Espresso Vodka Martini

Still in a lull from the holidays? If you need an extra boost to get back in the swing of things, this espresso vodka martini is perfect for your next happy hour. The mixture of vodka and espresso will give you a relaxed martini buzz, with just a little boost of energy!


Ingredients
1.5 oz martini grade vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 shot of espresso
ice

Fill the martini glass with ice to chill and set aside. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker and top full of ice.  Shake vigorously because you want the ice to smash up while chilling the liquid down; that’s what creates the frothy top. Try to use fresh ice, as melting ice is watery and will dilute the martini. Empty the ice out of the Martini glass, then place the strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through a sieve directly into the glass. Using the strainer and the sieve helps create a rich, smooth, froth. Garnish with a few coffee beans and get your sip on!

Instead of the traditional mimosa for your next brunch cocktail, try our Espresso Martini 

Enjoy!

January 11, 2017
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Garden Rose Holiday Arrangement

This holiday we’re going to make your flower decor one less thing to stress about! This garden rose arrangement will be the perfect edition to your table center, mantel, or entryway. It will quickly give your home a lively holiday feel!

This arrangement is so quick & simple- it only involves 1 type of flower (red garden rose) and 1 type of greenery (dusty miller). These are both very easy to find right now- we got ours from Central Market.

To start find a holiday vase and cut your dusty miller to go around the rim. (We found this amazing sterling silver vase at Salvation Army for a whopping $2!) Next, add in the garden roses. We would say about 4-5 maximum for a small vase like this one. The bigger the rim of the vase, the more you will need. Floral foam is very helpful for wide rim vases if you don’t want to go crazy with a lot of flowers and greenery.

Add in some dusty miller to fill the empty spaces, and there you have it! An easy and beautiful holiday arrangement. Now all you have to focus on is all the last minute Christmas gifts you still need to get!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from TAB!

December 20, 2016
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Blood Orange Cocktail

This blood orange vodka cocktail is so delicious, you won’t even believe it only has two ingredients!

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It just doesn’t seem right to spend 30 minutes putting a cocktail together, to drink it in less than 10. As they say, “worker smarter, not harder” – and this also applies when mixing drinks. 

Ingredients
Blood Orange Italian Soda from Whole Foods
Tito’s vodka (our favorite)

Simply pour 2-3 shots of vodka into a glass over ice, top with the Blood Orange soda, place a blood orange slice, and a sprig of rosemary. To bring out the flavor of the rosemary, place rosemary on a cutting board and gently rub with a fork to release the flavor and aroma before putting in your drink.

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If you prefer a more natural option with less sugar – skip the blood orange soda, and use tonic + the juice of 1 whole blood orange. Make sure to save a slice for the top! 

If you want to have a stronger rosemary flavor, you can always make a rosemary simple syrup to add in. Make a traditional simple syrup, but add rosemary.

This should definitely be on your go-to list for vodka cocktail!

Cheers

December 6, 2016
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Raspberry Chili Margarita

chili_margarita2This Raspberry Chili Margarita is the perfect cocktail for your holiday party this year. With December just a few days away it is officially time to start party planning and this drink is a must for your menu! It has the perfect bit of spice, and just the right amount of sweet… plus tequila! The ice cubes for this recipe are made using this raspberry chili soda. If you cannot find it in a store near you, plain raspberry soda + dash of chili powder will work just as well (if you make your own you will need to shake together to mix well). This cocktail is festive, easy to make, and best of all delicious.

Make sure you make the ice cubes at least an hour before you make the mixer.

Ingredients:
raspberry chili soda
3-5 fresh raspberries
fresh lime juice
silver tequila
chili powder/salt mix (for the rim)
ice cube tray

Take one of the lime wedges and rub along the rim of your glass. Dip the lime rim into the chili/salt mix. Put 2-3 raspberries in the bottom of the glass and use a muddler to slightly mash them up. Pour tequila, a splash of the raspberry chili soda and the juice from 1 lime into glass. Add in ice cubes, and mix carefully.Garnish with a lime wedge, raspberry & party straw

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Taste, enjoy, and cheers to the holiday!

November 28, 2016
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Thanksgiving Table Setting

If you need last minute table inspiration or an early idea for next year, here is our take on a floral Thanksgiving table setting.  Spend less time stressing about your table decor, and more time with your family…. or perfecting your 2016 Thanksgiving whiskey cocktail 🙂

You don’t need an over the top elaborate setting to have a Pinterest perfect table! We made a quick trip to Central Market and found exactly what we needed to complete the holiday. A variety of peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, succulents and a fresh bunch of rosemary from the yard made this come together. The best tip we can give? Don’t over think your design! Less is more & with a fresh bunch of flowers, you can’t go wrong with impressing your guests.

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We have so much to be thankful for, we hope your enjoy your holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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Whiskey Berry Basil Smash

This berry basil whiskey cocktail is one of the best whiskey drinks we have made yet. If you couldn’t tell already, one of us is a whiskey fan- so, of course we had to experiment and find a whiskey drink to compliment our whiskey roasted carrots recipe. 

This cocktail is quick and easy to whip up – and, if you are not a fan of basil you can substitute it for mint or even rosemary.

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Ingredients
1.5-3 oz of a whiskey of your choice
3-4 fresh blackberries
fresh basil (1-2 large leaves, or 2-3 small leaves. basil can be very overpowering so it is better to start with less and add more as needed)
lemon wedge
lemon twist (thin strip of the lemon peel)
sprite

Put the berries and basil inside of your glass and smash them together with a muddler until well combined. Add in a shot (or two) of whiskey and squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass (toss after juiced). Top with Sprite, ice cubes, and lemon twist- stir to combine ingredients. For a less sweet version use club soda instead of Sprite. 

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Cheers!

November 21, 2016
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Spiced Carrot Cake

This spiced Carrot Cake is the perfect addition to add to your upcoming holiday season feast without that usual feeling of guilt that all the sweets bring.

Our love for carrots is real. Raw, roasted, shredded…. we love them all but our favorite by far is when they are in cake. This Spiced Carrot Cake is great for when you want to treat yourself, but don’t want to be loaded down with all the sugar in a typical carrot cake recipe.

We used organic maple syrup and applesauce to replace the sugar, butter, and oil. You can tweak this recipe in a number of ways. If you like your cake to be more moist and fluffy, use coconut oil instead of applesauce. Since we make ours with applesauce the result is more of a carrot “loaf” than a traditional cake. To keep it on the healthy side we made a cinnamon glaze to go over the top instead of the typical heavy cream cheese icing.

Once you have your cake baked and glazed get your creative juices flowing and have fun decorating the top of your cake! You can use a variety of nuts or seeds depending on your personal preference. We went with pecans & pumpkin seeds for some fall festivity. 

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Ingredients
Cake
2 1/2 cups of flour (Einkorn is great, but you can use regular as well)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt (We use pink Himalayan sea salt)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp clove
3 eggs
1 cup organic maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans (plus handful of whole pecans to put on top)

Cinnamon Glaze
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbs milk (whole milk is best)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (add more to taste)

Preheat oven to 350*.
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: f
lour, baking soda + powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients: eggs, syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Make sure the “wet” ingredients are well combined. Mix together the wet & dry ingredients and gently stir until completely combined. Stir in grated carrots and chopped pecans – let batter rest for about 10 minutes why you prepare the glaze.

Glaze
Stir together powdered sugar, milk and cinnamon until smooth.

Grease a cake pans (we used two 9” glass pie plates) with coconut oil and sprinkle flour over the top. Shake off excess flour – this will help the cake come right out of the pan

Bake for about 15 minutes and then check by piercing center with a toothpick. Because our cake pans were shallow it took about 25 minutes total to bake. Make sure you check regularly after 20 minutes to ensure your cake is not over-baked. Once toothpick comes out clean, remove cake from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, spoon glaze over cake and decorate the top with your choice of nuts.

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Enjoy!

November 18, 2016
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Whiskey Roasted Carrots

These Sweet Whiskey Roasted Carrots will have you re-thinking those childhood nightmares of cooked carrots (or was that just us?). Simply roasting the carrots, instead of boiling them, changes the entire cooked carrot game. We are roasted veggie lovers and roasted carrots are a favorite in our household. That’s how we came up with this simple Sweet Whiskey Roasted Carrot recipe which is perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas side- with just the right amount of naughty.

Ingredients
1-2 bunches of fresh carrots (for larger bunches add a tiny bit more of each ingredient for the glaze)
1 tbs butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup whiskey (we used good o’le Jack Daniels)
½ cup chopped pecans (optional for nut allergies)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cut your carrots in half vertically (lengthwise). Note: baby carrots will also work for this recipe, you will just need to judge roasting time accordingly.

Lightly toss carrots with olive oil + salt and pepper- put on non-stick baking sheet and place in oven.

Meanwhile, get a small saucepan and add in 1 tablespoon of butter – let brown, but not burn. After butter is melted, pour whiskey in (use extreme caution near open flame) – let it lightly simmer and “evaporate” to help take out a bit of the alcohol taste. After it has simmered for a few minutes, add in brown sugar and chopped pecans (optional). Allow the glaze to get to a light bubble, and stir frequently for about 5 minutes. Use your judgment, but you want the glaze to have a slightly thick consistency.  

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After carrots have roasted for about 20-30 minutes (depending on size-should be nice and roasty), take out and spoon glaze over the carrots. *#1 cooking rule: remember you can always add more, but you cannot take away

Pop back in over for additional 3 minutes.  Take ‘em out, and  you should have roasted, sweet whiskey carrot perfection.

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Enjoy!

November 10, 2016
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FireCRACKer Pretzels

These Firecracker pretzels don’t actually have crack in them, obviously. But, they are so addicting you might think otherwise! This is such a quick, easy snack to whip up for: lounging poolside (perfectly pairs with an ice cold beer), the Super Bowl party you are hosting, any holiday get together, or if you just want to be that person who always has really good snacks at work. You can make this in big batches or small. The secret to this recipe – gluten free pretzels. They are so much more crunchy, which is perfect, because regular pretzels can tend to get a little soggy after they have soaked for a while. If you are sensitive to spice; you can tone down the cayenne just a little or just add more of the ranch powder to the mix.

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Side note: We are one day hoping to perfect a homemade ranch powder recipe- eliminating the need for this packaged ingredient. Do you have one? Share it!

Ingredients
1 (1-ounce) packet dry ranch dressing mix (only add ¼ at a time until it has the taste you prefer…1/2 packet is about right, give or take some)
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper… or more, if you love LP like we do!
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon cayenne depending on how much spice you like
1/2 cup canola oil
2 (8-ounce) bags gluten free mini pretzel twists (Snyder’s is our favorite brand for these)

In a good size mixing bowl add the oil + all spices, stir until well combined. Pour bag of pretzels into bowl stirring until coated. Let the pretzels sit stirring every hour for at least 3 hours. Taste as you go to see if you want to add anything else. So easy!

Enjoy

November 8, 2016
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Prickly Pear Martini

This fall, fancy drinks are trending. Enter: Prickly Pear Martini. Ok, maybe not so much- but, fall is when the all the beautiful [and dangerous] prickly pears are in full bloom. We are fully convinced that these little fruits are the most vibrant and gorgeous color that nature produces- added bonus that they also happen to be delicious! These neon cacti pears provide juice that tastes like a cross between all-natural bubble gum (if there was such a thing) and watermelon. Although the flavor is very subtle, the color is out of this world!

The most common prickly pear cocktail is a Margarita- but since our favorite cocktail is a martini- we decided to get creative and come up with our own recipe.

Please note: prickly pears are actually very, very prickly- so make this recipe with caution! While the ones in markets have been cleaned of the tiny hair-like thorns; the pears fresh off the cactus are covered with them. Be sure to handle these with heavy leather work gloves, and scrub them hard to ensure all the painful little barbs are off. If you buy the already de-pricked pears- peeling them is easy with a veggie peeler.

This Prickly Pear Martini recipe has a bit of a process; so, don’t think you can whip this up in 30 seconds and get your drink on- especially if you plan on picking your own prickly pears!

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Ingredients:
2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
2 Tbsp. Fresh Prickly Pear Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime

To extract the juice, place the “husked” and peeled prickly pears into a blender or food processor and pulse until liquefied.

Place the juice into a fine mesh sieve and push out the juice into a pitcher or bowl. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.

Add prickly pear juice, vodka, & lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold

Pour into a martini glass, garnish with fresh lime wedge.

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Enjoy!

November 4, 2016
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