Cosmic Cocktails | Libra | Tip the Scales

Or, rather, don’t–your local Libra wouldn’t like that very much. It’s no surprise that with a set of scales as a symbol, Libra is the Sun sign of balance. Equity. Justice. When you consider that Libra is also our second air sign (the first was Gemini), you will not be surprised that we have another not-to-be-tied down sign going on here, specifically in the manner of decisions. Whereas Gemini loathe being tied down to anything, Librans are indecisive in everything BUT love–they fall hard, fast, and often and might be a little too eager to rush into permanent relationships. I think
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Cosmic Cocktails | Virgo | Downtime

Virgos are the worker-bees of the zodiac, they have a need to be constantly busy, constantly doing, and often doing things for others. They are well-suited to the task-master positions of a Personal Assistant (the power behind the power, so to speak) and their perfectionist tendencies make them great managers, though they do have to watch for being overly critical of others while trying to get everyone under them up to their standards. Teacher’s pets in school, they’re just the sort to wreck the curve and be slightly less well-liked by their peers. The Virgo will very likely pass this
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Cosmic Cocktails | Leo | The Mane Event

Who just walked into the room–regal, grand, with a gravitational pull second only to the sun? It’s your friendly neighborhood Leo, most likely. I’ve known many Leos over the years and, as shallow as it may seem, most of them can be easily spotted by their attention to their hair. It doesn’t always resemble the mane of a lion (though it can), but their hair will be one of the first things you notice about them. The second fire sign, they have a bright, outgoing personality that exudes confidence, even if they don’t always feel it. Definitely great at the bluff
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Cosmic Cocktails | Cancer | The Sensitive Soul

When researching this week’s sign and cocktail the immediate thought I got, reading about the Crab’s nurturing and protective nature, was of a lioness protecting her cub, or an angry momma-bear. Maybe it should have been a little more Finding Nemo and less Jungle Book (we are dealing with a water sign, after all), but the comparison is still there. Cancerians are very protective of the siblings and friends. They sympathize and empathize with alacrity and are very intuitive beings. They’re not selfless, however, and feel their own emotions just as strongly as others (if not more so). Real or perceived slights
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Tucson: 4th Annual Agave Fest – May 4

Tequilas, Sotols, Mezcals (I’m getting thirsty!) Hotel Congress is gearing up for the best Agave Festival yet. The Tequila Tower is complete and ready for eight of Tucson’s best bartenders to climb to the top to battle it out for the judges with their agave-based creations. The bartenders are all members of the United States Bartender’s Guild Tucson, made up of 60+ members that represent Tucson’s premier restaurants & bars. This year’s competitors include: Cameron Fisher, Cup Café Michael McGill, Hotel Congress Jericho Davidson, Mr. Head’s Michael Ursillo, Risky Business Eric Harding, PY Steakhouse Allie Baron, La Cocina Ashley Greene,
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Cosmic Cocktails | Gemini | Twist of Fate

Depending on which lore you go with, the story of the Gemini is either based on the Green twins Castor and Pollus or the Babylonian friends Gilgamesh and Enkidu–either way, you’re dealing with a mortal and an immortal, a pair of like-minded souls. All mutable signs (signs that cover a change of seasons–in the case of Gemini from Spring Summer) represent at least a little duality or element of change. For The Twins, a common name for Gemini, the idea is very much in there being two, together, and sharing of their twin-ness. Gemini are adept at communication and learning,
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Blast from the Past: The Mojito

I’m in a bit of a crunch, right now, laying out the pages for What to Feed Your Raiding Party, so our next Cosmic Cocktail will have to wait a week. So as not to start your weekend off dry, here’s a post from my 2009 archives, part of the Alpha-hol Series, about a refreshing drink perfect for the warming temperatures! —————————– The Mojito This Cuban drink is currently experiencing its second wind among the cocktail elite, with good reason. It’s tart, refreshing and nice to look at with the muddled mint swirling around the glass. A Mojito is basically lime, mint and rum topped by
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Tucson Tequila Dinner – Flying V

This is a great event for people who really know their tequilas or people who want to learn more.  Tequila has amazing versatility and depth. It’s not just for margaritas only — think infusions, cocktails, and more. Taste the nuances that tequila has to offer and learn from a local tequila master. The tequilas will be paired with a five-course meal created by Chef de Cuisine Josh Willett. I went to the Tequila dinner a few years ago and it was an amazing dinner. As a Tucson food blogger, I get invited to many events and remember this dinner among
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Tucson: World Margarita Championship 2011

It’s all about the tequila!  This year we thirsty margarita sample sippers will mill around like we always do going from margarita tasting to margarita tasting quenching our thirst and sampling delicious nibbles. What’s different is that the mixologists from the competing restaurants will “mix it up” in front of the judges. Perform! The judges will judge and the people (that’s you and me) will vote for their favorites too. I confess this is my favorite Tucson Culinary Festival event and this year one of my friends from L.A. who is visiting will be joining me and my foodie friends
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Tequila, move over and make way for Bacanora – Cocktails anyone?

Tequila, move over and make way for Bacanora! What is bacanora? Bacanora is an agave-derived liquor made in the Mexican state of Sonora. Its origins are pre-colonial. Bacanora is a rare, sublime wild Silvestre maguey agave spirit made in limited small batches, on the rustic family ranchero, just as it was prepared four centuries ago, in northern Sonora, Mexico. Bacanora was illegal from 1915-1992 in Mexico and the United States. Bacanora is the the un-discovered third sister of the trinity: mezcal; tequila; and bacanora. As of February 2011, Cielo Rojo is the first premium bacanora  to be imported to the
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