Posts Labeled: Cocktails
Kal’s Famous Margs
By • Filed In: Cocktails, Party, Recipes

Today is a very exciting day on Just KaliRae.  Today you’ll find the famous recipe for my margaritas!   This is a concoction that everyone is always asking me how to make.  The original recipe came from my college roommate’s mom, but I made some alterations to it along the way.

These margs are a staple at any summer lake house trip.  They’re the perfect day drinking refreshments :) But the drink also worked with the color scheme for our mom’s 60th birthday party and paired perfectly with the Mexican food we served for dinner.

Here’s the recipe I used to fill that giant drink dispenser:

Mix all the following together…

  • 4 cans of frozen limeade (thawed)
  • one handle of tequila
  • one 2 liter bottle of sprite zero
  • fill the empty 2 liter bottle with water and add
  • 4 beers

Here’s the recipe I use to make one pitcher size:

Mix all the following together in a pitcher…

  • 1 can frozen limeade (I often mix it up by using raspberry limeade/lemonade mix, too!)
  • fill the empty can from the limeade with tequila
  • fill the can with sprite zero
  • fill the can with water
  • 1 beer

Here is a printable version: Kal’s Famous Margaritas

Alongside the margs we gave guests the option of using straws.  Cort bought these from the Etsy shop Hey Yo Yo.  Aren’t they cute?  Even Brian liked ’em.

If you’re down for a fiesta, these margaritas are a must!  Try them and you’ll be addicted.  Maybe you’ll become known for them, too!

Rose Bowl Party
By • Filed In: Cocktails, Football, Party, Recipes, Winter

I grew up visiting Mad Town at a  young age.  My dad is a UW alumni and every year he would take Cort and I to a Wisconsin football game.  Then, as I got older, Brian and some of my best friends attended Wisconsin, pretty much making me a part time student there. I visited Madison enough that it became my second second favorite college, behind the Iowa Hawkeyes, of course.

 Visiting Brian his freshman year

Event though Brian went to bed quite angry yesterday because of Wisconsin’s loss, we had a great time during the game munching on some yummy snacks and delicious drinks.

Beef Brisket Sandwiches

A couple of nights ago I slow cooked a beef brisket and since the butcher only sold them for 6 pounds, we had plenty of leftovers.  So yesterday I threw the left overs in the crock pot with a little bit of water, beef bullion cubes, and some Colgin liquid smoke (which is sooooo yummy!).  We served them with buns and there we had beef brisket sammys.  Here’s how I originally made the brisket…

What you need for a 3 pound beef brisket (since mine was 6 lbs, I doubled everything):

1/4 C flour, 1 package dry onion soup mix, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cracked pepper, AAAAND the two secret ingredients that make this brisket so delicious…

…an oven bag and 3-4 fluid ounces of liquid smoke.

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Place the oven bag on a roasting pan (I made my own with a cookie sheet and a wire rack cooling sheet).  Sprinkle the flour on the bottom of the oven bag then place the meat on top of the flour.  Put all the dry ingredients on the meat and finish off with the liquid smoke.

Close the oven bag with the closing tie and puncture the top of the bag with two fork holes.  Slow cook it in the oven for 4-6 hours (I cooked my 6.5 lb brisket for 6 hours, so if you have less meat take it out sooner).

 A perfect winter meal that will leave your whole house smelling delicious.

 Brian’s Madison Martini

Brian went off to the store to grab some rolls, buffalo wings, pasta salad, and came back this…

 …vodka, extra dry vermouth, fresh strawberries, and strawberry schnapps.

Brian Stewart took it upon himself to create his own signature drink.  This is what he did…

Muddled strawberries and put them in a shaker with ice.  He added two parts vodka and one part vermouth and strawberry schnapps.  If you like strawberries, you’ll love this drink.


So we didn’t have to leave the game to make a new drink, we made a pitcher for everyone to make a drink from.  Isn’t the Bucky wine glass so cute?  My mom got them for Brian and I to drink from on the night of our rehearsal dinner.

Want one of your own?  Find your team wine glass here.

Chili Cheese Dip

This is a popular one, so you may have already seen this before.  But in case you haven’t, now you know what you’ve been missing out on.  Here’s all you need…

 …Hormel Chili (I like it without beans), soften cream cheese, and mexican mix shredded cheese.

Spread the soften cream cheese on the bottom of a shallow oven safe dish.  Next, layer with chili then the shredded cheese.  I like to top it off with some chili powder.  Put it in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes and serve with tortilla chips.

More Red, White, and Badger Fun

I gathered all the Wisconsin stuff we had in our office and put it up on our mantel.  It was Brian’s idea to use our the chalkboards from our Christmas card to show some more UW spirit.  My mom had gotten the plates and napkins for Brian for Christmas.  If you want some of your own, search for your team here or here.





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Butterscotch Cider
By • Filed In: Cocktails, Party, Recipes

I’m all about a signature drink at parties. I like the fact that it’s been carefully thought out and specially crafted to coordinate with the evening or the theme. So when I was trying to come up with one for our wine party, I started to think about fall and the warm colors we were using in our decorations and our invitations. Apple cider immediately came to mind and so I wanted to incorporate that into the drink somehow. Butterscotch cider is what I landed on.

Butterscotch Cider

1 1/2 oz ketel vodka
1 oz Grand Marnier
2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
5-6 oz apple cider depending on how sweet or strong you want it

Add vodka, grand marnier and butterscotch schnapps in an Irish coffee cup (i just used a regular glass) and stir. Add the apple cider and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve either hot or on the rocks. I personally liked it better cold, so that’s how I served it.

This recipe is for one drink, but I just kept doubling it and made a big batch. That way people could help themselves and I didn’t have to act as the resident bartender all night long.

Please excuse our blurry photo, apparently we were more concerned with tasting our drink than getting a good pic of it. Can you blame us?! It was very tasty!

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