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Agave Julep Cocktail (because it’s 5:00 somewhere)

As my first post-finals blog, I figured it’s gotta be time to celebrate having over a month off from school by having a drink.  A really good drink.

I ran a lot of errands all morning, did some crafty things, and by then I had waited long enough.  And I found a recipe for an agave julep, which is basically combining two of my absolutely favorite cocktails–a margarita and a mojito.  Bring on the lime, mint, and tequila!

Agave Julep adapted from Hamlyn’s Cocktail Printable Recipe Card

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 T basil simple syrup
  • 1 1/4 measures tequila
  • 1 1/4 measures lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • mint to garnish

This drink went from just average to the best beverage to ever grace a glass by the swap of basil simple syrup for plain ol’ simple syrup.  You can see how to make it here.

Muddle the syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of the glass. 

Add the tequila, lime juice, and crushed ice and mix well.  Garnish it with a mint leaf or a wedge of lime and enjoy!

Sadly, since Fritz is still studying, he only got to taste a sip of mine. 

I loved this a lot, but I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows about my fondness for a mojito.  I mean, that’s why I grow mint, after all.

Just in case you were wondering, this drink is called an agave julep because tequila is made from agave plants.  If you use gold tequila, it has been aged longer for a more intense flavor.

While some of us are off drinking, Henry has had some intense play goin’ on over the last few hours.  Yesterday I saw him catch a fly from midair (and was sufficiently grossed out when he ate it!), and today we witnessed a faceoff between him and his new favorite toy.

This dinosaur has been lying around for the past few years, and Henry found it and named it his worst enemy.  Since then, several battles worthy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 have been fought on our home turf.

Don’t you just love the look on the dinosaur’s face? Ha!

And of course, CSA box number nine was picked up yesterday:

I plan on using the week off that I have in between now and vacation to completely clean and reorganize the house like it’s never been done before–I’ll be sure to treat you to some photos.

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Classic Lime Margarita

Somehow it seems that every time I visit my parent’s house, I end up blogging about a really delicious alcoholic drink that we decided to make.  Remember the white summery sangria of a few weeks ago?

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

We spent all day traveling yesterday (after a morning of class, of course), which is why there was no blog entry.  But because I like to share so many parts of my life, you can see how the little guy gets to ride in style.  Henry basically gets the entire back seat set up (food, water, litter box, crate) for his every need, and he rotates between sitting on my lap in the front, to his little driving oasis in the back.

It’s really the life.

Then today, we went white water rafting!  Mom, Dad, Fritz and I all braved the open seas and had a complete blast!  I was a little (read: a lot) frightened, but it wasn’t as terrifying as I anticipated and ended up actually being really fun and relaxing (but not at the same time).  Fritz and Mom got tossed out of the boat during the rapids aptly named “The Cruncher”, but other than that, no scary incidents.

I also thought I’d post this picture so you all can enjoy my arm muscles.

So it’s a little vain.  Get over it–I’m proud of those new guys!

And we ended the day with a quick wine tasting and a fun Mexican-themed night complete with margaritas and soft tacos.

Classic Lime Margarita (from Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Classic Lime Margarita Printable Recipe Card

I doubled this recipe to make a giant pitcher, which could easily serve 6-10 people more than enough margaritas–depending on how many is more than enough.  You could easily cut this recipe in half, or double it like I did.

  • 2 C water 
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 C lime juice (that’s a heck of a lot of limes!)
  • 1 C triple sec
  • 1 C tequila
  • ice
  • lime wedges for garnish

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour over the lime juice, and add the triple sec and tequila.  Serve chilled, over ice, garnished with lime wedges.

This was the perfect amount of sweet and lime–we were so happy to not have bought a margarita mix!  Sometimes doing it the right way is just as quick but tastes twice as good.

They also went perfectly with our salad and soft tacos.  On the side,  I made salsa from an old recipe of mine that I started using in high school–you’ll see that soon.

What’s your favorite summer drink recipe?

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