I live and work in the country. A small Texas town similar to Shiner. When I give directions to folks from a big city, referencing a Farm to Market road is often met with a confused question mark. FM? What’s that? Always makes me giggle.
This ale is named after FM 966 located in Shiner, TX. I’d never tried a Farmhouse Ale before, but I really enjoyed this special Spring brew. This ale is super drinkable and delicious – smooth, refreshing, and perfect to sip on a warm Spring day in Texas!
From the label: “A few centuries ago, during the cold winter months, farmhands in Europe brewed a ‘seasonal provision’ Farmhouse Ale to be enjoyed once spring rolled around. In the farmlands of Shiner, TX that tradition lives on which is why our tribute to this style uses Golding, Sterling and Meridian hops for a sweet yet lightly spiced flavor. Our incredibly refreshing farmhouse ale bears the name of the farm to market road just to the south of where our brewery has proudly stood for over 100 years.”
Not sure when I became such a mojito person, but now it’s totally my go-to drink at home when I’m craving a little something. Maybe it’s because my mint plant is still booming, or maybe it’s just because I like mashing things together in a glass. Regardless, when I saw blackberries for next to nothing at the grocery store, I bought a few packs with smoothies and mojitos in mind.
While you can definitely use some simple syrup, one random thing I like to use when making mojitos is raw cane sugar instead. The tart blackberries and lime with the sharp mint and a touch of sugar makes for a beautiful and delicious drink. This definitely won’t be the last mojito you see around here!
4 mint leaves
1 tsp raw cane sugar (like Sugar in the Raw – I just use a 5 gram packet)
1/2 lime, juiced
1 1/2 oz white rum
Yield: 1 drink
Muddle the blackberries, mint, sugar, and lime juice in the bottom of your glass. Add the rum and stir. Top it off with some soda water and garnish as desired.
Source: Slightly adapted from One Martini at a Time
There’s so much beautiful winter citrus in season right now, just asking to be transformed into something tasty. I have a big bag of clementines that I can’t eat fast enough, so decided to use some of them to make this sweet and light cocktail.
OXO also recently gifted me a set of cute mini measuring beakers that I was eager to use. Aren’t they adorable? Perfect for Beckster’s Laboratory! They make measuring small amounts of liquid quick and easy.
Gin + Clementine + Lime = Yum!
This recipe can be used with all kinds of juices like pomegranate, blood orange, and grapefruit – I can’t wait to try some different variations!
Cheers and hope yall have a very Merry Christmas!
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
4 clementines, juiced
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Slice of clementine for garnish
Source: 1 drink
In cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, triple sec, and juices. Cover and shake until well mixed.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish as desired.
Source: Slightly adapted from Betty Crocker
Mojitos have become one of my favorite drinks – you can do so much with different flavors and ingredients to create a tasty cocktail. Plus, fresh mint is just plain awesome.
This drink is basically a grown up cherry limeade. The tart lime mixed with the sweet cherry and of course, the delicious rum, is a refreshing treat for the summertime heat. I first made these for me and my husband and we absolutely loved them. I’m currently visiting home – my mom and younger brother had never tried a mojito before so I made a few last night. It’s always fun to give people a taste of something new!
Cherry Lime Mojito
2-3 cherries, pitted and quartered
3 mint leaves
1/4 lime cut into wedges
3/4 tsp turbinado sugar
1 oz white rum (2 oz if you like it stronger!)
1 cup carbonated water (lemon-lime flavored if possible! Sprite works too)
Yield: 1 drink
Place cherries, mint, sugar, and lime in a tall glass. Muddle the ingredients together at the bottom of the glass. Add a few ice cubes and pour in the rum. Fill the glass the rest of the way with carbonated water and garnish as desired. Serve and enjoy!
Source: Seafield Farm
Fresh coconut water, pineapple juice, and rum = a delicious skinny piña colada! This month’s cocktail is light, tasty, and perfect to make if you’re looking to use up some fresh coconuts! (which by the way, are quite a task to open!) You can make it strong or add some extra pineapple juice if you’re a lightweight like me. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re sipping a drink on a tropical vacation without the usual calories!
1.5 ounces rum
2 ounce pineapple juice
4 ounces coconut water (fresh or bought)
Lime for garnish
Yield: 1 drink
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine the rum and pineapple juice and shake vigorously. Pour coconut water into a glass and top with pineapple-rum mixture. Garnish with a lime or however you like and enjoy!
Source: Everyday Maven
This fruity drink would be mighty tasty for any upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations! The fresh mango is absolutely delicious and the drink is so refreshing. Which is nice because in our home, we try to just use our fans versus the A/C for as long as possible. This is starting to get hard, given that we live in Texas and I’ve had the oven on most of the day! I know we’ll give in soon enough, but in the meantime, we’ll keep enjoying some more cool drinks to ease the heat.
3 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz triple sec
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts water & sugar mixed together)
2 to 2 1/2 cups crushed ice
4 oz fresh or frozen chopped mango
Salt or sugar, for rimming (optional)
Yield: 2-3 servings
Combine the mango, tequila, triple sec, orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender. Add in 2 cups of ice an blend until smooth. If desired, add additional ice to achieve a thicker consistency. Serve in chilled glasses rimmed with salt or sugar (optional). Sip and enjoy!
Source: Annie’s Eats
I’m such a fruity drink girl. (if you haven’t noticed) We’ve been on a watermelon kick lately and it’s already getting warm here in TX – so I thought a nice refreshing watermelon infused drink would hit the spot.
I haven’t had a mojito in a long time and forgot how tasty they are. This one is no exception – the lime, mint, watermelon, and tequila are a dreamy combination. It’s not too sweet and has just enough of a kick for my liking, though you can easily make it stronger if you’re not a lightweight like me. Plus, how can a drink so bright and cheery be bad? I’m sure we’ll be having plenty of these throughout the season and I can’t wait!
Watermelon Tequila Mojito
10 mint leaves
1/2 of a lime, cut into three wedges
2 – 3 tsp sugar, depending on how sweet you like your drink
3 Tbsp tequila
About 1/2 cup seedless watermelon, blended until liquidized and strained
Splash of lemon-lime soda or sparkling water
Mint and lime for garnish (optional)
In a glass, muddle the mint, lime wedges, and sugar. Add the tequila and stir to mix and dissolve the sugar. Add ice, watermelon juice, and the soda or sparkling water and combine. Garnish with a slice of lime and mint leaves, if desired.
Source: Girl Cooks World
Happy Leap Day! This month’s cocktail is one I found called the “Little Devil”. My hubby described it rightfully as an extra powerful Mike’s Hard Lemonade. The citrus flavor of the fresh lemon juice and the triple sec blended beautifully with the rum and gin. It is sweet and sour and leaves it’s mark – but not too powerful – just like you’d expect a little devil to be.
Plus the cherry is an added bonus – it gives the drink a slight devilish hue and provides something tasty to eat at the end!
1 1/2 oz light rum
1 1/2 oz gin
4 tsp triple sec
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
Yield: 1 drink
Combine all of the liquids into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake for about 10 seconds and strain into a glass. Add a cherry to the glass and enjoy!
Source: Drink of the Week
Hello lovely readers – I’m back in the swing of things and bringing you a tasty drink to say “I missed you”!
Last year’s monthly “Veggie Tales” feature was loads of fun and really helped encourage me to try new foods instead of sticking to the same few staples. Then lately I realized that I don’t know much about cocktails and mixed drinks – I rarely make them myself even though I’m a big fan and have all the tools to create some yummy beverages. So friends, that’s my monthly goal this year – to try a new cocktail type of recipe each month and expand my horizons.
I wanted to start simple and was dying to use the rest of my blood oranges on something truly worthy. So what better way than to create a delicious and beautiful margarita! By the way, is anyone else in the danger zone when drinking fruity cocktails? They go down so easy and you forget they’re powerful – good thing I’m a pro at moderation.
Anyways, this margarita is a breeze to create and you could totally switch out the blood orange juice for some other citrus you prefer. And you can’t beat that gorgeous crimson hue – how lovely! Feel free to add a little more tequila if you like your drinks stronger. Pace yourself and hope you enjoy this delicious fruity drink!
Blood Orange Margarita
2 blood oranges, juiced and strained (around 3 oz)
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz Triple Sec
Yield: 1 drink
Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in water. Swirl the rim through a small pile of sugar to coat the rim.
Combine the blood orange juice, tequila, and Triple Sec into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy!
Source: A Beckster Original
It’s that time of year again! Currently in stores: the tasty Shiner Oktoberfest! This brew tastes like authentic Germany to me – I imagine folks having fun and drinking big mugs of this amber colored beer at an Oktoberfest event. No doubt it’s due to the two types of German hops and the Munich and caramel malts used. And surely they used an extra spoonful of love, since this is the epitome of Shiner’s tradition and heritage in a bottle. Prosit!
*I know I wrote about this beer last year, but you can never have too much of a good thing, right?