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classic margarita with lime and salt on the rocks

Joel’s Classic Margaritas

May 5th, 2017 Posted by Alcoholic, Drinks, Food, Happy Hour at Home No Comment yet

Here’s a classic that Joel has been making for years! It packs a punch, yet goes down smooth and the real lime juice is a must! Try these drinks with vegan refried black beans and pico de gallo


ginger kombucha moscow mule with lime juice, super ginger kombucha and Reed's ginger ale

Ginger Kombucha Moscow Mule

August 5th, 2016 Posted by Alcoholic, Drinks, Happy Hour at Home No Comment yet

Moscow mules have fast become one of my favorite cocktails, especially since I found some super inexpensive copper mugs at a garage sale! I like that they are a little beat up, and I love their funky over arched handles. 


Red Stiletto Cocktail

August 8th, 2015 Posted by Alcoholic, Drinks No Comment yet

bourbon stiletto

I have a love of obscure, old-fashioned cocktails. They are so mysterious and have crazy names. Like this one. Joel started making this for us when we really got into drinking bourbon about 3 years ago. He just looked up bourbon drinks and made it randomly for us one night. 

The thing about vintage drinks… you won’t necessarily find them at a bar. I went out shortly after we started making this drink at home and got a very quizzical look from the bar tender. I told them what was in it and they made me one almost as good as we make at home. It’s a straightforward drink that’s hard to mess up. 

I like to call this version a “red stiletto” because of the added pickled rosemary cherry. Super fast happy hour at home! 

You just measure one the booze, add a little amaretto, and the juice of a lemon. 

red siletto


Add a couple ice cubes and the cherry garnish.

red stiletto sugar pickles 


I like to add a few drops of the pickling liquid from the cherries too. You could also add a rosemary sprig garnish! 

joel's red stiletto

Super tart, refreshing, and boozy! 

Red Stiletto Cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Sugar Pickles
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto
  • 5 drops bitters
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  1. Stir in a short glass and serve with ice.
  2. For a red stiletto, add a couple pickled rosemary cherries.


Heat Wave Sparkler

July 4th, 2015 Posted by Alcoholic, Drinks No Comment yet

heat wave sparkler cocktail -- sugarpickles-5

I never know what will inspire me, but I never thought it would be this heat. I’m really not a lover of summer. I know that sounds weird, but I love cold, crisp weather, not swealter-y heat. So the fact that I was inspired by the current heat wave we are having is probably due to my love of seasonal cooking and desire to drink something refreshing! 

When I saw this thai basil, I couldn’t help myself. It smells like basil, but with a deeper, more licorice note. I bought it, thinking I’d figure out what to do with it later. On the drive home, the ah-ha! A cocktail! Moment happened. I’m happy it did. This is a fragrant, spicy (but not too much) and sunshine-y drink. It’s a little more involved then the usual cocktails I make, but it’s fun to share with a group and perfect for summer. 

heat wave sparkler cocktail -- sugarpickles

You’ll use one mango for this, which makes enough purées for about 3-4 drinks. You’ll also need one lime, one small orange, and one jalapeño. Extra for garnish, if you want. 

heat wave sparkler cocktail -- sugarpickles-2

To make the mango purée, just cut the mango up, removing the skin and peel and put in a blender. Add the juice of the lime and orange, and blend until smooth. 

heat wave sparkler cocktail -- sugarpickles-3

Then, in a shaker with ice, put 1/4 of a jalapeño and about 1/4 cup of the thai basil leaves and muddle until the pepper and the leaves are crushed and it smells fragrant. THIS. SMELLS. SO. GOOD! 

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Pour in the vodka and shake until very cold, about 30-40 seconds. Strain and pour into a glass. Add 2 ounces of the mango purée and stir well. Add some ice and pour a little tonic water to fill up the glass. I used small glasses and I think I only needed about 1.5 ounces of tonic water. 

And there you have it. A trip to Thailand in a glass, and a great way to beat this heat! 

heat wave sparkler cocktail -- sugarpickles-5

Tropical Heat Wave Cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Sugar Pickles
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 1 mango, cut into small chunks and pit and peel removed
  • 1/4 a jalapeño, plus slices of jalapeño for garnish
  • 1/2 small orange
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces tonic water or club soda, or to taste
  1. Make the mango puree. Add mango to a blender. Squeeze the lime and the 1/2 orange into the blender. Pulse and then puree on high until smooth.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1/4 of the jalapeño with 1/4 cup Thai basil leaves with ice, breaking up the ice and the pepper. Mash until fragrant. Pour 2 ounces of vodka into the shaker and shake until very cold, about 30-40 seconds. Strain into a glass. Add 2 ounces of mango puree and stir. Add ice cubes, and then top with the tonic water (about 2 ounces) and gently stir.
  3. Garnish with additional Thai basil leaves and jalapeño slices. This makes one drink, but you will have enough puree for at least 2-3 drinks.


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