Beverages

Spanish Sangria, Always A Party Favorite

Spanish Sangria, Always A Party Favorite

I decided to reprise my recipe for Spanish Sangria because it makes a great fall party punch. Spanish Sangria originates, of course, in Spain,  “sangría” deriving from “sangre,” meaning blood.  The correct spelling uses an acute accent: sangría. The blood-red wine punch became popular even with […]

Horchata, Agua Fresca Made Naturally

Horchata, Agua Fresca Made Naturally

Horchata is a classic “agua fresca” and an example of how people and food constantly evolve.  It’s connected also to people’s identity.  A delicious Mexican iced drink of almonds and rice essence, horchata was brought to Mexico and Texas by the Spanish when they came […]

“Café De Olla”  Mexican Coffee Makes My Day!

“Café De Olla” Mexican Coffee Makes My Day!

“Café De Olla” is sometimes made with orange peel or cloves, but this is my favorite way, using just Mexican canela (cinnamon) and piloncillo (un-refined, natural cane sugar).  This Mexican brew will revive you, not just because of the caffeine but because of the delicious […]

Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail, A Native American Treat!

Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail, A Native American Treat!

I served this cranberry rosemary cocktail at a party last night…..it was a hit!  It’s a very appropriate cocktail because cranberries are Native American. This holiday cocktail combines tart cranberry flavor with the woodsy, herbal, rosemary.  Based on last night’s tasting, it’s gives a sparkling […]

Champurrado Holiday Drink — It’s “DeAquella/Awesome”

Champurrado Holiday Drink — It’s “DeAquella/Awesome”

This Champurrado holiday drink recipe is lush, velvety smooth, and it’s all done with no milk or creams at all.  The smoothness comes from the chocolate and nixtamalized corn masa blended together.  I adapted this champurrado recipe from my book, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native […]

Texas Mexican Holiday Menu

Texas Mexican Holiday Menu

What a great evening we had last night in San Antonio, Texas!  These chiles, tomates, hojarascas were all delicious.  I want to share this “Texas Mexican Holiday Menu” with heartfelt thanks for the warm reception I received at last night’s event at the San Antonio […]

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

Texas Mexican Food Event In San Antonio, Texas Texas Mexican food gained fame In 1800s when Texas Mexican business women ran outdoor diners, and their delicious cooking made San Antonio a culinary destination, tourists arriving via railroad.  These entrepreneurial women began to be called “chili […]

“Chicano 40”- Watermelon Cocktail With History!

“Chicano 40”- Watermelon Cocktail With History!

“Chicano 40” is a refreshing watermelon cocktail, the official signature cocktail celebrating the 40th anniversary of the San Antonio CineFestival the nation’s original and longest-running Chicano/Latino film festival.  Not your ordinary watermelon cocktail, “Chicano 40” is complex and bright, created by Jeret Peña, acclaimed mixologist […]

The Original Chocolate Drink:  Why You Should Skip The Milk

The Original Chocolate Drink: Why You Should Skip The Milk

Make some “Chocolate Caliente” the way that the original inventors of this beverage enjoyed it, with absolutely no lactose.  There were no cows roaming about in the Aztec and Mayan empires of Mesoamerica, where chocolate has its origins and was first enjoyed. The earliest use […]

“Hojita”  — Mezcal & Hoja Santa Cocktail

“Hojita” — Mezcal & Hoja Santa Cocktail

I muddle Hoja Santa to add flavors and aromas of licorice, anise and sassafras. Native to central and southern Mexico and all of Mesoamerica, this ancient plant is a member of the genus, “piper,” same as the Indian black pepper plant.  It’s used to flavor […]