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Mondays are for Margaritas

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AS A MILLENNIAL, I love social media hashtags, like #TravelTuesday, #WanderlustWednesday, #TBT (throwback Thursday), #FridayFeeling, #SaturdaySelfie, and #SundayFunday.

So, I thought we would celebrate this wonderful Monday with a popular hashtag on Instagram, #MargaritaMonday by presenting you with the best margarita recipe! These ingredients will have your mouth watering for a margarita by the end of the day.

Use this as your #MondayMotivation to get through the day!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 freshly squeezed limes
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 fresh squeezed orange
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup

Directions

SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of sugar.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

NEXT:

  • Squeeze 2 limes, 1 lemon, and 1 orange to make fresh juice.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime/lemon/orange juice, and simple syrup.  Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds.

OR

  • Blend ice, tequila, lime/lemon/orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender for a frozen margarita.

FINISH:

  • Take a chilled glass, rub a lime slice around rim, then press rim of the glass into kosher salt.
  • Pour margarita into the glass
  • Garnish with a slice of lime, lemon, orange or all 3!
  • Drink up!
  • Repeat.

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Let Your Taste Buds Take You to Paradise

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DO YOU MISS THE FEELING of sitting on a tropical island, cold drink in your hand, sun on your skin, staring at the clearest blue waters? Do you need a break from your busy schedule to just be able to relax like you’re on a vacation? I think we all do. So, why not try and recreate those delicious frozen drinks that you got to enjoy while relaxing on vacation, to give you that moment of pure bliss?

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Here are 10 frozen drink recipes that you can indulge in at any tropical resort!

Pina Colada

pineapple, banana, coconut milk

Tropical

mango, banana, strawberries, pineapple, coconut milk

Orange Obsession

orange, mango, strawberries, orange juice

Island Breeze

peach, mango, banana, strawberries, guava juice

Passion Paradise

mango, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, guava juice, orange juice

Strawberry Refresher

strawberries, banana, pineapple juice

Berry Good

strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apple juice

Mello Mango

mango, peach, pineapple juice

Hawaiian Holiday

banana, pineapple, strawberries, orange juice, pineapple juice

Papaya Perfection

papaya, pineapple, coconut milk

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Whichever drink sounded the most delicious to you, just add a scoop of ice and blend these ingredients together for a cold, fruity, delicious smoothie break that will bring you back to paradise!

 

(TIP! If you really want to take the edge off, you can add of shot of whatever alcohol your taste palette desires! Like, coconut rum, tequila, or vodka.)

Drink the Local Flavors

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THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY IS RISING in popularity. People are conforming to the lifestyle of being an “experienced craft-beer drinker” because they do not want to keep drinking the same old watered-down beer. There are so many elements that influence this lifestyle, like what styles, ingredients, flavors, aromas, scents, ABV (Alcohol by volume), IBU (International bitterness units), name brands, locations, and the list goes on. Craft beers are intriguing because no beer is the same. They are all unique in look, flavor, smell, brewery history, and the feeling it gives you.Image result for craft beer gif

Some of the most trendsetting craft beer breweries started in the Caribbean and made its way over to the U.S. So, we listed here 10 local craft beers brewed in the Caribbean.

Red Stripe

Jamaica’s infamous Red Stripe craft beer, is brewed by Desnoes & Geddes Limited at the Red Stripe Brewery in Kingston, Jamaica. This beverage has been brewing since 1928. The locals and tourist love this light amber, butterscotch flavor, with an easy 4.7% alcohol. Red Stripe represents the passion and ethnicity of Jamaica, so every bottle is made with Jamaica’s authenticity.

Balashi Chill

Balashi Chill is micro-brewed at the Brouwrij Nacional Balashi, in Santa Cruz, Aruba. It was first brewed back in 1998. It is the only beer brewed here making it, Aruba’s beer. This golden beer has won taste awards in 2001, 2004, and 2013, crafted only with premium ingredients, like Aruba’s world class water, barley, rice, and corn. It has a 5% ABV and a sweeter taste. This island beer is made with quality and passion.

Tempus Alt Clasica

Tempus Alt Clasica craft beer, is micro-brewed at Cerveceria Primus (Primus Brewery) in Mexico. This 5.2% ABV, deep amber, creamy texture, nutty with earthy hops, balanced with sweet malts; is created to be smooth for your palate. This beverage has the perfect balance of flavors from the fresh produce found in Mexico, making it one of the top craft beers to try.

Presidente

Presidente is brewed by the primary beer producer in the Dominican Republic, since 1935, at the Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (CND). This gold, pilsner style beer has a 5% ABV and a moderately bitter hops flavor. Made from the best quality raw materials in D.R., definitely makes it the best beer, the realest tasting beer, and gives you the feeling of the Dominican. Because it is so widely accepted by locals and tourists, this increases the contribution to the sales of the products, resources, and people of D.R. It has developed a true beer culture.

Blonde Ale

Boquerón Brewing Company’s Blonde Ale from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico is on the rise. Their mission isn’t to brew the most quantity of beer, but rather produce the highest quality of the freshest ales. This golden color, 5% ABV, beer uses premium malts, hops, yeast, and lemon to give a mild bitterness and unique taste. This balance of tasty and refreshing pleases lovers of all craft beers.

Island Pirate Ale

Island Pirate Ale is the first- ever Bahamian India Pale Ale, brewed at Pirate Republic Brewing Company in Nassau, Bahamas. This 5.2% ABV, American-style ale is copper color, smooth with a delicious complexity of pineapple and citrus aromas. Their motto is “we bet you’ll be feeling like an island pirate in no time.” This beer is well balanced and refreshing.

10 Saints

10 Saints Hand Crafted Beer is aged in Mount Gay ‘Special Reserve’ rum casks, at 10 Saints Brewing, in Barbados. This 4.8% ABV, golden-amber beer has a lightly roasted malt and vanilla aroma with a smooth finish of spicy rum. 10 Saints Brewing got their name because Barbados is split into 11 parishes, out of the 11 parishes, 10 of them are Saints, getting their name 10 Saints Brewing. The owner of 10 Saints utilizes this by educating tourists and locals about the history of Barbados.

Belikin Lager

Belize Brewing Company, is home of the Belikin Lager, since 1969. This beverage has become one of the top sellers in Belize. This classic, full-bodied beer, is a special blend of Canadian pilsner malt and German hops, with a revitalizing 4.8% ABV. There motto is “Belikin is brewed for Belizeans, by Belizeans, and onli eena Belize.”

Wadadli

This famous flagship craft beer, Wadadli, is micro-brewed at the Antigua Brewery, in Antigua, Guatemala. It has become a favorite amongst the locals and tourists, making it the beer of Antigua. This 4.8% ABV, has strong aromas of sweet malt, tastes of grain, corn, with a light bitter finish. Antigua Brewery has started a new trend in the local beer market by using in-house desalination plant to provide fresh water for their brewing operations. They also offer refunds on returned bottles. The locals are appreciative of how eco-friendly this brewery is and how they stay true to the flavors of Guatemala.

Carib Lager

Carib Brewery, in Trinidad and Tobago, produces the Carib Lager, since 1950. Carib lager was one of the first “bona fide thirst-quenchers” to be produced and symbolizes everything Caribbean. It is a smooth, creamy, full bodied malt lager, with a 5.2% ABV. Just like Antigua brewery, Carib Brewery would love for their customers to return used bottles to the brewery as a way of reducing carbon emissions.

By reusing bottles, we decrease the consumption of the natural resources used to manufacture them, thus reducing the energy needed to produce these products. The end-result is a diminished carbon footprint with less of a negative impact on the environment.

Make sure to try these local beers when you visit one of these 10 Caribbean spots!

Tropical Drinks to Make You Feel Like You’re Still on Vacation

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WE’VE ALL GONE ON VACATION and come home craving certain drinks or foods from the place we just left. In honor of that, we have come up with a list of tropical drinks you have most likely tried (and loved) while sitting on a beach somewhere!

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MAI TAI

If you fancy rum and juice (no, not gin *sorry Snoop*), the Mai Tai is definitely the drink for you!
  • 5 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 5 oz. Coconut-Flavored Rum
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 splash of Grenadine

BLUE HAWAIIAN

A drink that resembles the aqua-colored water of Hawaii that’s also incredibly delicious AND hydrating… What more could you want?!
  • 5 oz. Rum
  • 75 oz. Blue Curaçao
  • 75 oz. Crème de Coconut
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge

TEQUILA SUNRISE

If you’re a tequila lover like me, the Tequila Sunrise is just what the doctor ordered (well, no really; but we can pretend)!
  • 5 oz. Tequila, Chilled
  • 4 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Dash Grenadine

MARGARITA

You know what’s better than one margarita? TWO margarita’s, obviously!
  • 5 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 5 oz. Premium Tequila
  • 75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Splash of Orange Juice
(Enjoy this drink, blended or on the rocks!)

BAHAMA MAMA

As a very wise woman once said, “Save the drama for your (Bahama) Mama”! It’s impossible to be upset when you’re drinking one of these babies.
  • 5 oz. White Rum
  • 5 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 5 oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

MOJITO

When the warm weather comes to stay, break out the mint and muddle yourself a refreshing mojito!
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • 75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 5 oz. White Rum
  • 5 oz. Club Soda

PAINKILLER

True to its name, Painkillers allow you to feel nothing but the sun on your skin and the happiness in the air (*sips* “ahhh”)!
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Dark Rum
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Cream of Coconut
  • Nutmeg for Garnish

WHITE LADY

The White Lady is equal parts decadent, sweet, and sour. If you’re searching for a sweet, dessert-like drink, look no further (trust us, you’ll thank us later)!
  • 5 oz. Gin
  • 75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 75 oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur

MIAMI VICE

We know that the popular ‘80’s TV show, Miami Vice, was popular; but believe it or not, we think that the drink is even better!
  • 5 oz. 151 Rum
  • 8 oz. Piña Colada Mix
  • 8 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

SEX ON THE BEACH

Sex on the Beach is so underrated, and that’s mostly because when people order drinks, they don’t want to utter those four embarrassing words. But trust us, if you’re looking for a fruity, exotic drink, put Sex on the Beach at the top of your list!
  • 5 oz. Vodka
  • 5 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 5 oz. Orange Juice or Pineapple Juice
  • 5 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 5 oz. Crème de Cassis

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Now that you have our favorite tropical drinks, try them out for yourself and let us know what your favorites are!