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It's officially Spring!  To most of the nation that probably does not mean a lot as there is still snow on the east coast but here in California, it doesn't mean much either.  Yeah I know.  We barely got a winter down here in Southern California and all the promised rain from the El Nino really did not pan out.  Which is too bad because we really, really need it.  Now Northern California received more than we did which is good but it won't help us that much come summer and fire season.  Wow, that took a depressing turn.  Yeah it's Spring.  Let's celebrate that!  Now, I have spoken about the tangerine tree that I have.  This thing produces tangerines all year round but right now it is just filled because of the "winter" rains that we did get.  I  have been coming up with as many recipes as I can using the tangerines.  This recipe is no exception.  In the past I have used lemons or oranges but the sweetness and tanginess of the tangerines really lends to this drink.  I do not add any sugar because I think the fruit is enough, you can if you like but taste it first.
Hope you enjoy.
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Serves 1

Recipe:


1 Large Strawberry
3-4 Sections of Tangerine
6 mint leaves
8 oz Tonic Water (you can also use a Lemon-lime Soda to add sweetness)
Ice


  • Quarter the strawberry
  • Make a slice in the middle of the tangerine sections, you should be able to pop the seed out
  • Place all into a tall glass
  • Using the pestle or a fork, mash the fruit and mint in the glass
  • Once all is smashed really well, add 1/2 the tonic water and stir
  • Add the ice and the rest of the tonic water


Optional:  1 oz of Gin


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Be careful mashing in the glass as you don't want to break it!
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Make a slice in the tangerine section, if you look closely you can see the seed on the right. It just pops out.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Tammie
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It was my birthday last week and always on my birthday, we go out to dinner.  For the last few years we have been going to the same place, not because they are great and outstanding but rather they are the nicest restaurant in town.  Normally I order a Lemon Drop.  I adore Lemon Drops, they are easy to make and oh so tasty.  However the last few times that we have had them, they are not cold, the class is only part way filled and they were kind of "flat" tasting.  When you are paying for a drink that cost $8.50 (less than $2.00 in ingredients), you want something that says wow.  This time Mom and I decided that we would have some Bloody Mary's, well they were alright they again didn't pop.  I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands.  
I used to make these all the time and so have made the decision to share my recipe with you all as my birthday present to all of you.  I make these one of two ways depending on how spicy you like it.  Make it with either a spicy tomato juice (Like Snap-E Tom or the V8 spicy) or just with plain tomato juice. While celery salt is not a must, I think that it adds to this recipe.
Remember don't drink and drive (these can sneak up on ya)
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Serves 1

Recipe:

10 oz Tomato Juice (I use a spicy one to use as a starting point but you can use any)
1 oz Vodka
1 pinch* Smokey Paprika
1 pinch* Chili powder or Cayenne Pepper
1 pinch* Salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp grated Horseradish (Not prepared)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
1 Celery Stick
2 wedges Lime

Take one lime wedge and run it around the rim of the glass, mix 1/2 tsp celery salt and 1/2 salt and dust the rim of the glass.  Fill glass with ice cubes.

Mix all ingredients except the celery and one lime wedge (squeeze the juice of one lime wedge in the mix) in a shaker.  Shake all ingredients together and pour over the ice.  Add the celery stick and the lime wedge.

Sit and enjoy!  Enjoy some mild cheeses and crackers with it.

*A pinch is about 1/8 tsp so you can use your 1/4 teaspoon and just fill it to half if that helps.  

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Flowers and birthdays seem to go together, these beauties are from my Mom.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
I Tammie
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I love Gnomes so my sister sent me this awesome Godzilla eating yard Gnomes! I love it.
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