Cocktail Friday: The Caipirita

CaipiritaThe Rio Summer Olympic Games officially kick off tonight, so here’s a Texas twist on a Brazilian classic: Not a margarita, not a caipirinha, but a Paipirita.

1.5 oz. Roca Patron Silver

3/4 oz. simple syrup

3 lime wedges

1 Demerara sugar cube.

Making it: In the bottom of a double old fashioned glass, muddle the lime wedges with the syrup and the cube. Add ice and tequila, then roll drink back and forth between the glass and a tin. Pour back into glass, adding more ice if needed.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: National Margarita Day

The Green Dragon

Green Dragon

Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day, which in Texas, I call “weekdays.” So, here is a traditional top shelf margarita recipe … and a different kind of tequila drink.

The Green Dragon

2 oz. Casa Dragones Blanco tequila

1/2 oz. agave nectar

3/4 oz. key lime juice

Making it: Combine the ingredients in a shaker over ice. Salt the rim with seasoned salt (salt, cardamon, anise seed, fennel seed and dill seed; soak overnight with key lime zest and dehydrate before using).

Fury Road

2 oz. Pelligroso Silver tequila

3/4 oz. Heering cherry liqueur

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar

2 dashed angostura bitters

1 bar spoon harissa chile paste

Muddled grilled pineapple (soaked in mezcal)

Making it: Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice. Garnish with a slice of grilled pineapple and cayenne pepper-salt.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Getting raw – with your face

What could be better than playing safe and going raw? And you don’t even need to be in a relationship to do it.

Dallas-based cosmetics company Raw for Men produces a skin care line targeted at those among the population with tougher hides that still require a little pampering. And that has gay men written all over it.

The variety of products are designed to work together in a five-pronged treatment method: Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, restore/rebuild and protect. You can do all of those or just the ones that your personal derma calls out for.

The Blue Agave Wash is an excellent start, a eucalyptus-y, aromatic scrub that energizes and even helps wake you up, while using the healing strength of agave (it’s nice when tequila makes you feel better, not worse) to tingle the skin. ($10/1 oz.; $26/4 oz.)

Follow that up with a Stone Power toning rinse ($8/$24) which hydrates without being astringent. Cap your routine with the Daytime Cream ($15/one-half oz.; $32/1.7 oz.), which protects from sunline and fortifies.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 17, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

High Tech Happy Hour tonight at Macho Nacho

This has been a long week for me, so I’m glad to see that High Tech Happy Hour, the traveling after-work party sponsored by Texas Instruments’ gay employees group, is close by. It’s a Macho Nacho on Cedar Springs in the old Hunky’s space tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. I reviewed it here, and cannot say enough good things about the skinny queso. Get it with a beer — or better, some tequila. Save one for me — I may stop by if I don’t crash earlier.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones