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- Cocktails and Spirits
May 2, 2013
The Veracruzana Cocktail.
This cocktail is an ode to Mexico’s oldest and largest port, and is also home of the sweet Veracruz pineapple.
- 2 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila
- 3/4 agave nectar
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 4 pineapple chunks
- 2 basil leaves
Muddle pineapple and basil leaves in a Boston shaker glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with pineapple and basil.
Servings Serves 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 390 Calories from Fat 40 % Daily Value * Total Fat 18g 28 % Saturated Fat 2.3g 12 % Cholesterol 63mg 21 % Sodium 838mg 35 % Total Carbohydrate 13g 5 % Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6 % Protein 36g 72 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 lime, juiced
- ½ cup pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced
- ¼ cup canned diced green chiles, drained
- 3 large tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
- 4 (8 ounce) fillets red snapper
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion, and garlic, and cook until pepper is soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in the white pepper, cinnamon, lime juice, olives, and chiles cook for 2 more minutes, to blend the flavors. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the snapper filets into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the tomato sauce over the filets, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Stir in the capers just before serving.
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Beyond the Margarita: Best Tequila Cocktails to Try at Your Next Fiesta
Looking to plan a fiesta in the near future? If so, then whether it be a Cinco de Mayo party catered by Macayo’s or just a fiesta for the sake of having fun with friends, the fact remains that you’ll want to have some great tequila recipes on-hand for your guests. Of course, there’s a old faithful standby: the margarita. However, if you’re looking to shake (or stir) things up a little, then you might want to check out some other tequila-based cocktail recipes that are sure to please the more diverse taste buds in your crowd.
If you’re looking for something a little more tropical than your traditional margarita, you’re going to love this fruity and refreshing cocktail. For the veracruzana, you’ll need:
- two parts tequila reposado
- one part agave nectar
- one part fresh-squeezed lime juice
- four chunks of fresh pineapple
- two fresh basil leaves
Start by muddling the pineapple and basil leaves together in a shaker. Then, top off with the tequila, agave nectar, and lime juice along with ice. Shake thoroughly before straining the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a basil leaf, if desired.
Looking to serve up something classy? This beautiful drink is light, fruity, and so pretty when poured into a martini glass. To create this cocktail, you’re going to need:
- two ounces of tequila
- half an ounce of agave nectar
- half an ounce of fresh lime juice
- black salt (for the rim, if desired)
The nice thing about this cocktail is that it’s super easy and quick to make. Simply rim the martini glass with the pretty black salt, then add the remaining ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into the glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Yum!
If you’re a fan of ginger ale, this tequila-based beverage is perfect for you. This drink not only looks pretty (especially when garnished with a lime or lemon wedge), but it’s also refreshing. All you need to create one of these cocktails is:
- an ounce and half of tequila blanco
- an ounce of fresh lime juice
- half an ounce of ginger syrup
- ginger ale
- a lime wheel for garnish
Start by mixing the tequila blanco, the lime juice, and the ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Then, strain into a cocktail glass. Add a splash of the ginger ale on top and garnish with a fresh lime or lemon wedge. Enjoy!
Of course, for those who aren’t big fans of cocktails, something on-the-rocks may be a little more desirable. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure that you have some quality tequila on-hand that’s suitable for drinking on the rocks. Generally, tequila that’s been aged in oak barrels for at least a year are the best for drinking on the rocks, so you don’t want to use the same tequila you’re making your cocktails with for these beverages.
Mix things up at your next fiesta by giving some or all of these tequila recipes a try. Your guests will love them!
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- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 jalape&#241o peppers, seeded and very thinly sliced, or to taste
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound see Shopping Tip)
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- ¼ cup thinly sliced pitted green olives
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bay leaf and cook for 1 minute. Add onion, jalapenos and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp, cover and cook until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and olives. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, replace cover and cook until the tomatoes are almost broken down, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove the bay leaf. Serve with lime wedges.
Shopping Tip: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, &ldquo21-25 count&rdquo means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as &ldquolarge&rdquo or &ldquoextra large,&rdquo are not standardized, so to be sure you're getting the size you want, order by the count (or number) per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.
20 Gluten-Free Cocktail Recipes
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Sugar Plum Whiskey from Simplistically Living
From the sweet and fruit-flavored sangria to the sharp whiskey or tequila-based drink, this list of gluten-free cocktail recipes is going to have something for everyone. Many of these recipes are even easy to create as a non-alcoholic beverage for you to share with everyone in the house.
Enjoy a delicious gluten-free cocktail recipe as an end of the day treat for a hard working mom, or as a special dessert drink at your next dinner party. The options are endless with most hard liquors being gluten-free. Add your favorite fruit juice, a mix of fresh berries, or herbs to create a fun new cocktail that suits your personality perfectly. There is no reason to avoid that after dinner drink just because you are on a gluten-free diet.
When you visit Veracruz, your feast will start in the north with some zacahuil and bocoles, continue to the fried fish and seafood soups from Tuxpan (right in the middle of the state, at the seaside), and after that to the mouth-watering “tamalitos de chanchamito” in Coatzacoalcos, finally ending with the tasty adobada meat from Minatitlan in the south. This is just the tip of the iceberg of all that you can find in Veracruz. The enchiladas from the Huasteca region, the aromatic coffee from Cordoba, the elegant and exquisite mole xiqueño made in Xico, Veracruz - the list goes on and on…
Veracruz is not just the name of the state, but also the name of the main port in the state. Known as the “Heroic Port of Veracruz”, it has so many things to offer to the visitor. Veracruz has beaches, mountains, and some of the most diverse climates. Some of the above photos are courtesy of The Government of The State of Veracruz, you can visit their website to learn more about Veracruz HERE.
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