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Scottsdale’s Sanctuary on Camelback offers a taste

Those looking to kick the Sunday blues (or blow off some mid-week steam) can enjoy a taste of the good life at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s jade bar and elements restaurant.
The resort’s chill beats and cool drinks are a natural winter antidote – available seven days a week.
Monday through Sunday: 
The Pour, jade bar’s premium daily happy hour offers the Valley’s best crafted cocktails and savory small plates. (4-6 p.m.) Elements’ dining deck is available for guests during breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers prime views Scottsdale’s painterly sunsets over Camelback, Mummy and Four Peaks Mountains.
Wednesday through Saturday: Live jazz, pop and R&B from acts like Angela Ferrari, The Waters andKyle Phelan is on tap during an extended weekends at jade winter schedule. (Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays from 7-10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m.)
Saturday: Cocktail enthusiasts can learn from true masters of mixology during weekly Mixology 101.The hour-long sessions include how-to instruction, trivia and tips focused on a different spirit each week, with plenty of sampling. (1 p.m.; $30 per person.)
Sunday: End the weekend on a delicious high note with Executive Chef Beau MacMillan’s brunch. Guests can pair seasonal dishes like Old Bay Poached Shrimp, Thai Chicken Salad and Brioche French Toast with 50 percent off any bottle or half bottle of wine from the regular or reserve wine list. (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Reservations are available online at www.sanctuaryaz.com or by calling 855-706-1643.


The Dish: Cocktail Popsicles

Stay cool by the pool this summer with these adult popsicles. Of course you can make them non-alcoholic and they’ll still be delicious but that little extra kick just makes them so much more special.

This recipe for super simple strawberry margarita popsicles is amazing! Replace the alcohol with the same amount of sprite or fruit juice for the kiddos. Use different color sticks to tell the difference. For an added margarita touch, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops when you take them out of the molds.

Invest in a popsicle mold. Seriously. I bought one a few years ago and it’s one of the best purchases I ever made. They’re so cheap but a wonderful investment. Instead of buying popsicles all summer make your own in any flavor you want! They’re healthier and take no time at all to make.

Look for the original of this recipe and many more summer treats on my Pinterest page, Scottsdale Living: The Dish.

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

yields 18-20 cocktail Popsicles (2-1/4 ounce Popsicle)

1-1/2 oranges (about 2 medium-size oranges)
12 ounces strawberries (about 12 medium strawberries)
5 ounces tequila
3 ounces triple sec

1 tsp course sea salt

*Liquid should total 8 ounces if you’re substituting alcohol for soda or juice


Cut and skin oranges into small pieces. Halve strawberries. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Pulse until pureed, about 30 to 40 seconds. Mixture will be slightly pulpy. Do not strain. The fruit pieces will help the alcohol to freeze.

Pour mixture into preferred Popsicle mold.

If you do not have reusable plastic molds, place foil on top of form and score edges with finger. Using the tip of a knife, gently pierce the foil in the middle of each well to create a hole for the Popsicle stick.

Insert Popsicle stick and transfer mold to freezer to set.

Remove frozen margarita Popsicles from freezer and run hot water on the outside of mold for two to three seconds to release Popsicles. Careful not to melt the popsicles.

If desired, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops for an extra margarita touch.

Photo and recipe courtesy of SheKnows.com

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The Dish: Mardi Gras Cocktail

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

It’s alright if you didn’t take high school French, “let the good times roll” is a way of life in New Orleans especially around Mardi Gras. What better way to celebrate the wildest day of the year than with a cocktail featuring one of the South’s greatest exports: bourbon!

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

1/2 cup blood orange juice
3-4 Tbs. bourbon depending on how strong you like it
2-3 drop Angostura bitters
splash of sparkling water
orange slices and mint for garnish

Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Pour in to a chilled glass and garnish with mint and orange slices. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Not a big drinker? That’s ok. To tell the truth neither am I. Try this recipe for a refreshing Blackberry Cooler.

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The Dish: Lime Popcorn

Closing out our month of citrus it’s time to talk about limes. I had a surprisingly difficult time coming up with a recipe to adequately showcase these little green buggers.

With award season and the Super Bowl upon us I thought this would be a great opportunity to make some snacks for while you’re gathered around the TV. Even if you’re not an award show junkie or a sports fan we can all rejoice in the return of Downton Abbey and Sherlock!

We know all about how delicious limes are in guacamole or how they make a margarita pop, but what are some other, unexpected places we can find them? How about a bowl of zesty chili-lime popcorn? And to wash it down a bonus recipe for a twist on a Dark and Stormy!

If you’ve never made your own popcorn before you’re missing out. It’s absurdly easy and makes for a great, fiber packed snack.

Chili-Lime Popcorn

about 3-4 cups of popcorn

1/3 cup unpopped popcorn

3 TBSP vegetable oil

1/2 tsp lime juice zest of 1 lime

1/4 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp chili powder

salt to taste (optional)

In a large pop, heat oil over medium heat. Place 3 or 4 kernels of corn in the pot and cover. When kernels begin to pop add rest of the corn and cover. Cook over medium heat shaking the pot occasionally until corn begins to pop. Continue to shake pot to make sure kernels on the bottom don’t burn. When you go 5-10 seconds without hearing popping remove from heat and pour into a large bowl.

In a small bowl combine lime juice, lime zest, cumin and chili powder. Pour over the popcorn and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with salt if desired and toss again. Serve with a cool beverage in front of the TV.


Maker’s Mark and Stormy


1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark bourbon

Cold ginger beer (I like to use Reed’s Ginger Brew)


Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in bourbon and a splash of lime juice. Fill to top with ginger beer and garnish with a slice of lime.

Fall Drinks

Thirsty Thursday: Holiday Drink Round-Up

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to start planning those festive parties. Instead of spending hours searching for tasty cocktail recipes, you just have to pick your favorite from our holiday-party-approved #ThirstyThursday drink round-up!

Holiday Sauce

Holiday Sauce

Holiday “Sauce”

What you need:
1.5 oz. Hennessy V.S.
.5 oz. Fresh Squeeze Lemon Juice
Heaping Tablespoon of Cranberry Sauce (yes, the kind you would serve with turkey)
1 dash Fee brothers cranberry bitters (optional)
Garnish: Orange twist, cinnamon sugar rim
Glass: Coupe or martini glass
Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice, shake until well chilled
Take the coupe or martini glass and rub the rim with a fresh cut lemon, now dip the rim in a plate of cinnamon sugar (1 part cinnamon to 1 part white sugar)
Strain the cocktail into the rimmed glass and garnish with an orange twist

Horchata Coffee Cocktail

Horchata Coffee Cocktail

Horchata Coffee Cocktail

What you need:
1.5 oz. Hennessy V.S.
1 oz. Espresso
1.5 oz. Diluted Condensed Milk (diluted 1:1 with water)
.25 oz. Grand Marnier
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: fresh grated cinnamon and orange twist

In a shaker tin add all liquids and shake with ice
Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice
Garnish with a fresh grated cinnamon and an orange twist

Sparkling Owl

Sparkling Owl

Sparkling Owl
2 parts Owl Brew “Coco-Lada”
1 part Champagne or Prosecco
Pour into a champagne flute
Garnish with fresh dill

Owl's Toddy

Owl’s Toddy

Owl’s Toddy

2 parts Owl’s Brew “The Classic”
1 part whiskey
Apple slices

Combine in a saucepan
Heat until desired temperature. Do not boil.
Pour into your favorite holiday mug
Garnish with cinnamon stick

Fall Affair

Fall Affair

Fall Affair

What you need:
2 oz. Voli Orange Vanilla
½ oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Apple Cider
2 dash of bitters
Dash of cinnamon

Add all ingredients
Shake and strain

Be sure to take pictures of you and your friends enjoying these delightful drinks and share with us on Instagram @ScottsdaleLiving and use hashtag #ThirstyThursday!

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