5 Decidedly Southern Things… and a Hiatus.

Whaddaya know!

 It’s been 51 weeks since I moved to Alabama, and 349 days since my first ever J is for Judy blog post! Back when I was a blogspot.com site I wasn’t sure the direction JisforJudy would take. 93 posts later, and my existence in Montgomery has come to an end. We’re moving, y’all! I began writing this blog as a means of self-expression. In no time at all, I realized what value I could be to others by sharing pieces of my world with you! Travel recommendations, products that I love, fitness experiences, healthful recipe wins and alcoholic concoctions that have kept me SANE. The interweb is a a crazy place friends, and it’s been a challenge to decide how much I should share. JisforJudy was born as a site for entertainment and creative expression during a time in my life when I needed to inspire and BE inspired.  It’s a place where I feel at home being exactly who I am (playful, vulgar, irreverent and inventive) and I have enjoyed having you along on the journey! While I won’t be shutting down this website, I won’t be as active as I once was. I’ll continue contributing recipes to varying wellness cooking sites/contests and to Tabatatimes.com for CrossFit related musings. 

On that note, I thought I’d share some of the funnier experiences I’ve had being a visitor in a foreign land…. THE SOUTH, y’all! Continue reading

Sangria Margarita = Frozen drunken JOY!

It’s exactly, EXACTLY what it sounds like.  Some sangria and a margarita played it a little fast a loose and well… bowchicabowWOW!  These two sexy winners got together and made the world’s finest alcoholic slushy!! Does it sound like I’ve had a few? Yeah. Yeah I have. It’s certainly not a new concept to combine traditional alcoholic beverages to create a boozy TITAN. I’m sure your familiar with the popular <Insert Beer Here>Garita, or Bloody Beer.  While technically this one is a considered a chick drink, it’ll rock your world. I mean it. After two Sangria Margarita Slushies something like this happened to me 20 minutes ago, so be wary:

That’s how I like to shake it down. Ask anyone who’s seen me PR. I’m not popular in clubs.

In standard Judy style, I always look for a way to reduce the sugar (and thus the calories) but keep the taste. Holy frijoles,  this recipe is such a winner as it accomplishes both. I recommend making several batches ahead of time for a poolside weekend with your friends! Slur it out with the best of them, because even a liver like mine is wondering what’s happening…

A Sangria Margarita Slushie

Sangria Margarita Slushie Single

Glugglugglug bitches. Welcome to a mess of awesome.

Sangria Margarita Slushies
Yields 2
A lower-calorie highly alcoholic FROZEN beverage. Ta-Dah!
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For the Sangria
  1. 6 oz. of red wine
  2. 1/4 cup raspberries
  3. 1/4 cup blueberries
  4. Ice cubes as desired
For the Margarita
  1. 1/4 cup lime juice (2.5 medium limes freshly squeezed)
  2. 1/8 cup organic coconut sugar
  3. 1/8 cup Truvia
  4. 1 cup of water
  5. 3 oz. tequila
  6. 1 tsp. orange extract
  7. Ice cubes as desired
For the Sangria
  1. Freeze red wine in ice cube molds for 4-6 hours minimum.
  2. Add frozen red wine cubes, fresh blueberries and fresh raspberries to blender.
  3. Blend.
  4. If needed, add ice cubes to achieve level of slush as desired.
  5. Pour into large margarita glass.
For the Margarita
  1. Add all ingredients (but the tequila) to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk well.
  3. Place in a microwave for 30 seconds to 1 min.
  4. Whisk again to allow sweeteners to dissolve into limeade.
  5. Pour into ice cube molds for 4-6 hours minimum.
  6. Pop ice cubes into blender, pour tequila onto ice cubes.
  7. Blend.
  8. If needed, add ice cubes into blender to achieve level of slush desired.
  9. Pour into margarita glass next to frozen sangria.
  1. If you want this drink to have the two pretty colors to swirl together make one first, clean the blender, then blend the other.
  2. If you just want to drink the damn drink right now... blend it all together at once! YUM
Adapted from Dessert for Two
Adapted from Dessert for Two
The Sangria will be tart, not very sweet at all. No worries though, the margarita will take care of that. Swirl that shit up (STSU)!
Sangria Margarita Slushie
As far as most restaurant margaritas go, you’re investing somewhere near 400 calories or more for one cocktail. Adios dinner… did I just drink you?!  Furthermore, sangria contains quite a lot of apple juice/cane sugar and while it go down like water, that sugar is filling you up fast. One of these Sangria Margarita Slushies is only 215 calories, and tastes great!

So if you’re looking to make a weekend cocktail to sip on the patio, try this one out. Today’s active recovery day… and I’m actively RE-filling my glass. 

Peace out,