The Zombie Pirate cocktail recipe for Gasparilla

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.   ZOMBIE PIRATE SPICED...
holiday treats recipe

Popping Up a Winter Wonderland

Edible, handmade holiday decor perfect for gifting (Family Features) ’Tis the season to pop up some holiday fun by creating a scenic winter wonderland that tastes as great as it looks. Gather the kids and make...
Holiday Food 2018

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining   (Family Features) For holiday parties of any size, tasty appetizers and starters are menu must-haves. While the main course roasts and before dessert is served, guests may flock...
Tampa Bay Metro holiday coctail recipes

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

  Whether you're toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing's for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a...

Celebrate National Gumbo Day

    Bring the signature dish of New Orleans’ cuisine into your kitchen with the delicious Mumbo Jumbo Seafood Gumbo recipe from Roux. On October 12, guests who dine at Roux will be offered a complimentary...
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Damn The Weather: Soothing Cocktail Recipes

  If you’ve been paying attention to the weather lately, you’ve probably heard about hurricane Irma. It’s been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, and now has its evil intentions set on the Florida Keys and Miami,...
Mexican Chipotle Shrimp Skewers with Lime Beer Basting Sauce

7 Tips to Master the Grill This Summer

Mastering the Grill This Summer   (Family Features) Becoming a master of the grill doesn’t have to be complicated. Test out these seven tips for quick marinades, flavorful sauces and marinade hacks to take your summer...
Easter brunch recipes

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

    (Family Features)  Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes. "Between hiding eggs and...
St. Patrick's Day cocktail Shamrock Sour Cocktail

Sláinte! Raise A Glass To St. Patrick.

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub,...
Lamb recipe on Tampa Bay Metro blog

Delicious Lamb Recipes

  The Many Loves of American Lamb       (Family Features) Romeo and Juliet. Antony and Cleopatra. Lamb and Potatoes (or Mint or Feta). The list of American lamb’s great loves goes on and on. This luscious protein...
Happy Holidays

5 Festive Cocktail Recipes

  Cheers! This holiday season is the perfect time to gather around and make memories. Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, the festivities are sure to be merry and bright. The...
Grapes make the perfect snack

Grape Ideas For Heart-Healthy Meals

  Reach for grapes as a heart-healthy snack and an inventive ingredient   (Family Features) Grapes make the perfect snack: they are delicious, with a juicy burst of flavor, and are hydrating, easy to eat and portable. Additionally, grapes...
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Gettin’ Tiki With It

  Summer Drink Recipes The Mixologists at Datz in Tampa have created a few summer cocktails and shared the most popular Tiki cocktail concoctions with METRO. It's Tiki time!       Endless Summer Ingredients: 1 oz      Bernheim Wheat Whiskey 1 oz  ...
Cruzan Coconut Mojito recipe

National Mojito Day Cocktails

  National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango...
Dean Hurst

Behind the Bar with Dean Hurst: All About the Spirits

  Metro Shares a Bar Chat with Dean Hurst. By Ronda M. Parag   Dean Hurst has a deep appreciation for the bartenders skill set, while creating a niche within the industry as a Spirits Specialist. Recently celebrating...
Cinco de Mayo recipes

Metro’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes

While many of our readers like drinking tequila all year round, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to mix up a round of Classic Margaritas with other non-traditional, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktails. So celebrate Cinco...
Colored Egg Chart

Easter Egg Dyeing Guide

    (Family Features) Dye your Easter eggs in custom colors you won't find in a kit with these unique food color combinations to bring seasonal hues to your Easter basket and dinner decor. For more...
Asparagus Tart

Make Your Ham Brunch Shine This Spring

  (Family Features) It’s time to shed those winter layers and enjoy the warmth and brightness of the spring season. And what’s the best way to do this, you might ask? Why not give your...
St. Patrick's Day Drinks

Tampa Bay, Raise A Green Glass To St. Patrick!

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub,...
National Margarita Day

Celebrate National Margarita Day

  It's Monday and a great way to kickoff the week and celebrate National Margarita Day is with The Resting Garden Margarita created by Tampa mixologist, Ryan Brown.   Bartender: Ryan Brown Market: Tampa, Florida Bar Name: Anise Global Gastrobar Margarita Style:...
Portrait of a pirate woman at the beach

Aye … Party Like A Pirate!

 Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum! The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it's time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party (or...

Holiday Drink Recipes

  A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.       Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe   2 oz. Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon 4...

Sensational Sides for the Holidays

  Top Chefs Dish Out Some Holiday Tips     The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing...
Black Devil Martini

Sweet Halloween Cocktails

  Tampa Bay Metro has pulled together some tasty "adult" drink recipes just in time for the Halloween weekend. Cheers!   The Bloody Brain Shooter INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 oz. vodka (try flavored vodka for a twist) 1/8 oz. Rose's lime...

Chef Inspires Passion

The new executive chef at Rococo Steak, Matthew Rainey   Chef Matt from Rococo Steak Inspires Passion Rococo Steak is starting a new “Fresh Menu,” with special offerings created by Chef Matt to be enjoyed for a...
Porch Swing Tea

Cheers to an Endless Summer

6 Endless Summer Cocktail Recipes There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beautiful summer sun in Tampa Bay with loved ones and a great cocktail... Beach House Cosmo Ingredients 2 cups Pinnacle® Vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur 1 cup...
Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves

Savory Starters on the Grill

Grilled Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves   (Family Features) When most people think of the rich, smoky flavor of barbecue on the grill, they’re thinking of a slab of meaty ribs or a plump,...
Strawberry Lemon Glade

10 Cocktails For The Bay

Stay cool and hydrated with these fruity warm-weather-friendly drinks. Use fruits of the season including kiwis, strawberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon to add flavor to these delicious cocktails. Strawberry Lemon Glade 2 oz        Strawberry RumShine 3...
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Dazzle Friends with a July 4th Feast

Celebrate the warm Tampa Bay weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July Fourth with a flavorful and festive gathering. Independence Day only comes once a year, so make it count and...
cardamom moscow mule recipe

Spice Up Your Next Summer Event

Create A Signature Summer Drink – The Cardamom Moscow Mule Lemonade and sweet tea have their rightful place in the summer entertaining drink rotation, but if you really want to make an impression, create a...
Father's Day Backyard Brunch

Backyard Father’s Day Brunch

Dote on Dad with a Backyard Brunch     (Family Features) Brunch isn't just for mom. This Father's Day, make eggs, toast and bacon on the grill for a breakfast that's sure to spoil the man of...
Tampa Bay Metro: Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill   (Family Features) May is National Burger Month, which means it’s time to grill up burgers that demand attention. Start by seasoning ground meat, then build with bold toppers and unexpected...

3 Recipes to Shake Up Cinco de Mayo

Swap out the tequila this year for smooth, crisp and refreshing Ketel One Vodka Cocktails. Try Ketel One’s take on a Margarita with the Ketel One Dutch Margarita, keep it simple with a Ketel...
st. patrick's day cocktails

Raise A Glass To St. Patrick

Five New Cocktail Recipes For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations     On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Don't settle for dyed-green beer on tap to get...
holiday drink recipe

Holiday Spirits

  Toast to the Holidays As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, it’s the perfect time to create a festive holiday cocktail.       Spice Box 2 oz. Diplomatico Anejo .5 oz. Ruby Port .5 oz. Velvet Falernum...

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