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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Marathon, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

I should've started a fitness/training blog in December when The Husband and I embarked on our Marathon Training adventure... I certainly had some choice words after most of the long runs every weekend, starting at 3 miles and ending with 22 miles a few weeks before our race. However, pictures of my toe injuries or detailed descriptions of digestion problems during hours of running.... just doesn't sound as appetizing as a food blog! So, as a tribute to all those months of marathon training, I am happy to post some of our food discoveries while in Cincinnati during the Flying Pig Marathon weekend (see Cincinnati post), and in this post I am offering some celebratory cocktails we had once we had returned home on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo, another great drinking holiday!)

There's nothing like running 26.2 miles, plus an extra quarter mile due to a fire on the course, to work up a thirst. We had a few friends over and were happy to offer some "kitchen sink" cocktails -- pretty much everything we have on hand went into these drinks! One is a classic - the long island - and one I just made up because I wanted to use up some mango juice but also have a margarita.

Classic Recipe for Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail
makes two drinks

1 oz vodka
1 oz white rum
1 oz gin
1 oz tequila blanco
1 oz triple sec or cointreau
4-5 ounces of sweet and sour mix
2-3 splashes of cola
lime to garnish

Mix all ingredients into tall glass or large shaker. Pour over ice into two collins or hurricane glasses, and garnish with lime. If it's too strong, add more sour and cola. Other recipes use only 1 to 2 oz of sour per serving, and I feel we use more typically. Top shelf liquors will make a tastier drink!!

Sunset Mango Margarita
makes 2 servings at least

3 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec or cointreau or grand marnier
6 oz sweet and sour mix
4 oz grenadine
6 oz mango nectar
2 cups ice
limes to garnish

Add all ingredients to a blender with ice and blend until smooth. Taste for flavor - may need more mango or grenadine. I didn't write down the recipe exactly and had to keep adding but it really did turn out to be a refreshing mixture. Garnish with a lime.

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