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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.

Orange You Thankful

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

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Wine and Cocktail Recipes: 90+ Cellars

Turkey day is this week! Although, technically, it was already Christmas the day after Halloween. Give us a break America and let us celebrate one holiday at a time! All the leaves have changed, the air is cool and crisp and that means it’s time for some good Wine, Prosecco and Champagne. Especially for Thanksgiving. I’ve got two wines that will pair wonderfully with any kind of turkey, roast or chicken you may be having for the holiday; spicy or savory. The good thing about serving wine at your holiday gatherings is that you won’t have to stand behind your home bar making drinks all night or even have to make a punch. Just uncork the bottle and set it out for self service. If you want to feel super fancy, decant the bottle. That will impress your guests and you can feel like a Jr. sommelier.

90+ Cellars offers high-end wines that won’t break your wallet during the holiday season. The unique aspect of 90+ Cellars is what they bring to the wine market.  They have been able to convert market inefficiencies into better value for both winemakers and consumers. How you ask? They enable wineries to sell their oversupply without effecting the value of their brand. This way, 90+ can offer customers high-end wine for less! That means we win, guys. We win!

The first wine I’m recommending for Turkey day and beyond is the Pinot Noir.

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This is a fabulous Pinot Noir that you definitely want to have on your holiday table. It’s bold but not too bold. Slightly dry and fruity, this Pinot is rich and smooth. There are deep notes of cherry, dried fruits and there’s a certain earthiness that is pleasant on the palate and will keep you going back for another sip and that’s exactly what you want when you’re enjoying your roasted and brined meats and savory and sweet sides. There’s some nice spice notes of cinnamon on the end of this one and for $14.99, you can’t lose. Enjoy!

Next up is the Big Red Blend.

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For only $11.99, this one is BOLD. This is a good wine for the intermediate Red Wine drinker. There are a lot of dark fruit flavors in this wine. Such as blackberry, cassis and plum. It’s woody and has a definite spice. It’s a beautiful full-bodied wine with a rich dark color. The blend is of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Tempranillo and it’s wonderful. The Big Red Blend is the perfect cold weather wine and we’re going to do a couple of special recipes with it since we’re in the holiday spirit.

First is a whiskey sour. Yes, whiskey sour. Better than a New York Sour, we’re heading into Bourbon Renewal territory (a whiskey sour with Cassis) with our Big Red Blend reduction.

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The reduction is simple. Add 1 Cup of the Big Red Blend to a sauce pan and begin the reduction on medium low heat. You should have a very light simmer going to cook out the alcohol and reduce by half. You can use your nose for this process. Once the alcohol has evaporated, you’re left with the concentrated flavors of the wine. At this point, when you don’t smell anymore alcohol, you’ll want to add sugar. 3/4 to 1 Cup. Adjust to your likeness but keep in mind that we’re using this as a syrup. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when it coats the bottom of the pan, is syrupy and also leaves a light coat on a spoon.

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Big Red Whiskey Sour:

2oz. Rye (Or Bourbon)

1oz. Big Red Blend Reduction

1oz. Lemon Juice

1 Small Cinnamon Stick

*Add all ingredients to your shaker, breaking the cinnamon stick in half. Add ice and shake your life away. Double strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Cheers!

Finally, we’re going to use the Big Red Blend reduction for dessert. You can get creative here. I’m doing my take on a cheese course. Roasted Figs, Marscapone ice cream and our wine reduction.

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The marscapone ice cream is extremely simple:

1 Package of Marscapone (room temp)

2 Cups Milk

1 Cup Sugar

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Bean Paste if you have it)

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix. Adjust the sweetness to your liking and follow your ice cream freezer instructions. #SuperEasy

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You can add this reduction to any dessert or other recipe you see fit. Try adding some mulling spices to the reduction and drizzle over a cranberry tart, cheesecake or any seasonal fruit that pairs well with wine.

It’s time for some BUBBLY!

Tis’ the season for Champagne and Prosecco. It’s also time for you to stock up and get the home bar ready for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Start by ordering a case of 90+ Cellar Prosecco. The bubbles are perfectly intense in this Prosecco. Citrus, fresh stone fruit and a great balance of dry and sweet are what you get with this Prosecco. 90+ offers a Prosecco that is versatile enough for a pre and post dinner sipper as well as a cocktail ingredient.

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A nice seasonal cocktail is in order. A Cranberry Sparkler to be exact.

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Cranberry Sparkler:

3/4oz. Light Rum

3/4oz. Lime Juice

1oz. Cranberry Syrup

90+ Cellars Prosecco

Thyme or Rosemary Sprigs (Garnish)

*Add non-sparkling ingredients to a shaker and top with a few ice cubes. Shake and strain over ice in a nice cocktail glass. Top with 90+ Cellars Prosecco and garnish with a fresh, fragrant herb.

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Finally, we’re ending the show with Champagne.

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Le Cle de la Femme is a newely released Champagne (Nov.). Selected for Magic Door Vineyards, this Champagne is clean, crisp and refreshing. Bright and bubbly (obviously), de la Femme is from the Marne Valley and offers aromas of fresh apple and pear. It’s buttery like a Chardonnay and has some notes of cinnamon and anise. It’s incredibly easy to drink and perfect for The Champagne Cocktail.

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The Champagne Cocktail:

1 Sugar Cube (Demerara used here)

2-3 Dashes of your favorite Bitters (Peychaud’s used here)

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*Add a sugar cube to your Champagne flute or coupe glass and douse with bitters. Top with Le Cle de la Femme Champagne and serve.

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So, here’s to enjoying the best wines, champagne and prosecco that 90+ Cellars has to offer, the holidays, the new year and beyond. Cheers, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Mule

10 days until the big day! Christmas that is. I hope you all are getting all of your FedEx and UPS deliveries on time and that your precious packages are being handled with care and not sprawled out across the highway. The one package I was SO elated to get was my copper julep cup from Alchemade.com!!! They pretty much have all of your copper needs. Moscow Mule mugs, Julep cups, Punch Bowls, Jiggers (I want those!), Hammered Copper..anything you could ever want…in copper! Copper bar accessories look so good at your holiday parties. Can’t you just imagine having a copper punch bowl and ladle with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs floating in your spiked holiday punch? I know I can. Plus, you really can’t have the classic moscow mule with out some kind of copper cup. It’s only right.

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Speaking of moscow mules, the classic mix of vodka, lime and ginger beer, this holiday mule has bourbon. Wonderful, wonderful bourbon accompanied by flavors of cranberry and ginger. Tis’ the season for cranberries after all and bourbon is always in season. We’re using a cranberry syrup we’ve made before because it’s pretty much the best and easiest cranberry syrup ever. This is a simple cocktail, just as a mule should be. Just a tiny bit of effort for the syrup…but not really.

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Holiday Mule:

2oz. Bourbon [Such as Bulleit]

1oz. Cranberry Syrup

1oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2oz. Domaine de Canton [Optional]

Ginger Beer

*Fill shaker with all ingredients minus Ginger Beer. Dry shake (without ice) and strain into [Copper] Julep cup or glass filled with crushed ice. Top with Ginger Beer and more crushed ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries. Cheers!

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Cranberry Margarita

No, this isn’t that flavored (malt liquor) margarita that comes in a can. This is the real thing! And, it’s the best cranberry margarita you’ll ever have. It’s just good. Nothing fancy or complex, just good. Make a big batch of this margarita for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Even if you’ll be celebrating on a Monday.

For Cranberry Syrup:

1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Water

Add the cranberry juice to your pot. Reduce by half and add sugar and water. Heat long enough to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Let cool and bottle. This makes the best cranberry syrup ever!

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What’s better than a spicy margarita? I’m sure you’ve seen all types. This one has a little kick. Remember Veruca Salt? Somehow, I still have some of the serrano infused reposado tequila. We’ll be using it here. You know, to get rid of it.

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For Cranberry Margarita:

1oz. Cranberry Syrup [See note above]

1/2oz. Lime Juice [Fresh]

1 1/2oz. Serrano Infused Reposado Tequila

2 Dashes Orange Bitters [Optional]

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into coupe glass or over fresh rocks. Garnish with lime wheel. Cheers!

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