In between travel and work, it's been hard to notice the seasons are changing, but they are. I went to Utah for a few days and it felt so good to finally sleep in my bed and see the pretty Fall colors. Fall is my favorite time there.
...but not that I'm back in Las Vegas, I have to admit I'm enjoying the dessert life. It gets hot like LA and the people are warm too. Super thankful for the opportunities that have come my way here! :) Can't wait to show you more of what we're working on here in Vegas for the community.
Before I dive into today's recipe, I want to wish everyone a Happy, Happy Halloween! Tonight is my Christmas, and I'm excited for a fun night out. Wishing everyone in the #foodisourfriend family a safe and healthy Halloween.
We all know traditionally we indulge on Halloween, but I believe you can do that safely and healthfully too. You don't have to indulge in sweets or alcohol, but if you do, why not do it with something you like and something made of quality. It's life, we have to live!
And speaking of living, nothing makes me feel more alive than toasting myself into the holiday season. What better way to do that than with a little Vida Tequila (insert tongue emojis!).
Vida Tequila is clean, crisp and a tequila I can really sip and enjoy.
For someone who has never been able to do that until recently, that's saying a lot. Whether it's the Blanco, Anejo or Resposado, every one of Vida's tequilas can be sipped on alone without wanting to chug it down.
It's a difference experience for me because I can enjoy a cocktail. I know it's taboo in the health field to talk about alcohol, but the reality is that alcohol is a part of some people's diet. And there's a huge difference in having a drink than abusing drinks.
Obviously I'm an advocate for drinking in moderation. If you're going to drink, make sure it's good and enjoy it responsibly. I like to sip on Vida alone or obviously in a good cocktail.
Something about the reds, oranges, and browns in the Utah mountains and the desire to want to hold on to a summer inspires me to make tamarindo while I was there. Tamarindo is my favorite Mexican agua fresca. It's a traditional drink made from tamarind seeds and it's my favorite because it's sweet, tangy, a little sour and tastes super good with tequila.
Tamarindo Tequila Cocktail Recipe
- Tamarindo seeds
- 2 lemons
- 5 fresh rosemary leaves
- 1-2 gallons H2O
- Vida Tequila, Blanco
- 3 tablespoons of raw honey, or 2 cups raw organic sugar
...to make fresh Agua de Tamarindo
- Take about 10 Tamarindo seed pods and soak them in water for a handful of hours to soften up pods. If possible, soak overnight.
- Peel seeds and pulp from pods and separate the paste into a bowl.
- Fill up the blender with water, and pulp, and blend.
- Pour Tamarindo puree through a fine mesh strainer, lightly pressing on the seeds with a spoon to loosen as much pulp as possible. Repeat this process over and over until you get your pitcher filled with juice.
- Add ice and sugar to your liking. Fresh Agua de Tamarindo should taste sweet and sour.
...to make a single serving of Vida's Tequila Tamarindo
- Slice a lemon in half and add into a cocktail shaker along with ice, raw honey, 1-2 ounces of Vida Tequila Blanco, and fresh Tamarindo juice. Shake, shake, shake.
- Serve, and garnish with lemon or fresh rosemary. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone a happy, safe Halloween! Hope you have celebrating your way!
You can find Vida Tequila on the top shelf at liquors store in Utah, or by ordering online here.