Though I’m usually all about the sweet side of things when it comes to recipes, I’m actually a big tart fan when it comes to drinks (I have convinced myself it makes me sip them a lot slower). I’ve even gotten on a major spicy kick lately (hello jalapeño and sriracha everything!), but since Texas weather brings enough heat on it’s own, I figured sticking with tart yet refreshing would be a good idea for this weekend’s festivities. Alas, I introduce you to this cute little strawberry grapefruit salty dog recipe that we whipped up with Hangar 1 Vodka (Jared is obsessed with the bottle).
The good thing about this recipe is for those of you that like a teeny bit of sour, but not too much, you can just add more strawberry to the mix to sweeten things up, and vice versa for the sour lovers. Plus, it’s a nice tie in with Summer and local farm fresh fruits. Fair warning though, these are super easy to drink!
When I was younger, I used to try and surprise my Dad by already having his coffee made for him in the mornings when we were headed to school. He always used (and still does) two squirts of honey, a splash of cream, and the same travel cup– it was like our thing. At the time I wasn’t allowed to have coffee, so then when I did strike a lifelong love affair with my new morning ritual, we were like two peas in a (coffee bean) pod, and that was BEFORE I introduced him to a caramel macchiato and frappe as a sweet treat. Once that happened, it was game over on regular coffee (we clearly share the same sweet tooth genetics)! Alas, we’ve now upgraded to a little something sweet I like to call Coffee-Mate…
All of that being said, we’re not fancy people when it comes to making morning coffee, but it definitely holds a special place in my heart. Mostly that’s because I’m not a morning person, and the quicker I can have my liquid fuel, the better, but the point is I never go without it, which makes this simple iced caramel macchiato recipe perfect for Summers on the go!
photos by Jared Smith
When it comes to BBQ’ing, full days out by the pool, or the 4th of July, the easier the dessert or snack prep is, the better. That either makes me super lazy or slightly genius (when it comes to being a pro at relaxing, that is). I’m not sure which yet, but regardless, this funfetti dessert chips recipe will definitely be all the rage when it comes to curing a quick sweet tooth after a day in the sun. The bonus part is you can use half of your bag of Kettle Brand chips (our personal favorite brand, especially the sriracha!) as a traditional side for burgers, and the other half of the bag for whipping up what might be the easiest dessert of all time.
Of course, if I’m going to actually
cook make something, I have to go big on the delivery, so I took it a little step further by making dipped waffle cones holders for the dessert chips. Because you know, I have to make it as crazy looking as possible for added effect, of course…
photos by Jared Smith
Well my friends, Summer is officially upon us here in Texas, and anything that involves ice cubes is my new best friend. Between iced tea and mint juleps, the South pretty much has all of the token Summer drinks covered, and in honor of National Iced Tea Day (yes, this was news to me, too), we punched things up a bit with this peach iced tea cocktail recipe that we made with Dunkin’ Donuts peach tea (which you can grab for 99 cents today in celebration, priorities people!).
Before you go running for the nearest iced tea, pinky swear to remember this recipe for your next dinner party, okay? I’m willing to bet hugs and macarons on how much your guests will love it, though admittedly it may be dangerously easy to drink…