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Last week at this time I was in NYC at a class on Tequila at the Astor Center.  I loved every second and every libation I tried (over 7). We were schooled by Elayne Duke on how to make a Tommy Margarita, simple and "delicioso" and my husband is now obsessed with it.  Many people call this a skinny margarita...but no matter what you call it, it's a great drink.  Be sure to use a good 100% agave tequila.  We used Don Julio Blanco...and it was pretty darn good.

Cheers! XO  Martha

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Tommy Margarita


2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. agave nectar

Pour ingredients in a shaker, add enough ice to chill and shake vigorously.  Strain into a rocks glass and add a lime wedge.

 
 
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    First off this is a white wine sangria, it's not necessary to make it with white peaches...any kind will do.  Secondly, I'm not really a white wine fan, but that doesn't seem to matter to me when it comes to sangria and this recipe is my personal white sangria favorite.  
      The folks at our first Communal Pantry "Mama Bakes" food swap finished off the whole pitcher of this very drinkable peachy concoction in half an hour...a good sign.  Even better, Mr. H sampled this sangria and gave it high marks.  He's not a big fan of fruity drinks but he had two glasses of this beverage and said he'd make and serve it at his house.

      Cheers! XO Martha
      

Tips: I like to make sangria at least one day ahead of time, so the flavors can meld.  For this recipe I wait to put half the frozen peaches in until right before I serve.  They add flavor and can eliminate the need for ice cubes.  Note that everyone will want a spoon to eat the peaches when all the booze are slurped up!  My best sangria trick (for any kind of sangria) is adding 1/2 cup of extra ginger ale right before serving to give it a little fizz.
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                 Recipe:
1 bottle white wine (any kind, I used a cheap bottle of sauvignon blanc)
I can of ginger ale 
3/4 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup sugar
16 oz. bag of frozen sliced peaches

Combine all the ingredients, reserving 1/2 of the bag of peaches right before serving. Let it "rest" in the fridge overnight. 

This sangria is so pretty, I suggest serving it in a clear pitcher or punch bowl.

 
 
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The Lob
It's spring in NJ, and that means tennis season.  Our tennis club is finished rolling the courts for play and this week the NJ Women's Tennis League matches began. You never know what to expect when you take the courts.  Sometimes you play a team of older ladies and think, "Surely we will beat them."  But don't let the gray hair fool you, it's not quite, "The older the wiser"...more like "The older the better at lobbing".  Some days the blue hairs really sneak up on you...and so will this cocktail.  It tastes fruity and innocent but is filled with liquor!  You need one of these after being beaten by the lob...plus it's the same color as a tennis ball.  I actually think it makes a better shot than a martini...but it all depends on how badly your match went!

The Lob

1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Midori (Melon) Liqueur
1/2 oz. banana liqueur
2 oz. pineapple juice

Pour everything into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain in to a martini glass. I think this would look cute garnished with a ball of honeydew melon (but I didn't have any handy).

Cheers! XO  Martha
 
 
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C Monster Punch
"Juicing" has opened up a whole new world of drink mixer possibilities for me.  That was not really the intention of my 3 day juice "cleanse"...but lucky for me, I never put limits on my sources of inspiration!  For the most part I've been making up my own combinations of juices and have tried blending a lot of my own juice "meals", but Odwalla brand's C Monster, Strawberry C...is one of my favorite pre-made drinks.  And after a few days on a liquid diet, you start thinking about adding some alcohol to liven things up.  That's how my "punch" came about...AND you can tell everyone it's on your diet, too!  The mint and bubbles from the seltzer really liven and lighten this drink up...although you can leave 
them out if you want it to be 
more like a martini.
Cheers!  XO  Martha

You'll need:
Odwalla's C Monster, Strawberry C
Vodka
Banana Liqueur 
Seltzer (plain or some fruity flavor)
Fresh Mint Leaves
Strawberry for garnish
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Combine 3 parts C Monster with 1 part 

vodka and one part banana liqueur add 
a handful of thinly sliced or diced 
mint leaves and stir.  
In a glass half filled with ice pour 
the mixture and fill the glass 2/3 
of the way.  
Add seltzer, filling the glass and stir gently.  Use a strawberry with a mint leaf top as a garnish.  

 
 
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Carrot Martini 
As many of our followers know...I've been doing a bit of juicing lately.  It's been a pretty good experience and helped me shed a few pounds.  It has also opened me up to a whole new world of mixers...come on, by now you must know that I think about adding liquor to pretty much every beverage I come across.  A bit bored with super sweet martinis and with half a bottle of carrot juice handy I decided to give a carrot martini a whirl.  It took a few attempts, but in the end the addition of cilantro...which I was originally going to use to look like carrot stalks for a picture...made this cocktail sing.  I know cilantro is one of those polarizing foods...you either LOVE it or HATE it...so if you're a hater, leave it out 
or maybe try adding another herb.

Cheers! XO Martha

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You'll need:
3 parts carrot juice
1 part vodka
1 part triple sec
several cilantro leaves diced finely

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients.  Shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass.  I used a metal strainer that goes over the shaker to let the cilantro bits pour more easily into the glass.  Garnish with a spring of cilantro.