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5 Tips to Make Your Oktoberfest Das Beste

If you are a fan of beer, brats and pretzels dipped in warm creamy delicious beer cheese then you just might want to think about planning a backyard Oktoberfest. An Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things German and is traditionally observed in September or October. These joyous festivals were originally held in Munich, Germany and date back to 1810.
Here are 5 tips to ensure that your Oktoberfest is das beste!
1. Pretzel to Spätzle
The best part of any gathering is great food. The ideal base menus should consist of Bratwursts, warm soft pretzels and potato salad. Baked goods featuring German chocolate make for the perfect dessert.
2. Bier
With so many breweries (domestic and international) offering tasty Oktoberfest and German style beers, I suggest asking your guests to each bring an interesting seasonal 6 pack to the party. This helps stretch your party planning budget and lets you sample a large variety of brews.
3. Dirndl & Lederhosen
Encouraging your party guest to come adorned in traditional German garb will create the perfect European atmosphere and take your get-together to the next level. Lederhosen, Dirndls, and other Oktoberfest themed apparel is readily available on Amazon. I recommend awarding some door prizes for the best dressed.
4. German Themed Cocktail
A German or seasonal cocktail is the perfect party favor to get everyone in the spirit (pun intended.) At our last Oktoberfest we featured a Fireball apple cider Jello shot topped with whipped cream to resemble a small beer. It was sweet and spicy with a lingering hint of smooth whiskey. Needless to say there were no leftovers. Click HERE for this super easy recipe.

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5. Hoist a Stein
A traditional stein hoisting competition will be the highlight of your event! Keep the stopwatch rolling as groups of 3 or 4 party goers compete to hold Steins full of beer or water (preferably water, no need to waste beer) on fully extended arms. Make sure you have prizes for the guest with the longest hold time.
If at least 50% of your guests leave the party feeling like they may have torn their rotator cuff then you know that this party game was executed successfully.
Give your basic barbecue das boot! If you are planning a shindig this fall, make it an Oktoberfest! As long as you invite plenty of friends there will be no shortage of good times and laughter at you next Oktoberfest.

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-AZ Survival Guide

The Hottest Salsa Recipe on the Block

Most restaurants and grocery stores in America only have 2 levels of salsa heat available: mild and medium. If this lack of spice epidemic has got you heated, I’ve got the salsa recipe for you!

I personally feel that the key to a great salsa is limited ingredients and an element of sweet to balance out extreme heat. This simple-to-make salsa checks both of those boxes.

Word of caution- this recipe is not for general consumption. This is specifically targeted towards a segment of the population that looks for words like Atomic, Inferno, and Nuclear on the labels of their hot sauce and salsa. (You’ve been warned!)

Ingredients:

10 small / medium  habanero peppers

Half of a medium sized tomato (with seeds and liquid removed)

½ cup of baby carrots

Half of a white onion (diced)

1 teaspoon of minced garlic

1 lime

¼ cup of white vinegar

¼ of water

3 teaspoons of olive oil

*makes roughly 16 oz.

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Directions

1. Coat saute pan with olive oil  and heat to medium

2. Add 1/2 cup of baby carrots to saute pan and cook for 5 minutes

3. Add half a diced white onion and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to the pan. Saute onions and garlic with carrots for an additional 5 minutes

4. Place sauteed vegetables, habaneros, the juice of one lime, half of one tomato, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water into a food processor

5. Blend salsa until you have reached an applesauce like consistency

6. Eat at your own risk

I suggest letting this mixture chill in your refrigerator overnight before eating. This extra time allows all the flavors to combine. This is an extremely easy recipe to make, you really can’t go wrong! But any time you are using real habaneros, spice levels can vary. If you find that the salsa is too hot or too mild, feel free to play with the carrot-to-habanero ratio.

When it comes to application, think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to just run of the mill tortilla chips… throw a spoonful on a slice of pizza, cheeseburger, fried chicken, salad etc. This is a truly versatile puree that transcends the limits of most standard salsas.

If you are not sweating after consuming a healthy serving of this salsa, then you did something wrong!

 

*Enjoy responsibly*

-AZ Survival Guide

Top Secret Classified Sangria

It’s sangria season and if that’s not a real thing then it should be! This delicious wine-based fruity cocktail pairs perfectly with a hot summer day and believe it or not, it is illegal to serve in the state of Virginia.

Now anyone and everyone who has tried this special sangria has loved it and requested more. Want to be the hit of the next summer pool party? Then this highly guarded (embarrassingly easy) recipe is our gift to you.

Here’s a clue as to why we are hesitant to reveal what is actually in it: the main ingredient is one of the cheapest wines you can buy by the jug.

1 bottle (1.5 liter) of Carlo Rossi sangria *stick with us here*

1 can (20 oz.) of pineapple chunks 

2 shots (3 oz.) of Triple Sec

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(Nothing but the best!)

In a pitcher, add the sangria, pineapple chunks WITH the juice, and 2 shots of triple sec  

***The real secret is to mix these together the day before you will be serving it***

This is the base of the recipe and it is delicious as is. However, it is also extremely easy to modify to your taste. Oranges, peaches, apples, berries – whatever you have in the fridge – can be thrown in the mix. Just be sure to wait until you are ready to serve to add these additional ingredients.You may also add some soda or flavored sparkling water to lighten it up. Enjoy!

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Sorry Rocko, you’re not 21 😉

 

– AZ Survival Guide