Margarita Mayhem

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In celebration of National Margarita Day, here’s your boozy history lesson! In 1937, the Cafe Royal incorporated a cocktail book that had a recipe for a Picador using the same amount of tequila, triple sec and lime juice as a Margarita. There is a very early story of the Margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria. He created this concoction for a customer who was allergic to a lot of spirits but not tequila. Whichever story is true, we love a refreshing Marg on a warm… no, let me correct myself, ANY day. The “Original Margarita” recipe given by Cointreau has 1 part white tequila, 1/2 part Cointreau and 1/2 part fresh lime juice. We believe the key ingredient is not only great tequila but the freshly squeezed lime juice!

Here’s a different version of the Margarita to try at home and impress your friends, family or just yourself:

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita- yield 1 drink


1 tsp agave nectar or 2 tsp simple syrup

1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

2 oz grapefruit juice (you can use half of a grapefruit)

2 oz blanco/silver Tequila (1.5 oz if you like it less strong)

1 thinly sliced jalapeño


2 parts salt

1 part chili powder


lime wedges

grapefruit wedges


Prepare your garnish and glass: On a flat plate, mix together salt and chili powder. Take your grapefruit slices (make sure you cut a small slice in the middle of each), lightly toss them in the sugar. Run your lime along the glass rim then roll it into your salt mixture.

In a cocktail shaker: add lime juice, agave nectar or simple syrup and jalapeños. Use a muddler to crush the jalapeños, pour in the grapefruit juice and tequila, top the shaker with ice and close. Shake your heart out!

Strain the mixture into your prepped glass. Garnish with your sugared grapefruit and enjoy!

Cultivated Cocktails

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Fresh juice mix fruit, healthy drinks on wooden table.

You can blame the success of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies or the ever-growing focus on organic vegetables and vegetarian lifestyles. Either way, it looks like vegetables are officially jumping from your plate and into your highball glass. Expert mixologists are getting crafty with your favorite cocktail recipes and making room on the menu for vegetable purees and pastes, muddled greens, and more. Read More

A Background That’s Far From “Vanilla”

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VanillaVanilla, the only fruit-bearing orchid, is the second most expensive spice today after saffron. Derived from the Spanish word “vaina”, or little pod, vanilla has been a sought-after commodity for centuries. Considering how vanilla is used in everything from desserts to beverages, the KOR team thought it would be fitting to give you a little background on its origin.

First harvested by Mexican Totonac tribes, vanilla was combined with chocolate to form a drink called “Xocolatl”, or the drink of the gods. Once the Aztecs conquered the Totonacs, Aztec Emperor Montezuma served it to Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés while he was searching the new world for treasure. Read More

The Elby’s Cocktail Recipes

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ElbyPunch_FinalRGBAs the Creative Cocktail Sponsor at the 2014 Elby’s, we truly enjoyed rubbing elbows with the best of Richmond’s local food scene. We know that those that tried the “Elby Punch” at the reception loved the full recipe! For those who did not get a chance to attend, we have included the full recipes here for you to try on your own. Cheers!

In order to recreate the “Elby Punch,” please follow the directions below for both the Lemongrass Punch and Orange Oleo Saccharum Ice Cubes.

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The Power of Beetroot Juice

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iStock_000024671909XSmallMost athletes and dedicated workout junkies typically depend on nutrition supplements and other sport drinks like Gatorade to give them energy and boost their performance. Considering Gatorade contains added colors, sugars, salt, and chemicals, you may be pleased to learn the solution to improving your performance is outside in your garden.

 Beetroot juice supplementations have not only been proven to help your athletic performance, but can provide liver protection and lower blood pressure. Starting your day with a glass of beet juice will help your body respond to exercise better, balance out your oxygen use, and increase your stamina. Why? Recent studies have shown that nitrate-rich foods — like beets — can increase exercise stamina by improving blood flow and have a profound effect on oxygen uptake compared to other food.

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KOR to Sponsor and Attend The Elby’s After Party

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The Elby is pictured above!

On Sunday, January 26th, the KOR team will be attending as well as sponsoring the third annual Elby Awards at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Organized by Richmond Magazine, the Elby’s are named in honor of renowned French Chef Paul Elbling, who has lived and worked in Richmond since 1970. Focusing on the Richmond restaurant community, this event recognizes culinary excellence in eleven categories, including an award for local culinary students.

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