Weekly Wind Down: Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Pumpkin Spice Margarita recipe - Handmade Brooklyn

Each week I receive new and original cocktail recipes to share with you! While I have received pitches for these, I am in no way compensated…these are just my favorite picks!

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Courtesy of Sauza Tequila


  • Pumpkin Spice Margarita recipe - Handmade Brooklyn1 ½ parts Sauza® Signature Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  • 3 parts cream
  • ½ part Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Extra cinnamon for rimming (optional)


Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Weekly Wind Down: Pineapple Chipotle Margarita

Pineapple Chipotle Margarita recipe - Handmade Brooklyn

Each week I receive new and original cocktail recipes to share with you! While I have received pitches for these, I am in no way compensated…these are just my favorite picks!

Pineapple Chipotle Margarita

Courtesy of Sauza Tequila


  • 8 parts Sauza® Blue Signature Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 8 parts frozen limeade
  • 16 parts pineapple juice
  • 8-10 dashes Tabasco® Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 9 chili peppers for garnish (optional)
  • Chili salt for rimming (optional) 

Preparation: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, pineapple juice and Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir gently. Pour into glasses rimmed with chili salt and garnish with a red pepper (optional). Serves nine.


Podcast Episode 007: Working with Subscription Boxes

Handmade Brooklyn Podcast Ep 007: Working with Subscription Boxes

My affiliate bros at Shopify are offering everyone a 14 day free trial on their A. MAZ. ING. e-commerce platform. I just switched over to them last month and it’s been nothing but smooth sailing.

In this episode I discuss:

  • What are subscription boxes?
  • How do you partner with them and what should your goals be?
  • What sort of boxes should you avoid?

Also! I’m going to be in Washington DC this weekend for American Field, so please stop by if you’re in the area (I’ll be in the booth for MSC Skin Care + Home)

A good resource for finding subscription boxes is Subscription Box Mom. They seem to have a fairly comprehensive range of boxes and reviews, making your research before approaching a box so much easier!

Do you have a question about working with subscription boxes? Leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help!

Weekly Wind Down: Autumn Cran-Orange Margarita

Autumn Cran-Orange Margarita recipe - Handmade Brooklyn

Each week I receive new and original cocktail recipes to share with you! While I have received pitches for these, I am in no way compensated…these are just my favorite picks!

Autumn Cran-Orange Margarita

Courtesy of Sauza Tequila


  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 part cranberry puree
  • Orange peel (optional)

Cranberry Puree:

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2 oranges
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 ounce package of fresh cranberries


Preparation: To make the cranberry puree: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar in the orange juice. Add the cranberries and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside and let it cool. Blend cranberries in a blender, then strain.


In a shaker add crushed ice, 1 ½ part of Sauza® Blue Silver, ½ part of JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur, 1 part cranberry puree and shake to mix. Pour drink into glass and garnish with orange peel (optional). Enjoy!


Book Review: The One Thing by Jay Papasan and Gary Keller

The One Thing Book Review - Handmade Brooklyn

I picked The One Thing book up thanks to the Smart Passive Income podcast and Pat Flynn’s insisting that this book would change my mindset. And man, this book is nothing short of amazing.

The premise behind The One Thing is nothing new or revolutionary: To succeed, you need to stop trying to multi-task and focus on a million little things. Instead, you need to focus on one big thing and dedicate your mindset completely to that. Only then can you succeed and make your business/life/whatever thrive.

So, like I said, this book isn’t telling me anything new. But why did I love The One Thing so much? Because it broke down the concept into really well-researched and positioned arguments. The research was really thought-provoking and easy to understand, especially when they were illustrated (both figuratively and literally…the artwork inside is great).

According to this book, multi-tasking doesn’t work when it comes to trying to make the most out of your time. Papasan and Keller show that switching tasks during the day in order to multi-task can make you lose 28 minutes every day, just in start-up/switchover time. That may not seem like much, but when you’re trying to maximize your time (or, ahem, you’re on a deadline), 28 minutes can be critical.

So instead, in order to maximize your time, focus on one thing at a time and once that task is completed, move on to the next. The authors illustrate this by using a domino effect: one domino has the ability to knock down another domino twice it size. By knocking down one task at a time, you’re able to tackle larger tasks and break down the work into simple steps, rather than running around trying to knock down multiple tasks at a time. Focusing your concentration will help you to achieve your goals faster.

I put this to the test with a recent order I had…well, two orders. One order was obscenely large in both scale and product (42,000 units). The other order was also large, but would take time due to the nature of the products (it was 432 candles, so the wax would have to be melted, then poured, and then I would wait for the wax to cool before boxing the candles).

For two weeks I tried to work on both projects, but in different ways (unfortunately, they had very close deadlines to one another). I set a daily goal for both: 1500 for the first order, 72 candles (2 cases) for the second order. The first week, I would begin my day by setting up the candles, and melting the wax. While the wax melted, I worked on the 1500 units. I would then stop working on them once the wax had melted, poured the candles, and while they were cooling I set to melt more wax. While that wax melted, I went back to the 1500 units and so on.

The second week, I spent the mornings working solely on the 1500 goal and only once that was finished could I switch over to the candles.

So which was the better solution? Week 2! I ended up more focused on the goals ahead of me and was less prone to distraction, whereas in week 1 I was willing to get up and check my email when I heard the alert, or check my phone when I got a text. Week 2 gave me more focus and made me feel less stressed, oddly enough.

So while this book’s concept isn’t new, the methods and research behind it are truly awesome and I feel are very necessary lessons to learn when it comes to being self-employed and staying sane.

Would I recommend? Absolutely

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