Tonight, just like last year, Ginger and I will be some of the first to arrive at the La Condesa Street Party for Cinco de Mayo, which I now treat as the official kick-off to summer in Austin, and we will throw down like Pleepleus. Cheers with us from a far, tomorrow night or any time this summer, with these fun little recipes for watermelon agua fresca and jalapeno infused tequila, which together make a mean Spicy Watermelon Margarita. If you really want to turn up the heat, make some of my DIY sriracha salt and crush it up for the rim. Salud!
The last few weeks of Fall-like, 70-degree days and cooler nights have been an absolute gift after all those sweltering heatwaves of July — at least for me, since we’re going to miss September and October in New England (my absolute favorite time of year and place to spend it in) when we move to…Austin, over Labor Day. (There! I said it! Everybody freak out now!)
Spending summers with my dad when he was stationed in places like St. Louis and South Carolina with the Air Force, I learned to appreciate (maybe even love) iced tea. There’s really nothing better than an ice cold sweetened tea for cooling down in the sweltering heat — that is, unless, you spike it with some siesta-inducing hooch.
TGIF! Is it me, or has everyone already checked out for the long weekend? Anyway, I’m almost ready for a cocktail — how about you?
There’s nothing like a little social lubricant to get the party started, but when you’re hosting a big holiday crowd it can be super stressful figuring out how to stretch that cocktail budget.
Never fear: holiday punch is here!
Shoestring was on the hunt for the haute cocktails favored by celebrities and socialites these days, so we quizzed two elixir experts — one in NYC, one in SoCal — and came away with these tips, tricks, and trendy recipes to test-drive at home (with ten or so of your nearest and dearest, of course), for about $5 each.
EAST COAST: The Cutting Edge New Yorker