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Turkey Day Tequila Cocktails

Thanksgiving Day is just as much about Football as it is Turkey. I don’t know who your favorite team is and it doesn’t even matter. All that matters is that you have the right cocktail(s) in your hand on the big day. Start by putting the Bourbon down and picking up a bottle of Hornitos. But, if you must have whiskey, try the Black Barrel.

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Let’s keep it seasonal. Cranberry and Sage. Sound good? Yes! This margarita will be the perfect accompaniment to your holiday spread.

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The muddled sage in this cocktail adds a nice savory, herbal flavor to the cocktail that pairs perfectly with the sweet-tart cranberry syrup and the clean and crisp agave flavors of Hornitos Plata.

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Cranberry-Sage Margarita:

2oz. Hornitos Plata Tequila

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1oz. Cranberry Syrup

3-4 Sage Leaves (Muddled)

2 Dashes of Bitters (Optional, your choice)

Cranberry Syrup:

1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Water

Add the cranberry juice to a sauce pot. Reduce by half and add sugar and water. Heat long enough to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Let cool and bottle.

*Muddle sage leaves in the bottom of your shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake your life away and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with Sage leaves.

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The next drink will get you ready for football watching post turkey. After you’re totally full, stuffed and can’t take another bite, you’ll want to curl up with this cocktail. We’re using a Pumpkin Ale that has some nice baking spice notes to compliment Hornitos Reposado.

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We’re dipping into [seasonal] Shandy territory with this cocktail. The perfect sipper for Game/Turkey Day.

Pumpkin Shandy:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

1oz. Cinnamon Syrup (Simple syrup with 2 Cinnamon sticks)

1oz. Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Orange Bitters (Optional)

Pumpkin Ale

*Add all ingredients minus beer into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain into a pint or other beer glass and top with your favorite pumpkin ale.

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Bonus Cocktails!!!!

Hornitos Harvest:

2 Parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila

1 Part Pomegranate Juice

1/2 Part Lemon Juice

1/2 Part Simple Syrup

Lime Wedge

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Orange You Thankful:

1 Part Hornitos® Spiced Honey

1 Part Orange Juice

3/4 Part Grapefruit Juice

Top With Tonic

Orange Peel

Preparation: Combine all ingredients except tonic in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice and top with tonic. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Cheers and Happy Holidays! Be sure to enjoy Hornitos Tequila!

 

 

 

 

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Gin Get’s A New Look

Gin, some love it, some don’t. Tell those who don’t, they haven’t had the right Gin. The Philadelphia Distilling company has rolled out a limited release Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin. That’s right, aged Gin. Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin is aged in new American oak barrels for a minimum of 3 months giving the Gin a light amber color and smooth taste. Only produced 6 barrels at a time, this spirit is truly handcrafted. The Whiskey lovers and Gin Lovers can come together and enjoy these special cocktails.

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Inspired by the Barrel Reserve Gin, we’re going to put a twist on some classic Gin cocktails featuring the Barre Finished Gin. This Gin is smooth and almost creamy. With light citrus, floral and woodsy notes, this Gin brings flavors to your cocktails like you’ve never had.

The first classic we’re going to take over is the Bramble. Classically made with Blackberries, Gin and Lemon, here we’re going to add the Barrel Finished touch.

Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Bramble:

2oz. Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin

1oz. Lemon Juice

1oz. Creme de Mure

1/4oz. Simple Syrup [1:1 sugar and water]

3-4 Fresh Blackberries

*Muddle blackberries in shaker tin and add remaining ingredients. Fill shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and lemon twist.

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Spring is the perfect time to work with fresh berries.

Next we’re taking on the Tom Collins. A classic gin cocktail made with lemon, syrup, Gin and club soda. Again, we’re giving it the Barrel Finished touch.

Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Tom Collins:

2oz. Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin

1oz. Lemon Juice

1oz. Honey Syrup [1:1 honey and hot water]

2 Dashes Lavender Bitters

Club Soda

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus club soda. Fill with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon wheels.

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Lastly, the Clover Club. Another classic Gin cocktail, the clover club dates back to pre-prohibition and is named after a Philadelphia men’s club. I think it’s fitting that we take this Philadelphia Distilling Co.’s limited release Gin and make the Clover Fizz. The Clover Club cocktail is made with Gin, lemon, raspberry syrup, vermouth and egg whites. We’re going to keep with the basic ingredients, skipping the vermouth and adding Framboise Lambic Beer.

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Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Clover Fizz:

2oz. Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin

1oz. Raspberry Syrup

1oz. Lemon Juice

1 Egg White

Framboise Lambic Beer

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus beer. Dry shake for about 25 seconds. Fill shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into rocks glass with light ice. Add beer slowly about 6 inches above glass to create a nice foamy head. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

**For raspberry syrup, add 1 cup of fresh raspberries, 1 cup organic cane sugar and 1 cup of water to a sauce pan. Bring contents to a simmer to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Give berries a mash (if not broken down) and let the syrup cool for about 35 minutes for flavors to marry. Strain, bottle and serve.

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Get your hands on a bottle of Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin from the Philadelphia Distilling Company before they’re all gone, you don’t want to miss this!