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Tequila: It’s Better Than You Think・A Festive Punch with Patrón

Tequila: It’s Better Than You Think・A Festive Punch with Patrón

Holiday Punch with Patron | Tequila Cocktails | What to Mix With Tequila| Better Than You Think | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

This post is sponsored by Patrón. All opinions expressed are my own.

One might think the blue agave-based liquor is reserved solely for margaritas and tequila sunrises. Well, it’s simply untrue. Come my curious little Christmas mouses; a vast online encyclopedia of lip-smacking tequila cocktail recipes awaits you. Meet the Patrón Cocktail Lab.

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If you’ve ever thought, “what to mix with tequila?” this is the place for you. A collaboration between Patrón mixologists and a short list of worldwide barkeeps, take a short quiz to determine your favorite flavor profiles – spicy, citrusy, herby, fruity – and behold! A luscious and versatile list of tequila elixirs (and eye candy) is right at your fingertips.

If you’re hosting a holiday party this season, pick out any of the hundreds of sumptuous concoctions based on difficulty and what you’ll need to get the job done—ice, glass, garnish. Let’s do this!! 🍹

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Not to mention, have you seen the Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited Edition Tequila bottle?! It’s a vibrant, eye-catching work of art that’ll pair quite nicely with your cocktail-makin’ or as a great hostess gift for one of those fine festive occasions you’re off to this holiday season.  It’s the kind of bottle you’ll be hangin’ onto for awhile!

Before you go, feast your indulgent holiday minds on this festive punch. It’s as delicious as it is dangerous, because this premium tequila is as smooth as butter with a light peppery bite. On a time crunch? Buy, mix, ice and enjoy. Easy peasy, lemon lime squeezy.

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THE RECIPE

A Festive Punch with Patrón
Makes four cocktails

32 oz. Lime Seltzer
6 oz. Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited Edition Tequila
3 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
4 Limes, juiced
4 Winter Rosemary Sprigs
Fresh cranberries
Ice Cubes

Tools Needed
Punch Bowl
Highball Glasses
Cocktail Spoon
Juicer

Combine seltzer, tequila, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice into a large punch bowl. Add ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Ladle punch into cups and garnish with a rosemary sprig and fresh cranberries. Serve immediately.

SHOP MY BAR

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Eclectic Home Tour・Winter 2017

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DIY Christmas: How To Make Your Own Fresh Christmas Garland

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Holy @#$%: I’m in Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine

Holy @#$%: I’m in Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine

Guys, I’m not quite sure how to put this lightly … I’m in f*cking Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine!!!!

It was a typical day. I’m sitting at my desk, doing my thaaang, when I receive this email from none other than the bright-spirited Danielle Blundell. Rachael Ray Mag was seeking homes for their new column on Personal Spaces. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. We chatted a bit and it was determined that this was actually happening. There aren’t enough words to describe what this experience blossomed into and how incredible (and hilarious) everyone involved was. In short, it’s a dream come true.

The whole experience – and the crew – was incredible. It was such a honor to hang out with interior photographer David Land who made us laugh so hard we almost peed our pants; to witness the styling magician Jerrie Joy at work,  making our home look and feel truly authentic; and the sweet beauty maker Amanda Ambrose for keeping this gal feelin’ top notch.

A big, fat hairy goal when I kickstarted this blog was to be in a magazine one day. You know, one day in this lifetime! I repeated it often, to my closest cohorts, and I believed it when it came out of my mouth. It was, without me realizing it, a mantra of sorts. ‘Cause it actually happened. We truly are in control of manifesting our dreams.

I’m so grateful to have been offered this outstanding, life-changing opportunity. I’m indebted to YOU; my readers, my followers and my friends for your support, love, and go-gettt-emmm-sistah kinda attitude. I’m obliged the entire crew from RR who ascended upon my Connecticut home and made magic with their energy and talent. Above all, I’m truly thankful for my family (and closest framily) who’ve never stopped pushing me to go for my dreams and rock out my creative endeavors. I love you all so much. You’ve all pushed to officially become magazine ready for life.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thanksgiving with those nearest

and dearest to your hearts not too far away. 🦃


Culinary Conquests

Garlic Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles

Garlic Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles

It’s a good day when you find a solid gift card sitting in your side purse pocket. You know what I did with that card? I finally bought my damn self a Paderno spiralizer. I’ve had my eye on it for some time, and since spiralizing seems to be taking the health food world by storm, the time had come to invest in my cooking future.

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This tool is impressive. It comes with three types of blades – thin noodles, thick noodles, and ribbon style – and suction cups to hold it in place. Unfortunately for me, none of my cooking surfaces permit easy suction, but there is a cool handle bar to assist the spiralizing process. First, you place a vegetable along a scorer, secure the back end with prongs, then churn out noodles with a fury. You’ll want to score the vegetable prior to securing to make shorter noodles or you’ll have a single noodle for days. Zucchini noodles: would they match up to pasta? Insert wide-eyed emoji. Oh wait, 😳.

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Well, they did. Total A++. Not only was this recipe delicious, it’s a thirty-minute meal from start to finish. The refreshing acidity from the lemon-garlic shrimp marinade, paired with the texture and crunch of the noodles, topped with homemade pesto made by hand, and the richness of parmesan  … Oh mah gawd, pretty sure this is what heaven is made of.

I believe you could impress any Italian with these noodles; they really hold their own. Spiralizer, you put your money where my mouth is.

Garlic Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles
Serves four people

For the marinade:

1-1.5 lb. gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
5-6 garlic cloves
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. white pepper, fresh ground
1 tsp. salt
Pinch of lemon zest

For the noodles:

4 large zucchini (straight, not curvy)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 cup. homemade pesto
1-2 medium to large shallots, minced
Handful of fresh basil, leaves torn
Spattering of parmesan
White wine

No. 1: Take your cleaned shrimp, rinse, pat dry with a paper towel, and place in a bowl. Add olive oil, garlic cloves, lemon juice, lemon zest, white pepper and salt. Let marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes.

No. 2: In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute shrimp for two minutes on each side. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add cherry tomatoes, cook for a minute, then add spiralized zucchini. Cook until noodles start to wilt down, about 3 to 5 minutes.

No. 3: Turning off heat, add pesto and torn basil leaves to the pan and stir. Dish out zucchini noodles, top with parmesan, garnish with basil leaves, and serve immediately.

No. 4: Bon appetito!

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