Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos // Cocktails

Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos // Cocktails

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Keep the spirited celebration going with Dia De Los Muertos cocktails! Below are three alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails you and your friends can indulge in.

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Margarita del Diablo

pop!INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 2 oz.  Patron Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz.  Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 2 oz. Tajin to rim the glass

*Tajin – a tangy, spicy “fruit seasoning” powder (called salsa en polvo in Spanish) consisting of chile peppers, salt, and dehydrated lime juice

 pop!DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour approx. 2 oz. of Tajin in a small plate. Enough to coat the rim of your glass.
  2. Wet the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and then dip into the plate of Tajin.
  3. Cut and slice ¼ of a jalapeño, or larger if you desire a spicier cocktail (Oh, you devil!)
  4. Muddle the jalapeño slices and add the tequila, Cointreau, passion fruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar and ice.
  5. Shake and strain into the glass with ice.

Garnish with slice of jalapeño

See the post HERE

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Ashes to Ashes

Inspired by the Penicillin cocktail I had while in Paris

pop!INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve (Famous Grouse or another blended Scotch is typically used, but I wanted a sweeter profile)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz honey 
  • 3 slices fresh ginger (can substitute with Domaine de Canton)
  • 1/4 oz Laphroaig (or any peety Islay single malt Scotch)

pop!DIRECTION

  1. Using a wooden muddler or mixing spoon, muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed.
  2. Add the Woodford Reserve, lemon juice, and honey, and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake untill well chilled, about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (you may wish to double-strain through a fine strainer to remove the small pieces of ginger), and pour the Laphroaig over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink.


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De Mi Sangre (Of My Blood)

Mocktail

pop!INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz Blood Orange Sparkling Soda
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Blackberry Glaze

  • 1 cup of Blackberries
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Cornstarch (To thicken)
  • Zest of a lemon

pop!DIRECTION

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter and sugar and stir
  2. Add the blackberries and let simmer
  3. Mash a few of the berries in order to get the juice out of a few berries
  4. Add cornstarch and continue to stir until thickened
  5. Strain through a strainer to remove the small pieces of berries and let cool a bit
  6. Dip the rim of the glass in the glaze
  7. Pour the grenadine and then top with the Blood Orange sparking soda

Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 The Details

Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV

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Halloween is typically associated with carving Jack o’ Lanterns out of pumpkins, decorating with a ghoulish theme, and going trick or treating door to door while wearing costumes. Instead of the traditional route, I wanted to introduce a holiday that many Americans are unfamiliar with, that happens to take place during the same time period. Inspired by el Dia de los Muertos below is a detailed look at my decor and ideas. This is a nod to my Latinos as this holiday is becoming more mainstream and now more with the help of pop… more glamorous!

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  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Cocktails // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Elizabette Quezada @lizzyslove_xo
  • Photos // Amy Anaiz Photo @AmyAnaizPhoto
  • Cake + Cookies // IM Pastry Studio @IMPastryStudio

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This is me behind the scenes setting up the table

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Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations.

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In order to celebrate, the families make alters and place ofrendas (offerings) of food, skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Traditional food you can prepare can include:

Pan de Muertos – Day of the Dead Bread

Calaveras de Azucar – Sugar Skulls

Calabaza en Dulce – Candied Pumpkin

Tamales

Mole

Fruit

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I just love my flower crown and Lola did too!
They’re super easy to make with a few faux flowers, a glue gun and and headband.

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In Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of  papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.

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Don’t you just love these Dia de los Muertos sugar cookies? An easy substitute if you can’t make traditional sugar skulls.

Stay tuned… cocktails will be on the next post!

Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV Segment

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Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV Segment

If you missed out on the LIVE airing of Arise 360 on Arise TV and the second airing on Centric, you still have an opportunity to see my Halloween Entertaining segment. Stay tuned as I will be sharing behind the scenes shots, Halloween decorating tips and recipes for all of the delicious cocktails.

Click HERE to see the segment!

Cheers!

Yaz

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Catch me tonight on Arise 360 as I host a Halloween Entertaining segment showcasing some tantalizing cocktails and party decor that will surely liven up the spirit of your next soiree!

7PM EST on BET’s Centric and on www.Arise.TV
(Time Warner: 90 and Optimum: 185)
@Arise360 @centricTV

Guava Pancakes, Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

Guava Pancakes

Guava Pancakes topped with Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

Every Sunday Baby Bear and I make pancakes. The unfortunate part about this particular Sunday was the fact that we had an empty fridge and I did not want to go to the supermarket. What are we to do? We look around and I found a package of Dominican Guava Paste. It is a conserve made of guava and sugar. Luckily, the shelf life on it far exceeds that of fresh fruit. I typically make flaky pastries called Pastelitos with it but, today it’s perfect for a big ole’ stacks of pancakes. Fortunately, I was able to scrounge an egg and repurpose one of her milk boxes for the milk for the remainder of the ingredients. Milk, eggs, guava… VOILA! Guava Pancakes!

The details on this super yummy recipe are below:

pop!INGREDIENTS

PANCAKES

  • 1 cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Not the just add water variety)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/3 cup diced Guava Paste

GUAVA SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup Guava Paste
  • 1/8 Orange Juice

POMEGRANATE GRANOLA

  • Store brought

CITRUS WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

 

pop!DIRECTIONS

PANCAKES

  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat or griddle to 375 °F.
  2. Combine ingredients for pancake and stir
  3. Pour batter for each pancake onto lightly greased griddle
  4. Turn when the pancake bubbles and bottoms are golden brown

GUAVA SAUCE

  1. Place guava paste and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt together and stir frequently until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until warm
  4. Spoon over warm pancake

GRAND MARNIER WHIPPED CREAM

  1. Whip all the ingredients together until the cream peaks are formed
  2. Serve on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pomegranate granola