Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Guest Post: Kristin from Kristin's kNook!

Meet Kristin, who is one of my favorite bloggers.  If you don't already read her blog obsessively like I do, go check her out and show her some love!

Hey there, readers of The Ramblings of Mrs. Hargrave!  I'm Kristin.

Kristin’s kNook

I like to write about food, exercise, funny stuff, ironic stuff, more food, stuff I like, and so on.  I was very happy when Ryan asked me to do a little guest-postin' for her. Ryan is off jet-setting it in Europe.  Are we jealous??  Of course, we're not.  However, I would like to go to London for two reasons:

#1 I love the idea of tea time.  It's pretty brilliant to set aside adult snacktime each afternoon, right?
#2  I want to meet Kate.  Like, desperately. 

But I'm not going there anytime soon, so let's talk summertime.  Let's talk summertime drinks.  Actually, let's talk adult beverages in the summertime.

Once the crazy, constant Alaska daylight comes back in the summer, it's like extra hours have magically been added to the day.  And I'm much more likely to whip up a cocktail in the blender on a Sunday Friday night during the spring or summer.

I don't like wine.  It's not my thing.  I won't necessarily turn it down if it's offered at dinner or at someone's house.  But I'm telling you:  We've had the same half-empty bottle of Arbor Mist in the fridge since January.  Yes, I'm aware that Arbor Mist barely qualifies as wine.  But Arbor Mist costs a dollar more than Boone's Farm.  Much classier.  (My favorite flavor of Boone's is "blue", by the way.)

I actually tried to drink the rest of that Arbor Mist last week.  I couldn't get the bottle open.  So back into the fridge it went.

Call me crazy, but all real wine pretty much tastes the same to me.  My palate isn't quite that developed.  Which is probably why I can down a bag of generic marshmallows every week.  And eat queso from a jar.

Despite my non-connessiour-ness, I'm pretty particular about  my margaritas.  Bad Mexican food in Alaska is one of my sore spots.  Bad margaritas at these "Mexican" restaurants is a real sore spot.

At one establishment (*cough*Chepo's*cough*), the margarita tastes like Kool-Aid.  Pure Kool-Aid.  And it was like $8.  Doesn't the thought of that make you sick?  I've been saying mean things about Alaskan "Mexican" restaurants ever since.

Margaritas should have fresh fruit, tequila, triple sec, and lime.  Unfortunately, limes are expensive.  And I generally like to drink more "margarita" than I can make with just lime juice.  So I've devised a brilliant way to solve my problem.  I use a good-quality juice to thin it out and make a great "margarita slush". You could use any combination of juice and frozen or fresh fruit.  Just make sure you have tequila, triple sec, and lime in there.

Oh, and please don't use Kool-Aid.  If it's Kool-Aid you're after, come visit me in Alaska, and I'll be sure that the Kool-Aid margaritas are the first stop on our sight-seeing tour.

Margarita Slush
makes one drink

1 heaping cup frozen fruit (I like strawberries or peaches.)
3/4 cup juice (I used Tropicana Simply Raspberry Lemonade.)
1 T. lime juice
1 t. sugar (if needed)
1 shot Triple Sec orange liqueur
1 shot tequila

Mix it all up in the blender!  Depending on the kind of juice you use, you may not need the sugar.

*If you're not a tequila fan, you could also use rum.*

Thanks for inviting me over, Ryan!  I hope you're having a great trip :)

1 comment:

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Okay, that's going on my list. Of things to drink (ahem) just on Fridays.

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