Posts Tagged ‘fun drinks’

Get your giggle on – it’s Cheap Date Night!

If it’s Monday, it’s gotta be cheap date night. Even if you don’t have a date, you can certainly enjoy this little repast in your day, it’ll definitely make the rest of your week sparkle like newly-Windexed windows.

First up, comes the food of course. =)

A friend of mine once sent me some chile lime cashews. They were spectacular awesome. (thanks Jen!) After I’d eaten the entire bag, I wanted MORE. So, being the resourceful woman I am – I went hunting for a recipe to make my own. WARNING – this takes a bit longer to make than my usual “Under 5 minutes” recipe – so plan your time accordingly so you still have time to watch the movie! WARNING TWO – beware the squirrels in the tree outside the window. They can attack at a moments notice.

Chile Lime Nuts
(adapted from

* 4 cups cashews – or you can use mixed nuts – or mix your own nuts!
* 3 teaspoons salt
* Grated zest of 2 limes
* 3 Tbsp brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons chili powder – if you’re creative, use other spices as well like chipolte powder.
* 2 egg whites
* 2 Tbsp lime juice

Okey dokey. Take the salt and the lime zest and muddle them together really well. Add in sugar and chili powder. Stir in the egg whites and mix well, then toss in the nuts. Put on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake 15-20 min at 350 degrees. Take out, sprinkle with the remaining lime juice and bake 2 more minutes. While those are cooling, lets put together this awesome drink –

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesThe Mexican Bulldog

Have you ever seen the Bucket of Margaritas? You can buy one almost anywhere, Wal Mart, Costco, Trader Joes. Grab one and prepare according to directions.
Pour the slushy mix into a salted and fairly big, heavy glass.
Open a bottle of Corona and quickly turn it upside down in the glass, leaving the bottle IN the margarita.
Now as you sip the margarita, you’ll get a bonus of Corona with every sip. The level in the bottle goes down, but the margarita level stays up.
WARNING – this can knock you for a loop. =)

And if that didn’t knock you for a loop, this absolutely ADORABLE video will – put the margarita down for 3 minutes, you won’t want to squirt it out your nose!

Cheap Date Night – All Hail the Jalapeenie Weenie

What? You’ve never had a Jalapeenie Weenie? I’m shocked. Dismayed. Horrified.

Best of all, I’m going to remedy that situation.

Jalapeenie Weenies

2 hot dogs
1 flour tortilla
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced jalapenos

Wrap the 2 hot dogs in a paper towel and nuke for about 1 min and 20 seconds. They’ll be hot! So be careful. Next, set a flour tortilla on a plate. Chop the two hot dogs up and drop on the tortilla. Top with salsa, cheese and jalapenos. Put back in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt the cheese and heat the salsa.
Roll up like a burrito and ENJOY.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesQuick, easy, cheesy and nummy. What more can you ask for with a 2 minute meal? Eat your heart out Rachel Ray.

Now that we’ve got our Jalapeenie Weenie, lets have something fun to drink with it.

Strip and Go Naked

Yes, if one is consuming Jalapeenie Weenies ( I enjoy saying that, can you tell? ) one must have the perfect drink. Try this one on for size!

1 can (or bottle if you’re high class!) of beer
1 shot of vodka
1 shot of lemonade

Mix together in a big glass, Jalapeenie Weenie in front of you (and another for your significant other of course) and watch this clip of the Photoshop Reconstruction of Eleanor of Aquitane. You’re now officially in the Cheap Date Zone.



Cheap Date Night Italian Style – Lasagna, Italian Margaritas and Italian Hand Gestures

Today I’m going out on a limb and doing a recipe that takes a bit of time. I know, I know, don’t panic. It’s all still very easy, and the results are Mwah! fantabulous.

Microwave Lasagna

1lb ground beef
1 jar Ragu
9 Lasagna noodles
12 oz. carton cottage cheese
16oz package mozzarella cheese

Pick a glass pan as big as your microwave will hold. Grease the bottom a bit with oil and set it aside. Boil 9 lasagna noodles according to directions. While they are boiling, brown a pound of hamburger, then drain and put back in the pan with a jar of Ragu. Heat to bubbling.

In the pan, put down 3 noodles. Top with 1/3 the meat mix, 1/2 carton cottage cheese and 1/3 mozzarella cheese. Repeat two more times, with the top layer being just meat and cheese. Cover with a Saran Wrap type of cover, venting at two corners and cook for 13 min on high.

If you like your lasagna browned on top, toss it in the oven on broil for a few minutes before serving.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesWhile your lasagna is in cool down mode, let’s make some Italian Margaritas.

1 shot Amaretto
1/2 shot triple sec
small splash lime juice
Sweet and sour mix
In a shaker combine the liquors and lime juice and 2 shots of sweet and sour mix. Shake it shake it baby, then pour into a tall glass.

Ready? Scoop up your lasagna, get a sip of your margarita, put your fuzzy pink slippers up and lets learn to speak Italian – complete with hand gestures!

Buon appetito!

Ha-Cha-Cha Chicken – Cheap Date Night is for the Birds

I am a firm believer in all things cheap and fast. Just like I like my men. heheh. =) Ok, nobody tell my husband I said that k?

So for our meal today we’re having Ha-Cha-Cha Chicken. Simple as a dimple.

1 pre-cooked chicken breast or leftover rotisserie chicken
chopped onion
chopped green pepper
3-4 Tbsp hot sauce
Toss all in a microwaveable bowl and well..microwave. 3 minutes or so til veggies are a little soft.
Add in macaroni and cheese – either prepare it yourself, or buy the Bob Evans already done stuff. (Yeah, guess which one I go for….=) ) Toss in 1 Tbsp sour cream and stir.
Microwave another 3 minutes or so and top with crushed Doritos. Spicy ones! If you’re really talented and know how to turn your oven on? You can bake it at this point for extra crispiness.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesWhile you’re baking away like the Naked Chef, let’s have a little something to cool down the chicken heat. Something like say, oh a Maui Volcano

Maui Volcano

½ shot Blue Maui
½ shot Malibu Coconut Rum
fill with Pineapple Juice
lime garnish

Now gather your goodies and lets enjoy a last bit of summer!


The Bee’s Tea – Jack Daniels Honey

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesJack Daniels has introduced a new whiskey – this time made with honey. Can we say it’s the bee’s knee’s and not get mocked?


Luckily, this is one of the easiest drinks you’ll ever make. Super simple, and something you can even make by the pitcher.

Fill a particularly pretty glass with
Ice cubes
1 shot of Jack Daniels Honey
Add a mint sprig if you so desire.

I suggest this be sipped while sitting leisurely in either a hammock or a rocking chair. Think happy thoughts of lazily droning bees and orange butterflies.



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