Tequila Cookies

If these do not scream Cinco de Mayo I don’t know what does! Pinterest has yet again shown me an interesting recipe that I can easily make gluten free and dairy free and still delicious!

Sugar Tequila Cookies

When you think of Cinco de Mayo you think tequila yes. Margaritas? Of course! But cookies?! Whoa wait a minute! Well these tequila cookies are the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fiesta treat! They are sugar cookies with a KICK!

Adapted from The Stir

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks vegan butter, at room temperature (Earth Balance)
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons tequila
  • Grated zest of 2 limes
  • Grate zest of half an orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (use your favorite – I have found that one that already has xanthan gum in it is the best)
  • Granulated sugar for coating
  1. Put the butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat at medium speed until it is smooth. Add the sifted confectioners’ sugar and beat again until the mixture is smooth and silky.
  2. Beat in 1 of the egg yolks, followed by the salt, tequila, grated lime zest, and orange zest. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the gluten free flour, beating just until it disappears. It is better to under beat than over beat at this point; if the flour isn’t fully incorporated, that’s ok — just blend in whatever remaining flour needs blending with a rubber spatula.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a counter, gather it into a ball, and divide it in half.
  4. Wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  5. Working on a smooth surface, form each piece of dough into a log that is about 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick. Get the thickness right, and the length you end up with will be fine. Wrap the logs in plastic and chill for 2 hours. (The dough can be wrapped airtight and kept refrigerated for up to 3 days or stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. So you can have a fiesta in June too!)
  6. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. While the oven is preheating, work on the sugar coating: Whisk the remaining egg yolk in a small bowl until it is smooth and liquid enough to use as a glaze.
  8. Spread the coating sugar on a piece of wax paper. Remove the logs of dough from the refrigerator, unwrap them, and brush them lightly with a little egg yolk. Roll the logs in the sugar, pressing the sugar gently to get it to stick if necessary, then, using a sharp slender knife, slice each log into cookies about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Place the cookies on the lined baking sheets, leaving about 1/2 inch space between them.
  10. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they are set but not browned. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks to cool to room temperature.

There you have it!

ENJOY!!

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails

Last night I headed out to dinner with my fellow gluten free gal Victoria. We headed to Honu Kitchen & Cocktails located in Huntington. I had been meaning to try Honu for a while because Victoria had told me that she can tolerate some of the menu items there.

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails has great atmosphere. We were seated right away (which is always a plus) and I immediately started looking over the menu. They have a great menu in general and my eye went to the small plates and on a stick section of the menu. Originally I was going to get the Thai Chicken which Victoria said was similar to a chicken satay which is delicious! While browsing the menu, our waiter came over to tell us the specials (none of which were gluten free – which is OK) and we ordered our drinks. We decided on the Acai Margarita which they had promoted on Facebook. It is Cabo Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec, Acai Juice and fresh lime. It was delicious! It had a little bit of bite to it from the acai juice but it was still sweet (which is what I like in my cocktails).

I was sure I was going to get the Thai Chicken but then Victoria told me that their calamari was dusted in cornmeal! I was sold! I love calamari and since becoming gluten free, I have been unable to have it because it is always crusted in flour. Victoria went for the Chipotle Chicken salad – one of their seasonal salads which also sounded delicious and it was an entree size so it is perfect for dinner.

Our meals came and they were very good. They calamari is served with a spicy aioli which was perfect for the cornmeal crusted dish. It wasn’t super spicy but it definitely had a little kick to it which was great. I had a bit of the chipotle chicken salad which was also very good. Big pieces of chicken, not too heavily dressed and the vegetables were very crisp.

Overall Honu Kitchen & Cocktails was great and I will definitely be back again!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Italian Amaretto Margaritas

I know National Margarita Day was yesterday but another recipe to add to your margarita selection couldn’t hurt. Variety is the spice of life!

Italian Amaretto Margaritas

Amaretto gives this drink a fun twist! Frosty glasses rimmed with amaretto and sugar make this drink even better.

Ingredients 

  • 4 fluid ounces amaretto liqueur, plus additional
  • white sugar
  • 6 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 fluid ounces tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 cups ice
  • lemon and lime wedge for garnish
  1. Dip the rims of 4 margarita glasses in amaretto, then into sugar; set aside.
  2. Pour the limeaid, tequila, amaretto, orange juice, and ice into the bowl of a blender.
  3. Puree until smooth, then pour into prepared glasses.
  4. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges.
ENJOY! REMEMBER DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

Happy National Margarita Day

“Wastin away again in margaritaville
Searching for my lost shaker of salt”

Happy National Margarita Day! This post will feature some delicious margaritas to enjoy on this day. It’s may be cold where you all but it’s always sunny in Margaritaville.

Kiwi Margarita 

Enjoy Responsibly!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/3 cup gold tequila
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 2 large kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups small ice cubes
  • Lime wedge for rim
  • Sugar for rim
  • Kiwis sliced for garnish
  1. Combine the sugar, tequila, triple sec, kiwis, and lime juice in a blender.
  2. Fill with ice cubes and blend until smooth.
  3. Wet the rims of your margarita glasses with lime wedge and then dip rims in sugar.
  4. Pour blended margarita into glasses and garnish with kiwi slices.

Let’s have a margarita with a pop of raspberry! Raspberry is a great flavor that doesn’t seem to get used as often.

Sauza Raspberry Margarita

Enjoy the fruity, tangy flavor of raspberry in this summery margarita made with flowery white tequila and served on ice. Yea it’s not summer but who cares! Enjoy responsibly. 

Ingredients

Original Recipe Yield 9 servings
  • 9 ounces Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 3 ounces Dekuyper Razzmatazz
  • 24 ounces Margarita Mix
  • Lime wedge for rim garnish
  • Sugar for rim
  1. Combine the ingredients without ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Wet the rim with a lime wedge and dip rim of glass into sugar.
  3. Then just pour the mixture over ice in rimmed glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The piña colada is a popular cocktail. Let’s turn those flavors on their head an make a coconut margarita.

Coconut Margarita

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus 2 tablespoons for glasses (about 5 limes)
  • 3/4 cup Coco Lopez or cream of coconut
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss coconut with the salt. Spread on sheet; toast in oven, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then crush with your hands until crumbly.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons lime juice into a shallow dish. Place coconut mixture in another dish. Dip rims of two cocktail glasses in lime juice, then in coconut mixture, coating well.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients with 1 cup ice in a blender; puree until smooth. Divide evenly between prepared glasses, and serve immediately.

I hope you all enjoy your day margaritas in hand or without! You can also enjoy fantastic mocktails on this National Margarita Day. I have posted the link under related articles. Remember ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

Ingredients

makes a single serving

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (silver or gold, based on your preference)
  • 1 ounce grand mariner
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blood orange juice (about 1-2 oranges)
  • salt and/or sugar for the rim
  • lime/orange wedges for garnish
  1. Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.(You can combined the salt with some sugar, but that’s up to you.)
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour over ice and squeeze in lemon and orange slices.