One of the best parts about traveling is the exposure to new and exciting things. And it doesn't always require busting out your passport. This little gem comes from one of my many trips to Texas. Austin, Texas to be specific. I am a SXSW regular, you see, and this little puppy has kicked off many a tequila-filled nights while there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

One of the best parts about traveling is the exposure to new and exciting things. And it doesn't always require busting out your passport. This little gem comes from one of my many trips to Texas. Austin, Texas to be specific. I am a SXSW regular, you see, and this little puppy has kicked off many a tequila-filled nights while there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

"Bridal Shower" Cocktail. Forget the bride, how about cheers to Saturday.  Or anything really, just get me a drink!

"Bridal Shower" Cocktail. Forget the bride, how about cheers to Saturday. Or anything really, just get me a drink!

mini tacos Step 1: cook 1 lb ground beef and season with taco seasoning Step 2: Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray and place won-ton wrappers inside Step 3: fill uncooked wontons w/ beef and top with shredded cheese Step 4: bake @350 for 8 min...could be done as a cheeseburger one too!

mini tacos Step 1: cook 1 lb ground beef and season with taco seasoning Step 2: Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray and place won-ton wrappers inside Step 3: fill uncooked wontons w/ beef and top with shredded cheese Step 4: bake @350 for 8 min...could be done as a cheeseburger one too!

Bacon-wrapped cheese dogs. If this won't win a man's heart, I don't know what will. - perfect for this football season!

Bacon-wrapped cheese dogs. If this won't win a man's heart, I don't know what will. - perfect for this football season!

"Hard Frappacino" 2oz Rum Chata, 2 cups iced coffee (any flavor you like), 2 cups ice. Blend well and serve in a chocolate rimmed glass!

"Hard Frappacino" 2oz Rum Chata, 2 cups iced coffee (any flavor you like), 2 cups ice. Blend well and serve in a chocolate rimmed glass!

Cherry Vodka Limeade 2 ounces cherry vodka (I used Three Olives Brand)   1 ounce lime juice (fresh squeezed or I used juice from concentrate)   4 ounces Sprite (or 7-up...I used diet 7-up)   1/2 ounce cherry juice (from the jar of cherries or find it bottled in the mixed drink section at your grocery store)   1 maraschino cherry

Cherry Vodka Limeade 2 ounces cherry vodka (I used Three Olives Brand) 1 ounce lime juice (fresh squeezed or I used juice from concentrate) 4 ounces Sprite (or 7-up...I used diet 7-up) 1/2 ounce cherry juice (from the jar of cherries or find it bottled in the mixed drink section at your grocery store) 1 maraschino cherry

if you don't drink alcohol, there's no reason to fret: you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a spring cocktail (er, mocktail) sans the added booze by indulging in one of the myriad drink combinations made with sparkling water, flavored soda, fresh juices, and simple herb- and- fruit-distilled syrups. Here are 15 favorites:

if you don't drink alcohol, there's no reason to fret: you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a spring cocktail (er, mocktail) sans the added booze by indulging in one of the myriad drink combinations made with sparkling water, flavored soda, fresh juices, and simple herb- and- fruit-distilled syrups. Here are 15 favorites:

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