tequila is my friend.

picked up this book over the winter at tj maxx.  yes, i was weak and succumbed to retail store impulse-buy tactics when i spotted this book while waiting in line.  i liked the pretty pictures.

the tejito.  same as a mojito, only made with tequila instead of rum.

and did you know tequila is NOT made from a cactus?  i did not know this.  it is made from the agave plant, which is a desert succulent and belongs to the lily family, despite it having thorns like a cactus.  so folks, that is your lesson of the day, something to throw around casually at your next dinner party (unless of course everyone already knows this and i’m the only one who’s been left in the dark.)  also – this info may help you out if you’re a contestant on the game show “jeopardy” and you have a question in “potent potables.”  remember:  agave is not a cactus.

raspberry-meyer lemonade with tequila.   i have no idea what a meyer lemon is, but apparently it makes for a fine cocktail.

tequila-grapefruit soda.  man.  all of these look so good to me, especially with this warm weather we’ve been having.

due to food allergies, most of the food recipes i can’t eat, but some i can have with modifications.

this looks delicious to me.  bacon-wrapped monkfish with tequila and chives.  again – i wouldn’t know a monkfish if it slapped me in the face, but i can practically smell this.  and taste it. 

so – i used some fresh mint from my fresh herb garden extraordinaire and made a tejito for myself.

i do good work.

here’s a close-up of the recipe:

it seems all the drinks i’ve pictured contain sugar.  now, i don’t normally go for sugar in a drink.  that stuff rots your teeth.  not to mention i’m in a 2 month countdown to *50* and i don’t need the extra calories.  and no-one out there needs to remind me booze is sugar.  it’s not.  it’s booze.

i only drank one and it was darn good.  i can see how one could lead to two, but i’m strong like that.  (ok well, truth is i ran out of ice cubes.)

and btw, i can’t believe i’ve never had a potted herb garden before.  i love having herbs “at the ready”  and have pretty much exhausted my cilantro supply.  the only thing i haven’t used is the parsley.  i haven’t felt the need to garnish my evening bowl of chips.


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