Happy Citrus Season! Recipe for Cara Cara Orange Margaritas.

This time of year, the citrus is abundant and absolutely beautiful. And that means MARGARITAS! These cara cara orange margaritas are absolutely delicious and the oranges are sweet enough that you don’t need a lot of extra sweetener. If you are a die-hard margarita fan, you might notice the absence of orange liquer in this recipe and that’s for two reasons: orange liquer can be quite pricey and the oranges give you all the sweetness and flavor you need! When choosing a tequila for margaritas, always choose a silver tequila (not gold) and since you’ll be mixing, it is best to pick a tequila that is not too pricey, but that is high quality. We chose Hornitos and are so happy with the results! Clean and fresh. This recipe is perfect for scaling up into a pitcher for a fiesta! Salud!

Cara cara orange margaritas

2 oz. tequila blanco (silver) – we love Hornitos
2 oz. freshly squeezed cara cara orange juice (any orange variety will work)
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup* or agave
ice & kosher salt or sugar for rim

To salt (or sugar) your rim, rub either citrus juice or simple syrup on the edge of the glass, then turn upside down into a plate of salt to coat. Fill glass about 3/4 full with ice.

Place tequila, orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker with lots of ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, then strain into your prepared glass. Garnish with a wedge of orange or lime (or both!). Drink!

*To make simple syrup, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup pure cane sugar. It will last indefinitely in your refrigerator.

Aesthetica Giveaway

Beauty Tutorial: giveaway for my favorite Contouring Palette from Aesthetica Cosmetics!

Yesterday I was over at Beauty Bets where I did a contouring tutorial featuring BEFORE//AFTER photos using the Aesthetica Cosmetics Contouring Kit. I really can’t say enough good things about it, so be sure to head over there to check it out and read more about my experience.

I guess the folks at Aesthetica really like my face or the way I write, because they were nice enough to send me a couple extra palettes. I want to give one away to a lucky reader, so enter below! Winner will be announced on January 27!

If you simply can’t wait, or end up not winning the giveaway, be sure to use code BB50 for 50% off your ENTIRE purchase at Aesthetica! It’s good through Valentine’s Day.

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Take It + Make It

"If I can take it I can make it."
Quote: “If I can take it. I can make it.”

This print is available for purchase in the Thyme is Honey Society6 Shop, view the collection here.
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Make it Simple, But Significant. - Don Draper
At Thyme is Honey we love setting goals, and one goal we’re trying to focus on this year is being present and making the most of our time. That includes free time and how it’s spent. Jaimie and I are both aiming to put more creative time into our schedules and are excited to dive into watercolor painting (we love this watercolor set), handlettering, and calligraphy.

Jaimie is off to a great start with this piece that she shared on instagram. She’s lucky to have a very natural talent for script!

(You may reuse the image above, please credit the image to Thyme is Honey or @Thyme_is_Honey +  @jaimieemyers on Instagram & Twitter.)

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Sweet Milk + Whiskey Cocktail Recipe.
Despite all the fancy whiskey that my husband has bought, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey has remained the whiskey of choice at our house for several years. So, when deciding to develop a new winter cocktail recipe to share with readers I turned my attention to 2 Gingers and had a fun time creating this Sweet Milk + Whiskey cocktail. It’s sweet enough to please, but still sophisticated and the orange undertones are a pleasant surprise.

Ingredients
(measurements per cocktail)

4 dashes Fee Brother orange bitters
1.5 oz. 2 Gingers Irish whiskey
1.5 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup milk
dash of ground cinnamon
cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
orange wedge for garnish (optional)

Directions

In a small saucepan heat milk over low heat. Once warm, add the honey and stir until honey dissolves. Add 4 dashes of orange bitters to the bottom of a glass (we used these double-walled whiskey glasses), add 1.5 ounces of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. Slowly pour in Sweet Milk mixture, add cinnamon stick and orange wedge to finish.

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