Coffee Talk

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“Let’s grab coffee/drinks.”

Probably the second most common phrase uttered in DC, right behind “So what do you do?”

About a month ago, The New Yorker posted an imaginary conversation between two acquaintances trying to set a date to meet up. I read the article, which my friend sent via gchat, our primary mode of communication, and parts of it read like texts and emails I had in my phone at that very moment. {Blushing Emoji}

I am totally guilty of rescheduling coffee dates + happy hours. During the day, a slow work afternoon can turn into a whirlwind in the blink of an eye, making it impossible to escape for mid-day coffee. Sometimes after work, all I want to do is sit on my couch and zone out to mindless TV. And ditch the heels as soon as humanly possible.

Who else feels the same way?

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But in the hustle, bustle, go-go world, it’s nice to just take a seat and catch up with a friend. So while this tiramisu doughnut recipe is admittedly a bit high maintenance, I promise the taste is well worth the wait + the espresso flavor will have you and your friends gabbing a mile a minute!

Okay, we need to chat about this tiramisu cream like RIGHT NOW.

That was the caffeine talking.

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Sugar, cream, mascarpone cheese, sugar, egg yolks, almond + vanilla extracts combine to create the lightest, tastiest dreamboat of a cream you ever had in your entire life.

I considered just calling it a day and eating the cream straight from the bowl with a spoon. Or my finger. As one does.

I have found true love and it’s in this mixing bowl.

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Tiramisu Doughnuts with Lavazza Coffee | dcgirlinpearls.com

Once prepared, the cream has to play hard to get and be refrigerated in a covered bowl for at least 2 hours. Like I said, a bit high maintenance but for this cream, I’ll do anything.

As the 2 hours came to a close, I whipped up doughnuts using Ina’s recipe and my trusty doughnut pan.

As the doughnuts cooled, heat up a saucepan of water for your coffee + an espresso pool for the doughnuts.

That’s right.

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Add a spoonful of espresso powder to a cup of boiling water and for good measure, a couple of drops of almond extract. Stir to combine and quickly toss your doughnuts into the bath. Gently shake to remove the excess and refrigerate the doughnuts for about 5 minutes.

Then it’s time to spoon that sinfully good tiramisu cream onto the doughnuts and as the piece de resistance, top with tiny chocolate curls. No need to get fancy schmancy with the chocolate curls, I used a microplane and a bar of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate to get the job done.

Serve with a hot cup of Lavazza joe and get gabbing with a friend!! Unless, it’s complete silence because you’re both too busy eating tiramisu doughnuts. That’s completely acceptable.

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Ingredients

3 egg yolks

2 tablespoons sugar

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

1 tbsp espresso powder

Grated chocolate for garnish

Doughnuts

Directions

In a bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar for about 5 minutes and then add mascarpone, heavy cream and almond and vanilla extracts. Then, you beat the mixture until soft peaks form (I suggest using a mixer for this as doing it by hand will a. take forever and b. your arm will fall off).

Set aside mixture and refrigerate at least 2 hours in a covered bowl.

Prepare doughnuts as shared with us by the almighty Ina Garten.

Add 1 cup of boiling water to a bowl and stir in the espresso powder. Quickly dip your doughnut into the espresso bath and gently shake to remove excess liquid. Refrigerate doughnuts for 5 minutes to set.

Spoon the life-changing tiramisu cream onto the doughnut and using a microplane, grate dark chocolate over the doughnuts.

Enjoy!! 

Keep visiting to check out more recipes using Lavazza Coffee + in the mean time, head to their Pinterest boards for latte art and glimpses into Italy.

Cool {coffee} beans, dude.

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Thirsty Thursday: Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita

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I’m going to level with you.

This week has been an emotional rollercoaster.

My mom and Tommy were in town for a week and we had a blast hanging out, eating homemade chicken fingers on DC’s snow day + cruising around Annapolis. Every morning before I left for work, I gave Tommy a hug and each time he’d ask when I’d be back. One morning, I had barely gotten 10 steps from Tommy when I heard him ask in a very concerned tone, “Mom! When is Lauren coming back?!”

Heart. Melted. Everywhere.

Then came the series finale of Parks + Recreation. But I’ll be honest, the waterworks started before our final visit to Pawnee. I unwisely decided to watch The Voice. I say unwisely not because I dislike the show. Au contraire, I get a genuine kick out of the Blake/Adam banter-filled bromance and as someone without an ounce of musical talent, I love listening to incredible singers. But each singer has a backstory that makes me feel emotionally attached and then I dissolve into tears when this person who I have known for all of 60 seconds makes it or breaks it. I’m a sucker for a great triumph story.

TL;DR The Voice kicked me square in the feels and then Parks + Recreation finished me off.

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I had to YouTube “happy puppies” to recalibrate my emotions after the credits rolled. I should have turned my TV off then but noooo, I had to go and watch the cast on Late Night with Seth Meyers. No shame, their rendition of “Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian” gave me chills.

Clearly, I’m a masochist.

Which brings us to the blood orange jalapeño margarita.

I’ve waxed poetic about my love for jalapeños many times so let’s take a second and gush about blood oranges.

I kinda wonder if other citrus fruits are jealous of the blood oranges’ ombré hue. Like, does a clementine go up to a blood orange and ask who does their ombré? And then get green (orange?) with envy when the blood orange replies, “Oh, this is natural.”

These are the big, burning questions that keep me up at night.

But seriously, blood oranges are the Jared Letos of the citrus world.

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And speaking of emotions, last night I went to tackle my dishes and when I was almost done, I felt a sharp piece of glass. Immediately, I carefully drained my sink and made a truly heartbreaking discovery. My fateful flamingo shot glass went on to that Great Big Bar in the Sky. *Sob*

So let’s pour one out for my flamingo shot glass, pictured below. We’ll always have tequila.

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Start your blood orange jalapeño margarita by adding ice to a cocktail shaker. Toss in 2-4 jalapeño slices (seeds removed) and add 1 tequila shot and a drizzle of agave nectar. Squeeze 2 blood oranges and add the juice to the shaker. Finally, add a spritz of freshly squeezed lime juice and shake! Strain into a glass + cheers!

Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita | dcgirlinpearls.com

Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita | dcgirlinpearls.com

Ingredients

1 jalapeño, sliced + seeds removed

1 tequila shot

2 blood oranges

1 lime

Agave nectar

Directions

Toss 2-4 jalapeño slices into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.

Add 1 tequila shot and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Squeeze 2 blood oranges and add the juice to the shaker.

Finally, add a spritz of freshly squeezed lime juice and shake.

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Waffles + Scotch

Tonight is the end of an era.

I discovered Parks and Recreation several years ago when a bad cold left me in bed for a few days and I needed a show to binge on Netflix (the classic girl meets show scenario). And I immediately fell head over heels in love. Amy Poehler + political satire = WIN WIN WIN in my book. But the roots of my love actually go farther back:

My first job ever at the ripe old age of 16 was working for my town’s recreation department. I started as a lifeguard and later became a swim instructor and while our antics were never quite like Pawnee’s, I loved that job. Playing Sharks + Minnows or a kid mustering up the courage to dive into the deep end, I’ll cherish those memories.

And what’s the statute of limitations on instigating an all-out water brawl between counselors and campers? Asking for a friend…

With each episode, I prayed to the local government gods there’d be an episode featuring Pawnee’s aquatics department. Alas, it never happened. But I still maintain an episode with Leslie dealing with a situation where the pool water keeps emptying due to the paunchy local kids constantly doing cannon balls would have been hilarious.

Clearly, I’ve thought about this more than I should admit.

I also immediately clicked with Leslie being a history + politics nerd myself. And Ben Wyatt is a nerdy dreamboat.

To celebrate Parks and Recreation, I created two prints to download with two of my favorite lines that I quote far too often.

Who else will be watching the series finale tonight?! With waffles on hand, of course!

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IKEA Finds To Put Spring In Your Home

Over the weekend, my mom, Tommy and I went to IKEA to pick up some odds ‘n ends for my apartment and let me tell you, I had to exercise some extreme willpower not to leave with half of the store in my cart. Though I did leave with a froyo cone because well, it’s mandatory.

IKEA had such an abundance of greenery and colors, I think I came down with a fever.

Spring fever.

And the only cure is more cowbell colorful decor.

And these pieces are so reasonably priced, you’ll be keeping more green in your pocket. Okay, enough of the spring jokes, Lauren.

But seriously, the best part of some of these pieces? They can work double time as organization!! Spring cleaning, ahead of schedule (for now).

Favorite IKEA pieces that work doubletime for decor + organization | dcgirlinpearls.com

 

DRIFTIG Plate // DRACAENA Bamboo // SMANATE Cushions // SKURAR Plant Pot // GRIPANDE Serving Pieces // SKURAR Plant Box // SOCKERKAKA Loaf Pan // KNIPSA Basket // OFFENTLIG Tray

DRIFTIG Plate + OFFENTLIG TrayI love the idea of adding these colorful dishes to a gallery wall in the kitchen. Just add Command Hooks and voila! Something pretty to look at as you chop chop chop. You could also use these dishes to DIY a tiered jewelry holder.

SKURAR Plant PotWhile my SKURAR is currently home to a succulent on my window, a SKURAR plant pot could also be used to house makeup brushes, hair brushes and other knick knacks in the beauty department. 

SKURAR Plant BoxIf you’re throwing a small party, line the plant box with a small garbage bag and fill with ice. Chill your wine and/or beer in a cute impromptu cooler!

SOCKERKAKA Loaf PanI’m the condiment queen and this loaf pan is a colorful way to keep all your spices in check! Or you could do what I’m doing with mine and use it to make ice cream. So there’s that. 

What are your favorite IKEA pieces? Any good organization tips for spring cleaning?

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Floral Blouse for Work + Weekend

In case you couldn’t tell, I am in full-on denial about the weather situation.

Moved to DC, they said. It’ll be warm, they said. The people who told me this sit on a throne of lies (lookin’ at you, Mom…).

Right now the key criteria to my 9-5 wardrobe is how many layers I can possibly squeeze into one outfit. I was flipping through my closet trying to find an outfit and I stumbled upon my spring blouses. Ohh, how I long for the days when we can get away with a trench or a light jacket. And wearing Jacks to work!!!

Ahhh the good ol’ days.

J.Crew Factory Floral Blouse Styled for Work + Weekend | dcgirlinpearls.com

 

For Work: J.Crew Factory Printed Pleated Ruffle Camisole // J.Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Cotton // J.Crew Multistrand Pearl Necklace // BaubleBar Gold Tassel Bracelet // Old Navy Pointed Toe Flats // BaubleBar 360 Metallic Studs

For Brunch: J.Crew Factory Printed Pleated Ruffle Camisole // Old Navy Skinny Boyfriend Jeans // BaubleBar Crystal Flutter Collar // TOMS Whisper Burlap Suede Desert Wedges

Being on a rather tight budget, I try to limit myself to pieces that work double-time for 9-5 and the weekend. Once the weather warms up, which I pray to the snow gods is soon, I’ll be wearing this floral blouse until June. And sipping this tropical cocktail as fast as humanly possible. In case you wanted to know.

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Thirsty Thursday: Pusser’s Painkillers

Forget the lime in the coconut. It’s 19 degrees. We’re putting the RUM in the coconut.

Pusser's Painkillers: 4 parts pineapple juice, 1 part coconut rum, 1 part orange juice + 1 part coconut cream | dcgirlinpearls.com

Over the weekend, back in the good ol’ days of non-Arctic Tundra life, my mom, Tommy and I piled into the car and drove to Annapolis for the day. This was only my second time visiting but I have to say, Annapolis is my kind of town. Having a soft spot for all things nautical and fruity tropical beverages, let’s face it: Annapolis gets me.

Since we were with Tommy, we couldn’t stop into Pusser’s for a quick cocktail (or two) but we did have a delicious dinner of fresh crabcakes with a side of a VERY strong Dark ‘n Stormy. The menu called it a Category Three Dark ‘n Stormy and I thought, “Oh, that’s adorable.” And by adorable, I mean strong with a capital S.

Keeping the tropical cocktail train going, my mom and I picked up the ingredients for a Pusser’s Painkiller on our way home. Namely, cream of coconut because let’s be honest, who has cream of coconut just lying around their pantry?

Well, now I do. And it’s heaven.

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Now let’s numb the winter freeze with a Pusser’s Painkiller!

In a little nod to Annapolis, I picked my anchor Tervis tumbler.

I filled the tumbler with ice and added pineapple juice, the life-changing coconut cream, OJ and the very vital coconut rum. Top the tumbler with the shaker top and shake to combine, strain into glasses.

Drink umbrella is mandatory, people. I cannot stress enough: 19 degrees.

So pour yourself a little (or not so little, I’m not here to judge) glass of paradise. And pray to dear God this tundra weather ends soon.

P.S. This was my 1,000th post on DC Girl : )

Ingredients

4 parts pineapple juice

1-2 parts coconut rum, depending on your case of the winter blues

1 part cream of coconut (found in the mixers aisle of your local, friendly grocery store)

1 part orange juice

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients to shaker. Shake to combine and strain into glasses. And as stated above, drink umbrellas are mandatory ; )

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DIY Tiered Jewelry Holder

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Okay, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Decorating on a budget is 100% doable.

All it takes is a little elbow grease and the mental toughness to get down and dirty with the DIY.

Growing up and riding around town with my mom, I remember pulling over every time she spied an estate sale sign. I didn’t mind because while she was checking out the wares, I was poring through the books and let me tell you, I found some real gems for $1 each.

When it came time to furnish my own “big girl” apartment, the decorating budget was pretty lean to put it mildly. So I had to roll up my sleeves + get creative.

Thrift shops and estate sales are gold mines for finding beautiful decor pieces for a fraction of the price. As long as you’re willing to dig (sometimes literally), you can discover buried treasure. Like my collection of blue + white toile vases assembled from finds at Eastern Market and even Goodwill.

I was doing a New Year cleanout/Goodwill donation when I came across an acrylic candle holder, an Ulta Beauty gift with purchase, still in the box. Being a fireman’s daughter, I’m not one to light candles so I don’t really have a use for a candle holder. I was about to throw it into the donation heap when my eyes landed on the toile plate and a lightbulb turned on.

I’ve been using the blue + white toile plate upper tier as a jewelry holder for a few years now but the candle holder could take it to a new level. In a 550 sq ft apartment, adding more storage space is a top priority. I just had to find another plate for a DIY jewelry holder…

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The hunt was on! And trust me, locating a blue + white plate that I liked and was the right size was no small task. I did a LOT of digging but this weekend, I found it!

DIY Jewelry Holder, check! ; )

Do you have a thrift shop find you love?

DIY Tiered Jewelry Holder Made With Thrift Shop Plates + Acrylic Candle Holder | dcgirlinpearls.com

Supplies

1 size dessert plate

1 size dinner plate

Superglue

Candle holder (for thicker candles)

Directions

Simply line the bottom edge of the candle holder with Superglue and gently press into the dinner plate (not so firmly that it breaks.

Line the top edge of the candle hold with the glue and repeat for the dessert plate.

It should be dry in an hour but I gave mine 2 hours to ensure it’s thoroughly dry.

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DIY Tiered Jewelry Holder Made With Thrift Shop Plates + Acrylic Candle Holder | dcgirlinpearls.com

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Beignet Recipe with Pillsbury Biscuits

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FRIED DOUGH.

Now that I have your attention, Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and I’m a bad Catholic for not realizing it until last week. So, naturally, I concocted grandiose plans to celebrate Mardi Gras before giving something up for 40 days. A brief update: It’s Sunday night as I’m typing this and I don’t have a single clue of what to give up. But I traditionally leave these decisions to the very last minute.

In third grade religion class, my teacher Sister Geraldine had us go around the room and say what we were giving up for Lent. The exercise soon devolved into a pissing contest (a phrase I hate but nonetheless, a very accurate description) as each person tried to out-do the person before them. I was planning to give up pop but lo and behold, pop was soon spoken for and I was left racking my brain for a Lenten substitute. Finally, it was my turn and panicked, this 9-year-old declared, “CHOCOLATE!”

And it was done. I was giving up chocolate for 40 days. My honor and pride were riding on this decision.

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A couple of days later, at a Chinese raffle, my mother won a basket. What was the basket’s theme? Chocolate Lover’s. I kid you not.

As a 9 year old who took religion class every day, this was a surefire, honest-to-goodness sign that the Lord was testing me. I mean, how else could the whole situation be explained? Also, the chocolate basket knew my name and would call to me. So that was a fun 40 days.

Just 3 ingredients to transport you to NOLA and give you a taste of Mardi Gras - DC Girl in Pearls

Flash forward twelve years, and instead of religion class at Nativity of Our Lord School, I was in an entirely different classroom: New Orleans. Two of my housemates and I ventured down to NOLA to celebrate Mardi Gras and see the parades, the costumes and the humanity. And let me tell you, I saw a LOT of humanity if you know what I mean.

For several days, it was a whirlwind of activities, sights, dishes and drinks. My friend’s dad had told us to be careful at Pat O’Brien’s with their Hurricanes so naturally, we went there first thing at 11 am. Two Hurricanes later, we were in a pretty happy spot let me tell you. Wandering through the French Quarter, we eventually stumbled upon the iconic Cafe Du Monde.

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I had to get my tipsy little hands on a beignet. Like, HAD to. Life-or-death scenario here, folks.

Biting into a beignet is a religious experience. And this wasn’t the Hurricane(s) talking. Fried dough topped with sweet confectioner’s sugar. You really can’t go wrong. It was love at first bite.

If I was a smart 21 year old, I would have picked up a beignet mix to bring back home so I could whip up beignets anytime I wanted. But I was not as far-thinking and strategic then, it was going to be another few months before I typed up my first post on DC Girl. Crazy to think about.

While these beignets are no Cafe Du Monde, they do make life (and a Hurricane hangover) a little more bearable.

Pillsbury biscuits make this beignet recipe easy. All you need is 3 ingredients, including the biscuits, to transport you to NOLA, celebrating Mardi Gras like a carefree 21-year-old.

If I could go back to New Orleans in a heartbeat, I would. I immediately fell head over heels for the city’s charm and there is still so much of the city I’d love to explore. At the risk of getting too cheesy on you, if there was a city that seemed like a place where magical things could happen, it’s New Orleans.

I mean, magic is the only explanation for how these beignets disappeared so quickly…right?

Just 3 ingredients to transport you to NOLA and give you a taste of Mardi Gras - DC Girl in Pearls

Just 3 ingredients to transport you to NOLA and give you a taste of Mardi Gras - DC Girl in Pearls

Ingredients

1 package Pillsbury Biscuits

1 container canola oil

Confectioner’s sugar

Directions

In a deep skillet or pot, heat up the canola oil on medium heat. After about 5 minutes, test the oil by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If bubbles immediately start forming around the dough, the oil is good to go.

Slice the biscuits in half so they are half-circles and drop them into the hot oil in batches of about 4 pieces at a time. The batch size will depend on the size of your pot, you don’t want to overcrowd the pot.

The biscuits are ready when they are golden on both sides. Remove the biscuit from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered in a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Once the biscuits are cooled down, sift confectioner’s sugar to cover the biscuit. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Sips, Snacks + More

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Okay, bear with me here, people. Like I said, I gotta love a holiday where excessive chocolate consumption is strongly encouraged, if not mandatory. AND it’s a long weekend!!!  * Happy dance party *

My mom + Tommy are coming down to DC for the weekend so I cannot wait for a long weekend of ordering in, wine, DIYs and lots of laughing to start!

P.S. The quote above is from my dad’s + my song, I wish he was able to spend the weekend, too!

Whether you’re single or not (#single), on Valentine’s Day, you can sip, snack, and DIY to your heart’s content with this round up:

SHOP

In case you missed my Valentine’s Day gift + outfit guide, I did the heavy lifting to bring it to you! Are you feeling the love? ;)

And if you need to pick up a last-minute piece to polish off your G/Valentine’s outfit, J.Crew Factory is 40-50% off in stores AND online with code LOTSTOLOVE. I love the zipper detailing on this sweater, so easy to throw on with leggings + boots for brunch!

Last weekend when I thought I might get a new iPhone after my charger kicked the bucket, I browsed Kate Spade for iPhone 6 cases. And this case was my favorite but alas not meant to be…right now.

SIP 

Looking for a cocktail to go with the lovey-dovey theme? Cherub’s Cup gives you two of my all-time favorite cocktail ingredients: muddle strawberries and brut sparkling rosé. For that, I’ll overlook the gin.

If you still haven’t tried my raspberry mint rosé fizz, I won’t take it personally but you are seriously missing out on one of the greatest (and easiest) cocktails!

Love means always having guacamole and the ingredients to make a blood orange mojito on hand.

BAKE + COOK 

 Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. ‘Nuff said.

Looks + sounds super adult and fancy, but these goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts are foolproof!

I want you, I need you, oh baby, oh baby.

DIY

A FREE printable from Studio DIY that Leslie Knope would definitely endorse.

Create a sanctuary with a couple of ingredients to make this lavender linen spray.

GILDED MACARONS? Yes, please!

 

Thirsty Thursday: Shot Through The Heart

GET PSYCHED!

Hot Tamales Infused Vodka - DC Girl in Pearls

No, actually.

“Shot Through the Heart” is the only song on Barney’s “Get Psyched” mix.

And this cocktail is 100% guaranteed to get you psyched. I’ve been dying to hit publish on this bad boy since I thought of the idea in December. If only I had such willpower around dessert. I’d be Super Girl.

Anyway.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to create two different types of cocktails. Last week, we went with sweet raspberry mint rosé fizz and this week, we’re doing a 180 with fiery. Yup, we’re infusing vodka with – you guessed it – Hot Tamales candy.

Rosé for Galentine’s brunch and a fiery vodka shot to kick girls’ night off. Or maybe you’re in the anti-Valentine’s Day camp and in that case, Hot Tamales infused vodka is your signature drink.

Infusing liquor is a foolproof way to make yourself feel like a fancy and very impressive bartender. When in reality, all you have to do is take about 12-15 Hot Tamales and place them in a sealed jar with 2 cups of vodka. Let the Hot Tamales hang out with the vodka for about 10 hours and BAM! Hot Tamales Infused Vodka.

While you’re waiting in those 10 hours, you can do what I did: Eat Hot Tamales, play around on Adobe Creative, get teary-eyed over a Parks + Rec episode, and not do laundry. You choose to do what makes you happy.

Or to quote Bridget Jones: I choose vodka. And Chaka Khan.

* Cue dance party to “I’m Every Woman” *

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Ingredients

Vodka of choice

1 package of Hot Tamales (plus more for eating/playing with to create fun designs)

Directions

In a sealed jar, line the bottom with about 12-15 Hot Tamales. Add 2 cups of vodka and seal. Let the jar sit at room temperature for 10 hours. Strain to remove the Hot Tamales and serve chilled.

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