I’m going, to be honest with all of you. Did I have some drinks before making this Happy Hour? Yes, yes I did. When one is buzzed on the verge of being drunk they try to find any and all ingredients to try to make something. This all happened after my roommate drove us to the Total Wine and More since he needed a special beer. So I figured I’d get some ingredients myself.

 

Palm Tree in the Moonlight

This was from later on in the evening, but how can one not just look up in awe and see the moonlight shimmering down onto the swaying palm tree leaves.

Smugglers Cove Drink Guide

 

I forget if it was a Christmas or Birthday present but I would like to give a shout out to my mom for this wonderful gift. I present to you Smuggler’s Cove, the one recipe book that one would need for all drinks Tiki-style. Plus with a little history lesson on how the age of Tiki came to be! And if you’re reading this mom this may be my first time actually creating a drink from it.

 

Steps to make Hawaiian Sunset

 

After much contemplation, I had my mindset on a drink called the Hawaiian Sunset. I know the first drink I’m showing you is a vodka-based drink from a book clearly meant for rum-based drinks. Don’t you worry though, we shall plenty more Adventures to create some fabulous rum-based Tiki Drinks. I had pretty much everything I needed for this drink except for the special glassware and a lemon.

 

Ingredients for Drink

 

However, one thing I did have was lemonade. It isn’t the most suitable replacement but one must keep on their toes to adapt in any situation. At Total Wine and More I was hoping for lemons because sometimes they have limes, which they didn’t have either. Luckily I did come across some Orgeat or also known as Almond Syrup. Then I went for some real grenadine instead of the fake red food colored sugar syrup one tends to find. Grenadine is made from pomegranate, which is what gives it that red hue.

 

The Hawaiian Sunset

 

There you have it! One Hawaiian Sunset along with a Tiki eyeing my drink. It’s my drink Tiki guy, get your own! The drink was just a tad bit sweet for me and I think the ingredient that pushed it that direction was the lemonade. Obviously, lemonade has added sugar to make it taste good on its own. So I think if I had fresh lemon juice mixed within, it would have been perfect! I enjoyed the Orgeat because it brought some sweetness and nuttiness to the mix. It’s very exciting to use new ingredients that you are not used to. Now if only I was drinking this drink while watching a sunset in Hawaii.

 

Chicken Taquitos

 

This creation came to my mind based on ingredients I had with just some direction from the internet on cooking times. I may have been a tad too excited about getting these made and scarfing them down that completely forgot to get pictures during the steps. Honestly, it is quite easy to make. Using my last chicken breast I sprinkled a tiny bit of oil along with some leftover taco seasoning I had from meal prepping and rubbed that in. I threw it in the air fryer for 25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Near the end added a little squeeze of lime to add those wonderful bright citrus notes. After that, I shredded the chicken so that I would be able to fit it into a warmed corn tortilla. I also added some red onion, jalepeños, and half a stick of pepper jack cheese. I rolled them up as best as I could and put them in the air fryer with a light brush of oil on the outside and cooked them for 10 minutes at the same temperature.

 

Cheese Stretch

 

It’s very important to add some vibrant color to the dish because having that visual factor helps influence the taste. So I added some chopped up cilantro to place on top along with a side of bright red roasted tomato salsa. There you have it, Adventurers! Homemade air-fried chicken taquitos! You can see the spicy pepper jack cheese oozing from the taquito to the salsa. The chicken was nice and tender and that taco seasoning added the perfect touch for this Mexican dish. The added onion and jalepeños was the perfect thing to make this dish, not just protein and carbs. Always nice to have some of those fresh ingredients in the mix.

 

Firepit Saturdays

 

The only human contact that I’ve had has been through my roommate Spencer. He is actually still working out in the real world since his business is essential in these times. It would be nice to have someone to chat with during the day. Something we have decided to start doing during the lockdown is having a fire on Saturday evenings in our backyard. This little tradition has definitely been helping keep some sanity during these times. Nothing beats the warmth of a fire’s glow and the scent of smoke in the air. It’s always good being able to chat with him and of course drink with him. He wanted this one beer that can only be sold as one bottle per person. So I decided I would join him so he can get that second beer. He stands by the beer and if you are interested in it it’s called the Piny Elder from Russian River Brewing Company.
What can I say when one is buzzed they tend to desire a meal filled with carbs and protein. I’d say I did a pretty decent job! This is definitely a shorter post than what all of you are used to but that just means less reading for you, which I’m sure you appreciate.
Again, for this Adventure, I am going to have a little different rating system since obviously, I can’t judge everything the same.
Rating
Drink:
Food:
Price:
Work Level:
Overall:
I have to ask this question. What is the one food that you crave when you are buzzed or drunk?
 
Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.
 
May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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