happy hour…

in an effort to hang onto that summer feeling for a few more weekends (at least!), i bring you a cocktail recipe, courtesy of my montana-living friend, tammy. she made these watermelon-jalapeño margaritas for me in july and they honestly taste like summer in a glass. (hello, #thingsimaddictedto)

here’s how:

blend one medium watermelon + 1-2 jalapeños (save a few slices for garnish!) in a vitamix or regular ol’ blender until liquid. strain and set aside. you can do this a day or two ahead and keep it in the fridge, too.

to serve, combine 2 oz. premium tequila and 6 oz. watermelon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up, and pour into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. add your jalapeño garnish… maybe a squeeze of lime… and it’s done!

if you really want to go nuts, make a pitcher using this ratio: 10-12 oz. premium tequila to 32 oz. watermelon juice.

(photo courtesy of tammy watson)

great depression chic?

so i hear that the apple-pie flavored moonshine from Ole Smoky (shown at top left) really, really, tastes like apple pie. it does have a cinnamon stick floating around in it. one of the guys at the wine shop in amagansett where i spotted it had a pretty genius idea…. he suggested pouring a shot over some vanilla ice cream.

now wait a minute. if i heat this apple pie moonshine up a bit first and then pour it over the ice cream, isn’t that sort of like an American-style affogato? yes! yes it is! oh, i know what i’m doing this fourth of july….

photo by jennifer causey for the makers project

i’ve tried the moonshine from Kings County Distillery. mk! spotted it at our local wine shop in brooklyn and couldn’t resist the packaging. beware…. a little goes a long way towards making you fall asleep on the sofa during your own party.