Cocktail: Habanero & Grapefruit Margarita

We’re packing up the car and heading into the city for a weekend away. We rented a house through VRBO, and are meeting a few good friends there to celebrate Matt’s birthday. I was cooking until midnight last night trying to get as much prep out of the way as possible: I’m very excited about the menu. I’ll post recipes and pictures next week. For now, a cocktail to enjoy this weekend. Its delicious! Have a great one. P1040271

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

1 bottle of 100% agave tequila. I use Blanco here, but Reposado works well also. Save the Anejo tequila for sipping; this cocktail doesn’t showcase the tequila enough to warrant the aged stuff.

1-2 small habanero peppers, cut in half (I remove the seeds so I don’t have to strain it)

fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

squeeze of lime (optional)


Combine tequila and peppers in a pitcher. Cover and let infuse for about 3 hours, or longer. Taste frequently for heat. If you overdo it, add plain tequila to balance it out. Remove chilies and return to bottle.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix 2:1 juice to tequila. Taste, I usually like to add a squeeze of lime but it depends on the tartness of your grapefruit. Shake & strain into glasses.

Optional: Fill a small plate with water. Dip rims of glasses into water, then dip half the glass rim into salt. Alternately, put a small pinch into the cocktail shaker before mixing drinks.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Built: Bar on a Bike

Is this the coolest thing or what!? I have always loved compartmentalized travel and picnic food solutions — like fancy picnic baskets. This takes that to a whole new level. What a fabulous idea, especially for spring!

Via Hither & Thither, a beautiful blog.

The Weekend, Briefly


A weekend full of family birthdays, a delicious mimosa brunch with these scones and a leek and artichoke frittata. We watched Easy A with Emma Stone — Have you seen it? — hilarious. And  a week where we got (hopefully) the last snow of the season finished warm and sunny. Everyone, including Bagel, seemed very pleased.

the neighborhood hangout for cardinals, finches and chickadees

the neighborhood hangout for cardinals, finches and chickadees

the most beautiful cat. Her name is Bagel

Bagel: the most beautiful cat