce blends in nicely as a supporting player… not so predominant. Fresh vegetable flavor.

Heat Level: There’s only just a tingle of heat that stays in my mouth after a good couple of sips. Only mildly spicy. Compared to the Original Ubons, this is just a tad above spicy. Perfect heat.

Final thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our top rating of 5 stars! This Bloody Mary Mix is delicious, thick and savory.

Ubons Pitmasters Hot & Spicy

They are offering deals on a 2 pack or 6 pack of the Bloody Mary Mixes on http://ubons.net/

Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen

“Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen is a refreshing and flavorful alternative to the usual Bloody Mary mix.”

Green Mary Cocktail Mixer review

Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen

As I write this, it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the US, where everyone is Irish and everything is green, and our Sunday Bloody Mary post this week features a bright green mixer from Frankie V’s Kitchen of Dallas, Texas.

This uniquely different mixer includes green tomatoes, tomatillos, premium olive juice and Frankie V’s own Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce.

Yea, this is a horse of a different color!

Let’s see what makes this Green Mary so green…

Ingredients: green tomatoes, tomatillos, celery, garlic, lime juice, 1888 Olive Juice, water, blue agave, FVK Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce, worcestershire sauce, wasabi powder, white pepper, salt.

Green Mary Mix texture

Texture & Appearance: Medium thin in consistency and bright green in color.

There are lots of bits in here – tiny tomatillo seeds, little bits of garlic and green tomato – very satisfying with a good amount of mouth-feel. Complex.

The Green Mary Cocktail

Green Mary Cocktail

Taste Straight Up: This is a mixer unlike any I’ve ever had.

Straight up, Green Mary is very refreshing, tart and more than just a bit spicy – the unique green tomatoes and tomatillos bring a fresh acidic taste. Briny, salty olive juice hits you next, with the mild heat of wasabi bringing up the rear.

04 green-new-red-04
The inclusion of 1888 Olive Juice is a genius move on their part – designed for “dirty martinis”, 1888 Olive Juice (another Texas product) is a dirty martini mixer that adds a salty, briny flavor to this Green Mary drink. Unique and savory.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5/5 Stars.

Mild and tingly – the wasabi is there, and yes, Frankie V’s Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce is a player here too, but it’s not a blow your head off heat. Mild in a good way.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – 5/5 on design, label, fonts and overall impression.

Green Mary Labels

Bonus points for the green wax covered top that sports the “Frankie V’s Kitchen FVK” impression. Also, there’s the hanging tag and twine that are incorporated into the wax topping.

Green Mary wax top seal

Like all of Frankie V’s products, the art department deserves kudos and accolades for another stellar design. Classy.

Final Thoughts

This very unique “bloody mary” mixer has to be one of the most unusual mixers I’ve ever come across.

It tastes fantastic all on it’s own, as a tomato cocktail, albeit a “green” one. It would make a great Michelada beverage with your favorite Cerveza.

Overall Rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – 3/5 Stars for uniqueness. It just may be an acquired taste, but the more I drank it, the more I liked it.

This is certainly one of the most unusual products we’ve reviewed in a while – but delicious nonetheless.

green-mary-mixer-pin

About Frankie V’s Kitchen

Visit FrankieVsKitchen.com and check out all of the salsas, sauces and of course The Green Mary Cocktail Mix.

You can sample all of the great products from Frankie V’s Kitchen and meet Frankie V at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, March 29 – 30, 2014.

We reviewed Frankie V’s Salsas here.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Chili Dans BBQ Bloody Mary recipe

Continuing our Sunday Bloody Mary series, we are featuring a unique BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce, his custom rim topper recipe, V8 Vegetable Juice, and garnished with some spicy pickled green beans from Blaze’s. This is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe that you can craft to be your own.

BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce

Chili Dan's BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe

One of our Top Favorite Products in 2013, Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce is the basis for this unique BBQ flavored Bloody Mary recipe. Sweet and savory, we reviewed Chili Dan’s here.

Now, “Chili Dan” Miller is going to have my head on a platter for suggesting that this is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe. Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce is anything BUT a BBQ sauce… but we have to categorize this somehow… and so BBQ it is.

Make this your own version

chili dan's bbq bloody mary ingredients

The beauty of this recipe, like all good recipes, is that you can make it your own! While we would love for you to get your hands on a couple of bottles of Chili Dan’s Sauce… you can substitute any other favorite BBQ sauce (sweeter is best here) and any spice blend you like for the glass rim. And while Blaze’s Pickled Green Beans is celebrating 20 years up in Vancouver, Canada… again, garnishes are up to you. BTW, Blaze’s Green Beans are easily ordered for shipping to the US on their website. Pas de problème.

Overview of the Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Recipe

You’re going to pour a little bit of Chili Dan’s (or your favorite BBQ sauce) onto a dish to wet the rim of your glass.

Chili Dan's Rim seasonings

You’re going to dredge the wet rimmed glass in Chili Dan’s Rim Topper seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).

Chili Dan's sauce in bottom of glass.

Fill that glass with ice, and add 1 or 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).

Add 1 or 2 or 3 ounces of your favorite adult beverage (Vodka in this case. Tequila if it’s Saturday Night. Whiskey if you live in Kentucky or Tennessee.)

Chili Dan's Bloody Mary Finished

Add the Blaze’s Beans and/or any garnishes you like. Chili Dan calls for a “floater” of 1/2 ounce juice (brine) from the pickled beans. I passed on that step.

Final Thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Refreshing. Probably the most enjoyable and refreshing Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time. The overall sweet taste was a nice departure from the typical hot, spicy, horseradish-laden Bloody Mary mixers. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

Bloody Mary with Chili Dans

To wrap things up, seriously consider working with this recipe, hopefully with some Chili Dan’s, and make it your own. Get creative and enjoy!

[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:5]

Here’s Chili Dan himself, making his cocktail on local tv

Fast forward to 4:18 for the Bloody Mary.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce based Bloody Mary Recipe? Tell us about it in the Comments below. We’d all like to learn from each other!