photos by Jared Smith
The good news is we’ve all made it to Friday again, and we’re back with another #SipsForSummer cocktail for you to make this weekend! The bad news is I’m predictable enough (after this cocktail story) to still be on a spicy cocktail kick, and now I’m helping/forcing you to jump on the bandwagon, too, with this simple spicy paloma recipe!
Before you non-spicy lovers go running, you can always skip the spicy portion for regular simple syrup to make a traditional paloma, and it’s as simple as mixing three ingredients together! Doesn’t get much easier than that, right? I definitely plan on mixing up some of these for the game night we’re having this weekend (yes, I’m still having game night at the ripe age of 27)…
photos by Jared Smith
I feel like all of the best hosts I know have a few recipes on hand that everyone always loves and looks forward to. My Grandma has about a million (not exaggerating, though I am her number one fan) token recipes that she knows by heart, but since I’m not quite as skilled in the kitchen as she is, my signature dishes usually consist of far simpler recipes, like a good sugar cookie fruit pizza. Yes, I know, just consider me on the ‘B’ team..
I started making these a few years ago (and even posted this terrible video version!) with cinnamon cream cheese, but have played around with a bunch of different variations before finding the one, and trust me, you can really never go wrong with this recipe, and it just as simple as flavored cream cheese, but so much better! I also feel entitled to say that with declaration on account of the fact that I burn/kill/ruin a lot of dishes that are supposed to be hits, but this one is a 10 every time, so that’s really saying something!
It’s been quite a while since my last ice cream shot recipe on the blog (you can see the rest here!), so I’ve decided to pick it back up again with a very sweet (and summery) version with these cotton candy ice cream shots topped with cotton candy. Naturally.
Now before you judge me too hard for this one, let’s keep in mind that these are mini sized, and are basically the equivalent of having a super small cup of cotton candy ice cream. I think we can all agree you’ve hit up the ice cream stand for a lot more than that before, no? plus you can make them with or without the alcohol…
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!