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Cranberry & Orange Diva Tequila Scones Recipe

Cranberry & Orange Diva Tequila Scones

I’ve found Diva Tequila to be particularly versatile in drinking, pairing, and cooking.  I’ve wanted to create a tequila scone recipe for some time now and am happy to announce that I’ve finally got a keeper!  These scones may be a little darker than yours might turn out as I use a 50/50 mix of white and whole wheat flour.  Happily, I discovered that the whole wheat didn’t bring this recipe down a bit!  The Diva Tequila scones were light, fluffy and delicious!

Give the recipe a try and see for yourself!

 

scones, diva tequila, cranberry, orange, recipeIngredients:

3 Cups Flour

2 Tbsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup Splenda

½ Cup Butter

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (we used Coconut)

1 Cup Craisins

¼ Cup Diva Tequila

1.5 Cups Milk (Half & Half or light cream for a really rich scone)

Zest of 1 Orange

1 Cup Flour for kneading

1 Beaten Egg to glaze

Soak Craisins in ¼ Cup Diva Tequila Overnight, mixing often to be sure they’re all covered.

 

To Prepare:

scones, diva tequila, cranberry, orange, recipeMix Flour, Baking Powder, Salt & Splenda thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.

Add Craisins and Orange Zest, then mix until all are covered with flour mixture.

Add Vegetable Oil and Milk.  Stir until mixed but don’t over mix.

Sprinkle countertop with flour and roll dough (it should be very sticky) onto the floured surface.

Fold over/knead for about a minute and pat down (no need to roll it) to about one ince of thickness.

Cut with a biscuit/cookie cutter and place on greased baking sheet.

Brush tops with egg wash before baking.

Bake at 400 for 25 Minutes

If you haven’t seen the Diva Margarita Cupcakes yet, check them out here! 

 

Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen recipes are made with tequilas provided by the brand for review in Sipping Off The Cuff and/or use in the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen.  The cost of all other ingredients, presentation pieces, kitchen facilities, and utilities  are provided solely by Tequila Aficionado.  To have your tequila, mezcal or sotol brand or other products considered for use in the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen, email Lisa@TequilaAficionado.com.

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La Palapa Cocina Mexicana Celebrates National Tequila Day!

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What is more appropriate to enjoy on National Tequila Day than an authentic Mexican culinary experience you can accomplish at home with the direction of Barbara Sibley, chef-owner of New York City’s La Palapa Cocina Mexicana.  She graciously provided us with three exceptional and easy to replicate recipes that either call for tequila, or another flavor equally indigenous to Mexico, hibiscus.  Viva La Palapa!

  • Flor Chelada and “the sweet spot” (art of sipping Chelada)
  • Pepito – tequila/lime marinated skirt steak sandwich
  • La Dona – tequila-hibiscus-citrus cocktail, perfect for summer sipping

 

Flor Chelada

la palapa, flor cheladaYou will need Wild Hibiscus Flower and Syrup, hibiscus flower salt, lime juice and your favorite beer (preferably Mexican!).  

Dip the rim of your glass into wild hibiscus syrup and then into hibiscus flower salt.

la palapa, flor cheladaFill 3/4 glass with ice.

Add 3/4 oz of Wild Hibiscus syrup and the juice of ½ lime (1 tablespoon) to bottom of glass.

Carefully top with your favorite beer.

La Palapa recommends Pacifico or any Mexican lager.

Garnish with edible Wild Hibiscus Flower.

 

Watch Barbara Sibley of La Palapa create the Flor Chelada:


 

sweet spot, la palapa, flor chelada, barbara sibleyBarbara Sibley explains The Chelada “Sweet Spot”

Layered Mexican beer cocktails such as Cheladas and Micheladas, are served in a tall glass rimmed with flavored salt and filled with ice. Delicious flavorings are then added.   For the Flor Chelada we use hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice. To complete your chelada, slowly top with beer.  The sweet spot is where the syrup, juice and beer meet. To get the best mixture of ingredients, sip the beer through a straw, dipping lower or higher for a stronger or lighter flavor. Typically there’s enough flavoring to accommodate an entire 12-oz beer, so top off your chelada as needed and enjoy with that hibiscus-lime ‘sweet spot’ lingering at the bottom. Delicioso!

 

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is a traditional Mexican torta sandwich of grilled skirt steak that’s been marinated in a tequila and lime mixture and layered with fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, plus pickled jalapeño and smoky chipotle crème. Here is a marinade for 3 pounds of steak.

 

sweet spot, la palapa, flor chelada, barbara sibley, pepito, recipeMarinade:

Combine 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup tequila, the juice of 2 limes, and 1 tablespoon each of sugar and salt.

Marinate for no more than half an hour, or the tequila will make the steak too soft.

(If you prefer chicken, check out this marinade recipe using Hornito’s Lime Shot.)

Serve with Flor Chelada or La Dona cocktail.

 

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2 oz of tequila (La Palapa uses Espolon Blanco)

3/4 oz triple sec (Combier or Cointreau)

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

Splash of agave nectar

Splash of orange juice

1 oz Wild Hibiscus Syrup

 

Put all ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Shake vigorously and pour strained into a glass that’s rimmed with hibiscus chile piquin salt.

Garnish with a twist of lime and wild hibiscus flower.

 

Editor’s note:

Wild Hibiscus Flower Company just launched an exclusive line of all-natural, concentrated floral extracts and syrups:

  • b’Lure (ba-lure), made from the sensual blue butterfly pea flower, offering delicate sweetness and magical color-changing properties
  • Rose + Hibiscus, a fragrant blend of highly prized Bulgarian rose oil and fresh hibiscus juice
  • Hibiscus Flower, fresh hibiscus juice infused with premium dried hibiscus flowers for intensely brilliant red color and deep berry flavor

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National Tequila Day Giveaway!

– Win a complete set of Wild Hibiscus products – Original, Rose, Heart-Tee, Hibiscus Pyramid Salt Flakes and NEW Floral Extracts, along with a signed copy of Chef Barbara Sibley’s beautifully photographed cookbook, Antojitos, Festive & Flavorful Mexican Small Plates, a collection of her restaurant La Palapa’s best-loved recipes. (Continental USA – excluding Alaska – Only).  $65 value.

Visit the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company’s Facebook page on National Tequila Day (July 24) for details!

Visit the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company’s Website today for more great recipes!

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Hornito’s Lime Shot: A Must-Have For the Kitchen But Don’t Drink It!

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…But It’s Against Everything I Believe In!

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that excited about reviewing Hornito’s Lime Shot but the folks who do Hornito’s PR were so nice that I thought I’d set aside my prejudicial notions and give it a whirl for their sake.  As it happens, I was correct in my original estimation.  I don’t ever want to drink Hornito’s Lime Shot again, but I am head-over-heels in love with this product as a condiment!

That’s right.

Hornito’s Lime Shot is the best thing to hit my kitchen since the George Foreman Grill!  I absolutely love cooking with it and have several recipes I’ve tried and love that I know you’ll find quite handy as you entertain and barbeque this summer!

But I must reiterate:

DO NOT DRINK THE LIME SHOT!

This is not tequila as we know and love it.  It is diffused and infused and not at all what we would consider a sipping tequila.

But it is a fantastic cooking tequila!

So, when the dust settled, I found Hornito’s Lime Shot to be a winner, but not for the purpose Hornito’s intended.  Lucky for me I set aside my prejudice and took a shot on this cliche’.

Following are several summertime recipes you’ll love mixing up with Hornito’s Lime Shot:


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  • 4lbs Chicken Breast Tenders or sliced Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Cup Hornitos Lime Shot
  • 2Tbsp Fajita seasoning or 1 Capful of your favorite Mrs Dash.

Place all ingredients in a Ziploc bag, seal and massage to mix.  Place the bag in a bowl (you never know when they’ll sprout a leak) and marinate in the refrigerator 6-8 hours or more.  Grill on gas, open flame or on a George Foreman grill.  This chicken will cook quickly and be tender, juicy and tasty!

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The first time we made these, we prepared them in the morning and grilled them that night.  They were phenomenal!  We used them in fajitas and salads all week.

The next time we made them, we marinated them overnight and grilled the next evening.  Still great!

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Serving suggestion: For low-carb, have these on romaine leaves. If you aren’t concerned with carbs, gluten, or have any other bread phobias, throw those babies on a tortilla, dress with cheese & salsa, and enjoy! We accompanied ours with a delicious JLP Golden Lime Margarita that was another delightful surprise in that it was the best pre-mixed margarita Mike or I had ever had.

 

chicken tacosCrock Pot Chicken Tacos

  • 4lbs Chicken Breast Tenders or Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Cup Hornitos Lime Shot
  • 1pkg McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika Chicken Taco Recipe & Seasoning Mix

 

chicken tacoPlace all ingredients in a crock pot and mix thoroughly.  Cook covered on low for 8-12 hours.

Pull pieces apart with two forks to shred the meat.  It should just fall apart.  Mix again to be sure it all gets covered with seasoning and keep on warm setting until ready to eat.  If you aren’t entertaining and just can’t eat this much, tuck half of it away in an airtight container in the freezer.  It keeps well.

 

refried beansCrock Pot Refried Beans

  • 2lbs dry Pinto Beans (Soak overnight in water and rinse)
  • 1 Cup Salsa (any flavor)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • ½ Cup Hornitos Lime Shot
  • 1 Roasted hatch Green Chile (or a small can of chilis or jalapenos)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (or crushed/powdered equivalent)

Add all ingredients to a crock pot, cover with water, then add 4 more cups of water.  Cook on high until it reaches the consistency you prefer.  If it is too soupy, allow it to cook with the cover removed until enough water has evaporated to suit your taste.  If they aren’t soft enough, add water as necessary.

If I’m in a hurry, I’ll mash them with a potato masher after they’ve cooked soft.  If not, I’ll forget about them and just cook them on low for a couple days.  Big batches like this work great because they keep well in the refrigerator and freeze well.


coleslaw_2Cole Slaw

  • ½ Cup Miracle Whip (or Mayonnaise)
  • ¼ Cup Hornitos Lime Shot
  • 2tsp sugar
  • 1tsp Wild Hibiscus Pyramid Salt Flakes (You’ll love the color!)
  • 1 Thinly Sliced or Chopped Onion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 (14oz) Packages Coleslaw (or shred ½ head Cabbage + ½ Bag Carrots)

Place first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Add Coleslaw (or Cabbage & Carrots) and mix well.  Add Miracle Whip (or Mayonnaise) to taste and chill until served.

*Entertaining tip: Fill a bowl the size of your serving bowl ½ full with ice and then set your serving bowl on top of the ice.  This will keep your slaw fresh even on a warm summer day.  

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And if you’re looking for dessert, try our fruit salad with tequila dressing recipe.

 

For more great recipes you can make even better with Hornito’s Lime Shot, check out our Pinterest Pinboard specifically for Hornito’s Lime Shot.  (But don’t drink it!)


 

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Perfect Pairing: Memorial Day BBQ with Hornitos Lime Shot

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Hornitos Lime Shot

Yes, we went there!  The good folks at Hornitos were kind enough to send us some samples so we did what we do – Tasting & Testing.  Look for our review of Lime Shot – and the reason why you absolutely must have this in your kitchen – coming this week!

According to Hornitos:

This Memorial Day weekend, master the art of cocktail-and-food matching—and just in time for all the warm-weather backyard festivities. Your readers can fire up the grill with Hornitos® and try some of these seamless pairings of mouthwatering food and thirst-quenching cocktails.

Hornitos® Lime Shot takes the process out of the whole tequila experience. No need for blenders or the lick it-sip it-suck it ritual, this shot already combines the salt + tequila + lime!

Serve the shot chilled and in a salt-rimmed shot glass for the ultimate Memorial Day experience.

 

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This cool, sweet drink offsets spicy heat of your summer barbecue
• 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
• ¾ part Lime Juice
• ¾ part Pineapple Juice
• ¼ part Agave
• Pinch of Cilantro leaves

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Lime Shot Bottle Image, hornitos lime shot, tequila, recipeHornitos® Tequila Lime Shot Chicken

• 1 cup Hornitos® Lime Shot
• ½ cup orange juice
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chilies
• 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
• ¼ cup honey
• ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 6 boneless chicken breast halves

Preparation: Before adding chicken, mix all other ingredients in a bowl to form a marinade. Once mixed, place marinade in a large resealable bag and add chicken. Refrigerate overnight. Once prepared, place chicken on the grill (low to medium heat) and cook for approximately 15-18 minutes. Remove chicken from the grill and enjoy your Memorial Day barbecue!

 

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LimaRita Rocks (and we aren’t talking about that nasty beer drink)

On June 19th, we received a product to review and it completely blew us away.  Just to prove it, this is what Lisa tweeted:

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While Lisa collects her words for the official review of the LimaRita Sorbet (we should have never left the whole case with her), take a look at this!

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And yes, there is tequila in there!

Check out LimaRita online at www.Limarita.com

and look for Lisa’s review coming soon!

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