A twist on a classic….

by Fernanda Alvarado

Laredo’s spring temperatures are making their way into the city and they are finally here to stay! That means that sundresses, sunglasses, and all kinds of sandals are on call for everyday use. It also means that the city will be needing lots and lots of refreshing drinks to keep up with the warmer weather.

You can never go wrong with an Arnold Palmer, or as it is more commonly known, a half and half. Half sweet tea and half lemonade, this drink mixes all that is tart from a lemonade and all that is sweet from traditional Texas sweet tea making for an invigorating drink.

Chef Richard Mims specifically enjoys peach Arnold Palmers on hot Laredo days. It was this small pleasure in his life that inspired Trattoria Mia’s newest creation: a spiked Arnold Palmer. Of course, there are different variations of this drink but what makes this Arnold Palmer stand out is the fact that the drink itself contains nothing artificial.

Chef Mims shook limoncello, Tito’s vodka, peach simple syrup, and fresh squeezed lemon juice and poured it over ice. He then carefully layered the sweet iced tea over top to create the classic lemonade and sweet tea divide. This drink is perfect for a hot day spent with family and friends eating delicious food.

Something as decadent as the plates Trattoria Mia offers deserve to be accompanied with a drink specially selected from their new drink menu. Trattoria Mia now has several vodkas, whiskeys, bourbons, and most other liquors you’d expect to find. Plus, Chef Mims is always ready to create new and never before tried concoctions so stop by Trattoria Mia for a taste unlike anywhere else.

Visit Trattoria Mia at 3402 E. Del Mar Blvd., (956) 568-3536.

One Less Thing To Worry About For That Upcoming Date Night

There’s already enough you have to think about when planning date night, from deciding on a recipe that uses the least amount of raw garlic to, er, finding an actual date. And though it won’t solve the latter problem, rest assured West Coast-based winery 7 Moons at least has your wine pick covered.

The Oakville winemaker’s just-released 2016 vintage blends seven different grapes, from Cabernet to Syrah, all sourced from vineyards along the Central Coast of California. Notes of red cherries, mocha and vanilla bean make for a fruit-forward glass. Plus, that crowd-pleasing profile makes it versatile enough to pair equally well with a fancy homemade dinner—or an emergency delivery of Chinese takeout.

Better yet—it won’t know the difference if date night is what you choose to call a wine-fueled solo movie night.  7moonswines.com

Gin Lemonade

by Ashley Salas

How to Combat Life 101: Have you ever wondered what to do if life ever decided to give you lemons? Siete Banderas has the answer! Stop by for a homemade Gin and Lemonade. When times get rough around four o’clock, bartender Israel Bonugli can bring out the sunshine on any cloudy day and not just with his hilarious dad jokes.

As an odd creation and never before seen on a menu, this Bombay included beverage masts masterfully blended with the lemonade itself, bringing you an overpowering joy with every sip. #Happyvibes, amirite? This drink refreshes your mind and turns your worries into bliss in a matter of seconds. Sweet and sour has never made a better pair! A dry gin needs its fresh squeezed lemons and sugar and your jabs to knock out life in one punch. This bittersweet aftertaste awakens the good energy, and after the 99 disappointments the day brought you in the past couple of hours, this won’t be one of them.