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      Blog — sip of the month

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Fresh, vegetal and a beautiful shade of green, this striking cocktail is sure to please mom. Tequila's sweet and peppery flavours are pronounced with cool cucumber juice and zingy lime. Drink as is, or top with club soda to make it a highball.

      Cool As A Cucumber:  Cucumber, Lime and Tequila Cocktail

      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS
      3 ounces of fresh cucumber juice
      1 1/2 ounces of lime juice
      1 1/2 ounces of tequila
      sugar to taste (1/4-1/2 a teaspoon per drink)
      club soda (3 ounces)
      lime and cucumber wedges for garnish 

      METHOD
      Fill a small glass or highball with ice.
      Mix the cucumber juice, lime juice, tequila, and sugar together in the glass.
      Fill up the glass the rest of the way with club soda (3 ounces). This step can be skipped if desired.
      Garnish and ENJOY!!


      Recipe and photo via Coolina

      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.

       

      HC MARGARITA
      Serves 1

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


      FOR A PITCHER OF MARGARITAS
      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
      Ice
      Optional Sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
      Optional: lime wedges and coarse salt for rimming the glasses

       

      METHOD
      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
      Quarantini
      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS
      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.

       

      METHOD
      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 

      Sip of the Month: Kir Breton

      Sip of the Month: Kir Breton

      A recipe for the classic French cocktail made with crème de cassis and dry cider  and a splash of Calvados. Delicious sipped by the sea or anywhere for that matter.

      Kir Breton

      KIR BRETON
      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS
      2 tsp crème de cassis

      2 tsp Calvados
      1 champagne glass of chilled dry cider

      PROCEDURE
      Put the crème de cassis and Calvados into a champagne flute.

      Slowly top up the glass with the cider – it froths a bit so be careful – and serve.


      Photo and recipe via Diana Henry, The Telegraph 

      Sip of the Month: Shimmery Champagne Cocktail

      Shimmery Champagne Cocktail

      'Tis the season! Spread some joy this holiday with a little shimmer. This gorgeous cocktail puts the "festive" into any festivity you happen to be hosting for the holidays.

      Shimmery Champagne Cocktail
      SHIMMERY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
      Serves 6

      INGREDIENTS
      1/4 tsp  gold shimmery lustre dust
      2/3 cup St-Germain liqueur 
      1 bottle 750 ml of chilled champagne or Prosecco 


      PROCEDURE
      Mix the St Germain liqueur with the gold lustre dust until you see gold swirls/shimmer. Measure ¾ of an ounce (½ jigger) of the gold shimmery liqueur into each champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne (about 4 oz) and serve.


      Photo and recipe via The Favor Bender

      Sip of the Month: The Parisian

      Le Petit Retro Paris

      Drink like a Parisian with this fabulous cocktail from the 1920s.

      THE PARISIAN
      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS

      1 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
      1 ½ oz Gin
      ½ oz Créme de Cassis

      PROCEDURE
      Shake with ice until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh blackberry if desired.


      Photo and recipe via Zozzled Cocktail Main photo, The Fork