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      Sip of the Month: HC Margarita

      Sip of the Month: HC Margarita

      All you really need are three basic ingredients to make the best margarita recipe ever. We've included a few optional flourishes 'cause we're CELEBRATING.


      Serves 1

      1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
      1 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
      3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
      Optional Sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
      Optional: lime wedge and coarse salt for rimming the glass

      Makes 16 SERVINGS

      3 cups silver tequila
      2 cups orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
      1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
      Optional Sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
      Optional: lime wedges and coarse salt for rimming the glasses


      If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.

      Add tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like the margarita to be sweeter, stir in a half teaspoon of agave or simple syrup at a time until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.

      Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime wedge if desired.

      Recipe and photo via GimmeSomeOven

      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Now that bars, restaurants are temporarily closed and we are practicing social distancing, virtual happy hours are becoming a thing. Thanks to apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, seeing your friends face to face—while you are physically far away—has never been easier.

      Start filling your calendar with chats, dig deep into that liquor cabinet, let your creativity soar and set up a virtual happy hour, coffee klatch or afternoon tea to reach out and socialize with your extended family, friends, neighbours, co-workers or someone in need. 

      Peruse your kitchen and drum up your very own quarantini recipe or follow the one below crafted by
      Derek Brown, author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World and owner of the Washington, DC cocktail bar Columbia Room. 

      Send out a formal invitation, get out of your pj's and put on your "lippie"! It's party time!

      P.S. We'd love to see your quarantini recipes, so please share with us over social media or email, tag us at #HCquarantini

      Virtual Happy Hour
      Serves 1

      1½ to 2 ounces of a not-necessarily-sweet base spirit, like vodka or gin — or another of your choice

      ¾ ounce of citrus (such as lemon or lime juice), whose vitamin C is great for immunity

      ½ to ¾ ounce of simple syrup to sweeten things up. (Simple syrup, as its name suggests, is simple to make. Just boil equal parts sugar and water until they liquefy together.)

      *Best served chilled in front of a laptop or smartphone camera.


      Then shake the drink with a bit of ice — if you don’t have a shaker, you can grab two pint glasses and join their rims — before straining it into a cocktail glass. 

      Recipe from Derek Brown via NYPost, photo via TheKitchn and NBC