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#TBT Margarita Recipe: Cheers to Friendship

The Perfect Margarita from Karina Taveras on Vimeo.

Just like a family recipe or a special perfume, a drink can take you to a place in time. For me, it’s the classic Margarita. The bright, zesty cocktail will always remind me of spring in upstate New York. It’ll bring back the Shawangunk Mountains jagged in the distance, and the clean invigorating air. The bright green pastures that pop neon to my city-stained eyes, the gentle sound of the creek nearby. Of the laughter and the good times, of the new friends and the old that always seem to get together around this time of year. To me, it’ll always remind me of my dear New York family.

To help you celebrate the power of friendship this weekend, here’s a #TBT recipe and video. Special thanks to my favorite Margarita-maker Cindy (and excuse the vertical shot) Cheers!

Simple Margarita Recipe

3 shots Tequila

1 shot Cointreau (orange liquor)

1 shot Rose’s Lime Juice

½ fresh lime

1 shot St. Germain (elderflower liquor)

Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker and pour into salt-rimmed ice-filled glasses


The Morning Glory Inn: A Sweet Retreat

Renate Wilhem serves breakfast

“My heart is in America, but my soul is in Germany,” said Renate Wilhem, owner of The Morning Glory Inn, a cozy Bed & Breakfast located in the northern wine region of Long Island, New York. On an unusually cold night this winter, we drove 2 1/2 hours east to find ourselves in a part of the state best known as the escape of choice for sun-starved New Yorkers. We soon discovered that two short ferry rides to the north of the Hamptons put us in the middle of New England wine country. more »

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