Casual Friday: Strawberry Mexican Mule
Hey, hey, heyyyy, TGICasual Friday, friends. You know the drill.
First things first, I’m very excited about the extremely festive, and Cinco de Mayo appropriate, Strawberry Mexican Mule on your screen. This sexy fuchsia cocktail is a tequila-based twist on the classic Moscow Mule, dressed up with fresh strawberry puree. Tart-sweet with a subtle, ginger-y kick, it’s the type of refreshing, easy-drinking cocktail that’s perfect for any and all warm weather celebrations. In fact, I’m thinking of making it Château Logena’s house cocktail for the next few months. (Note to self: Procure more copper mugs, stat.)
The recipe below yields a single mule, but you’ll have enough strawberry puree for about 8-10 cocktails, so keep it in mind for late spring/summer entertaining. Just prep a pitcher or five of the tequila-lime-strawberry base in advance (the proportions are pretty easy to multiply), and stir in the ginger beer come party time. Easy. Also, I’m really into tequila these days, but if you’re not a fan, feel free to go the traditional Moscow route and use vodka instead. You should always be doing you.
p.s. I know a few peeps may be rolling their eyes and/or panicking at the thought of making homemade strawberry puree for a cocktail, but I promise it’s not remotely challenging or time-consuming. All you have to do is toss some fresh strawberries in a blender with a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of honey, and let ‘er rip. If the puree takes you more than 5 minutes from start to finish (with a tequila shot lag), you should be seriously worried about your motor skills…
Moving on to Internet nonsense!
Honestly, I think I liked James Cordon’s video version of #Lemonade better than Beyoncé’s. (p.s. I’m afraid to make any statement about my Lemonade feelings for fear of poking the Beyhive, but did anyone else want slightly more dancing? Just a little?)
Speaking of Lemonade, nothing has made me happier than people mistaking Rachael Ray for Rachel Roy and thinking that the EVOO queen was Jay-Z’s side chick (aka “Becky with the good hair”). If you’re looking for an excellent way to waste time, take a peek at Rachael Ray’s Instagram and read the comments on her latest posts. There are plenty of gems like this response to a photo of slow-cooked pulled beef:
Bet u was slow cookin that plan to go behind beys back?!?! u corny
Thankfully, some of Ms. Ray’s fans have been setting the record straight. Like this kind soul:
YO DUMBASSES WRONG FUCKIN RACHEl. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT JAY MOTHERFUCKIN Z IS FUCKIN WITH RACHEL RAY OVER HERE. THIS BITCH IS JUST TRYNA GRILL SOME BURGERS. DAMN YOUR DUMBASSES ARE LOOKING FOR RACHEL ROY
I’m not a Game of Thrones fan (I had to quit after Season 2 on account of the Sunday nightmares in gave me…sorry), but I love this old Seth Meyers sketch where he invites Jon Snow to a dinner partay.
I know you’ve probably already seen this post-dentist zombie apocalypse video, but if you haven’t, please drop everything and watch it immediately. It’s one of my top five favorite things on the Internet of all time. (Right up there with Japanese binocular soccer. And this.)
Needless to say, there are lots of beautiful, delicious things I want to eat and drink from around the interwebs this month…
One can never have too much tequila inspiration, and right now I’m looking to get loose with these Raspberry Lime Rickey Margaritas. I’m also down with both Grilled Pineapple Margaritas and Spicy Cucumber Margaritas. Ooooh and Spicy Watermelon Margaritas. Perhaps I shall have a fancy margarita bar at my next fiesta…
I want to top Jodi’s Crispy Avocado Tacos with Roasted Radishes and Sriracha Mashed Beans with poached eggs and do breakfast in bed with my roommate. Maybe get a few of the aforementioned tequila c-tails involved.
I’m thinking Heather’s Cuban Quinoa Bowl with Spicy Lemon-Cashew Dressing and Lindsay’s Crusted Sweet Potato Lunch Bowl with Golden Dressing deserve spots in next week’s #sassydesklunch rotation. I might even make them for you on Snapchat if I’m feeling ambitious. Fingies crossed.
I’m not usually into veggie burgers, but these Go-To Veggie Burger with Sweet and Tangy Mustard Sauce and Radicchio Slaw look pretty bomb. I’m also intrigued by the concept of Spicy Cauliflower Burgers.
Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread makes me feel nostalgic. And although I have a deep-seated fear of breadmaking, Ali makes me feel like I can do it. She’s the bread whisperer, and I trust her.
And because I love burrata in/on all things, I would also like to eat Burrata Pizza with Prosciutto and Fried Basil on a patio sometime soon. Preferably with a gallon of ice cold rose. Please let me know if you have a patio I can borrow for this activity.
Now go make Strawberry Mexican Mules! (Virtual butt slap.)
2 ounces silver tequila
1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce Strawberry Puree
4 ounces ginger beer
Splash of club soda (optional)
2 cups quartered strawberries
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons honey (or agave)
Start by making your strawberry puree. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and refrigerate until ready to use. (You’ll have a little more than a cup of puree, which is enough for roughly 8 cocktails.)
Add the tequila, lime juice, and strawberry puree to a copper mug or tall glass. Mix with a swizzle stick (or spoon) until well combined. Fill the mug/glass with ice. Add the ginger beer and a splash of club soda (if using), and stir to combine. Bottoms up.
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