Fat Tuesday Sneeky: Cranberry Margarita

So excited to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year with the pups and some delicious Sneekys! We are busy gearing up for another catering event this week so I thought I'd take the opportunity to relax now. The weather in LA is gorgeous and takes me back to sunny Nantucket, where I first enjoyed this tasty beverage. 

Lulu Tip: Add seashells to your Fat Tuesday tablescape to welcome that beachy summer vibe. After all, it's almost 90 degrees out here! 

Lulu Tip: Add seashells to your Fat Tuesday tablescape to welcome that beachy summer vibe. After all, it's almost 90 degrees out here! 

Fresh Cranberry Margarita

1 1/4 cup Cranberry juice
2 cups fresh frozen cranberries
1 cup Tequila
1/2 cup Orange Liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1 orange, zested and peeled
1 Tablespoon lime zest

Reserve the orange zest, lime zest, and 1/2 cup of the frozen cranberries for the salted rim and garnish. 

Place half of the remaining ingredients in a blender and fill with ice. Blend until smooth then pour into a pitcher. When finished, blend in the rest of the ingredients. I like to make the second batch not as smooth so there is some texture to the overall drink. Pour into pitcher. 

To make the salted rim: mix the salt, lime, and orange zest together. Put the 1/2 cup of cranberries into a ramekin to garnish your Sneeky. 

Comment below with your favorite Mardi Gras drink - just be sure to try mine first! 

Lulu's Top Picks for Super Bowl 50 Treats and Sweets

this is our future tablescape for the dining room table! We used masking tape for the yard lines and made team signs. Some of our Figurines from around the house snuck in there as well as mister's favorite toy: his football! 

this is our future tablescape for the dining room table! We used masking tape for the yard lines and made team signs. Some of our Figurines from around the house snuck in there as well as mister's favorite toy: his football! 

It has been quite a week in my house! Between our dogs preparing for the Super Bowl to my knee surgery (walking cast now, wahoo), it's been pretty crazy.

And now we are all very excited for the big game this weekend - although I have to admit I am really looking forward to the funny commercials! Check out our funny video of Team Bichon practicing on our tablescape example field! 

Wondering what Sneeky to make for Sunday? Try my Dark 'n' Stormy for a tasty alternative to beer that will have all the men (and women) at your party cheering for more. 

This rum and ginger-infused creation is sure to score you some major points as you watch your favorite team score some of their own! 

Lulu's Dark 'n' Stormy Sneeky

1 1/2 Ounces Gosling's Black Seal Rum or any other dark rum
Splash of bitters (optional)
About 1/2 cup ginger beer
1/2 lime

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the rum, a splash of bitters  (if desired) and top with ginger beer. Squeeze the lime into the glass and stir. 

My favorite thing to add to my Super Bowl snacks is a decadent cheese platter. I recently shared my favorite cheeses and decorating tips with House Beautiful in this article

Lulu's Tip: Choose a bright and lively tablecloth that represent the colors of your team.

Lulu's Tip: Choose a bright and lively tablecloth that represent the colors of your team.

Variety is the spice of life, as they say... it's also the spice of any cheese spread you lay out! I suggest adding an array of cheeses that vary in texture, taste, and color. Don't forget to add some nuts and pretty dried fruit for an extra special touch. I love putting dried orange slices, sliced bread, and specialty crackers out to accentuate the already mouth-watering display. 

I also love these awesome ideas I found on Pinterest! Check out my Board for recipes like Individual Seven-Layer Dips, Pretzel Dog Bites with a Beer Cheese Dip, Duck-Fat Chex Mix (Lulu's Tip: I would love to add some crispy bacon to this one!), and this adorable Football Field tablescape. 

Check out the rest of my favorite Super Bowl food and entertaining ideas on my Super Bowl Board on Pinterest!  Be sure to follow me for year round inspiration and fun.

And if you do try out one of these recipes before Sunday kick off, I invite you to comment below and let me know which was your favorite!

Go Broncos!