Saturday, May 2, 2015

Refreshing and Easy Cocktail Recipe for Pets - The PAWgarita

In just a few days, it will be Cinco de Mayo. This literally translates to the "fifth of May" in Spanish. Now, for us humans this usually means we enjoy some tasty Mexican food accompanied by a tangy cocktail, barbecues, spending time outdoors, and just having a good ol' time.

While it may be easy to share time spent outdoors and a good time with out pets, it may not be so easy to share tasty Mexican food and a cocktail with them. Table food and alcoholic beverages are not good for dogs and cats, so you should avoid giving these items to them.


Instead, I have a safe and easy to make alternative for pet parents who'd like to include their pets in their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. It's called the "PAWgarita", and it's a a spin off of the classic Mexican cocktail, the margarita. It's a completely pet safe cocktail that either a dog or cat can enjoy as a special treat. Best of all? It couldn't be simpler to make!

Ingredients to Make a PAWgarita

You'll need just a couple of ingredients to make a PAWgarita. You probably already have these items in your kitchen pantry. 
  • Low-sodium chicken broth (You may substitute chicken broth for any kind of broth you like - beef, fish, vegetable, etc.)
  • Olive oil or other cooking oil
  • Crunchy dog/cat treats or kibble
  • A meaty garnish (I used Spot Farms Chicken Apple Sausage treats.)
  • A Margarita cocktail glass. (Plastic is recommended.)

How to Make a PAWgarita

Enjoying a refreshing pet-friendly cocktail with your furry friend this Cinco de Mayo can be so easy! Here's how to make a PAWgarita for your pet:
  1. First, make crumbs out of your crunchy dog or cat treats or kibble. These are going to serve as the "salt" for the PAWgarita. You can crumble up the treats a number of different ways. Try placing them in a plastic baggy and smashing them up. Or, you can try using a food processor. 
  2. Dip your thumb and index finger in a little bit of cooking oil. Line the rim of your margarita glass with a thin layer of oil. 
  3. Place your treat crumbs on a plate and dip your oil lined margarita glass in the treat crumbs until you are satisfied with the amount of crumbs sticking to the rim of the glass. 
  4. Add your chicken broth (or other type of broth) to the glass. You can serve the broth at whatever temperature your pet prefers - cold, warm, or room temperature. You can even serve your PAWgarita "on the rocks" if you want to! 
  5. Garnish! No cocktail is complete without a pretty garnish. I cut a slit into the Spot Farms Chicken Apple Sausage treat and placed on the side of the margarita glass. 
That's it! Easy to make and definitely easy to enjoy. I purchased a plastic margarita glass for this project because it was cheaper and I was afraid my dog would knock it over and break it.

I also served up some more of the garnish on the side for a snack. Everyone should enjoy a tasty snack with their cocktail. 

Shiner thoroughly enjoyed drinking her Mexican cocktail for pets and it was gone very quickly. She made a mess slurping it up, but thankfully she did not knock her glass over. 


Callie also enjoyed a few sips of the PAWgarita. She didn't want to overdo herself so she took it slow. I guess she has better self control than the dog. ;) 


How does your pet like their PAWgaritas? On the rocks, frozen, with or without crumbs? Let us know in the comments and enjoy your Cinco de Mayo! 

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for a tasty recipe! we will make one on tuesday... :o)
    easy rider

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  2. LOL! Similar to the recipe we have for Tuesday. Yummy stuff!

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    1. Ha that's awesome! I've never really seen a cocktail recipe for animals before, so thought it would be fun lol.

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  3. That really is the paws that refreshes!

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  4. I love this idea! I will have to try it for my kitties.

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  5. Looks yummy! I am going to try this with Schooner and Skipper. I would love to make the snack to go with the drink. Do you have a recipe?

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    1. Oh no, but I did link to the treats that I used! You can use just about any tasty treat you'd like to.

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  6. How cool ! We love your idea ! Purrs

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  7. Mmmmm....the pawgarita looks yummy!

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  8. Oh....my...dog! I love this!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  9. Oooh! the kitties are getting some wild ideas!
    Let just hope this all doesn't end up with Waffles wearing a lampshade.
    ; )

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  10. What fun! Luke loves ice cubes, so he would like his on the rocks. I'm sure he'd make a mess with it though!

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  11. Oh my goodness! What an adorable idea. It's fun to include our pets in holiday festivities!
    -Jessica from Beagles & Bargains

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  12. I can't wait to try this out - next time I'm at the grocery store I'm going to pick up a plastic margairta glass (or two) so we can celebrate in style.

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  13. I absolutely LOVE this idea! Now Bain can relax after a hard day of sleeping for 8 hours, lol!

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  14. What a FUN idea!!!
    We're definitely going to add this to our next pawty menu!!!

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