Delicious Ginger Margarita


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Make your own yummy ginger simple syrup, squeeze fresh lime add tequila and it’s delish!

  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Cut up fresh ginger
  • Bring to a boil until all the sugar has dissolved, strain out ginger pieces.
  • Put in container with a tight lid (mason jar) and chill before adding to drinks.

*Remember, the better the tequila the better the drink.

Drink inspiration from the restaurant Ohana in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Ohana restaurant in Costa Rica.

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Thai Coconut Margarita


This one came from an awesome restaurant we went to in Pittsburgh called täkō!  Their Thai Coconut margarita had Espolon Blanco, Coconut Milk, & Makrut Lime.  Here’s our take on the Thai Coconut Margarita – Thai it, you’ll like it! (oh c’mon, I had to!)

Thai Coconut Margarita:

  • 1-2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1-2 oz coconut milk or cream
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • Pour over ice, shake and serve

    If you are in or around the Pittsburgh area, check outtäkō.  Their queso fundido and tacos were amazing!  We were fortunate enough to walk in, but reservations are highly recommended.


A New Way to Drink Prosecco

Chambong - Set of 2

Recently we were introduced to the Chambong, touted as the “rapid way to drink champagne”.  Our experience?  A lot of fun, sure to provide many laughs, and probably not something you should do in front of your children 😉 Oh, and as Ashlee learned, don’t pull your finger off the bottom too quickly or you may get it in your eye 🙂

Here’s what the inventors of Chambong have to say about their product:

Why not push the limits of party science?  We are artists, dancers, drinkers glass blowers, businessmen, scientists and friends with a belief that friendship and community are key to a happy life.  That’s why we weren’t satisfied with the current champagne drinking experience.

We want classy without pretension. Rituals without exclusivity. And most importantly, an experience that feels magical.

We made the perfect champagne drinking device and now, it’s available to you.
Always Chambong responsibly. –



Cut the Calories with this Refreshing Tequila Drink

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Here’s a clean, great-tasting drink that doesn’t pack on the calories.

What you’ll need:
  • 1-2 shots of tequila (by now you know our preference 😉)
  • Frozen berries-about a quarter cup depending on glass size and preference.
  • Lime seltzer
  • Lime
  • Simple syrup (optional)

Place the mixed frozen berries on the bottom of your glass. Add the tequila, ice, and lime seltzer. Top the glass off with a lime!  Berries can be sweetened or add simple syrup to the drink based on your individual sweetness.

Avoiding sugar altogether? Cut the berries. The lime seltzer adds a nice taste and cuts the strength of the tequila flavor.


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Rosé – An Inexpensive Way

Inspired by Cosmopolitan’s “10 Rosé Wines That Cost Less Than $15 and Don’t Taste Like Sh*t”,   here is our take on numbers 2, 3, and 4 and a new one (to us) that didn’t make Cosmo’s cut:

Apothic Rosé (#2)

Les Dauphins Rosé (#3)

Les Dauphins Rose

Chloe Rosé (#4)

I’ve had these three from the Cosmopolitan list (shown above) and give them each two thumbs up. They have a great berry/fruity flavor without feeling like you drank a bottle of sugar. Perfect for these warm summer evenings.

One extra that we feel is worth mentioning is Mont Gravet (shown in our featured image). At $7.99, you can’t go wrong. This one is light, refreshing, and not too sweet. One of our summer favorites!  Available at Heinen’s and World Market.

Like to try new wines but afraid of being disappointed?  Try this free app from Vivino which lets you scan wine labels to read reviews and see ratings.




Plans for the 4th? Chew This!

Zaca packet
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I have used these Zaca patches before.  These are great to keep a hangover at bay!  Looks like chewables are now available too.  If you are planning to travel and/or have a fun night on the 4th you may want these.  Or, if you are a total athlete and looking to stay hydrated – it’s perfect for that too!  This can be used for high altitudes as well.

zaca packets

Multi-Purpose: The same antioxidants and electrolytes that aid partiers play a big role in recovery after exercise or extensive travel. Perfect for post-workout replenishment & high altitude journeys. –
Six packs of 12 tablets are available at Amazon for $29.99.  Zaca is currently featuring them for $19.99.  Don’t wait!

Make Fun Cocktails without the Guilt


Looking for a low-calorie cocktail?  This past weekend we tried Be Mixed mixers.   Be Mixed mixers have no sugar and no calories.  Yep, you read that right – zero!  So, if you add a shot of 80 proof vodka, you’re talking a total of 97 calories per drink (or 194 calories if you sneak in another ;).

Be Mixed offers three flavors; Ginger Lime, Cucumber Mint, and Margarita.  We at Nearly All Things especially liked the Margarita flavor mixer with a shot or two of tequila, but the rest of our group was split over the Ginger Lime and Cucumber Mint.  So, our recommendation – try the sample pack and decide on your own 🙂

NearlyAllThings subscribers get $5 off your order when you use the code “WELCOME” with your order. 


Check out this recipe from Be Mixed:

Recipe and photo by Gretchen Otte. Follow her @typeonetypehappy



  • 4 oz. Be Mixed Margarita
  • 4 oz. Rosé
  • 5 Frozen Strawberries
  • Ice
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend until slushly
  3. Garnish with a strawberry.