Cinco de Drinko

Throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta like your amigos have never seen before! This Cinco de Drinko Guide will make you wish it was Cinco de Mayo year-round!

Dos Equis pairs well with any season, but especially grilling season. The refreshing and distinctive taste of Dos Equis Lager brings out the smoke and grilling flavor notes from any chicken or seafood dish, but we recommend this pairing. 

The Chelada

This may be roughly translated as "cold beer," but we think it's more than just that. This authentic cocktail concoction consists of a delicious mix of beer with lime. It is authentic to Mexico and has landed itself as our #1 pick for your Cinco Celebration. Simply mix Dos Equis Lager and the juice from one lime and call yourself bartender for the night. Before you pour, rim your glass with salt and you've just taken your party to the next notch.

Find out more about Dos Equis from our Beverage Depot. Check out What's Hot here!

Dos Equis Coconut Beer Shrimp with Sweet & Tangy Sauce

You'll be able to taste the highlighted sweet notes from cirtus orange marmalade and coconut through the malt, hops and unique strains of yeast found in Dos Equis Lager. 

Ingredients
4 eggs
1 cup Dos Equis
3-1/2 tsp Creole seasoning (divided use)
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powser
48 large raw shrimp, peeled, tails on, de-veined (Find what you need in your local Brookshire Brothers Market department!)
1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh or moist-packed shredded coconut
Oil for deep frying
2 cups orange marmalade (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)
1/4 Creole or Dijon Mustard (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)
3 Tbsp shredded horseradish (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)

Directions
Combine eggs, beer, 1 tsp Creole seasoning, flour and baking powder. Blend well. Season shrimp with remaining seafood seasoning. Dip the shrimp in beer batter and roll in coconut. Fry in oil heated to 350°F. in deep fryer, wok or deep saucepan. The oil should be at least 1-1/2 inches deep. Drop shrimp in a few at a time and fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel. For the Sweet & Tangy Sauce, blend ingredients and serve.

Cheers to you this Cinco de Mayo!

Leftover Eggs No More

Grab our Top 5 recipes (courtesy of Betty Crocker) for leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs and enjoy new favorites from sandwiches to pasta salads!

Ham and Egg Salad Sandwiches
Uses 3 eggs

Get rid of more than just your leftover eggs with this recipe! Use up the uneaten ham, too.  Sprinkle in a little broccoli and chives for a new twist on a classic salad. Get the recipe here.

Eggs à la Goldenrod
Uses 4 eggs

This is a classic you won't want to miss! Find the tried and trued 1950's recipe here.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
Uses 3 eggs

Eggs go great in any salad, but what we love more is that this quick and easy salad can be finished in a matter of minutes...all with ingredients you already have in your kitchen! Try the recipe out here.

Blue Cheese Deviled Dogs
Uses 4 eggs

This unexpected, but totally delicious treat will have you wishing for more leftover eggs! Check out the gourmet recipe here.

Cobb Salad Wraps
Uses 1 egg

Go for this cobb salad with a twist. Make this fun and easy recipe for your next lunch! Read more on this recipe here.

Have fun with these recipes and don't stress about a full refrigerator of leftovers! You'll work through these dishes sooner than you think.

 

Celebrating the Best of Craft Beer

From Belgians to Bocks, the Beverage Depot at Brookshire Brothers is crafted to perfection. Take a stroll with us down the craft beer aisle as we pick and choose some of our favorites!

New Belgium Fat Tire

Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients, such as different fruits, spices, and esoteric yeast strains, than German or English styles. The flavors are balanced with toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.


 

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

This lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Using only the finest hops and other hand-selected ingredients, it is a perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.


 

Shiner Bock

Tip back a bock. Brewed with rich roasted barley malt and German specialty hops, this lightly hopped American-style dark lager always goes down easy. Originally a seasonal beer, fans have demanded it year-round since 1973.


 

ZiegenBock

This American-style amber lager offers notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet, smooth taste with a hop finish. The select imported hops and specialty malts create a taste worthy of a 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal.

Easter Egg-cellent Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Take an untraditional spin on Easter this year! When you hide those decorative and colorfully-dyed Easter eggs, save the cartons and hurry down to your local Brookshire Brothers for fresh strawberries. These chocolate covered strawberries can be the perfect sweet treat to complement your Easter celebration!

Easter Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients
16 large strawberries
1 1/2 cups milk, dark or white chocolate chips
Candied sprinkles, colored sugars, etc.
Parchment paper

Directions
1. Wash strawberries thoroughly. Dry carefully by patting gently with paper towels.
2. Place chocolate chips into small, microwaveable towl with tall sides.
3. Heat bowl in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove bowl; stir chips with spoon. Return bowl to microwave and continue to microwave on high for an additional 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted.
4. Dipping on strawberry at a time, submerge into melted chocolate by holding the steam between your fingers.
5. Slowly remove the strawberry from the chocolate (allowing excess chocolate to run off) and place on a piece of parchment paper to dry.
6. Immediately decorate the chocolate-covered strawberry with your favorite sprinkles.
7. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden at room temperature. Serve immediately or store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

How to Brunch 101

Dinner parties may be in your wheelhouse, but can you transition into a 10am brunch? With the Easter season around the corner, we're here to teach you how to make your next brunch extra delightful!

Brunch Buffet

We love a good brunch because it's easy on the host, and who doesn't love good coffee cake? Most of the menu items can be prepared ahead, giving you ample opportunity to mingle and enjoy the party along with your guests.

A staple brunch recipe is some kind of egg bake, along with a breakfast meat and lots of cheese. Many casserole recipes can be interchanged for your preference of bacon or sausage. 

*Expert tip: A vegetarian dish is always a good backup idea!

Fresh Flowers

Nothing says "brunch" like a bouquet of Spring's best flowers. Pick up whatever blossoms look the prettiest at your local Brookshire Brothers and scatter informal bouquets throughout your home. 

*Expert tip: White ceramic pitches make charming vases!

Ribbons & Bows

Traditionally, brunches are a "women only" kind of gathering. The men usually stick to the football game on prime time TV, sitting on the sofa with a rack of ribs. With this in mind, don't skimp on the feminine touches. Wrapping your forks and spoons with a simple ribbon can give a bit of cheer and elegance to your brunch. 

*Expert tip: Your floral department can assist in making large bows!

Final Touches

We love seeing a host go the extra mile in creating the perfect scene for any occasion. To really set the stage for a perfect spring-theme brunch, try your hand at creating the perfect adornment for your guests' glasses below.

Easy Candied Mandarins
Recipe courtesy of Halos Mandarins

Ingredients
1/3 cup honey
1 cup water
5 Halos mandarins

Directions
1. In a wide-base pan, mix honey with water and heat over low until combined completely.
2. Slice mandarins as thin and uniform as possible, discarding the end pieces. Gently add them to the honey-water, and add a small amount of additional water if necessary to keep the mandarins completely submerged.
3. Cover and heat on low for 45 minutes to an hour, checking it occasionally to ensure that the mandarin slices don’t burn.
4. Turn the heat up to a low-medium and keep covered for another half hour, checking frequently. Remove from the stovetop as soon as they start to bubble. The honey will have formed a caramel-colored syrup that hardens as it dries.
5. Remove the mandarin slices onto a slotted stainless steel baking rack or broiler rack placed on top of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cook in a 250-degree preheated oven for thirty minutes. Turn them over and cook for another thirty minutes. Let cool completely.

Expert tip: If they’re still slightly tacky, you can dust with coconut sugar to help make them easier to handle!

Make Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

With local youth baseball and softball games starting and the big league's opening day right around the corner, we're having some fun with these baseball-inspired recipes (courtesy of Kraft).

Dill Pickle-Popcorn Mix

 

Pick a piece of dill pickle popcorn, grab your favorite seat on the couch or on the bleachers and root on your favorite team with a perfectly pleasant popcorn snack! This Dill Pickle-Popcorn Mix is ready to be enjoyed in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients
1 pkg. (3 oz.) microwave popcorn, popped
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup Planters Sea Salt & Vinegar Peanuts

Directions
1. Place popcorn in large bowl.
2. Add butter and dill; toss until evenly coated.
3. Add nuts; mix lightly.

Peanut Grillers

 

Steaks on the grill...sure.
Shrimp on the barbie... ok.
But nuts? Oh, yes! This baseball treat
will have you holding onto your
helmet! Don't miss out on the 
next big thing! 

Ingredients
1 cup Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts

Directions
1. Heat grill to medium heat.
2. Fold 30-inch-long piece of heavy-duty foil crosswise in half; crimp edges to make rim around all sides. Spray with cooking spray.
3. Spread nuts in single layer in foil pan; place on grate of grill.
4. Grill 6 to 8 min. or until nuts are lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Cool 5 min.

Baseball Dessert

 

Finish off sweet and score one for the home team with our easy pudding-and-cookie dessert. Red licorice makes easy seams on this big-league-worthy ball. This crowd-pleaser will be going, going, gone soon!

Ingredients
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
35 Oreo Cookies, divided
1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 piece red string licorice (36 inch)

Directions
1. Beat pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. or until thickened.
2. Line 8-inch round pan with plastic wrap. Arrange 14 cookies on bottom of pan, cutting to fit if necessary; cover with 1 cup pudding. Repeat layers. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 24 hours.
3. Uncover dessert. Invert onto serving plate; remove plastic wrap. Frost dessert with Cool Whip. Cut remaining cookies in half; arrange around edge of dessert. Cut licorice into 2 (8-inch) pieces and 20 (1-inch) pieces. Use licorice to decorate top of dessert to resemble a baseball.

Want more hits? Check out our Concessions program for treats that will keep your team and your fans coming back for more!

 

St. Patrick's Day Lucky Shake

Hiland Milk has gathered all of the leprechauns and four leaf clovers to bring you a tradition you'll be wanting to adopt! Try your luck at this Lucky Shake recipe and if you're really lucky, you won't want until next St. Patty's Day to try it again!

Lucky Shake

Ingredients
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
1/ 1/4 cups Hiland Dairy Milk (any variety)
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food coloring

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth - enjoy!

 

A Madness-Inspired March

Grab your friends and turn on your favorite game – we’ve got a starting lineup that you’re sure to enjoy!

When you think of March, you may think of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and spring break. But we know the sports-lovers around the world think of the buzzer-beaters, overtimes, and dramatic upsets. Whether you're keeping track of your bracket or enjoying the company of your family and friends, we’re happy to bring you the best recipes, game plans and activities that will make your house the place to be this March! 

Warm-up

When sending invitations or calling your best friends to join your watching party, encourage them to wear a color of their team or a team shirt/jersey. Once everyone arrives, make sure you snap a picture of your guests. You can even hashtag #BrookshireBrothers or tag us on Facebook @BrookshireBros to share your party with us!

Decorations

Plan according to the game you’re watching. Have fun theming your living room or man cave with streamers, pennants and sports posters. And don’t fear color when it comes to party accessories – go for the coordinating plates, cups and napkins!

Activities

Everyone loves a little fun! When your guests arrive, ask them on whom they’re rooting for and have an ongoing tally of who’s going to win. You could make it even more interesting if there was a prize for the guests who pick the winning team! 

Recipes

Start off savory and serve a game-day favorite, pizza! Try out this recipe, courtesy of Betty Crocker – Moroccan Madness Pizza. Then top it off with a sweet treat! We love these Malted Madness Cookies from Betty Crocker.

Looking for more advice? Visit with one of our Employee Partners in-store! Find a store near you.

Mardi Gras Celebration

The time is here to celebrate and we've got all things Mardi Gras! From the beads, to the recipes, and everywhere in between, get your Fat Tuesday fix!

Where did it all start?

Louisiana and Alabama (originally settled by the French and Spanish) were the first to celebrate Mardi Gras. Now, many US cities participate!

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday?

It's actually both! In French, 'Mardi' translates to 'Tuesday' and 'Gras' translates to 'Fat' - giving Mardi Gras its origin. 

What do the colors symbolize?

However you celebrate, make sure you decorate in the appropriate colors! Purple symbolizes justice; green represents faith; and gold represents power.

How can you participate?

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce of Convention and Visitors Bureau to see if there is any Mardi Gras celebrations in your hometown. You can also throw your own party by inviting friends and family over, cooking these Cajun-inspired recipes, and planning some DIY activities with the kids such as a scavenger hunt with beads, doubloons and candy hidden throughout the house. Another way to keep the kiddos busy while the parents indulge on Fat Tuesday is by putting the kids to work fashioning paper plate masks. Cut eye holes and attach ribbon for tying on or tape on bamboo sticks for handheld masks before decorating starts. Supply mask makers with colored paper, stickers, beads and feathers along with scissors and glue. Give several prizes: Most Creative, Best Use of Supplies, Most Ferocious, etc. 

Can Brookshire Brothers help with my celebration?

We sure can! We've got your King Cakes, Recipe Tips, and everything you'll need to create the perfect party in store! Find a store near you today!

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Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You may have heard about, or even tasted, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries! 

These delicious berries will be the highlight of your Valentine's Day. Take the worry out of gift ideas and treat your sweetheart! Pick from 6 or 12 ct, and choose your choice of chocolate, white chocolate or mixed chocolate. You can pre-order yours today by printing the form below and returning to your local Bakery Department or Store Management. 

Click here to download your order form!

*Some varieties may not be available in all locations. See store for exclusions.

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