A Spicy Basil Margarita for A Cold-Ass Spring

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spicy basil margaritaGuys, I’ve really been slacking in the cocktail department lately. I have, like, 75 jobs right now and I thought it would be a good idea to also remodel my kitchen and do most of the work myself. Oh, and to get myself a related assignment with DIY Network to cover some costs so I’d also be on a super tight deadline. You may very well be asking, “What the fuck is wrong with you?” And believe, me, I’m asking the same damn thing.

Anyway, it was warm for about a day and a half in the Midwest this week, and I got in inspired to make a spicy basil margarita. The spice comes thanks to a jalapeño basil syrup, and is totally something you can adjust depending on your tolerance for heat. You could also infuse the tequila with jalapeño — which honestly might have been a better way to do this. But do you think I actually plan any of this shit ahead of time?

Since I’m all about layering flavors (and apparently making things complicated), in addition to the basil and jalapeño in the syrup, I like to add fresh versions to the shaker when mixing the drink, too. You get subtle variations on flavors if you’re extracting with heat versus shaking the shit out of something with ice. So now you have to do all the things. But really this is all pretty easy. Except after adding the fresh jalapeño slices to the shaker, you should double strain the cocktail — use a regular strainer and a mesh strainer — unless you want seeds in your drink (which honestly is not really a horrible thing, especially if you like heat).

SPICY BASIL MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces tequila
3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce basil-jalapeño syrup (see below)
½ fresh-squeezed orange juice
Sea salt (and some grapefruit) for garnish
Extra basil leaves and jalapeño slices
Lime wedge for garnish
Club soda, optional

DIRECTIONS

Moisten the rim of an old fashioned or stemless wine glass with a lime wedge, then gently roll the rim of the glass on a plate of sea salt and set aside. Add the tequila, lime juice, basil-jalapeño syrup, and orange juice to a cocktail shaker or wide-mouth mason jar with a handful of ice, a few basil leaves and a few slices of jalapeño (with seeds), then shake the shit out of it and double strain it into the salt-rimmed glass. Add a handful of ice or a large ice cube, garnish and enjoy! Oh, and I sometimes like to give it just a tiny splash of club soda for some effervescence, but it’s totally unnecessary.

To make the basil-jalapeño syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Once it reaches a rolling boil, turn off the heat and add 4 (more if you want it really spicy) fresh jalapeños (sliced however, with seeds) and about a cup of loosely-packed basil leaves. Cover, and let it steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discard the green shit, then set the syrup aside (or refrigerate it) to cool. This will make about 1 cup and the extra will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to two weeks (and honestly, it will probably keep longer but I’m covering my ass here, okay?).

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Paper Crafts + Boozy Drafts: DIORAMAS!!!

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Bob Ross DioramaGet your hot glue guns ready (kidding, I’ll bring at least three) for my next craft event in Kansas City. Paper Crafts + Boozy Drafts (the hoppy, malty version of Crafts + Cocktails) is coming back to Boulevard Brewing Company‘s Tours & Rec Center on Thursday, April 26. And if you couldn’t tell from my fucking amazing Bob Ross diorama (and, well, the headline), this time we’re making my favorite elementary school craft EV-AR: DIORAMAS!!! As always, I’ll mix up a boozy beer cocktail you can enjoy while creating a miniature world inside an up-cycled Boulevard beer box!

Now, obviously, your diorama doesn’t have to be as intricate and thought out as mine. But I still want to talk about mine for a minute. Humor me, please.

Bob Ross Diorama
First, YES. I painted that tiny little canvas. And, no, I am not a painter and I definitely don’t consider myself artist. I can’t even draw a straight line. I honestly have no idea how it turned out so well, but I’m going to give credit where credit is probably due: All those hours I spent watching Bob Ross paint his happy trees on PBS.

Bob Ross DioramaSecond, can you believe I free-hand sewed those tiny fucking clothes? I don’t sew but I make shit work. The top is the sides of a Spider-Man Pull-up, and the jeans are from one of those little iron-on patches you get in a pack in the household section at Target. Of course, the first pair of “jeans” I made were too skinny and wouldn’t even go on (story of my own damn life) but still. Are you impressed yet? BECAUSE YOU FUCKING SHOULD BE. I mean, I want you to be impressed, but I also don’t want my diorama skillz to intimidate you, because this shit took me days, and we’ll just have two hours on the 26th. But they’re going to be two fun-filled, booze-induced hours you do not want to miss.

Bob Ross DioramaThird, his hair is the inside of my dog’s bed. Mic drop.

ARE YOU EXCITED YET? BECAUSE I AM! Like I mentioned, Boulevard will supply the boxes, and I’ve already loaded up on craft supplies and figurines, but feel free to bring your own creepy dolls, dog bed hair, pull ups, etc.

Seriously, you guys. I cannot fucking wait for this night of magical miniature making. ARE YOU WITH ME?!

APRIL 26 PAPER CRAFTS + BOOZY DRAFTS TICKETS

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It’s a Hazy Shade of Spring

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hazy shade of spring mezcal cocktailYou know that fucking miserable part of the winter when all the cozy holidays are over and it’s just cold and dark and wet and everything’s still dead and it seems like it will never end and all you want to do is wear some cute fucking open-toed flats? Well, we’re way past that because it’s FUCKING APRIL, but it snowed here in Kansas City on Easter and my phone tells me it’s going to snow again on Friday AND on Sunday and really I just can’t take it anymore.

My solution? Stay inside and drink while wearing my cute shoes — at least until it’s safe to go outside in them. My cocktail of choice is the Hazy Shade of Spring, a cold-weather twist on one of my warm-weather favorites, the Paloma. While the Paloma is made with tequila and grapefruit, this gets a hint of smokiness from mezcal. And there’s rosemary too — BECAUSE ROSEMARY JUST FUCKING SCREAMS “WINTER!”

The Hazy Shade of Spring

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces mezcal
3 ounces grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce rosemary simple syrup (see below)
Sea salt (and some grapefruit) for garnish
Rosemary sprig for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Moisten the rim of an old fashioned or stemless wine glass with a grapefruit wedge, then gently roll the rim of the glass on a plate of sea salt and set aside. Add the mezcal, grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup to a cocktail shaker or wide-mouth mason jar with a handful of ice, then shake the shit out of it and strain it into the salt-rimmed glass. Add a handful of ice or a large ice cube, garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy!

To make the rosemary simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 4 to 6 fresh rosemary sprigs in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat to low to simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and discard the rosemary, then set the syrup aside (or refrigerate it) to cool. This will make about 1 cup and the extra will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to two weeks (I mean, look, it will probably keep longer but I’m covering my ass here, okay?).

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Fuck Pie; Make a Rhubarb Tonic Instead

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rhubarb tonic cocktailIt’s rhubarb season, y’all! But you won’t find me baking a fucking pie. Nope. I put that shit in cocktails. Like my rhubarb whiskey sour. And my rhubarb daiquiri. Oh, and my fancy, boozy jello eggs. I even put it in the drink for my Easter egg decorating party at Boulevard earlier this week. Basically, when I see rhubarb at the grocery store, I Supermarket Sweeps that shit. Then I make a big-ass batch of rhubarb syrup and use it in everything. I’m also real fond of saying, “Hey, the mash that’s left over is a great jam or compote or whatever.” I even wrote about it for Food52. But I don’t eat toast or ice cream often enough so it sometimes goes to waste — which is a damn shame because it’s fucking good.

But when I love something, I often find a way to put it in a cocktail, hence this pretty pink rhubarb tonic.

To be honest, I’ve been trying to rip off the rhubarb tonic from the now-closed Nightwood in Chicago since I tried it in the summer of 2013. And while it’s been long enough for my tastebuds to forget the specifics, I remember it being one of my favorite drinks. Ever. It was bubbly and slightly sweet and a little bitter from the tonic. I think this is as close as I’ve ever come to recreating it, and as close as I’m going to get. In fact, I’m calling it a win and giving up after this.

While the drink recipe itself is super easy — just three ingredients — getting there is a little labor intensive. First, you want to make my rhubarb syrup. But don’t worry, you’ll have lots of uses for it (see above!). And SAVE THE MASH.

Rhubarb Syrup / Mash

INGREDIENTS

5-6 cups rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch cardamom

DIRECTIONS

Add the rhubarb, sugar, and water to a medium-size pot over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and add the vinegar, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir, then let the mixture simmer for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour. The longer it simmers the more syrupy it will become.

Strain the syrup into a bottle or mason jar and let it cool to room temperature, then seal and refrigerate. Did I mention you should SAVE THE FUCKING MASH?! Put it in an air-tight container and refrigerate it.

rhubarb tonic cocktailAt some point you’ll want to blend or puree this goodness, so you can do that before you refrigerate it, or after, or just a little as needed. Whatever floats your fucking boat.

rhubarb tonic cocktailNow, you’re ready to roll with the drink.

Rhubarb Tonic

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons rhubarb mash puree
2 ounces whiskey
Cold tonic water

DIRECTIONS

Add the rhubarb mash puree and whiskey to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously then strain into an old-fashioned or collins glass. Add a handful of crushed ice (or a large ice cube, or regular fucking ice), and top it off with tonic water. Enjoy!

 

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Free Download: April 2018 Calendar

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free printable april 2018 calendarOh, hi. Apparently March is almost over. Don’t know how the hell that happened (I mean, I haven’t even filed my 2016 taxes yet — WUT?!), but I haven’t seen the sun in a fucking week so your free printable April 2018 calendar is all about those April showers. And because printer technology not improved since 1999 and your printer probably sucks as much as mine does, it’s available in both color and black and white. free printable april 2018 calendarAs always, the calendar is free (you’ll get both versions with your “purchase”) and as you probably know by now, the only catch is that you need to “buy” the file from my store before you can download and print it. You don’t have to pay any money or give any credit card info or anything like that. Nope, you just have to plug your information into some little boxes. But I promise I won’t sell your email address, or stalk you, and if you create an account it makes it really easy to download it next time — as well as go back and re-download your previous purchases. Some people plug fake information into those boxes, and while it is slightly annoying, as long as you follow me on Instagram in return, I don’t really give a fuck. But if you do plug in yourbreastesesismybreakfast@hotmail.com, you won’t get the email with your download links or my newsletter (you know — when I finally get my shit together enough to do it in, like, three years). So there.

Get Your Free Printable April 2018 Calendar

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