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Friday Feature Cocktail: Watermelon Margarita

Today’s featured cocktail is inspired by the favorite fruit of summer, the watermelon. The refreshing and sweet taste of watermelon is the perfect addition to any summertime cocktail, including the summer favorite Margarita. A classic Margarita on the rocks is always a perfect choice, but once August rolls around you may be looking to switch it up, which is where I come in with the Watermelon Margarita:

Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita

  • 1 part Avion® Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
  • 3/4 part Hiram Walker® Triple-Sec
  • Fresh lime juice

Shake with ice. Strain into glass.

If you REALLY want to shake up your Margaritas and you’re a big fan of bacon (and it seems like most people are these days) you can also give the Maplerita a try!

  • 2 parts 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

Happy Friday & Enjoy 🙂


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Mint Juleps & Margaritas

This weekend is full of exciting holidays(Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo) and that means lots of delicious cocktails to help celebrate these exciting holidays! Luckily this year these holidays don’t fall on the same day so there is no need to choose between beverages, instead each cocktail can have its own day to shine: Mint Juleps Saturday & Margaritas Sunday!

For Saturday, I already know I will enjoy a classic Mint Julep. However, Sunday leaves many decisions to be made as there are many variations and flavors of Margaritas to choose from. Below are a couple recipes I will be deciding from for this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations:


  • 1½ parts Avion Tequila
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Mango Schnapps
  • ¼ part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • ½ part Lime Juice

Shake or blend with ice into salt-rimmed margarita glass

Mini Margaritas

  • 1 part Malibu Red
  • ½ Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • ½ Part Fresh Lime

Shake and strain into a shot glass

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.

Get creative with your drinks and have a safe and happy Kentucky Derby & Cinco de Mayo weekend!


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“Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue”

Watermelon Margarita

Happy (almost) 4th of July everyone, and Happy Birthday America! In honor of America’s birth, we thought we’d share with you not one, but THREE Margarita recipes, that together look pretty patriotic (and also taste amazing don’t worry)!

RED: Watermelon Margarita

Shake with ice. Strain into glass.

White: Classic Triple Sec Margarita

Triple Sec Margarita

Shake with ice. Strain into glass.

Blue: Blue Curacao Margarita

Shake with ice. Strain into glass.

Blue Curacao Margarita


And there you have it, 3 Margaritas for “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!”

Enjoy and have a wonderful 4th of July 🙂



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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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Welcome Spring With Margaritas!

Hiram Walker seeks out creative twists and flavors to the traditional Margarita - such as this Watermelon Margarita - in this chapter of "The Quest - Margarita Madness".

Spring has officially sprung and with it comes the reemergence of Margaritas on bar and restaurant drink menus. The Margarita continues to stack up as the most popular cocktail ordered in the US and is served in a variety of styles, flavors, sizes and glassware.

In its search to find the country’s* greatest cocktail creations, Hiram Walker’s third chapter through “The Quest” focuses on Margaritas and invites consumers to submit their own original Margarita recipe for a chance to win an Apple iPad®**.

Using a wide selection of the brand’s liqueurs and schnapps, entries to Hiram Walker’s “Margarita Madness” are being accepted now through one of the biggest Margarita holidays of the year, May 5 or Cinco de Mayo. Consumers will be invited to create fun and flavorful Margarita recipes that feature at least one of the following all-natural ingredients: Hiram Walker® Triple Sec, Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Pomegranate Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Sour Apple Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Blue Curacao and the all new Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps.  A panel of independent judges will select a winner from all valid entries in accordance with the judging criteria.

To enter the competition, consumers 21 and older can visit Hiram Walker on the web at www.HiramWalker.com or www.facebook.com/HiramWalkerUSA and upload a recipe to the Margarita Madness competition by May 5, 2012. No purchase necessary. The official rules and regulations can be found on the Hiram Walker website and Facebook Fan Page.

So let the madness begin and submit your recipe before its too late!


*Contest is not open to residents of California and Utah
** This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook® or Apple, Inc.®.


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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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While yesterday was a National (read: Bank) Holiday, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t far more interested in celebrating today’s special engagement – National Margarita Day. Perhaps I should have traded around my day off this week? Ok, ok, all kidding aside…

The margarita – as a result of its many of its varying forms: frozen, flavored, the works – continues to be the most popular drink ordered in America. Maybe it’s my Southwestern roots, but the margarita is undoubtedly among my most favorite cocktails, too. However, even when the general masses try to get me on the blended margarita bandwagon,  mixing a classic margarita from the recipe below is usually a go-to drink at my own home bar.

So the QotD: What do you consider to be the best margarita recipe? And how do you prepare your favorite variation (rocks, blended, with or without salt)?  I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below or on Twitter.



2  parts blanco or plata 100 % agave tequila
1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec (my go-to Triple Sec over Cointreau, especially if I’m planning to make drinks for a large group)
3/4 part fresh lime juice
1/4 part (or two bar spoons) agave syrup (Optional, but in my mind, quite a delightful addition)

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. Salt only half the glass if you are being “calorie conscious” “high blood pressure phobic” (as Fred so aptly phrased it in the comments section).


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What I Drank on Thanksgiving

Take a guess at which drink I was shaking up for family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. No going back through my Twitter feed and cheating. Was it…

A) Walker Blackberry Cosmopolitan

B) My original cocktail, Autumn in New England

C) Margarita

The correct answer is “C”. I had about seven very thirsty patrons, not including myself, calling for margaritas during an impromptu cocktail hour at “it’s five o’ clock somewhere” o’ clock in the early afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.

As I’m setting up my “work station”, Mom approaches me with a blender and the following (slightly edited for language) conversation takes place:

“Mom, what’s that for?”


You can imagine my wide-eyed reaction.

“That’s not how you make a margarita.”

“But I like the frozen margaritas.”

“Why don’t I make you my version first and we’ll see if you like it more than your frozen kind?”

Recently, I’ve developed an affinity for the Dale DeGroff Margarita Recipe, as I picked up from a Darcy O’Neil post, but with one minor tweak. Rather than using the simple syrup that DeGroff calls for, I sub in agave nectar instead for a sweet, and, in my opinion, more flavorful margarita. Also, given the heavy volume of margaritas I was stirring up, I opted to use the more wallet-friendly Hiram Walker Triple Sec (read more about the Triple Sec Challenge here) in place of the Cointreau that DeGroff’s recipe suggested. Ok, I guess that’s really two tweaks, huh? Anyways, here’s how they all went down:

Dale Degroff’s Margarita Recipe (with a few SJ twists)
1½ oz Tequila
1 oz Hiram Walker Triple Sec
¾ oz Lime Juice
¼-½ Agave Nectar

Needless to say, the blender’s services were not needed the rest of the day. 😉

Cheers and Happy Thirsty Thursday!

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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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