Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend
So we're extending our patriotic plans this weekend with a real Arizona burger, a couple of historic American cocktails, and a batch of sinfully good pancakes.
Check out what's on our plate.
Eat This: Bacon Cheeseburger from The Chuckbox -- This Tempe institution celebrated its 40th birthday last month, and after all this time, it's still one of our favorite spots in town to satisfy our burger craving. A thick mesquite-charbroiled patty of juicy ground beef is topped with crispy burger-shaped bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh lettuce and tomato. Add a side of fried-to-perfection Chuck Box potatoes and you've got yourself the perfect Arizona burger meal. Delicious!
Drink This: Handcrafted Cocktails at BLT Steak -- Get out of the heat and into the Camelback Inn's beautiful BLT Steak for a classic cocktail. BLT's bartenders whip up some amazing pre-Prohibition-style drinks that are the perfect toast to American history. Try the 1918-era Violet French 75 with Hendrick's gin and Crème de Violet or the 1862-style Tequila Bramble with lemon and blackberries. Cheers!
Bake This: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce -- This weekend, we're waking up early and whipping up a batch of these get-out-of-bed-worthy pancakes topped with homemade blueberry sauce. The thick pancakes are bursting with lemon flavor and a generous helping of ricotta cheese make the cakes light and fluffy. The sweet blueberry sauce complements the bright pancakes and will have everyone asking for seconds.