Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Looking for the best places to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22? Here are my top picks:
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Fairmont Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Fairmont Mayakoba is a truly amazing tropical resort located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I just returned from there, and it’s perfect for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, fabulous cuisine, luxurious accommodations, warm temperatures and pure white sand. Celebrate Mexico’s national drink with their speciality margarita, Cucumber Habanero Margarita. The Habanero pepper is one of the most popular hot chili peppers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and gives any cocktail that Mexican kick and flavor!

Blackberry MargaritasCheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, FL
The oceanfront property with panoramic views features its Black Rita with an Islamorada twist is this beautiful oceanfront resorts delicious margarita. It’s is served with Patron Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave Necter, lime juice and lightly muddled blackberries garnished with mint for added flavor.

The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal is showcasing the drink that they know best with loads of refreshing Tequila-based treats including the Cabo Cadillac Margarita made with Tequila Clase Azul Reposado, Damiana Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Orange Juice and Simple Syrup; the Carrot Margarita with Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Carrot Juice and Rich Lavender Syrup; and the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita consisting of Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Triple Sec, Fresh Cucumber Juice, Fresh Jalapeño Pepper Juice and Simple Syrup. Need I say more?

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples | Naples, FL

In one of my favorite Ritz Carlton properties in the world, enjoy tasty margaritas looking onto ocean views with frozen margaritas at Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. Indulge with flavors like strawberry, mango, raspberry and banana to satisfy all margarita tastes and cravings, or kick it up a notch with the Gold Brick Margarita, of course using Patron!

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami takes Margarita Day to the next level with on-site Tequilier Heriberto Ovideo’s specially selected Cantina Beach Margarita at Cantina Beach. The Cantina’s own Double Barrel Herradura Reposada is served sugar rimmed with the perfect mix of Cointreau, sour mix and a float of Chambord on the rocks. For a little extra kick, indulge in a tequila tasting with the with the Tequilier, exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

Spur Teton Mountain Lodge

Spur at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Jackson Hole, WY 

Spur’s Spicy Margarita is made with infused jalapeno tequila, muddled citrus, passion fruit or blood orange puree. Located slope side, Spur offers the most elevated aprés ski experience after a day of adventure on the mountain. Enjoy locally sourced, elevated mountain cuisine at Spur Restaurant & Bar.

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FIRE Restaurant, the ART Hotel | Denver, CO

Raise a glass to National Margarita Day at FIRE Restaurant, Terrace & Lounge by enjoying the FIRE & Blood Orange Margarita while overlooking downtown Denver’s thriving cultural district. This specialty cocktail puts a spicy spin on the classic margarita – composed of Peligrosso Blanco Tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, and lime, topped with with San Pelligino, sea salt and chili rum.

Tavern on The Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square | Vail, Colorado

After a long day shredding the slopes, nothing sounds better than celebrating with delicious après ski offerings at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. For those looking to celebrate National Margarita Day, try the Mountain Margarita Made with Grand Marnier, Don Julio Resposado, homemade sours, and a lime garnish, it’s hard to stop at one! Just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, there’s no better way to say olé. Drink by the lobby fireplace or in your room by your own in-room fireplace.

The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa | Rancho Santa Fe, California

One of my favorite resort bars at the my top pick for best stays outside of San Diego, Rancho Valencia head straight to the The Pony Room, is the perfect place to grab a margarita for National Margarita Day. With five amazing margaritas on their menu featuring The Pony Express, The Silver Pony, The Palomino, Skinny as it Goes, and the daddy of all margaritas, The El Jefe. The El Jefe is made with Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila, Grand Marnier 100, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. For the less ambitious, The Pony Express is made with Fortaleza Reposado, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

Detox Shots

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These green juice Detox Shots are an amazingly healthy way to start off your day. I made this with my favorite healthy ingredients, and all you need is 5 minutes. Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. You can drink this as a smoothie/green juice or serve as Detox shots which is a fun twist to get vitamins and minerals naturally. I have had one shot or glass since Sunday, and two friends asked me today why my skin was glowing and looks so even colored. I wonder if it has to do with drinking these, but regardless, I fell energized and not sluggish and I know I am doing something wonderful for my body! For Health Benefits of Kale see my article on MindBodyGreen which has had 83,000 shares and my top benefits of blueberries can be found here.

9 Best Smoothie Recipes

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I am always on a smoothie kick, but especially as the new year has begun. These 9 best smoothie recipes are some of my favorites that I make for the kids all of the time starting with this Spinach Pineapple Smoothie. If you haven’t tried a green smoothie, I promise you’ll love this recipe, and it’s filled with super healthy ingredients to start your day off on the right foot (my kids drink it too). All of these recipes are under 300 calories and healthy, so enjoy without any guilt for breakfast or for a mid morning or afternoon snack.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

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Mango Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

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Date Smoothie

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3 Ingredient Banana Smoothie

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Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

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Berry Peach Smoothie

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Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls

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Watermelon Kale Smoothie 

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6 Favorite Champagne Cocktail Recipes

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I’m getting ready for New Years, and I’m excited to share 6 champagne cocktail recipes that are fabulous for your New Year’s eve party or intimate evening with your favorite person. If you’re looking for jello shots, a healthier champagne cocktail, something with pomegranate, a sangria or even dessert, I have you covered starting with this Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch via Chef Savvy below. These innovative recipe ideas are sure to impress and please your New Year’s guests and making ringing in 2016 even more fun! Happy New Years everyone!

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çBlackberry Ombre Sparkler via The Cookie Rookie

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Champagne Jello Shots via A Beautiful Day

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Champagne Sangria via Food Network

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Champagne Cupcake via Gluten Free on a Shoestring

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Healthier Champagne Punch via Fitness Republic

Eggnog Milkshakes

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If you’re overwhelmed with the holidays, take a deep breath and read on. These Eggnog Milkshakes take only 5 minutes to prepare and you really only need 2 ingredients. If you’re having a group of kids or adults over, or just want to make something sweet for your family, these are simple and delicious! For adults, if you want to add bourbon or rum for a nighttime dessert treat, go right ahead. This is my newest favorite Christmas milkshake although everyone still emails me for my recipe for Peppermint Milkshakes from 2008. Find the recipe here.

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Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Deck the halls and decorate for the holiday season serving Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate made with Smirnoff Vodka. All you need is two ingredients: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and hot chocolate to make this warm creation. This is so fun to make for an intimate holiday party. Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix and top it off with nonfat dairy whipped topping, crushed peppermint and mini marshmallows for the ultimate warm dessert cocktail.

Peppermint White Russian Recipe

Peppermint White Russian

I have a great cocktail idea for your upcoming holiday parties. This Peppermint White Russian recipe is only three ingredients, and takes 5 minutes to prepare. Feel free to make a large batch ahead of time, and when your guests arrive, pour over ice. Adding Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka to this classic cocktail give it a fresh holiday twist.

Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka  delivers the mouth-watering taste of sweet candy canes, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint. Also unique is that the bottle is very cool looking. This would make a great gift packaged with some hot chocolate mix. This limited time specialty can make for a great inclusion in an upcoming holiday gifts as this new bottle designs hitting the shelves this season. It looks great out on a bar during the holiday season.

 

Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Bottle Shot (HIRES) copy

Warm Holiday Cranberry Punch

Holiday Cranberry Punch

My sister, Natalie, always makes the best Warm Cranberry Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving. When you walk in her house, you can smell the amazing aroma. I was so cold yesterday in my office that I decided to tweak her recipe to have something warm in our house to drink on cold days, evenings to enjoy by our outdoor fire.  You can make this over the stove or in a percolator, and it’s the prefect amount of sweet, spiced and full of warm comforting goodness. Enjoy this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

5 Favorite Fall Recipes

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Halloween is next week. Can you believe it? I love Halloween and look forward to it every single year (even though my three kids are teens now). I am in Hawaii this week for a work trip (heavenly), but I’ll be back in time for Halloween. I told my husband that I want to stay home for Halloween–I love giving out candy and seeing all the little kid’s costumes. As you can tell between food and travel, October has been a very busy month with recipes, my Italy trip, travel stories due, and edits on my next cookbook. I wanted to share some of my latest 5 favorite fall recipes that I created and photographed for Momspark this past month starting with my Trick or Treat Martini. These 5 recipes are fun to make and serve to friends and family this October and for the coming months ahead!

 

Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples on Momspark

Hot Apple Cider Toddy

Hot Apple Cider Toddy on Momspark

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups on Momspark

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Brownies on Momspark

Championship Martini

Championship Martini

Enjoy watching some of the world’s best golfers starting next Thursday at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in beautiful Kohler, Wisconsin. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at The American Club Resort last month. This destination has so much to offer including incredible golf, spa, outdoor activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, trap shooting, archery and more. At the spa for women, don’t miss the two new spa treatments Bamboo Bliss and Magnificent Wrap. For men, the Rain Man and Woodsmen Massage. The American Club has outstanding restaurants with inventive food. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the Immigrant room (more upscale) and Horse & Plow (more casual) as well as Sunday brunch at the Wisconsin Room. Try this Championship Martini recipe to toast this amazing tournament. This cocktail recipe combines the refreshing flavors of pineapple and cranberry, making it the perfect summer cocktail. The cocktail is available at the Whistling Straits Clubhouse Restaurant and Pub for $13 leading up to and following the much anticipated tournament.

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Also, for the foodies out there, The Kohler Food & Wine Experience is set to delight thousands of culinary enthusiasts and wine devotees at Destination Kohler on October 22-25, 2015. Tickets are available starting today for the four-day festival and are online and by phone at 866-243-8548. Now in its 15th year, the event has a celebrated history of showcasing notable chefs and renowned winemakers hosting interactive demonstrations, fascinating seminars, exclusive tastings, celebrity dinners and evening galas.