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Seis de Mayo

I know you’re all probably thinking, come on, you’re a day late to the party. However, I am sure a lot of you were like myself and unable to fully celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this lovely holiday falling on a Monday night. Or, maybe you love Mexican food and Margaritas, but wanted to avoid the large crowds of rowdy people in sombreros shaking maracas.  Or maybe you had such a good time celebrating last night that you’re ready for round dos. Whatever the case may be, I have provided some delicious Margarita recipes that are refreshing and satisfying no matter the occasion!

Classic Margarita

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • 2 parts Avion Tequila
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice

Shake & strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass.


  • 2 parts Avion Reposado Tequila
  • 2 parts Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • .5 part simple syrup

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Strain over ice in highball glass and serve



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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

One of my favorite days of the year – Cinco de Mayo – is nearly upon us, as is the culmination of Hiram Walker’s “Margarita Madness” cocktail competition! I’ve written previously of the contest, the third chapter of “The Quest” series, but it’s now time to mention it’s down to the final stretch.

For your chance to win an Apple iPad, you need only submit your favorite Margarita recipe to “The Quest” through the Hiram Walker website or Facebook page by this Saturday, el Cinco de Mayo! So break out the tequila, Hiram Walker Triple Sec and your other go-to Margarita ingredients  and get mixing these next two days; it’s really all the preparation you’ll need for your fiestas this weekend!

Perhaps there’s even a Mint Margarita waiting to be developed — combining the best of both Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day! 😉


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My Cinco de Mayo Menu

My margaritas at home. Oh yes, there will be plenty more of you come Thursday. Just you wait, my sweet...

For those of you who have been following Cocktail Culture for a while now have likely already seen pictures of The Dirty Bird, the 10-foot bar that resides inside my apartment. Come Thursday, it will be overtaken with friends celebrating Cinco de Mayo, with me leading the shift behind the bar.

In the hopes of keeping my drink-slinging simple, my ingredient list minimal and my tab at the liquor store budget-friendly, I’ve come up with the following collection of drinks that I think my group of friends will enjoy. I’m leaving the rest of the fiesta’s food and cerveza offerings up to my guests to bring on by.

Tequila Sunrise and Sunset: 

Both of these simple highball drinks call for 1 to 2 parts of tequila built with up to 4 parts of Orange Juice in a highball glass with ice cubes. What sets them apart? To have a sunrise, slowly add 3/4 part of Grenadine down the side of the highball or Collins glass. For a beautiful Tequila Sunset, I will be topping my tequila and OJ combo with 1/2 to 3/4 part of Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy and a cherry garnish.

Classic Margarita: 

I’ve posted my at-home recipe of the Margarita before so won’t try to bore you with the same ol’ all over again. Let’s just say that my bottles of Olmeca Altos tequila (it’s in a limited number of markets now, but a great find if you can get your hands on it!) and Hiram Walker Triple Sec are sitting on the counter waiting for me. Now I just got to squeeze a bunch of lime juice tomorrow night to prep…


As if that won’t be a resounding amount of booze already, I’m thinking that, so long as we continue to use tequila for the base spirit in this recipe, that this would make for a very fitting nightcap.  Oh yes friends, it’s on.

Wishing you all a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo manana!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

While yesterday’s margarita recipes were posted to inspire creativity behind the counter, today I’m sticking with a good classic, the traditional Margarita.

As I was preparing my drink station for the practical exam at Bar Smarts Live last week, David Wondrich told me he’d back in a moment, as he was “opting to grab a better tequila.” I was elated!

“Do I get to stir up a margarita?” I asked, to which he just smirked and said “We’ll see.” Moments later, I was stirring up my most favorite cocktail for the Historical Oracle.

Here’s the recipe as the Bar Smarts Advanced workbook teaches it:


2 ounces Tezon blanco or plata 100 % agave tequila
1 ounce Triple Sec (the book suggests Cointreau but I’m equally happy with Hiram Walker Triple Sec, especially if I’m making margs for an entire group)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Optional 1/4 ounce (or two bar spoons) agave syrup

Combine first three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled salted cocktail glass. Salting the rim: Frost the edge of the cocktail glass by rubbing a lime wedge on the outside rim of the glass, then dipping it into a saucer of coarse salt.

Ahhh ¡que rico!

Have a fantastic fiesta!
– SJ

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Un cuento histórico

Today, my dear readers, I thought I would share with you one of the greatest legends of lore. Here’s the historic tale:

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Veracruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever exported out of England at the time. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were distraught at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

Insert heavy sigh here. I think you guys have deservedly earned a few cocktails recipes for reading through that terrible excuse of a joke.


1½ parts premium tequila
1 part Hiram Walker® Pomegranate Schnapps
¼ part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
½ part lime juice
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Shake or blend with ice into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

Absolut Mango Margarita:

1 part ABSOLUT Mango (Yes, a margarita with vodka – I think you’ll really enjoy it!)
2 parts lime juice
1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
1 part mango puree
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add rim with a mixture of a sugar base with salt and Lucas Mexican chili powder.

¡Disfrute amigos!
– SJ


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