Category Archives: Cocktails

Sweet + Spicy Pecans

Sweet + Spicy Pecans | Plum Pie

Are you looking for the perfect nibble for cocktail hour while entertaining this holiday season? I’ve got your snack, People! These pecans are the perfect addition to your bar, coffee table, table – wherever you may be entertaining. They are spicy and sweet and savory. Plus, they are crazy addictive. Did I mention how easy they are to make? They are so foolproof that even my BFF Lindsey could make them!

Sweet + Spicy Pecans | Plum Pie

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Wine 101: Holiday Favorites

I can’t believe that the holidays are already here, and 2012 is on the horizon! This year has flown by, and I honestly have no idea where the days or even months have gone. But here we are, about to say adieu to 2011 and hello to fresh new start in 2012. And speaking of new starts, I would like to kick off a wine series from my favorite wine blogger and major foodie, Heather of winepugnyc! She graciously agreed to share her favorite wines of the season that make excellent gifts for your favorite holiday hostess and the perfect vino to serve at your holiday soiree. And the only thing better than good wine is good wine at a great price!

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with Mint

homemade mint lemonade

Have you ever tried to make fresh squeezed lemonade? Because it is the bomb and so, so easy. Seriously, you will thank me later. In fact, it may change your entire summer. Promise. Have I convinced you to try it, yet? I had actually never made my own fresh squeezed lemonade until the summer of 1995 when I reached the apparent maximum on my lemonade spending allowance. Didn’t know there was such a thing as a lemonade allowance? Me either, until I had one. Let’s back up a bit shall we? Growing up, my family spent every summer in the then-sleepy beach town of Seaside, Florida. Some may recognize the location from The Truman Show, which launched the beginning of the New Seaside as we now know it. Hardly recognizable these days. True Hollywood Story.

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Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas | Plum Pie

After college, I moved to Texas for close to five years before my lovely husband (then fiance) whisked me to D.C. (now Charlottesville). I had never really had amazing Mexican food before living in Texas and am pretty positive that I didn’t even know such a thing existed. My experiences began with Pancho’s cheese dip (yes, I am from Tennessee and we did/do call it cheese dip) and ended with greasy, cheesy, quesadillas with fat-laden refried beans. Margaritas were usually made from a mix (the horror!) and full of who knows what. Not fresh lime juice I assure you.

Blood Orange Margaritas | Plum Pie

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Kumquat Mojito

It’s officially summer in the District. The humidity has arrived—actually it has been here for at least a month—and even though we had a brief bout of beautiful spring-like weather for the past 3 days, well, that was just a tease. And tomorrow, A and I are hopping on a plane to Texas where the humidity is high and the temperature is higher. This weather + curly hair=frizzy mess. The good news? This weather also means cool cocktails and summer pool parties. What we lack this year in a pool, we will surely make up for with fun cocktails (my bad for choosing an apartment without a pool—what was I thinking? I obviously wasn’t).

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