10 CINCO DE MAYO MARGARITAS this will get your fiesta-ready in no time!

pour-shotHello, party people! I have to confess that I love Cinco de Mayo more than most. Maybe it’s the time I spent in the Southwest or maybe it’s just because it signifies that summer is coming and that means backyards bashes, front porch hang-outs, and being poolside. Either way, everyone loves a good fiesta so pull out those party trays, round up some friends, and get to celebrating because today we are sharing 10 (TEN!) of the most delicious Cinco inspired beverages. We’ve tried them all & yes, they really are as good as they look! Try some now & save some for later – this list is going to be a summer go-to!


salt airSALTY AIR MARGARITA

Airy & decadent, count us in! This is a delicious upgrade from the classic.

wm003WATERMELON MARGARITA

Almost too pretty to drink, this watermelon margarita is perfect for a hot day and a thirty crowd.

rosemary margROSEMARY GINGER MARGARITA

Have you ever heard of a more fabulous pairing? If it’s got ginger in it, it has to be healthy right? Either way, count us in!

peach basil margPEACH BASIL MARGARITA

Ooh yes, it really is as good as it sounds. Slightly slushing and delectably delicious, this cocktail is perfect for a garden bash.

mezcalPRICKY PEAR MEZCAL MULE

Hot pink, perfectly spicy, & with just a bit of ginger this mule has earned a spot on our margarita list no problem!

blood orange margBLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

For those of you that want to step up your margarita game, but don’t have time for simple syrup or infused tequila, this is absolutely the cocktail for you.

white peachWHITE PEACH MARGARITA

Five minutes and a little prep work and you’ve got yourself something absolutely magical!

grapefruit margGRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA

To us, this is the classic margarita so it’s got to make the list. Perfectly balanced and remarkably delicious – just like a classic should be!

coconut margCOCONUT CREAMSICLE MARGARITA

Slightly orange flavored with a hint of coconut, this puppy might just be your go-to cocktail.

spicy grapefruitSPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA

We all love a good grapefruit marg, but infuse it with jalapeño tequila and you’ve got a match made in heaven.


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PALOMA my favorite summer cocktail

IMG_2918Well, happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you but I am ready for summer to make her grand entrance because these little beauties have been calling my name. Festive, delicious, and wildly easy to make, the Paloma has become a warm-weather staple in our house. I discovered this little babes when living in Austin and have happily brought them with me wherever we’ve moved.

For all my grapefruit lovers, this is for you. Love margs but hate the sugar? This is for you! Searching for the perfect “go-to” cocktail this summer – oh, yeah, this is absolutely for you! Give her a try & tell us what you think!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 cup Tequila
– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods has some great ones!)
– 1/2 cup Topo Chico (if you can’t find that, use Club Soda)
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– OPTIONAL: Salt or sugar for rim
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INGREDIENTS:

1. If you like a salted rim, go ahead and fill a shallow plate with salt, run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, & rim it with salt. I like my Paloma’s without salt, but it’s totally up to you!

2. Fill two glasses with a few ice cubes & add in your ingredients. Stir gently & serve, sip, repeat!

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WATERMELON GRANITA the perfect warm weather dessert

IMG_5387Hello, hello! Things are finally starting to feel like summer is right around the corner over here in the Midwest, so we thought we would turn to an expert (and one of our favorite foodies), our latest food contributor Joanna Meyer (follow her insta, you’ll be inspired for days!) on the perfect warm weather dessert. A resident of Arizona, Joanna knows a thing or two about beating the heat & she also likes her recipes to be healthy & as plant based as possible. Hello, a dessert that won’t break the bikini diet, what could be better?! Check out Joanna’s first post & let us know what you think! xox, LK

IMG_5477Hello! Joanna here & I’m not sure how you spend spring, but in Arizona, it typically includes a lot of chilled foods. The hot weather has me craving light and refreshing treats, like this watermelon granita, right now. Infused with basil and lime, then slightly sweetened with blue agave, watermelon granita fools me into thinking I’m eating snow cones. Fortunately, it tastes as good as a snow cone from the local fair! IMG_5444

WATERMELON GRANITA
Recipe type: summer dessert
Serves: 12-14
 
Perfect for summer nights or to swap out for a healthy dessert, this Watermelon Granita is basically a must-have for ever summer occasion.
Ingredients
  • 4 large sprigs basil
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ large seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into large cubes
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp blue agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Place the basil and water in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave. Allow the basil to continue steeping for 15 minutes in the water. Discard the basil thereafter.
  2. Add the basil-infused water to a blender, along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer the watermelon mixture to a metal baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Use a fork to scrape the mixture. Freeze for another hour and scrape again.
  4. Continue this process until all the liquid is frozen and the granita is made. Keep the granita frozen until ready to serve.

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BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

6Is it starting to warm up in your neck of the woods? Well, even if spring is getting a sleepy start, this insanely enticing blood orange margarita will put you on a beach under the sun, living large. Yep, it’s that good. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself! Promise, you’ll be sipping these puppies all season long. xoxo, LK


Elizabeth here friends! How’s your Spring starting off?! This week we had temperatures in the 60’s so naturally I went and got a bright pink manicure and started drinking a blood orange margarita to convince myself that summer was here.

Maaaaaybe I was reaching… but come on, you know the thought of putting on that maxi dress was reeeeeal appealing. Not only do margaritas remind me of warm summer patio nights but also they’re like my go to cocktail. It may be just me but I’m just not an overly sweet cocktail fan. If I’m sipping on something all night I like it to be citrusy and light and this blood orange margarita recipe is just that! Cheers! xoxo

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INGREDIENTS:

3 Ounces of blood orange juice

1 Ounce of lime juice

2 Ounces of silver tequila

2 Tablespoons of simple syrup or Agave

Kosher Salt + Sugar for rim

Crushed Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a cocktail shaker combine juices, tequila, agave nectar and shake for 15 seconds.

2. Rim glass with a blood orange wedge and dip in a half & half salt / sugar mixture for rim. *Note salt rim will not stick to plastic ware!

3. Pour over crushed ice. Cheers!

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THE WHISKEY ROSE could anything be prettier?

IMG_3022It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Remember that song? Sorry for getting it stuck in your head but to make up for it how about a little inspiration to get through your last work day of the week?! Meet the cocktail that will make you love whiskey (if you don’t already). It’s the Whiskey Rose and we are in love. There is nothing rose flavored about the cocktail, it gets that name because of it’s color (it’s much more pink in person because of the grapefruit juice) and it’s just such a darling cocktail, we can’t help but feel ‘rose’ describes it’s adorable personality.

Made with our favorite whiskey, Michter’s, this lovely lady is smooth, refreshing, and perfect to celebrate the weekend! So make a quick stop to the store, round up some friends, and host a little post-work/pre-weekend happy hour – you won’t be disappointed! IMG_3048

INGREDIENTS:

– Michter’s Rye Whiskey
– 1 Grapefruit
– Spoonful of Honey
– San Pelligrino (or favorite sparkling water)

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1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle half of your grapefruit & add a spoonful of honey.

2. Pour in two jiggers of Michter’s Rye Whiskey, a handful of ice & slowly shake back & forth a few times.

3. Pour into two glasses, top off with ice, & garnish with rose petal.

4. Sip, serve, repeat!

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ROSE & CUCUMBER COCKTAIL spring has sprung

IMG_9564You might have noticed that we have a thing for gin and tonics around here. First it was the Peach & Basil Gin & Tonic, then came the Grapefruit & Thyme Gin & Tonic, and now we’ve got the most delicious of them all (well, so far) the Rose & Cucumber Gin & Tonic.

Perfect for spring, the pairing of the rose and cucumber is out of control. Mix it with the earthy flavors of Farmer’s Gin & you’ve got yourself one heck of a cocktail. I love this gin because, not only is it organic, it’s got a really delicious earthy taste to it – perfect for pairing with herbs and fruits. Okay, okay, enough about the pairing, it’s time to kick back, relax, and celebrate the weekend with your new favorite spring cocktail!

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– Rose lemonade

– Farmer’s Gin

– Sliced cucumber

– Tonic water

*Makes 2

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a cocktail shaker, throw a handful of ice, two jiggers full of Farmer’s Gin, three jiggers of rose lemonade and gently stir

2. Pour mixture into two glasses & top off with tonic water. Garnish with a few slices of cucumber.

3. Sip, serve, repeat!

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BLOOD ORANGE BOURBON SMASH

IMG_7103A few weeks ago we threw a whisky tasting party with some friends & we’ve been on an American whisky (or bourbon) kick ever since. From what I have learned, the main difference between scotch and whisky is geographic and ingredients. Scotch is whisky made in Scotland & bourbon is whiskey made in the states.

We got our hands on Michter’s small batch bourbon and we’ve been mixing up cocktails ever since. Today we are sharing our latest obsession – the Blood Orange Bourbon Smash. Yes, it actually is as good as it sounds & it’s perfect for a fun get-together with friends, a little March Madness party, or heck, to celebrate the end of a long work week. Check it out & let us know what you think!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp blood orange juice

1 Tbsp ginger syrup

4 Tbsp Michter’s small batch bourbon

2 Tbsp sparkling water

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

2 inches ginger, peeled and sliced into disks

IMG_7096INSTRUCTIONS:

1. To make your ginger syrup, combine water, sugar, and ginger in a small sauce pot & bring to boil. Remove from heat, allowing it to cool & strain out ginger. Store your delicious syrup in an airtight container until ready to use.

2. Add a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker & add in lime juice, blood orange juice, ginger syrup, and Michter’s bourbon.

3. Gently stir to combine & strain into a glass. Top off with sparkling soda & garnish with a fun blood orange peel twist.

4. Sip, serve, repeat!

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'>LADY LOVE for Valentine's Day

GAL PALS! Okay, we’ve been friends for a while, so be honest with me, are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? It gets a bad rep and, since we are being honest, it wasn’t always my favorite holiday. But, over the years, she has grown on me a bit & instead of using V-Day to celebrate one person, we have started using it as an excuse to celebrate love (all the people we love, all the things we love, the freedom of love, etc.) in general.

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This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something a little extra special (because, let’s face it, we need to remember all the good things right now), so I am hosting a fun get together. On my way home from a meeting, I swung by my favorite place (Marshalls, duh), and picked up the freaking cutest supplies!

From a festive arrow garland, to adorable Meri Meri love tokens, & let’s not even talk about these amazing lip cocktail napkins! Sorry Chicago, I bought the three packs they had 😀

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I mean, everything you see here is from Marshall’s & it was all under $50 – how can you beat that? So make things extra fun, I whipped up a batch of Lady Love cocktails for the group. You get a little bit of tartness from the grapefruit juice, a little sweetness from the simple syrup & cranberry juice, and they are fantastically customizable. Mix up a pitcher of the mixer and have a tequila or a chilled bottle of vodka on deck, so your guests can decide what they prefer.

If you are into garnishes, mint is perfect, or toss in a fun stir stick and get really crazy! Grab the recipe for the Lady Love cocktail below & let’s get this party started! xo, LK

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LADY LOVE
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
The perfect way to celebrate a little love in your life
Ingredients
  • 2 oz tequila or vodka
  • 4 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Splash of cranberry juice
Instructions
  1. Fill shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add tequila (or vodka), grapefruit juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake and strain into chilled rocks glasses filled with ice cubes.
  4. Add a splash of cranberry juice & gently stir.
  5. Sip, serve, enjoy!

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THE PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS

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Typically the biggest concern about having people over is what wine to serve with the food. Now, this is a big concern because it’s an important decision to make while meal planning, but, never fear, we are here to help you with three wine pairings & three DELICIOUS recipes to pair them with – pasta, flat-bread, and salmon! Trust me, you’ll never fret about this again. Okay, on to the pairings!

SEE THE PAIRINGS & GET THE DEETS ON THE RECIPES HERE

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EDITOR’S CHALLENGE | CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

Because December is one of the happiest month’s of the year, we decided it was the perfect month to kick off something fun – the Editor’s Challenge! Each month all of the editors of LaurenKelp.com will come together to showcase their favorite something & this month it’s Christmas cocktails! What would the holiday season be without a round-up of festively fabulous cocktails and we’ve got the ultimate list! Whether it’s naughty or nice is up to you…

So scroll down, check out each editor’s cocktail, and VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE! The winning editor & one of you lovely readers will win a little Secret Santa gift from us, because it’s fun & everyone likes presents. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your favorite!

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SANTA’S HELPER

LAUREN’s drink, a spin on the classic Gin & Tonic (of course) might just be the real reason Rudolph’s nose is red.  Her favorite Christmas Cocktail, Santa’s Little Helper, will leave you & your guests feeling Merry & Bright! See the full recipe after the jump

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THE SLEIGH RIDE

STANCY’S recommends the Sleigh Ride as the perfect Christmas Cocktail. It’s got a little champagne, a little brandy, and a little citrus to give it some flair. Nothing says Christmas better than champagne! See the full recipe after the jump.

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THE SNICKERDOODLE

For those of you with a sweet tooth, LINDSEY has just the thing – The Snickerdoodle! This is just as good as it sounds, if not better! What would Christmas be without a little something sweet and this cocktail is just the thing. See the full recipe after the jump. 

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MERRY MEZCALTINI

Add a little Texas to your holiday with CANDICE’s favorite Christmas cocktail, the Merry Mezcaltini. Start with some Mezcal, add a little Cointreau, throw in some festive rosemary and a sprinkle of pomegranates and you’ve got yourself a little mistletoe magic. It might look adorable, but this bad boy might just have you on the Naughty List. See the full recipe after the jump. 

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THE MOCKTAIL MULE

For those of you who might be expecting, don’t drink, or just want to take it easy this holiday season, this is the drink for you! BREANN introduces us to the mocktail of the season, the Mocktail Mule. Plus anything in a copper cup is automatically fabulous. See the full recipe after the jump.