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St. Patty’s Day Beer (Spoiler Alert: This could get ugly)

17 Mar

St. Patty’s Day Beers

by Blogger Brian

Happy St. Patty’s day!  I figured I should step up my blogging game and talk about some beer for the big day tomorrow.  Most people will probably want to drink Irish beers in celebration of their .0001% Irish heritage so I’m going to break down my top 4 picks.

1.  Guinness Draught – This one’s a no-brainer.  Imported straight from Ireland this beer 4.2% ABV.  This may surprise you given its full body and rich flavor but what’s even more surprising is that each 12oz bottle only contains 125 calories!!  

2.  Harp Lager – This is a light colored beer standard imported from Ireland.  Mix one of these guys 50:50 with a Guinness for a St. Patty’s day tradition, the black and tan.  At 142 calories and 4.5% ABV its comparable to a Guinness in terms of bang for your buck.  

3.  Smithwick’s  Irish Ale –  Brewed by Guinness, Smithwick’s is touted as Ireland’s number one ale.  At 5% ABV and about 150 calories, Smithwick’s is another great choice for your St. Patty’s Day festivities.

4.  Killian’s Irish Red – While this is a domestic beer (brewed by Coors/Miller), it is still a popular St. Patty’s Day beer.  While not one of my favorite choices, Killian’s gets the job done at 5% ABV and 162 calories.

 BONUS ROUND!

Irish Car Bombs – These are my St. Patrick’s Day favorite!  Coincidently, it is also the worst for you (go figure).  I’ll break down the car bomb by its components:
Jameson Whiskey – 69 calories/oz
Bailey’s Irish Cream – 117 calories/oz
6oz of Guinness – 68 calories
Total – 254 calories!

Wow, that’s rough.  Good thing spring break is over because I’m not going to be able to stay away from car bombs on St. Patty’s.  Anyways, that’s all for now. IT’S DRINKING TIME!!!

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Margarita Madness

22 Feb

National Margarita Day may not be an official holiday in any legitimate way at all.  HOWEVER, it could not come at a better time for those of us in dire need of a pick-me-up from our winter blues. 

The most extreme celebration takes place at  Jimmy Buffet’s Margartaville at Mohegan Sun Casino where there will be truly LOCO drink deals and giveaways!   

But aside from drinking a margarita (or three), you can celebrate National Margarita Day any way you choose!  I suggest blasting the Jimmy Buffet, digging out your sombrero and making some homemade chips and guacamole!  

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita from Ina Garten

Blood Oranges are in season and have amazing health benefits!  On top of that, they give your margarita a much-needed makeover with a bright oragne hue and blast of citrus flavor!

1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 cups ice
1 cup Triple Sec
1 cup white tequila
4 frozen margarita glasses

    Combine the blood orange juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, and ice in a blender and puree until completely blended. Add the tequila and puree for 2 seconds more.

  1. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake hard to form ice crystals.
  2. Pour or strain into  prepared frozen margarita glasses or glasses filled with ice and serve.

Homemade Baked Tortilla Recipe from Healthy Food For Living

Ingredients:

  • corn tortillas
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly coat both sides of each corn tortilla with cooking spray.
  3. Stack the tortillas on top of one another, and cut the pile in half. Cut each half in half again; then cut each quarter in half. Every tortilla will yield 8 triangles.
  4. Place tortilla triangles on baking sheets in one layer. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake tortillas until crisp, lightly browned, and slightly curled, about 12 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn.
  6. Toss the warm tortilla chips with additional salt to taste, if desired.

 

 

Skinnygirl Holiday Tips!

2 Dec

The original “Skinnygirl” Bethenny Frankel revealed her holiday tips for healthy eating and drinking today on The Ellen Degeneres Show! 

Ahhh what I wouldn’t do for a martini and some guacomole right now!  Happy Hannukah!