30 Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Your 30th Birthday

You only turn 30 once, so why not celebrate it in style! Instead of dreading age 30, embrace it. Your life is not over, not even half way, so welcome age 30 with a smile and instead of moaning about your age, make some fantastic memories. If you can’t think of something extra special to do for your 30th birthday, consider these 30 fun ways to celebrate turning 30.

Whether you are into sports or the arts, relaxing or going out on the town, these 30 fun things to do to celebrate your 30th birthday should give you an idea of a great way to celebrate the big 3-0. Get together with your best pals, your family and everyone you know, or just your sweetheart for an exciting way to celebrate your 30th birthday.

Here are 30 fun ways to celebrate turning 30:

1.    Go to a baseball game.

2.    Rent out a party suite at a hockey game.

3.    Go to a football game.

4.    Plan a golf weekend.

5.    Plan a spa weekend.

6.    Throw a party.

7.    Go out to dinner with friends or family.

8.    Have a happy hour.

9.    Tour a brewery.

10.    Plan a wine tour.

11.    Go on a road trip somewhere.

12.    Check out a casino.

13.    Go to a Broadway show or other theatrical event.

14.    Go to a comedy club.

15.    Go to Las Vegas.

16.    Go to New York City.

17.    Go on a cruise.

18.    Go to your own surprise party. (Inevitably, someone will throw a surprise party for probably half of you guys who read this.)

19.    Go out to a club to go dancing.

20.    Check out a male revue or a strip club. (Just for kicks!)

21.    Take a class with a group of friends.

22.    Plan a vacation to someplace you’ve always wanted to see.

23.    Go to a fancy restaurant with a great view with your sweetheart.

24.    Go to a big kids’ arcade, like Dave & Buster’s, where you can play skee ball to your heart’s content.

25.    Do something adventurous like skydiving, bungee jumping, or going for a ride down a zip line.

26.    Go bowling with a group of friends.

27.    Try your luck at miniature golf with your closest pals. Losing team buys ice cream.

28.    Plan a fishing trip or charter your own boat.

29.    Rent a cabin in the mountains or a cottage at the beach and chill with your best buds.

30.    Sleep in, lay around in your pajamas all day, and then spend the night anyway you like!

No matter what you decide to do to celebrate your 30th birthday, we hope you have a safe and wonderful special day. Be sure to do something special to pamper yourself or to create great memories of your 30th birthday. Wishing you many more happy years!

What Kinds of Things Do People Search for on the Internet When It Comes to Celebrities

In case you didn’t already know, some really interesting search phrases go through the Internet’s search engines every month, if not weekly or even daily. Oftentimes these search phrases and keywords touch on fascinating topics, while other times the phrases could simply be the most random and even strange requests we’ve seen yet. When it comes to celebrities, people search for lots of interesting topics, which we will reveal in this article.

Interesting Searches Related to Gossip Girl Actress Blake Lively
According to lots of fashion and beauty posts across the globe, young actress Blake Lively got major props for her stunning and somewhat scanty gown that she wore to the 61st Emmys. Despite her sexy red gown and picture perfect style sense, Internet searches pulled up some of the most random questions, thoughts, and topics.

A few key searches for this young actress involved hair and fashion related queries. Some of the more interesting requests asked for Blake Lively breast implants and Blake Lively rhinoplasty. This leads the uninformed Internet bystanders to wonder if Blake Lively really did get breast implants or rhinoplasty, or perhaps if this poor girl is simply cast under public scrutiny.

Aside from wondering about Blake Lively’s breast implants (or lack thereof) or Blake Lively’s rhinoplasty (again, or lack thereof), searchers are also looking for information on her puppy, her address, and everything hair related, from her updo to her haircut to Blake Lively hair extensions, if there are such a thing.

Interesting Searches Related to Actress Angelina Jolie
Popular movie actress Angelina Jolie gets a fair number of searches for some common tips that could help the everyday woman, as well as a few more interesting search terms that dig a bit deeper into the celebrity’s personal life.

Perhaps the most interesting search term we found is Angelina Jolie impersonator. Honestly, who knew Angelina Jolie impersonators even existed? Perhaps fans of the hot celebrity would invite an Angelina impersonator to a party or social engagement. Perhaps it’s something where companies might hire an Angelina Jolie impersonator to perform a job or a role in a corporate event. For all we know, it could be a couple of crazies out there doing all the searches!

Thankfully, not all the keyword searches for this sexy celeb are about finding an Angelina Jolie impersonator. Many of the more down-to-earth search queries are asking for Angelina Jolie’s maternity clothes or her maternity dress. Others want to see Angelina’s family pictures or pregnancy pictures. Still others, possibly wishing for a similar shape as her killer body, are searching for Angelina Jolie diet and exercise tips or Angelina Jolie diet secrets. If only we all could be that lucky!

No matter what the search terms, we know people are fascinated with celebrities in general, and the constant searching about a particular celeb shows, of course, curiosity and often admiration.

Interesting Searches Related to Celebrity Paris Hilton
Another interesting celebrity drawing countless monthly Internet searches is Paris Hilton. She has captivated the public with her presence and people want to know more about her as a celebrity and as a person. Apparently, Paris has some items for sale besides her perfume, as many Internet searches are zeroing in on her wares, from Paris Hilton perfume and her perfume gift set to Paris Hilton dream catchers and Paris Hilton hair extensions, not to mention Paris Hilton dog clothes. Despite these other searches, Paris Hilton perfumes seem to be doing quite well in quantity.

Internet searchers seem very interested indeed in Paris Hilton’s fashion and accessories, from Paris Hilton leggings to her footwear, dresses, and more. Paris Hilton shoes alone get whopping search requests in the thousands on a monthly basis.

One of the most interesting search phrases is Paris Hilton Sidekick. Lots of people seem to search for more information about the Paris Hilton Sidekick and anything to do with her experience. Why the Paris Hilton Sidekick is so fascinating… who knows. It’s not like we can crack into her personal life much more than the world already does through the tabloids and celebrity gossip Web sites. But no matter, people can still have fun trying!

Why Do People Search for What They Do?
Sometimes it’s easy to speculate why people search for certain keywords and key phrases that they do. Fashion and beauty related searches mainly draw tips and information on how to alter your appearance to look more like the celebrity. Product searches probably come from those who have at least a mild interest in buying or trying the celebrity’s signature products. Some other search terms are not so easy to interpret.

While we may never know why people search for Angelina Jolie impersonator or Blake Lively breast implants, we can only assume that a certain degree of it stems from sheer curiosity. Of course at times it could be borderline obsession, but let’s just rest in knowing that the world is full of curious people and the Internet search queries should and do reflect that.

Beer Olympics Party Theme Ideas and Costumes

If you’ve ever seen the movie Beerfest, you might be inclined to host your own Beer Olympics event in the comfort of your own home. Your own personal beer fest or Beer Olympics can be a great social activity with your friends and neighbors, with potential for great memories and lots of laughter. On the downside, you may also have to worry about people overdoing it… getting sick, making bad decisions, and even destroying parts of your house, all the while enjoying your Beer Olympics to the fullest.


So, proceed with caution as you plan to host your own Beer Olympics event or beer fest at your home. While fun is the ultimate goal, the safety of your guests should be your top priority. That being said, let’s move onto some fun and exciting events you can enjoy at your own personal beer fest or Beer Olympics.

Beer Olympics Events and Ideas
A Beer Olympics event at your home can be a great time to socialize with friends and inspire a little competition. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy your Beer Olympics festivities inside or outside, day or night. To coordinate your Beer Olympics event, first make a list of the Beer Olympics activities and ideas you might want to share and enjoy with your guests. Here are a few Beer Olympics ideas that might be suitable:

1.    Beer Pong or Beirut Championship
2.    Survivor Flip Cup
3.    Quarters or Speed Quarters
4.    Three Man (dice game)
5.    Kings (card game)
6.    Wiffleball (spin around the bat before you run the bases)
7.    Singing of Rugby songs
8.    Beer Slides (using slip-n-slide, crocodile mile, or the floor of a fraternity house – thanks Gettysburg)
9.    Guitar Beer-o (guitar hero plus beer)
10.  Make up your own!

As you organize your Beer Olympics events, just remember to find a good way to keep track of scores (a wipe-off board or even a notebook with a pen), and ensure that none of your events make it easy for anyone to get hurt (for example, obstacle courses plus drunk people do not usually have a good outcome). For an interesting touch, and to add an official flair to the festivities, try hanging personalized banners to announce the games-individually or all together. Be safe, but have fun!

Beer Olympics Costumes
If you are going to the trouble to host a beer fest or Beer Olympics event at your home, it’s only suiting to invite your guests to dress up in festive attire from their favorite countries or destinations to visit (Hey, everyone can’t be USA). For your Beer Olympics, if your guests don’t care to don costumes, you can still have lots of fun by asking everyone to wear a wristband or temporary tattoo or other fun piece of flair in the colors of their desired country.

Some fun Beer Olympics costume ideas may include the traditional form of dress for a number of countries, or quite simply, a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or hooded sweatshirt boasting the name or flag of a favorite country. You may also consider these fun and festive Beer Olympics costumes and costume accessories:

–    Kimonos
–    Sombreros
–    Kilts and tall socks
–    Lacy Senorita Spanish dress
–    German / Bavarian barmaid dress
–    Pants with suspenders
–    Belly dancing costumes
–    Rugby jerseys
–    And more

No matter what country you and your friends decide to represent, you’ll all have a blast whether you treat your Beer Olympics as a drinking party or a costume party.

Closing Ideas on Beer Olympics Party
Your Beer Olympics event or beer fest party can be a great time for everyone involved. More importantly than the food, the beer, the costumes, and the activities, though, is to remember that friends don’t let friends get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking. Someone should collect keys of those drinking or find a way to ensure that your friends don’t leave your home while under the influence.

Please remember – do not drink and drive or let friends drink and drive. Everyone can have fun – just drink responsibly and don’t take any chances by getting behind the wheel after drinking.

22 Adult Party Themes and Ideas for Parties, Birthdays, and Social Events for Grown-ups

Just because you aren’t in college anymore doesn’t mean you can’t still party like you’re a coed! From a tasteful wine and cheese party to reliving the keggers of your youth, consider these 22 adult party themes and ideas for grown-up gatherings. You can take it to the extreme or keep things classy and casual.

Read on for different party ideas for adults, perfect for birthday parties, social gatherings, and more.

Classy Adult Party Theme Ideas
–    Casino Party
–    Murder Mystery Party
–    Wine and Cheese Party
–    Christmas in July
–    Garden Party – Set up a nice garden grove area and serve iced tea and sandwiches or other light fare.

Wild and Crazy Adult Party Theme Ideas – aka: Drinking Party Themes
–    Guest Bartender Party
–    Keg Party
–    Beer Olympics

Food Centric Adult Party Themes
–    Deep-Fry Party – As long as you have a deep-fryer and cooking oil, you are set. Ask each guest to bring something you can deep fry – Oreos, pickles, potatoes, chicken – you name it.
–    Clam Bake
–    Crab Boil
–    Shrimp Boil
–    Cultural Party – Pick one theme for your food and do a potluck, or tell your guests that all countries and ethnic or cultural food is fair game. Have each guest bring something that fits the theme.
–    Potluck

Music Related Party Themes
–    Reggae Party
–    Island Party / Luau
–    Punk Rock Party

Adult Costume Party Ideas – Great for Adult Halloween Parties!
–    Costume Party
–    Dead Celebrities Party – Guests dress up like their favorite late celebrity.
–    Look-alike Party

Retro and Throwback Adult Party Ideas
–    Blast from the Past Party – Give guests a range of decades and let them pick their favorite.
–    Decade Party – Pick a decade – like the 1980s – and ask guests to dress like the time.

No matter what you decide, we hope you have a great time. Remember, if you partake in alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver and please drink responsibly.

27 Lemonade Cocktails and Refreshing Lemon Flavored Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Summertime and warm weather call for a whole new kind of cocktail or mixed beverage. Lemonade often serves as a classic summer drink in and of itself, but lemonade also makes a great ingredient for a fun and refreshing summery cocktail. If you like lemonade, you’ll find that you can use this tasty and refreshing drink in a wide variety of lemonade cocktail recipes, even for a unique party treat like Blue Ice Vodka Lemon Sorbet.

Try these exciting and refreshing lemonade cocktail recipes and lemon flavored alcoholic beverages featuring lemonade, lemon juice, Limoncello, or sweet and sour mix, and spirits like tequila, various vodkas, rums, and gin, among others.

Lemonade Cocktails Featuring Tequila
Many people love the festive nature of tequila – from margaritas to shots of tequila and more. You can mix up a number of fun summer lemonade or lemon flavored cocktails using your favorite tequila and the alcoholic beverage recipes below.

1800® Cool Lemonade
Featuring 1800® Silver Tequila…

Ingredients:
1.5 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz club soda
6 medium-sized mint leaves

Instructions for 1800® Cool Lemonade:

1.    Muddle mint with simple syrup in a tall glass.
2.    Add 1800® and lemon juice.
3.    Add ice and shake vigorously.
4.    Strain over fresh ice and garnish with lemon wheels

Lemon Mar-Tiki
Featuring Voodoo Tiki Tequila Platinum Silver…

Ingredients:
3 lime slices with skin
3 lemon slices with skin
3 oz. Voodoo Tiki Tequila Platinum Silver
1 oz. agave syrup* or simple syrup

Instructions for Lemon Mar-Tiki:

1.    Muddle 3 lime slices and 3 orange slices with skin in mixing glass.
2.    Add ice.
3.    Add 3 oz. Voodoo Tiki Tequila Platinum Silver and agave syrup.
4.    Shake up and pour into rocks glass.

* Please note: Mar-Tiki™ Mar•Ti•Ki (mar T key) is a word trademarked by Voodoo Tiki Tequila, which means:

1.    “A tropical martini created to pay tribute to the Tiki.”
2.    “A delicious and powerful mix of Juices and Voodoo Tiki Ultra Premium Tequilas.”

Mar Tiki’s are served “Up”, “Martini Style”.

LEMONADE COCKTAILS CONTAINING VODKA OR FLAVORED VODKA…


Grown-Up Girls’ Stress-Bustin’ Slumber Party

Remember when your biggest problem was choosing a prom gown or letting the boy you liked know how you felt? Ahh, those were the days. Problems seemed so great, yet in the grand scheme of things, you really only needed a chocolate milkshake or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to assuage your every concern.

Now, with faster-paced lives, more personal and familial responsibilities and even greater problems, sometimes it takes more than a chocolate milkshake or even a gallon of Chunky Monkey® could tackle.

For an easier take on life, women truly need to make time for their families, their friends, and essentially, themselves. The key to a successful balance is making time for these entities separately, resulting in a happier life with reduced stressors and a more relaxed outlook.

Family time and personal time can be arranged on a day-to-day basis, with special family meals and movie time, game time or special trips and outings together on the weekends. Bubble baths, naps, scrap-booking, baking and shopping provide nice options for alone time, while activities like yoga, Pilates and general exercise routines can be as good for the soul as they are for the body.

To complete the balance, women should keep in touch with friends and plan get-togethers at least once a year, but preferably more often. As people grow up and move on with their lives, it is common that many friends may find themselves miles and miles, and even states apart. This may call for an old-school approach to the common problems of womanhood.

So who says you’re too old for sleepovers once you’re married, anyway? Toss your cares to the wind and call up all your old friends and all your new ones in an effort to get the gang together for a night of relaxation, reminiscence and rejuvenation. Send the kids to your parents’ or your husband’s parents’ house (or failing that, to their friend’s house for a sleepover!). Dash out to the supermarket to pick up a few key snacks and ask each friend to bring a goodie to eat and a goodie for the soul.

Acceptable edible goodies may include:

•    Baked goods – especially cookies, cupcakes, candy, pastries, etc.
•    Cheese and crackers
•    Veggie tray
•    Shrimp cocktail or other hors d’oeuvres
•    Wine or other beverage of choice
•    Pizza
•    Tea and hot cocoa
•    Other delicious foods

While it is nice to eat healthy and practice a diet all the time, sometimes a little snack here or there might not hurt. Be sure to offer both junk food and healthy food options in case your guests have just begun a new diet. Faithful standbys like ice cream and frozen treats may best be provided by the hostess.

Goodies for the soul may include:

•    Photos and scrapbooks from your earlier days
•    Home videos and especially videos showing each other
•    Favorite movies, especially chick flicks
•    Craft projects like knitting and crocheting
•    Pedicure kits
•    Manicure kits and plenty of nail polish
•    Facials
•    Aromatherapy
•    Music
•    Girly magazines
•    Board games and other fun activities

During your girls-only grownup slumber party, relax and revisit your past. Spend time with your girlfriends – the women who got you through all those tough times and influenced you enough to have even a slight impact on who you are today.

Take the time to go through photographs from years gone by. Enjoy every moment and take new photographs so you have more memories to hold dear. Watch an old favorite movie and reminisce about the days in college when the flick was your soul’s medicine during every bad day or every break-up. Indulge in sweet temptations, even if this is “the last time” before you start your diet.

Delicious Fruit Flavored Margaritas and Margarita Drink Recipes

For a fun and festive alcoholic drink with a delicious Delicious frozen strawberry margaritas are the perfect fruity drink. (Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo)fruit flavored kick, fix up some fruity margaritas for yourself and your friends. Cinco de Mayo is a great time to celebrate the margarita. With this in mind, feel free to get creative and try out lots of frozen and on the rocks fruity margarita concoctions for the holiday or any day.

Choose from different margaritas flavored with melon, watermelon, pear, and of course, strawberry.

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktails and Drink Recipes

Cinco de Mayo brings an almost inherent need to get your drink on, whether with friends, neighbors, family, or colleagues. For Cinco de Mayo, try the MOJITO DEL PERRO with Bulldog Gin.To help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some fantastic cocktails and drink recipes, we’ve compiled this guide to sweet, sour, spicy, smoky, and all kinds of Cinco de Mayo drink recipes.

Whether you love tequila or hate tequila, we’ve got the Cinco de Mayo cocktail for you. Check out these fun and festive Cinco de Mayo cocktails and drink recipes and enjoy yourself – but please drink responsibly.

Check out the following drink recipe ideas for Cinco de Mayo or anytime:

Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes and Cocktails Featuring Tequila
If you’ve got a friend in tequila, you might just love these cocktails and drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo. From fruity and sweet to smoky and everything in between, you should be able to find a drink that matches your personality or your party style.

The Classic Paloma
The classic Paloma, a fizzy and fruity Cinco de Mayo cocktail.For a fizzy and fruity Cinco de Mayo beverage, try this recipe.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Tequila
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Grapefruit Soda (not juice)

Instructions:
1.    Pour Tequila and lime juice over ice in a highball glass.
2.    Fill with grapefruit soda.
Tequila Mocking Bird
For a sweet Cinco de Mayo treat, try this wonderful pun of a drink.

Ingredients:
1.25 oz Tequila
0.25 oz Blackcurrant-flavored Liqueur
2 oz Pineapple Juice

Instructions:
1.    Combine ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker.
2.    Pour entire contents into a rocks glass.
3.    Garnish with an orange slice.
The Cinder
For Cinco de Mayo, try this smoky drink, the Cinder.Try this Cinco de Mayo cocktail idea for a smoky swill…

Ingredients:
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
0.25 oz Mezcal
0.5 oz Silver Tequila infused with Jalapeno Peppers*
0.5 oz Repasado Tequila
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

Instructions:
Shake and serve in a coupe glass that has half rim of 2 to 1 Smoked Salt / Kosher salt mix.

– Recipes courtesy of Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, and The Cinder recipe courtesy of Death & Company’s Philip Quarrels
HERRADURA’S CINCORITA
For Cinco de Mayo, try HERRADURA’S CINCORITA. A special cocktail with a French flair…

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Silver
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz Chambord
1.5 oz agave nectar
1.5 oz fresh lime juice

Instructions:
1.    Mix Tequila Herradura Silver, Cointreau, agave nectar and fresh lime juice in a shaker with ice.
2.    Pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt.
3.    Pour the Chambord on top, so as to create a crimson floater.
4.    Garnish with a lime wedge.

– Recipe courtesy of Tequila Herradura

MEXICAN MADRAS
For Cinco de Mayo, try MEXICAN MADRAS.Fruit and tequila go so nicely together in this colorful Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipe.

Ingredients:
1 oz 1800® Reposado Tequila
2 oz Cranberry juice
1 oz Orange juice
Dash lime juice

Instructions:
1.    Shake over ice or blend.
2.    Garnish with an orange slice.

RAW DIAMOND
For Cinco de Mayo, try the Raw Diamond cocktail.For another tasty Cinco de Mayo drink recipe, check out the Raw Diamond, which offers a taste of pear and lime.

Ingredients:
1 oz. 1800® Select Silver Tequila
0.25 oz. Pear Puree
0.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.25 oz. Agave Nectar

Instructions:
1.    Combine ingredients and shake with ice.
2.    Pour into a lightly salted highball glass.

– Recipes courtesy of 1800® Tequila

RA’ckin Rita
For Cinco de Mayo, try the RA’ckin Rita, by RA Sushi.RA Sushi, an edgy and ultra-chic sushi bar and restaurant in The Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special cocktail this year.  RA will feature the RA’ckin Rita on Tuesday, May 5 beginning at 11 a.m.

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers
2 slices of jalapeno
0.5 ounce simple syrup
1.5 ounce tequila
1 ounce sake
2 ounces sweet and sour
0.5 ounces of lime juice
Splash of orange juice

Instructions:
Muddle the cucumbers and jalapeno slices together with the simple syrup.  Add tequila, sake, sweet and sour, lime juice and a splash of orange juice.

– Recipe courtesy of RA Sushi Restaurant

Frozen Tiki Corona Mar-Tiki
How could anyone celebrate Cinco de Mayo without the Corona? Try this recipe for a fancy twist on your traditional Corona.

Ingredients:
3 oz Corona Beer
2 ounces Voodoo Tiki Reposado Tequila
0.25 cup frozen Minute Maid Limeade Concentrate
Ice

Instructions:  
Rim: Salt or None
Serve: Up, Rocks, Frozen
Garnish: Lime Wheel

– Recipe courtesy of Voodoo Tiki Tequila

Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes that Do Not Use Tequila…


Recipes for Different Kinds of Margaritas to Make for Cinco de Mayo or Anytime

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to taste and enjoy all your favorite kinds of margaritas, not to mention being a little adventurous and trying new and different types of margaritas. Try a margarita for 2 - perfect as a lovers' cocktail.From frozen margaritas to a wide variety of fruit flavored margaritas, you might have a hard time narrowing down the many different kinds of margaritas you can try for Cinco de Mayo or any special occasion.

According to Cheers, 2008, the margarita is the #1 bar call of the United States, and for good reason. There are so many different kinds of margaritas to enjoy, and while you may not have a chance to try them all, you can check out these recipes for different Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo or anytime. Try anything that sounds delicious to you, but please drink responsibly.

Recipe for the Classic Margarita
First things first, let’s get this traditional margarita recipe out of the way so you can either enjoy a traditional, classic margarita right off the bat, all day, or get a bit wild and try some new and exciting, different margarita flavors, types, and recipes.

The Classic Margarita
Enjoy the classic and traditional margarita for Cinco de Mayo!When all else fails, this easy margarita recipe calls for few ingredients and minimal mixing abilities. Enjoy concocting margaritas from sunrise to sunset and well into the night for a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo.

Ingredients:
1.25 oz Tequila
0.75 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Lime Juice

Classic Margarita Recipe Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2.    Shake briskly and strain into chilled cocktail glass with salted rim (optional).
3.    Garnish with lime wheel.

– Recipe courtesy of Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Recipes for a Number of Different Margaritas, All Featuring Tequila
For a fun Cinco de Mayo party or a fresh and different margarita anytime, consider trying the recipes of countless tequila companies, offering a variety of different margaritas you can enjoy with friends and family. Consider the following different margarita recipes from Agavero Tequila, Tequila Cazadorez, 1800® Select Silver Tequila, and more.

Lover’s Margarita, featuring Agavero Tequila
Try a margarita for 2 - perfect as a lovers' cocktail.For a romantic margarita for two, try this Lover’s Margarita recipe and enjoy with your sweetheart. Agavero tequila is the ultra smooth 100 percent blue agave tequila hand-blended with Damiana, a legendary flower known for centuries as a potent aphrodisiac.

Ingredients:
1 oz. Agavero
1 oz. 1800 Reposado
Splash fresh lime juice

Lover’s Margarita Recipe Instructions:
1.    Combine ingredients.
2.    Pour over ice.
3.    Garnish with lime wedge.
4.    Salt rim if desired.

Tip: We recommend doubling the recipe and using two straws!

– Recipe courtesy of Agavero Tequila

Margarita Martini, featuring Jose Cuervo
Jose Cuervo offers this drink recipe for a Margarita Martini for Cinco de Mayo.Enjoy this tasty margarita martini featuring a true ambassador of Cinco de Mayo parties – Jose Cuervo.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Platino
1.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Margarita Martini Recipe Instructions:
1.    Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.
2.    Serve in a chilled martini glass straight up.
3.    Garnish with a lime wedge.
Note: Salt is optional

Cuervo Silver Margarita on the Rocks
Jose Cuervo offers this drink recipe for a Silver Margarita on the rocks for Cinco de Mayo.
Ingredients:
1.5 oz JOSE CUERVO ESPECIAL SILVER TEQUILA
4.5 oz non-alcoholic Lime Margarita mix
8 oz ice
1 tsp. Salt

Cuervo Silver Margarita on the Rocks Recipe Instructions:
1.    Combine ingredients.
2.    Pour over ice.

– Recipes courtesy of Jose Cuervo

Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado 5 Gallon Margarita
Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado 5 Gallon Margarita Throw a festive and affordable Cinco de Mayo themed bash, in-style by mixing a batch of authentic Mexican Margaritas using the Tequila CAZADORES® 5 gallon Margarita recipe.  This way, your cocktails are already prepared and you can relax – knowing that you’re serving a perfect Margarita in each glass.

Ingredients:
4 liters of Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado
2 liters of triple sec (40 proof)
10 bottles (750 ml) of sweet and sour ready to use (not concentrate)
1 gallon of orange juice
1/2 gallon fresh lime juice

Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado 5 Gallon Margarita Recipe Instructions:
1.    Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir.
2.    Serve over the rocks with salt on the rim.
3.    Garnish with a lime.

Makes 129 servings.

Tequila CAZADORES® Blanco Pineapple Serrano Margarita
Tequila CAZADORES® Blanco Pineapple Serrano MargaritaThis Tequila CAZADORES® Margarita combines both the sweet and spicy flavors of authentic Mexico. This muddled Serrano chile and sweet pineapple concoction is sure spice up your night!

Ingredients:
1.5 parts Tequila CAZADORES® Blanco
Pineapple_rita14 fresh pieces of pineapple (muddle) or 3 parts pineapple juice
2 fresh slices of Serrano chile (muddle)
1 part simple syrup (or 3/4 part agave nectar)
1 part fresh lime juice

Tequila CAZADORES® Blanco Pineapple Serrano Margarita Recipe Instructions:
1.    Mix ingredients together.
2.    Serve on the rocks

Tequila CAZADORES® Cucumberita
Tequila CAZADORES® Cucumberita =”5″ vspace=”5″ width=”160″ height=”178″ align=”left” />Offering a twist on the typical frozen Margarita, this Tequila CAZADORES® cocktail combines cool, refreshing cucumber flavor with authentic Mexican Tequila.

Ingredients:
1.5 parts CAZADORES® Reposado
1.5 parts sour mix
0.75 parts triple sec
Cucumberita
0.25 c. cucumber
Splash sweetened lime juice
Splash fresh lemon juice

Tequila CAZADORES® Cucumberita Recipe Instructions:
1.    Blend ingredients with ice.
2.    Pour into a salt-rimmed margarita glass.
3.    Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

– Recipes courtesy of Tequila CAZADORES®

Margarita Tanteo Recipe
Margarita Tanteo RecipeEnjoy this different margarita with a fun, tropical twist!

Ingredients:
1.75 oz. Tanteo Jalapeno tequila
0.75 oz. Grand Marnier
1.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
4 Lime Wedges

Margarita Tanteo Recipe Instructions:
1.    Muddle lime wedges and agave nectar.
2.    Add remaining ingredients and ice.
3.    Shake and finely strain.
4.    Serve in a chilled margarita glass or over ice in a rocks glass.
5.    Garnish with a lime wheel.

– Recipe courtesy of Tanteo Tequila

Ice Hot Margarita
This margarita recipe features Voodoo Tiki Tequila and a fine mix of sweet, sour, and spicy – pineapple juice, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, and sour mix. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Voodoo Tiki Blanco Platinum Tequila
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 Jalapeno Pepper Ring
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Sour Mix

Ice Hot Margarita Recipe Instructions:
Rim: Salt
Serve: Up, Rocks
Garnish: Jalapeno Pepper

Tabasco Margarita “Beaurita”
Serve up a good kick with this different and spicy margarita recipe, featuring Voodoo Tiki Tequila.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Voodoo Tiki Platinum Silver Tequila
1 oz Vodka
2 oz Sour Mix
1 oz Lime juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce

Tabasco Margarita “Beaurita” Recipe Instructions:  
Rim: Salt
Serve: Up, Rocks
Garnish: Jalapeno Pepper or Lime Wedge

 – Recipes courtesy of Voodoo Tiki Tequila

ULTIMATE MARGARITA, Featuring 1800® Select Silver Tequila
ULTIMATE MARGARITA, Featuring 1800® Select Silver TequilaThis year, kick things up a notch by celebrating with the world’s first 100-proof silver tequila, 1800® Select Silver. Double distilled and made from 100% agave, 1800 Tequila is blended and filtered to create crystal clarity and an incredibly smooth, crisp taste.

Ingredients:
2 oz 1800® Select Silver Tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Fresh lime juice

Instructions:
1.    Shake over ice or blend.
2.    Garnish with a lime wedge.

–    Recipe courtesy of 1800® Select Silver Tequila

We hope you enjoy these different types of exciting and fun margaritas. Don’t forget to check out our guide on different fruit flavored margarita recipes as well. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Easter and Passover Entertaining Tips for Hosting a Family Event

When celebrating Easter and Passover with family, friends, and neighbors, take some time to think of special ways to show you care. Easter is a great time to host a party and have some fun. (Photo by Barbara Baker)You can have lots of fun planning new Easter / Passover traditions or following old Easter / Passover traditions. If you’d like to host a family event at your own home for Easter or Passover, consider some of these entertaining tips for hosting the holidays.

If you want to host Easter or Passover at your home, consider your cooking and serving plan (buffet style may work well for larger groups), as well as your decorations (fresh flowers, candles, and reed diffusers can go a long way in adding delightful fragrance to your home). Get creative with your entertaining style and your home decorations for Easter and Passover. Most of all, celebrate the special time with your family and loved ones.

Here are a few additional tips from various experts in special events and entertaining:

Easter and Passover Tips for Entertaining – By Alison Minton
Holidays are wonder opportunities to gather a family together to celebrate traditions and observe religious beliefs, but they can also be stressful and expensive for the host and hostess. This spring, a few simple time and money saving tips can make Easter or Passover more enjoyable for the hosts and more colorful for the guests.

1. Forego an expensive floral arrangement as a centerpiece and fill a large glass bowl or wide-neck vase with colorful fruit instead.
Lemons, limes, tangerines, plums, small apples, and even small pomegranates work well. Choose one colorful type of fruit or combine several for a more vibrant display. Or, fill a large glass bowl with colorful Easter eggs, decorated by the children in the family.  Plastic eggs work, too, and the kind that open can hide small surprises or fortunes that make a fun diversion during dessert. More elegant table settings can be spruced up with a round, flat mirror upon which several white or ivory votive candles should be placed.

2. Instead of ordering an expensive cake from a local bakery, bake or buy a plain cake and coat it with store bought vanilla frosting.
Decorate the top with edible flowers or confetti sprinkles. Or, for really informal family gatherings, set out vanilla frosted cupcakes and an array of toppings for do it yourself fun that both kids and grownups love. Sprinkles, gummy bears, M&Ms, and jelly beans all work well.

3. Freeze green grapes and use them instead of or in addition to ice cubes in water or lemonade glasses for a colorful twist. The grapes won’t float, but can be alternated with ice cubes for a parfait effect without altering the taste of the drink.

4. In lieu of tomatoes, add color and flavor to ordinary green salads with fruit and chopped nuts.
Dried strawberries, mandarin orange slices, or grapefruit slices (not all three at once) are especially tasty with darker greens, and vinaigrette dressing.

5. For some families, homemade soup is a staple of any holiday gathering. A nice, light, simple one for spring is my Italian grandmother’s own recipe:

Grandma Gondiosa’s Peas & Pasta Soup

1.    Boil water in medium saucepan.  Add 4 oz of Ronzoni Ditalini 40 (best) or Tubettini 42 and cook according to directions on package.  Drain and set aside.
2.    In another medium saucepan heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil (I recommend Canola oil) and chopped onion, as much as desired, and sauté lightly.
3.    Add 4 oz of canned Del Monte tomato sauce and stir until hot.
4.    Add a 15 oz can of peas and stir until hot.
5.    Add approx 22 oz of water (1.5 peas cans of water) and stir until hot.
6.    Add a pinch each of salt & pepper.
7.    Add the pasta to the tomato sauce mixture, stir and serve.

Sassy Easter Celebration – By Steve Kemble, “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru”

The Devil Made You Do It!
What better time than Easter to have fun with your deviled eggs! Be creative and fill them with wonderful ingredients! They are wonderful hollowed and filled with scrambled eggs and topped with bacon, or how about pimento cheese? The sky is the limit, so be creative!!

Rollin! Rollin!
A fun activity for kids and adults alike is an Easter Egg Roll on the lawn. It is an Easter tradition everyone loves! Divide your guests up into teams, and then set up an area where they can paint their eggs in the spirit of their team name. Make it more challenging by poking a hole in the ends of the egg and draining (or blowing) out the raw contents.  The light egg adds an extra challenge to the Roll!

Spring Flowers!
Start your traditional Easter meal with a wonderful salad garnished with beautiful fresh edible flowers (so Sassy!) like nasturtium. Not only does this flower have a wonderful peppery taste, but it is beautiful as well!

Go Out!
In most parts of the country, Easter weather is glorious and one of the first opportunities to enjoy being alfresco. If at all possible, plan a picnic and Sassy it up with china and fresh flowers. Your guests will love being outdoors and will enjoy an Easter occasion that is a little less formal. Lawn games, such as croquet and volleyball, add great fun as well!

Work It! … on the Runway…
Easter is the time when most of the country presents a new look. Everyone remembers as a child getting those Easter outfits, and for most of us as adults, it is still the perfect excuse for a new ensemble! Set up a mock runway and stage a fashion show right in your home. Have the fathers escort their daughters! Give all disposable cameras and let them snap away like the paparazzi at the best couture shows in Paris and Milan as your guests “work it!”

Sassy Entertaining Tip
Want to really dress up your table? Take a white table cloth and make it extra Sassy by attaching (with safety pins) feather boas to the bottom of the cloth in wonderful pastel colors. It makes for a great border. For an extra Sassy touch, take boas in those colors and tie them to the back of each guest’s chair. So festive and fun, and the perfect favor for your guests to take home with them!

Sassy Fashion Tip
Easter is about bonnets! Go to a local discount store and buy simple straw bonnets. Supply your guests with feathers, glitter, plastic flowers, ribbon spray paint and fabric remnants. Have a contest for the best bonnet! Make yours in advance and parade around like a proud peacock! It will inspire others to do the same!

Easter and Spring Cocktail and Themed Alcoholic Beverage Ideas and Recipes

What better way to celebrate the onset of spring than to enjoy a spring themed cocktail! Try a Zen Blossom for a refreshing spring cocktail!Welcome the warmer weather and new spring blossoms with delicious spring cocktails. Whether you plan to have a party or simply enjoy a spring beverage by your lonesome, tasty alcoholic beverages for spring offer a fun way to relax.

Gather the ingredients and your favorite glassware, and get out a stainless steel bar set with a shaker, if you own one. Mixing your own alcoholic beverages for spring can be lots of fun, no matter if you’re making enough to share or just one drink at a time for yourself. Enjoy the following spring cocktail themed recipes for Easter or any lovely spring day.
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Recipe for the ZEN Blossom, an Iced Tea Cocktail
Perfect for spring sipping, the ZEN Blossom is an iced tea cocktail created by James Labe, America’s first Tea Sommelier. Labe blends Jasmine Pearl Green Tea, Coconut Cream, and White Rum with ZEN Green Tea Liqueur, (America’s first green tea liqueur), to create a refreshing spring cocktail boasting tropical flavors and a smooth taste that is great for brunch or a midday gathering.

Spring Cocktail #1: ZEN Blossom (Alcoholic Drink Recipe)

Try a Zen Blossom for a refreshing spring cocktail!Ingredients:
1½ parts ZEN GREEN TEA LIQUEUR
4 parts prepared Jasmine Pearl Green Tea
1½ parts FLOR DE CANA WHITE RUM®
1 part Coconut Cream

Instructions:
1.    Combine 1 part cold and 5 parts boiling water to approximate 180ºf.
2.    Use 1/4 cup dry tea leaves to 2 cups hot water (1:8).
3.    Steep 2 minutes.
4.    Strain and chill.
5.    Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.
6.    Shake and strain into glass.
7.    Garnish with edible flower.

Recipe for Punch No. 4, a Punch Recipe by Phil Ward of NYC’s Death & Co Featuring Flor de Caña Rum
Serving punch is a fun and elegant way to celebrate any special event or occasion. Punch is a great beverage for a bridal shower, baby shower, family gathering, and more. Consider the following punch recipe featuring Flor de Caña rum, premium rum from Nicaragua recently available in the U.S., for a special Easter brunch, lunch, dinner, or any spring gathering.

Spring Cocktail #2: Punch No. 4

Make a festive bowl of punch for your Easter guests to enjoy.Ingredients:
2 oz. Flor de Caña 4-year old
1 oz. simple syrup
2 strawberries
1 oz. lime juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. Champagne

Instructions:
1.    Muddle 1 oz. of simple syrup with strawberries.
2.    Add 2 oz. Flor de Caña 4-year old, the lime juice and pineapple juice one at a time and stir as added.
3.    Add ice and stir the punch until it is chilled.
4.    Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion.
5.    Top with 2oz. Champagne.

Recipe for Brampton Mango Lassi, a Smoothie Style Non-Alcoholic Treat
For a special breakfast or brunch treat, try this tasty recipe for a spring smoothie. Fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt come together to create a chilled non-alcoholic beverage that is perfect for Easter or any day this spring. Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn in Chestertown, Maryland shares this exciting recipe that you can serve in a glass or more creatively, over a fresh fruit cup or sprinkled with homemade granola.

Spring Cocktail #3: Brampton Mango Lassi from Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn in Chestertown, Maryland

Try this delicious, non-alcoholic beverage for a springtime treat.Ingredients:
(Serves 4)
1-1/2 cups cold low-fat yogurt
2-1/2 cups freshly pureed ripe mango
1 Tbsp sugar or more to taste
One dash of pure vanilla, optional

Instructions:
1.    Puree all ingredients in a blender and chill for 1/2 hour.
2.    Serve chilled in stem glasses garnished with a mint sprig, serve over a fresh fruit cup, or sprinkle with (homemade) granola.

Visit the recipe section on BnBFinder.com for additional recipes that are just perfect for Easter brunches.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Irish Main Courses, Appetizers, and Sides

If you are planning to host guests for a hearty St. Patrick’s Day dinner, chances are you’d like to prepare a feast to be remembered. Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes is a popular St. Patrick’s Day dish just as Irish Potatoes are a popular St. Patrick’s Day confection. Instead of going with the traditional, tried and true Irish recipes, why not try something a little less familiar?

Whether this is your first time cooking an Irish meal or whether you’re a seasoned pro just looking for a new Irish recipe to try, consider these traditional Irish dishes – from main courses to sides and more.

Shepherd’s Pie
Courtesy of Mealtime.org

Hearty, simple, healthy: three words that describe traditional Irish cuisine. Topped with lumpy mashed potatoes, also known as Irish Champ, mixed with green onion or other vegetables, you can prepare this dish ahead of time and bake it for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef or lamb
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) carrots
3 tablespoons canned tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Topping:
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) sliced potatoes, drained
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation:
Cook and stir the beef, onion and celery in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is lightly browned and the onion is translucent. Add the carrots, tomato paste, thyme and black pepper. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to blend; mix in parsley. Transfer to a 9 1/2-inch pie pan.

Topping: Combine the potatoes with milk, black pepper and nutmeg; mash in food processor with pulsing action. Mix in the green onion.

Spread the potato mixture over the beef mixture in the pie dish; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, or until the potato is lightly browned. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 260; Total fat 9g; Saturated fat 3.5g; Cholesterol 50mg; Sodium 620mg; Carbohydrate 28g; Fiber 6g; Protein 19g

– Recipe courtesy of Mealtime.org.

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PREMIO SAUSAGE AND BACON

Ingredients:

1 lb. Bacon Slices
2 lbs. Premio Sausage Links
Bacon Fat or Oil
2 large onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, whole
4 large potatoes, thickly sliced
2 carrots, thickly sliced
1 bouquet garni, (parsley stem, celery, bay leaf, other aromatic herbs of your choice)
Black pepper
Hard cider (apple wine) or apple cider
Chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions:
Lightly fry bacon until crisp.  Place in large cooking pot. Brown sausage in some bacon grease or vegetable oil. Remove and add to pot.  Soften sliced onions and whole garlic cloves in fat, then add to pot with potatoes and carrots.  Bury the bouquet garni in the middle of the mixture.  Sprinkle with pepper.  Cover with cider.  Simmer 1.5 hours over medium-low heat; do not boil.
Garnish with chopped parsley

– Recipe courtesy of Marc Cinque, owner of Premio Foods.

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“In Ireland, parsley sauce is an essential accompaniment to the traditional meal of corned beef (or boiled gammon), boiled potatoes and cabbage. My husband, Michael Patrick Carroll, whose birthday falls on March 17, won’t touch a plate of corned beef without parsley sauce,” says Mary McEvoy Carroll, principal of Sand Hill Communications.

Parsley sauce (serves 6)

Ingredients:
Quarter cup of all purpose flour
Half teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons salted butter (Irish brands give the correct rich taste)
8 – 10 fluid ounces of full fat milk
Quarter teaspoon white pepper, or to taste – the parsley is quite peppery on its own
A small grating of whole nutmeg

One bay leaf
A big handful of curly parsley, finely chopped. This is not the time for the Italian versio

Instructions:
1. Make a roux by adding the first five ingredients to a cold saucepan and whisking continually over a low heat until the butter is melted, the flour is incorporated, and the mixture has thickened.

2. Add the nutmeg and bay leaf and barely simmer at a very low heat for 5 – 10 mins.

3. Whisk in more milk if the mixture is too thick.  We are looking for a pouring sauce.

4. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the parsley.

5. If you make this ahead of time, it’s traditional to put a lump of butter on top of the warm sauce before covering. The butter will melt and pool so that the surface doesn’t develop a skin.

6. Reheat gently on the stove top or in the microwave. Pour over anything on the plate.

Enjoy!

– Recipe courtesy of Mary McEvoy Carroll

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