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Top Shelf Margarita

Mexican food is one of our favorite to make at home. So many easy and delicious options and here are some from this blog.

What I find pairs perfectly with Mexican food or just because, is a great margarita made with fresh lime juice. Good quality bottled lime juice is perfectly okay for many things, but, take the extra minute to squeeze fresh juice and you’ll be rewarded by a tangy, delicious drink.

I like a salt/sugar rim on my margarita, but please use all salt if you prefer (or skip the rim).


  • Coarse salt + sugar + lime wedge for rim
  • 2 ounces good quality Tequila (I use Patron)
  • 2 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • ? ounce simple syrup
  • Slice of lime for garnish


  1. Add equal amounts (1 tablespoon should do) of salt and sugar (or just salt if not using sugar) to a plate. Mix to combine. Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass and them press the rim into the salt + sugar mixture. Add a couple of ice cubes to the glass with the salt/sugar rim and set aside.
  2. Fill half a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients except the lime slice garnish. Shake hard until the shaker is frosty, about 15 seconds. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Makes one cocktail.

NJ Wineries to Reopen for Outdoor Service on June 15

Great news from our friends at The Garden State Wine Growers Association. New Jersey wineries will be able to welcome customers back to enjoy the full vineyard experience beginning June 15.? Wineries will be open for outside service only providing customers with tastings, wine by the glass and bottle sales. Wineries will be following guidelines established by […]

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Pulled Pork Quesadillas

I really enjoy smoking pork shoulders. I like the whole process – adding the rub to the pork, getting my Weber Kettle ready, manning the smoker and obviously, eating the fruits of my labor. This is my go-to pulled pork recipe for making smoked pork shoulder (butt) on a Kettle grill if you don’t have […]

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Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that has both sour and sweet flavors.?It can have many variations but typically is a blend of three ingredients:?whiskey,?sugar and lemon juice. I saw amazing blood oranges on sale at the store last week, so I used them to make this delicious and refreshing cocktail for virtual happy […]

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Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) for Two

I love Greek food and one of my favorite Greek dishes is Spanakopita, spinach pie. The pie is made using Feta cheese (another favorite) and spinach layered between sheets of Phyllo dough. Velvety on the inside, crunchy on the outside – it’s a perfect dish. Typically (and true of many dishes I make), I make […]

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Simple Berry Cobbler in a Cast Iron Pan

I’m obsessed with desserts that feature berries. That’s been true since I was a kid as my family loves to pick fresh berries. Last weekend, I have a bunch of week-old berries (yes, my guy over-bought again!) so I decided to turn them into a cobbler that I baked right in my cast iron pan […]

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2018 Wilde Farm Dolcetto Fox Hill Vineyard

I’ve been a fan of Wilde Farm Wines for several years, ever since the New Jersey-based owners, Loren and Amy Grossman, started doing wine-themed dinners at local restaurants. It’s been incredible to have the opportunity to see the wines and portfolio evolve over the years, and this year, I’ve been enjoying the 2018 Wilde Farm […]

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Classic Gin Gimlet

I love cocktails with big lime flavors and the classic gin gimlet is one of my favorites. It couldn’t be simpler to make: Ingredients: 2 ounce good quality Gin, I used Aviation 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce simple syrup Lime peel (optional) Directions: Add ice to a cocktail shaker then all the ingredients. […]

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2018 Honig Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Found this 2018 Honig Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley wine at a local store and it was great with bold flavors from the Semillon/Muscat that I wish I found more often in other Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve been a Honig fan for a long time and this wine is going in the cellar for summer grill […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week Photo Contest; Winners Get Meal Tray and Cocktail Kit

To honor and give back to local schoolteachers who have transitioned in-classroom teaching to online teaching over the past two months, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub will hold a Teacher Appreciation Week photo contest to recognize top schoolteachers in Bergen and Passaic counties* during Teacher Appreciation Week, as nominated by their students’ parents and other […]

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