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Ashamed of Myself…

A brand new margarita recipe for you! The Watermelon Margarita featuring Hiram Walker's award winning Triple Sec and brand new Watermelon Schnapps.

You guys, I’m not gonna lie. I’m terribly disappointed in myself for not getting up the National Margarita Day post that you all most certainly deserved. My Southwestern upbringing has established a deeply rooted love for all things Margarita – the good, the bad, and the slushie – and I let both myself and you readers down by not posting yesterday.

But, never fear! I have a brand new margarita recipe in store for you today, featuring Hiram Walker’s newest product, Watermelon Schnapps. This new 30 proof liqueur adds bold color yet delicate, natural flavors (not that pucker quality you may think of) to make a bright, refreshing margarita. There is also no denying the great balance of sweet and acidic properties in this margarita, which is enough to make me content and longing for summer to creep back into the picture. Here’s the recipe:

Watermelon Margarita

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
  • 1 part Avion® Silver Tequila
  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • ¾ Fresh Lime Juice

Shake with ice. Pour into a coupe, margarita or rocks glass. 

I hope you enjoy taking this recipe for a test run!



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Holiday Season Shines Brighter With Cosmo Variations

Topping up a cocktail with a bit of champagne is an easy solution to make a holiday cocktail feel more festive, as with this Sparkly Cosmo cocktail recipe.

Yesterday, while out for a office holiday lunch, someone ordered an ABSOLUT Citron Cosmopolitan. It was then I had a realization — a Cosmo would not typically be a drink I associate with a lunchtime drink of choice, but it dawned on me that this really was a perfect cocktail for the occasion. Bright, citrusy, and with just the right hint of sweetness, the Cosmopolitan really is a delightful choice for a holiday cocktail.

To further develop upon this concept, I uncovered some unique twists to this classic and universally recognized cocktail. It’s a fun and festive way to flex your cocktail muscles and take  a new recipe idea for a spin (you know, to ring in the new year!). As such, we’re featuring the White Cosmopolitan and the Sparkly Cosmopolitan.

I like this White Cosmo for its simplicity in utilizing white cranberry juice in place of the cranberry juice that gives the cocktail its all-too-familiar pink hue. What I think really ties this drink together is the zest of the orange peel, giving it a crisp citrus burst.

White Cosmopolitan: 

  • 1 1/4 Parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 Part Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1 Peel Orange

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange.

What more can I say to tease you up for this drink? A bit of champagne bubbly-ness in this Sparkly Cosmo can be just the trick to make a holiday cocktail festive and memorable!

Sparkly Cosmo: (pictured above)

  • 2 Parts Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Splash Lime Juice
  • 1 Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • Champagne (I like the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige or Brut Reserve)
  • 1 Slice Lime

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add ABSOLUT Citron, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Topup with champagne. Garnish with lime. (Cocktail Culture note: Be sure to grab your larger 8 oz cocktail glass for this one so you have room for ingredients and to top up with the champagne!) 

Hope these cocktails brighten your season with a bit more holiday cheer, enjoy!

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Plan Your Halloween Party

Photo courtesy of WhatToDrink.com

There are plenty of other Halloween cocktails out there deserving of being stirred up on Halloween that don’t necessarily incorporate pumpkin. Here are a few adaptations of beloved cocktails that may be perfect to accompany the Halloween party you’re hosting this weekend.

Blood and Sand
The name is derived from the 1920’s movie of the same name. Many argue the drink’s equal proportions and – to eliminate a level of ‘sweetness’ – often double the serving of scotch.

  • 3/4 part scotch
  • 3/4 part cherry brandy (most versions call for Cherry Heering, but Hiram Walker’s Cherry Brandy is a good bargain buy here)
  • 3/4 part  sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 part orange juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed orange zest.

Adapted from a classic Sidecar, this Cidecar tones down the level of sour while amping up the fall flavors with a smooth, vanilla-forward cinnamon schnapps. Another Halloween addition –  find orange crystal sugar for the rim of your cocktail glass as I did in the photo below! The original recipe dates back again to the 1920s in Paris.

Hiram Walker Cidecar in the Nova office. I like the sort of "Angel's share" glow happening in the photo, too!

  • 1 part cognac
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1/2 part lemon juice

Shake with ice, and serve up in a sugar-rimmed chilled cocktail glass.

Also, did you notice the picture at the beginning of this blog post? The website WhatToDrink.com sent out a Halloween newsletter with these great home decor tips to liven up any Halloween house party. I would love to get my hands on the skeleton garnish bowls! 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Happy New Year!

Relax, that Labor Day hangover of yours didn’t last all the way into December. It’s a different kind of new year we’re celebrating – the Jewish new year to be exact. And, just like most every other Jewish holiday, there is always food and drink in the mix!

To ring in the start of a new Hebrew calendar year, Jewish tradition has it that we eat apples dipped with honey, symbolic of the sweet year ahead.

I’m looking to change the game at this year’s celebratory dinner with a pair of cocktails riding on the apples and honey theme.

I think an Appletini Recipe will start us in the right direction…


Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with an apple wedge

For me personally, I like to play with the garnish a bit more on this drink than a simple apple wedge. I think Stirring’s makes a real nice Apple Martini rimmer that is glamorous, yet effortless.

I’ve got the tart apple component down, and now I just need a sweet cocktail recipe calling for honey to complement this drink. Leave me your favorite recipe that utilizes honey in the comments section. If I think your recipe is all “the bees knees,” I’ll later come back and feature it in this post!


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National Daiquiri Day

What a heavily inspired month to be a rum fan! We started the month off early with National Piña Colada Day and now today, July 19th, is National Daiquiri Day. I think a Tiki party is in due order somewhere…

But let’s not waste anymore time and get to planning our Daiquiri Day! While I’m all for the classic recipe (light rum, lime juice, simple syrup), there’s something that seems very ‘nostalgic’ to be about the frozen, blended kind on a day like today. So while Jay-Z keeps busy sippin’ on his Mai Tais, I’m gonna  give this Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri the affection it deserves on this most distinguished of holidays.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
2 oz Light rum
1/2 oz Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1 oz Lime juice
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 cup ice
Fresh strawberries

Combine all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Pour into a collins or hurricane glass and serve with a straw.



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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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Triple Sec Makes the World Go Round

orangesIt’s true—triple sec is vital to any respectable home bar and is required to make many a wonderful cocktail. I bought my first bottle of triple sec to use in margaritas but soon after found there are so many more uses for this wonderful ingredient—that citrus punch and touch of sweetness can really help to balance a good drink out.


One question I’ve gotten quite often is—what’s the difference between Triple Sec and Curacao? Good question, as the two are similar in many ways and can be used interchangeably in some cocktails (well…at least I think so). Triple Sec is an orange-flavored liqueur, while Curacao is “flavored with the dried peels of the laraha citrus fruit on the island of Curacao.” I don’t find much of a difference in taste myself, but tend to lean toward Triple Sec, since more of the recipes I’m interested in call for it.


Another common question—what is the difference between Triple Sec, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier? Grand Marnier and Cointreau are both brands of Triple Sec (some people will debate this). The difference you’ll find with Grand Marnier is that it’s cognac-based. So while they are certainly not the same, they fall within the category of orange-flavored liqueur.


One major difference is price. Grand Marnier will usually set you back about $40 (at least around these parts) and Cointreau costs about $30 for a 750ml bottle. I have a bottle of Grand Marnier at home that I use on occasion but find Hiram Walker’s Triple Sec to work just fine in most cocktails—it’s still a good quality product and usually only costs about $10, which is nice since we’re all watching our wallets closely these days.


Now, of course, I must leave you with a wonderful cocktail recipe to use your triple sec in. Cheers!


Acapulco (Thank you, CocktailDB)


1 ½ oz. Light Rum

½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz. Triple Sec (I used Hiram Walker)

½ egg white

½ tsp sugar


Shake ingredients thoroughly in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

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