grapefruit & guava kombucha margaritas.

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very delicious margarita action comin atchaaaaaaa.

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i'm a major lover of a paloma (grapefruit + tequila) and a major lover of kombucha.

put 'em together and what've you got?

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a super tasty & refreshing adult beverage!

bibbity bobbity boo.

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if kombucha isn't your thang, guava juice would be a great substitute. they have guava concentrates in the freezer section usually. the guava & the grapefruit really jive here with the tequila and it's like, calgon, take me awayyyyy to-a-tropical-beach sorta vibe.

"it's paradise."

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i freaking love kombucha, though. i used the classic GT's guava goddess kombucha for this recipe. i like all the pulp & body that comes in GT's. some kombuchas are more...liquidy...if that makes any sense. ha. 

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i am also supremely stoked on this gawwwwwjuss set of margarita glasses and matching pitcher that my bestie and her boo got me for my birthday. i love em so much, guys!!

the blue is so pretty. i had to pour out the drank and get a photo of how amazing the blue/green part of the glass is. very lagoon-y!

they're from world market, if you're curious!

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i'm thirsty.

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that blue tho! 

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Grapefruit & Guava Kombucha Margaritas

Makes 1 Margarita; Recipe Easily Multiplied

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 fl. oz. (one shot glass) tequila blanco (clear!)
  • 1  1/2 (one shot glass) fl. oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz. guava kombucha
  • 1-2 tsp. agave nectar
  • ice
  • grapefruit rounds
  • lime wedge (optional)

Instructions-

In a margarita glass with salted rim, stir the fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and 1 tsp. agave nectar. Add ice. Pour the guava kombucha over the ice and stir. Add additional agave for sweetness, if desired. Garnish with grapefruit rounds and/or lime wedges. Using a cocktail shaker would be great, too!

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palm springs.

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i am lucky to have grandparents who live in a beautiful, relaxing and warm climate that's just a quick plane ride away.

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i am also lucky to have my grandparents.

they are truly THE cutest. they are 91 and still so in love with each other. they start to miss one another when they are in separate rooms. they are so good to one another and can also be sassy with a sense of humor. i love watching them together. this june is their 70th wedding anniversary. omgomgomg. i love them so much. 

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pete and i just went down there for 5 days to visit my g-parents, spend some quality time in the sunshine, and also see our friendzies for the weekend. 

^ mt. rainier always so majestic from the plane. 

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the grapefruit trees at my grandparents' place were brimming with these monster grapefruits! we plucked em off each afternoon for the next morning's breakfast. they smell incredible right off the tree. and they're HUGE and so juicy.

my granny used to have grapefruit halves set out in the morning when my family would be down there visiting - and she'd always pre-cut around the little wedges so it was easy to eat. what a sweet dear. it's the most pleasant time there in the morning. sitting out on the front patio with fresh grapefruit & coffee, the view of the desert mountains, palm trees, birds chirping, and the smell of all the warm flowers. all the feels. 

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it was super hot. about 105 degrees each afternoon. none of the elders even wanna go outside in these temps, so we had the pools all to ourselves the entire time. 

desert beauties.

^ early birds at arrive. avo toast and mimosas by the pool, don't mind if i do!

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pool boyz & margaritas. so fun to lounge around with marisa & foster on a saturday morn.

we had a fun & funny cinco de mayo!!!! so happy to have this arrangement with our pals who live in LA now and they've been driving over to the desert the last couple times we've been in palm springs. love ya maris & fos!

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^ grapefruit pluckin' time.

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^ this one goes out to my girl A.Jo.

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^ night moves. 

we did an early morning hike at tahquitz canyon that was pretty quick and fun. there was a pretty little waterfall oasis at the end. 

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always a glorious chill time spent in the desert. when you're laying poolside staring up at palm trees with a HOT breeze over your bod, its quiet, the birds are chirping and you can smell the desert flowers, you've hit peak relaxation. 

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be back, p.s.!

 

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chicken & black bean double decker tacos.

taco taco taco time.

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double decker tacos bring me right back to half-days or early-outs in high school when everyone would disperse and go get lunch at various fast food joints. my high school was way out in the country boonsville usa, and we had a closed campus for lunch and such. so half-days were the ultimate. 

what i'm getting at is that double decker tacos at taco bell were my jam. until one said half-day when i had like 3 of them and i don't think i went to taco bell pretty much ever again haha. 

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but as a texture freak, double deckers are genius. a plump & soft flour tortilla hugging a crunchy shell with beans in between! and then all the toppings within! yes please.

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[p.s.a....i made these with romaine before the e.coli outbreak warnings came out.. yipes.]

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turns out that brother phil's red pepper cashew sauce is PERFECT on these double deckers. it's so flavorful and creamy, i didn't think adding cheese was even necessary. but pleeez go ahead and add cheese because cheese makes life worth living.

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i hardly ever buy ground beef unless i have a deep winter's craving for a meaty lasagna or something like that. and i kinda think the light color of ground chicken & turkey is freakydeaky. so i disguised the chicken with the leftover black bean juice and some spices so it was parading as ground beef, lol. looks like it, eh? pete even thought it actually WAS beef. 

and these are soo much more substantial than you-know-who's double decker tacos and there's a lot more grown-up flavor represented. just one will really satisfy you. 

get your double decker on this cinco de mayoooooo, amigos!

Chicken & Black Bean Double Decker Tacos

Time: 40 minutes

Serves 2-4, with leftovers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 6-inch flour tortillas, plump & flexible
  • hard taco shells
  • 1 can black beans (liquid reserved for cooking the chicken)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • red pepper cashew sauce (optional - but adds so much flavor and depth)
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce or greens
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions-

Open the can of black beans and reserve the liquid in a small bowl. Heat a large pan or skillet to medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the ground chicken and turn to brown and break up into crumbles for a few minutes. Add about 1/2 cup of the black bean liquid, 1 TB minced garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. Continue to cook the chicken on medium/high heat until it's very browned.

In a separate pan, heat the black beans on medium/low. Use a potato masher to smash the warmed beans until they look like refried beans. Add a pinch of salt and mash the beans until very smooth, adding a small amount of water here and there if they need some moisture.

Chop and prepare all the veggies and toppings as directed. Warm the flour tortillas on each side on the stovetop. 

Once all the veggies are prepared, chicken cooked, beans mashed, and tortillas warmed - begin building your double decker tacos. Use a spatula to spread a layer of mashed black beans onto the flour tortillas and wrap the flour tortillas around the hard shells. Add the red pepper cashew sauce and ground chicken on the bottom. Layer on lettuce, avocado, cabbage, tomatoes, jalapeños & cilantro. Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt would be delicious on top, too!

Serve immediately or build each taco as desired. The hard shell will soften quite quickly inside the soft shell. 

 

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