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Hump Day Cocktail From ShakeStir: The Cherry Chamoy Margarita

Hump Day Cocktail From ShakeStir: The Cherry Chamoy Margarita

The Cherry Chamoy Margarita.

Our friends over at ShakeStir have asked the nearly 2,000 (and growing) bartenders in their community to submit signature cocktail recipes for potential coverage on The Daily Meal. Each Wednesday, the drink that snags the most 5-star ratings (according to his or her ShakeStir peers) will be featured on The Daily Meal — along with a recipe, photo, and link to the selected bartender's profile — as part of the new weekly "Hump Day" Cocktail series.

This week's winner? Jesus Lemos, a bartender dedicated to molecular mixology. His Cherry Chamoy margarita will have you believing.

Thanks to our bartender friends at ShakeStir for contributing, and stay tuned for more Hump Day Cocktails!


  • 1 1/2 Ounce Don Julio Blanco
  • 1 Ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 Ounce cherry brime
  • 1/2 Ounce Grand Marnier
  • trechas chili powder
  • chamoy candy
  • 1 cherry

Top 10 Chambord Drinks with Recipes

Chambord Liqueur is a popular raspberry-flavored signature drink from France. This delicious liqueur is not just known for its captivating flavor but also for its elegant getup. No matter if you are an expert or a novice with cocktails and shots, we are here again with a few of the best drink ideas featuring Chambord for your holidays and fun moments.

Top 10 Chambord Drinks with Recipes

How To Make The Perfect Margarita

I hear a lot of people saying they either don’t like tequila or they can’t make a good margarita at home, so I’m going to share some tips with you on how to make a restaurant level margarita at home.

  • The most important part of a really great margarita is fresh fruit juice! You simply can’t replace it. You don’t need any fancy electric juicer to get this, you can simply get a small hand juice for citrus fruits. Pretty much anything else can be thrown in the blender with ice for a blended margarita or blended and strained through fine mesh. If you want to get really into margaritas, consider buying an actual juicer, but it’s not necessary.
  • Second is of course the tequila. Tequila is one of those alcohols that you can really taste the quality in. You don’t have to get top shelf tequila to have a great margarita, but I wouldn’t recommend grabbing the cheapest bottle you can find. My personal favorite is Casa Migos, but Espolon is a great middle range option when it comes to price.
  • Lastly, you want to use the right sweetener, this goes for all drinks if you’re adding sugar. For margaritas, I alwasys suggest using agave nectar. It has the best flavor to compliment the tequila, sine they’re made from the same ingredient, agave. If you don’t have agave, your next best option is to make a simple syrup. It’s called simple for a reason. Just add equal parts sugar and water to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is disolved and let it boil for 3-5 minutes to thicken into a thin syrup. The reason you don’t usually want to use plain sugar is because you might get a drink that just tastes like sugar and it takes a while to disolve fully so you end up with wet, grainy sugar at the bottom of your drink and the rest will still be bitter/sour.
  • Lastly, it’s the smallest detail, but sugar or salt around the rim. I pretty much only use salt, but some people like sugar which is fine. The first step to this process is getting the rim wet, use a lime or some sort of citrus. You don’t want water. Just cut a wedge of lime, make a slice in the middle, and run it around the glass. As for the actual salt, DON’T use table salt. You want something with texture like kosher or sea salt. These also have better flavors. If you use table salt, you’ll end up with big globs of salt with chemical flavor.

The Most Popular Mixed Drinks (with Recipes)

The holiday season is upon us once again and that means a few things – cold weather for some of us, holiday weight gain for most of us, presents we don’t really like but pretend to love and of course, holiday parties galore. If you’re throwing a holiday party this year, take a few minutes to perfect these popular mixed drinks so you can really impress your guests and make sure everyone has a great time. Learning how to make these popular mixed drinks should give you the skills you need to make something everyone will love but don’t let this list limit you. If you love mixing drinks, why not experiment and try to come up with your own signature beverage? There are tons of options out there. Play around with different combinations and see what you like. If something sounds good, try it! One final note before we begin: the average shot glass holds roughly 45ml. Very few of these drinks call for exactly one shot of liquor. Okay, are we ready? Let’s get started.

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While perhaps not the most well known drink on our list, this twist on the Manhattan is definitely popular and delicious enough to warrant inclusion. This surprisingly tasty treat will be a huge hit at your holiday party and the best part? It’s not really all that difficult to make although you may have to stock your bar with a few things you may not buy otherwise. To make a Bellini, you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 2 oz. peach nectar
  • 3 oz. dry champagne, chilled
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Mix your lemon juice, peach nectar and peach schnapps in a chilled glass. Add in your crushed ice (you can add more than 1/2 cup if so desired) and finish up with your champagne. This recipe will make two cocktails you and your guests will absolutely love.

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Bloody Mary

While some think Bloody Marys are only good for the morning after a party, that simply isn’t true. This delicious cocktail will make a fine addition to your holiday party cocktail list but be sure you stock up on a few extra ingredients for this one. You might be surprised just how many people will opt for this one if you put it on your drinks meny. To make the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever tasted, you’ll need:

  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • red hot sauce
  • green hot sauce
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. tomato juice
  • celery salt
  • celery stick
  • 2 mixing glasses
  • 1 highball glass
  • ice
  • strainer

Add your ingredients together in one mixing glass. Pour back and forth between the first and second mixing glass a few times, ensuring all of the ingredients are mixed well. Salt the rim of your highball glass with your celery salt and add ice to the highball glass, making sure not to disturb your salted rim. Strain your drink into the glass and garnish with celery stalk.

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Here’s what I like about the Caipirinha. It’s a versatile drink that can be adjusted to suit just about any taste. I love the black cherry caipirnha that seems to be so popular as well as a few of the other flavor variations out there but for this article, I’m going to stick with the basic cocktail. You can play around with the flavors and offer your guests a choice of variations if you’d like but the basic drink is sure to please all on its own. To make a Caipirinha, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. limeade
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 lime
  • ice cubes
  • 2 spoons crushed ice
  • spoon

Cut your lime into a few chunks to start. Toss your lime chunks and your sugar into a cocktail glass. Mash the limes and the sugar against the bottom and sides of your glass with your spoon and add in your ice cubes. Add in your crushed ice. Pour in your vodka and then your limeade. Stir your drink until all of the contents are well mixed. Serve.

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As with the Caipirinha, there are lots of different things you can do with a Cosmopolitan to change up the taste to suit what you like. You can offer a few different variations of this one as well and I’d even recommend doing so. Cosmos as always a hit at holiday parties, especially if you get them right. Instead of offering up a whole series of recipes, I’ll walk you through the basic cocktail and you can play around with variations on your own. To make a Cosmopolitan your guests will love, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • ice
  • lime wedge
  • strainer
  • shaker
  • martini glass

Start out by combining your triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice and vodka in your shaker. Add in ice and shake until the drink is well mixed. You can take a bit of orange, lime or lemon zest and zest the rim of your glass if you like but that’s optional. Strain the drink from your shaker into your martini glass. Finish it off by garnishing the drink with a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

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Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre is always a popular choice when offered up at parties and it will most definitely keep your guests happy. It also isn’t a terribly difficult drink to make using only ingredients commonly found in any well stocked home bar. To make a Cuba Libre, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz of light rum
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • cola
  • ice cubes
  • lime wedge
  • highball glass

Start by putting a few ice cubes in your highball glass and squeezing the juice from half a lime in over them. Add in your rum and fill the rest off the glass with cola. Finish up by garnishing your drink with a lime wedge on the rim of the glass. If you want a stronger drink, add a few extra ice cubes so there will be less cola in the glass. While the ice will melt, this drink is far too tasty to stick around long enough to worry about the melting ice diluting the drink a whole lot.

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There are so many variations of the Daiquiri out there it was a little hard to decide which one I should put on this list. There are avocado daiquiris, apple daiquiris, banana daiquiris, strawberry daiquiris … you get the point. I decided to go with the daiquiri natural because it offers you the basics of the drink and gives you an idea of what you can change up to make the drink more suited to your or to your guests. For the Daiquiri Natural, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. sugar syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • ice cubes
  • shaker
  • strainer
  • cocktail glass, chilled

Throw some ice cubes into your shaker and add your syrup, lime juice and rum. Shake well until everything is mixed well. Strain your drink into your chilled cocktail glass. Garnish as desired and serve.

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Mai Tai

This is the only cocktail on this list I’ll offer two recipes for because they’re both excellent recipes that produce delicious cocktails and they’re both easy enough that even the novice mixer can make them. I always wanted to offer up to Mai Tai recipes because they’re easily one of the most popular mixed drinks out there right now so your guests will be sure to love them. To make the first Mai Tai you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. white rum
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • ice cubes
  • hurricane glass

Put your ice into the hurricane glass and add all of your other ingredients. You can add more or less sugar depending on sweet you want the drink to be. Stir well and garnish however you like.

For the second Mai Tai, you’ll need:

  • club soda
  • 1/2 oz. armaretto liqueur
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • ice cubes
  • highball glass

Add some ice cubes to your high ball glass and pour in the remaining ingredients. Stir everything together until well blending and garnish as you like.


There are a few ways to make a Manhattan but my favorite is also probably the easiest. It’s very fuss-free but is sure to please any fans of the drink who will be attending your party. I’m leaving the garnish out of the recipe because I feel this is a drink you can garnish however you see fit. To make the perfect Manhattan, you’ll need:

  • bitters (you’ll only need a dash)
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/2. oz. dry vermouth
  • 2 oz. blended whiskey
  • ice

Put a little ice in a glass and add your vermouth, whiskey and bitters. Swirl the mixture with the ice until your drink is chilled. Strain the drink into a martini glass and garnish as you see fit. Some like using maraschino cherries for this cocktail while others like olives. It’s your call.

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The Margarita is an absolute classic. When it comes to popular mixed drinks, there are few that match the popularity of this one. It can be tricky to get right though without using Margarita mix and that’s perhaps why so many shy away from having it at their parties. This recipe, however, takes a lot of the difficulty out of making Margaritas by combining fairly common ingredients, forgoing the hit or miss Margarita drinks and still offering up a crowd pleasing drink any Margarita fans at your party will love. To make the perfect Margarita, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. triple sec
  • 4 oz. sweet and sour drink mix (found at most liquor stores or even grocery stores)
  • salt
  • ice cubes
  • strainer
  • shaker
  • Margarita glass

Start by putting ice cubes into your cocktail shaker until the shaker is half full of ice. Add the rest of the ingredients to the ice and shake vigorously so all ingredients are mixed together well. Salt the rim of your margarita glass and strain your drink into the glass. This recipe will give you two delicious margaritas.

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I had to include the Martini on this list because it is, without question, one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. The problem with putting the Martini on this list though is the fact that there are tons of different variations on the classic Martini and most of them produce great cocktails. I decided to go with the classic Martini because, quite honestly, it’s my favorite and because it’s surprisingly easy to make. After the recipe, I’ll go into the basic variations on the classic but I’m not going to get into Apple Martinis, Espresso Martinis, Chocolate Martinis and the like here. Instead, I’ll offer up a whole separate list for the most popular Martini variations next week. For now, though, let’s stick with the classic Martini and the basic variations. To make a classic Martini, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 2 1/2 oz. gin
  • ice
  • green olive
  • shaker
  • strainer
  • Martini glass

Put a handful of ice into your cocktail shaker then pour in your gin and vermouth. Stir (not shake) for 30 seconds and then strain into your martini glass. Toss in the olive for garnish and you’re ready to serve. Now, let’s talk variations.

  • The Dirty Martini: Add a small splash of olive brine to the mix.
  • The Vodka Martini: Swap out the gin for vodka.
  • The Dry Martini: Use less vermouth when mixing the drink. “Dryness” refers to the amount of vermouth in the drink so basically, if you want a dryer martini, use less vermouth.
  • The Gibson Martini: Swap the olive for a cocktail onion.

The Perfect Martini is also popular but isn’t really all that different than the Classic Martini when it comes to how it’s made. For this one, you’re going to use dry and sweet vermouth together in the drink, mixing in equal parts of both. If you wanted to turn the above recipe into a Perfect Martini recipe, you’d half the amount of dry vermouth and add an equal amount of sweet vermouth.


The Mojito is definitely one of the most popular mixed drinks out there but it’s also a drink that can easily be made incorrectly. This recipe makes a terrific Mojito while still being simple enough for the novice drink mixer. You will need to either a muddler or a pestle to make the best Mojito though so if you don’t have one, consider picking one up if you intend to serve these delicious cocktails at your party. To make a great Mojito, you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 1.25 oz. spiced rum (I highly recommend Captain Morgan Original)
  • 2 oz. soda water
  • 12 mint leaves plus a few for garnish (fresh, if possible)
  • crushed ice
  • Muddler or pestle

Put 12 of your mint leaves at the bottom of your glass and add crushed ice, spiced rum, sugar and lime juice. Crush the mint leaves against the bottom of the glass using your muddler or pestle, mixing the ingredients together at the same time. Once the leaves are crushed and the ingredients are well mixed, add in the soda water. Finish up by garnishing with a few left over mint leaves.

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Pina Colada

The drink so delicious Garth Brooks wrote a song about it (a song that is now stuck in my head and probably will be for days)! I love Pina Coladas and they make a fantastic treat for any guest at your party, assuming they enjoy yummy things like coconut, pineapple and coconut and pineapple together. To make an authentic Pina Colada, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. cream of coconut
  • pineapple slice
  • maraschino cherry
  • blender

Start by adding your rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice into your blender with your crushed ice. Blend your mixture together until it is smooth. Pour your drink into a glass and finish it all off with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

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I struggled with whether or not to put the Screwdriver on this list because it’s so incredibly simple to make. I’m quite certain even those just starting out with this whole drink mixing thing know how to make a Screwdriver. After careful consideration though, I decided to include it for two reasons. 1) The Screwdriver is one of the most popular drinks out there so a lot of people are bound to want it and 2) very few people actually know how to make a really good Screwdriver. If you want to make a great Screwdriver that will really impress your guests, you’ll need:

Start by pouring your orange juice into a glass. Add the vodka and then add the apple juice last. Stir it lightly and garnish with an orange slice. What you’ve just made is one of the best Screwdrivers you’ve ever tasted. You can make it a rum Screwdriver by substituting rum for the vodka.

Singapore Sling

This is one of my favorite drinks on this list even though I only really indulge in it on special occasions. It also happens to be my most requested cocktail at parties. I always make sure to have enough ingredients on hand to make this drink all night because it’s one people come back for time and time again. To make a genuine Singapore Sling, you’ll need:

  • bitters (you’ll only need a dash of these)
  • 1/4 oz. benedictine herbal liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1/3 oz. grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • ice
  • pineapple slice
  • cherry
  • shaker
  • tall glass

Start by combining your bitters, benedictine herbal liqueur, orange liqueur, grenadine, cherry brandy, lime juice, gin and pineapple juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake the entire mixture until your shaker is frosted. Strain your drink into your glass and finish up your cocktail by garnishing it with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

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Whiskey Sour

This is another popular drink that is made wrong most of the time. The star of this show is the whiskey. You want to let it shine and now drown it out with the lime juice. To make a good Whiskey Sour, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
  • lemon juice (half a lemon will give you all the juice you need)
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • ice
  • 1/2 lemon slice
  • cherry
  • shaker
  • whiskey glass

Shake the whiskey, lemon juice and powdered sugar in your shaker with ice. Strain your drink into your whiskey glass and garnish it with your half lemon slice and a cherry.

White Russian

The White Russian is an absolute classic – not just one of the most popular mixed drinks ever served but also easily one of my personal favorite mixed drinks both to drink and to serve. To make a proper White Russian, you’ll need:

This one isn’t terribly complicated. Put your ice cubes in your glass, pour in your liqueur and vodka then fill the glass with your light cream. Simple and easy but so incredibly delicious. If you want a holiday theme at your holiday party, considering the Christmas Russian I served at my holiday party last year. It’s pretty simple. You’ll need:

How much you put in for each ingredient is up to you but you want the drink to be one part peppermint schnapps, one part vodka and two parts coffee liqueur. I used one shot of the schnapps and one shot of vodka with two shots of coffee liqueur all over ice. Finish up by filling your glass with milk. If you want stronger drinks, use smaller glasses. Want weaker drinks? Bigger glasses. I topped mine off with mini candy canes for garnish. Pretty simple stuff but a delicious holiday treat.

Marian Scaturro, Dallas

Marian Scaturro can usually be found behind the bar at Beverley’s Bistro & Bar, and occasionally at Shoals Sound & Service. She invented the Braveheart cocktail after camping in the mountains of western Pennsylvania in early autumn. Scaturro prefers to use a smoke-forward blended scotch to evoke the scent and feeling of the crisp forest air, but a peaty single malt will also work well. Muddled rosemary gives her Caught Under the Mistletoe mocktail an herbal, evergreen profile as well. “Theres something so intensely magical about the woods late in the night,” says Scaturro. “It’s the same magic people feel around the holidays, I think.”

Naughty: The Braveheart

1 1/4 ounces Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky
3/4 ounce Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
1/4 ounce allspice dram
1/4 ounce orange clove demerara syrup*
Port wine, to taste
Luxardo cherry, for garnish

Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float about 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of port wine on top by pouring over the back of a spoon just above the cocktail’s surface. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.

*To make orange clove demerara syrup, bring equal parts brown sugar and water to a low boil in a large pot (I like to use one liter of each). Add in one whole orange, peeled and sliced into thick circles. Crack a handful of whole cloves before adding to the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain and allow to cool before serving.

Nice: Caught Under Mistletoe

Rosemary sprigs
2 slices of cucumber
1 ounce water
3/4 ounce cranberry juice
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
Cranberries, for garnish

Muddle two rosemary sprigs with the cucumber slices in a shaker tin. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with tonic. Garnish with another rosemary sprig and cranberries.

Piña Colada

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Whether you blend it or shake it, few drinks say "summer" like a piña colada. This tropical dream in a glass includes light rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. While you can cheat and buy a pre-made piña colada, it is so much more delicious when made fresh. Every sip takes you on a mental journey to the islands, so relax and enjoy!

Link Local Spotlight: Local Bartenders Share Their Delicious Recipes For You To Make At Home

Since we are definitely missing hanging out with our favorite bartenders, we wanted to showcase some talented area bartenders and their recipes. Now with social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic, you can enjoy getting to know some of our area’s best bartenders and can make one or two of their signature cocktails at home. Just a reminder please enjoy responsibly and don’t drink and drive. Below you will find out a little bit more about them, their favorite cocktails and some fantastic cocktail recipes. Enjoy!

Name: Steven Treleaven

Restaurant: Craft Grill

Photo Credit: Alexis Barajas

How long have you been a bartender and what drew you to bartending:

I have been bartending for 9 years. I got into bartending because I love talking to all kinds of people and enjoy making people happy. It’s satisfying getting smiles and appreciation out of people.

Your favorite cocktail:

Old Fashioned with bourbon/rye mix

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why?

Simple Man’s Marg, it’s easy, refreshing for these days of nice weather we’ve been having.

Cocktail Recipe: Simple Man’s Marg

Add all ingredients to a shaker, shake, strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass rimmed with chili salt/tajín.

Name: Cassandra Kara Abercomie Schultz

Restaurant: Caroline’s – A Healthy Eatery / The Bomb Noms

Photo Credit: Eric Maz and Cassandra Kara Abercomie Schultz

How long have you been a bartender and what drew you to bartending:

Bartending since 1998. I have always been a server by nature and have an amazing memory for recipes and ingredients. My superpower is creating flavor profiles so I intend to use my powers for good.

Your favorite cocktail: My favorite cocktail is a spicy margarita or a Michelada.

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why?

I’m sharing my Bloody Mary and also my sugar-free blood orange hatch margarita for those who want options.

Cocktail Recipe: The Dragons Blood Isle Mary.

Blue cheese olives, candied bacon, pickled quail egg & celery, rimmed with “the gang’s all here” seasoning for garn.

1 1/2 ounces high-quality vodka,

4 ounces tomato juice, 8 good shakes Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon horseradish sauce,

1 dash The Bomb Noms – Dragons Blood Isle – hot sauce. Shake & strain over ice, top or serve with a shot of ale.

Served at Caroline’s A healthy Eatery and also at The Union Kitchen Cypress.

Cocktail Recipe: Blood Orange Hatch Keto Rita:

First: Boil Half a cup of swerve with half a cup of water and the peels of one blood orange. Let steep. Cool then add the juice of the blood orange and 1/3 bottle of orange bitters. Add 1 tbsp hatch powder. Use this triple sec type syrup to make Rita’s.

2 oz hatch blood orange triple SEC.

Shake & strain over ice. Garnish with hatch smoked salt. Serve with a dehydrated lime wedge.

Name: Sharon Jaimes

Restaurant : Chila’s Kitchen

Photo Credit: Dominic Moore

How long have you been a bartender and what drew you to bartending:

I’ve been bartending for 9 years. What really drew me to bartending was the need of money I was a 17 year’s old with 2 kids and no help, I wish I had a different type of answer to why I started bartending but I can tell you that being a bartender at such young age and me being so hungry for success helped me have better communication skills. I learned that you never know who you serve will surprise you, I learned how to manage my money and I learned to survive in an adult world at such a young age. Bartending was the reason I have always had a roof over my head.

Your favorite cocktail: The Mexican Lollipop, the reason I want to share this recipe is that the drink describes me in a way Mexican, spicy, hot and it’s a delicious drink and gives people an experience of a Mexican drink.

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why?

The Mexican Lollipop of course!

Cocktail Recipe: The Mexican Lollipop



Name: Aminda LeBlanc

Photo Credit: Naomi Hollingsworth

How long have you been a bartender and what drew you to bartending:

I’ve been bartending for over fourteen years locally here in The Woodlands. Coming up with drinks that would target my guest’s needs or preferences. Getting them out of their comfort zone has always been a rewarding challenge. It’s lovely that they can trust you.

Your favorite cocktail: You know…. there isn’t a favorite cocktail. I love them all! If I see a recipe that intrigues me I will order and probably talk about it for five minutes. Although I am on a Mezcal kick right now.

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why?

You know they say that elderflower liqueur is the bartender’s ketchup…. so because we always have it on hand, I played around with it and bourbon. Here is my original recipe:

Cocktail Recipe: Summer Manhattan

1 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

2 dash Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

1 dash Luxardo Cherry Syrup

Add ingredients in mixing glass with ice and shake. I am a believer to not shake but to stir manhattans. This special recipe works a whole of a lot better with ice chips on top. Perfect for the summer! Pour into a martini glass.

Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a Luxardo cherry.

Catch Aminda making a different cocktail every Saturday night right before her husband, Justin Leblanc, goes live with weekly live-streaming every Saturday on social media.

Name: Ashton Cobb

Restaurant: Pallotta’s Italian Grill

Photo Credit: Cheyenne Chafin

How long have you been a bartender/server and what drew you to it:

I have been in the industry for around 12 years. I was drawn to the industry because of the hospitality. I have learned the importance of human contact and how to put others before myself. I find joy in myself when I make people feel at ease when they join me for one of the most important times of their day.

Your favorite cocktail: Purple Haze Martini

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why?

The Purple Haze Martini. It has a sweet raspberry vibe, with a twist of lemon. Vibrant in color, Just like my personality.

Cocktail Recipe: Purple Haze Martini

In a shaker, add ice along with

4 parts Absolut Raspberry Vodka,

1 part Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, a splash of pineapple juice, and a splash of Lemon & Lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain mixture into a chilled sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

Name: Leighton Hughes

Restaurant: The Refuge Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar

Photo Credit: Autumn Zientek

How long have you been a bartender/server and what drew you to it:

I have been bartending for 9yrs. While waiting tables, I saw the interaction Bartenders got to have with their patrons, and endless possibilities to be creative, whether it was what you were making and or how you were making it. That’s what drew me in.

Your Favorite Cocktail: High Proof Old Fashioned

What cocktail recipe would you like to share and why? The La Vacunda. I feel this cocktail represents my style and backs my understanding of spirits and how they interact with each other.

Traditional Margaritas / Margarita Riffs

Ambersweet at the Confidante Miami Beach

  • 1.5 oz Patron Grand Burdeo
  • 0.5 oz Grand Marnier 1880
  • 0.5 oz Lime juice
  • 0.5 oz blood orange juice
  • 0.5 oz Agave nectar

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Use a Double Old Fashioned glass, salt the rim and add the teardrop ice over crushed ice. Carefully pour the ingredients from the shaker into the teardrop ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

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2. Expel all the air from inside the balloon

3. Hang the balloon upside down in the freezer between 3 to 5 hours

4. Remove & discard the balloon

5. Warmup on open fire a round shape stick to drill a hole

7. Freezer for 24 hours before using it

Fairmont El San Juan Hotel’s Pepino Margarita

  • ​​1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 4 mint springs
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • Garnish: ½ salt rim if desired and cucumber on skewer
  • ​Prep OF glass with ½ salted rim.
  • Measure ingredients into a pint mixing glass.
  • Fill with ice and shake.
  • Strain into an Old Fashioned Glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish.

Service: Double Old Fashioned glass


  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1⁄2 ounce Bees Knees Spicy Honey syrup
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • Salt and lime wedge for garnish

Rub a lime wedge around rim of a rocks glass and dip in salt. Add lime juice, honey syrup, tequila and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until frosty and strain into the prepared rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


  • 2 parts Herradura Silver
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ – ¾ part agave nectar

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Freshest Margarita

Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with
a lime wheel.

Cilantro Margarita


Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with
a lime wheel, cilantro and smoked salt rim.

The Dano-Rita (Dano’s Tequila Spicy Margarita)

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice into a highball or rocks glass

Garnish rim of glass with Tajin sugar/salt mix

Mint Basil Margarita

  • 1.5oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Fresh Mint & Basil
  • Light Agave
  • Pinch Maldon Sea Salt

Method: Add ingredients to shaker and strain into glass with ice.

Garnish: Dehydrated Lime Wheel

Tommy’s Margarita

  • 2 oz El Tequileño Platinum
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz agave syrup

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker over cubed ice. Shake until ice cold and strain into a rocks glass over cubed. ice. Garnish with lime.

Corn Margarita

  • 2 oz El Tequileño Platinum
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • 1 oz Nixta Licor de Elote

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker over cubed ice. Shake until ice cold and fine strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a flame charred baby corn.

Spicy Skinnyseed Margarita

  • 2 oz 21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Skinnyseed Margarita

  • 2 oz 21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

1800 Classic Margarita

  • 2 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave syrup
  • ½ oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into salted rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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1800 The Ultimate Margarita Original

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Peach

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Watermelon

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

Rancho La Gloria – the agave forward, ready-to-drink margarita cocktail – these agave drinks can be enhanced by creating 10-second cocktails, which require one or two ingredients from the pantry. For drinking inspiration, please see some of our favorite 10-second cocktails: Spicy Mango, Tropical Peach and Spicy Watermelon.

Lobos 1707 Margarita

  • 2oz Lobos 1707 Joven
  • 1oz fresh lime juice
  • 1oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2oz agave simple or simple syrup
  • 2 thin slices of jalapeños
  • Tajin or Salt rim (optional)
  • Add all ingredients into a shaking glass
  • Add ice, cover and shake for 8-12 seconds
  • Pour (strain if desired) into rocks glass

Tanteo Tequila Choose Your Chili Margarita

  • 2 oz. either Tanteo Chipotle, Jalapeno, or Habanero Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Agave Nectar (or Simple Syrup)

Directions : Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled.

Rocks Glass (Smoky salt rim optional). Garnish with a chipotle, jalapeno, or habanero.

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Strawberry Margarita

  • 2 oz. Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 5-6 Muddled Strawberries

Directions : Muddle strawberries and combine other ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well
and double strain into an Tanteo-Jalapeno-Salt rimmed, oce-filled glass. Garnish with a

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Ginger Margarita

  • 2 oz. Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1 oz. Domaine de Canton
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/3 oz. Light Agave Nectar

Directions : Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled

Rocks Glass. Garnish with a ginger slice.

Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-Ita

  • 1.75 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
  • .25 oz. Mezcal
  • .75 oz. Red Pepper Purée
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Light Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled.

Rocks Glass (smoky salt rim optional). Garnish with a Pepper Wedge.

Tanteo Tequila Sizzling Citrus Marg

  • 2 oz. Tanteo Habanero Tequila
  • 2 oz. Fresh Tangerine juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Light Agave Nectar

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an Ice-Filled Highball Glass. Garnish with a tangerine slice.

Tanteo Tequila Heat of the Moment Margarita

  • 2 oz. Tanteo Habanero Tequila
  • 1 oz. Passion Fruit Purée
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Light Agave Nectar

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass. Garnish with half a passion fruit.

6 party-worthy cocktails made with Eegee's

We don't suggest doing this in the car. But maybe you've got a pool party coming, houseguests, dessert plans or a leftover "party pak" sitting in the freezer. (We're not judging you . ) Take your Eegee's to the next level with these rad ideas. Also, pro tip: You can get any Flavor of the Month (plus some extinct flavors) in the "Flavor Cube" size online here.

Watermelon Margarita

Wasted away again in Marga-eegee'sville. Whew, that's a mouthful!

Frozen margarita, no blender required. We also left out the simple syrup because the eegee's sweetens it up just fine, but sugar-fiends might like to add it back in. (Note: After July when you can't get this flavor of the month anymore, just use strawberry instead.)

  • Scoop of watermelon eegee's
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • salt

Rim a margarita glass with salt. Scoop watermelon eegee's into glass. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Shake, and then strain over glass.

[More ideas: Try mixing the watermelon eegee's with vodka, fresh basil or chile/lime juice.]

Tucson Mule

What is a Tucson Mule anyway? A burro.

Here we have a slushy version of the Moscow Mule, everyone's favorite frosty drink. Sometimes the ginger beer can be overwhelming if you're not into it, but the lemon Eegee's helps to round it all out and add a nice little tang. Overall, this is the best-tasting recipe from our roundup. PS: The copper mug isn't required, but adds a nice touch.

Add vodka and lime juice directly to cup, and stir. Add lemon Eegee's to taste. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime.

Tarantula Tiki

Don't stir it too much. You want the slush to float around a little bit in the boozy moat.

Gotta pay tribute to the OG Tucson cocktail, the Scorpion Bowl at Kon Tiki. We scrapped the "scorpion nectar" and the eight shots of god-knows-what for some gin and rum, and pared the whole thing down a little bit. The result is sweet, but it's not a sugar bomb. This guy doesn't sting, it bites.

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce silver rum
  • 1 ounce gold rum
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • piña colada Eegee's
  • orange slices and maraschino cherries and for garnish

Fill a fish bowl glass with ice, up to about a third of the way. Add gin, silver and gold rums to cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and pour into glass. Add grenadine, orange juice and stir. Plop in several scoops of piña colada Eegee's to taste. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.

Kiwi Gin Fizz

Lemon eegee's, gin, fruit and sparkling water = monsoon masterpiece.

The gin is optional, but adults will appreciate the herbal qualities it adds to this light patio drink. Pour the San Pellegrino over the top and watch it fizz up.

  • 1/2 a kiwi
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • scoop of lemon Eegee's
  • 1 ounce gin
  • San Pellegrino sparkling water

Slice kiwi and lemon into thin rings. Arrange in glass with lemon Eegee's. Pour gin and Pellegrino over the top.

[More ideas: Try mixing lemon Eegee's with vodka, fresh blueberries and/or mint.]

Non-alcoholic drinks

Desert Unicorn

We initially named this Unicorn Spit, but that sounded kinda weird.

The Desert Unicorn is basically lemon Eegee's with chopped fruit and whipped cream. But the edible pearl dust gives it a certain twang. Mystical powers, you might say .

  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • lemon Eegee's
  • pinch of purple pearl dust used for baking (can be obtained craft stores like Michaels)
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles and maraschino cherry for garnish

Add chopped strawberries to pint glass. Fill remainder of glass with lemon Eegee's. Add pearl dust and stir. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry.

Eegee's Raspado AKA Tucson in a Glass

Turn your eegee's into a raspado by adding Chamoy and Tajin seasoning.

We modeled this after the sour mangonada treats you get at the raspados shop. But the texture here is more like a chunky pineapple slushy, with just a hint of sour Chamoy rather than a moat.

  • Tajín seasoning
  • scoop of piña colada eegee's
  • Chamoy sauce
  • Mexican candies like mango con chile, Rielitos, tamarindos and/or peanuts

Using water or a lime wedge, rim the glass with spicy Tajín seasoning. Add piña colada Eegee's and garnish with Chamoy sauce and Mexican candies of your choosing.

[More ideas: Try mixing the piña colada Eegee's with rum, fresh mangos or strawberries.]

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What is the best hard seltzer for these recipes?

If you want to limit calories and sugars as much as possible then there are two you should use. I did a full hard seltzer taste test and two definitely stood out from the rest!

Truly and Bud Light both have the least amount of sugar and calories so if you want to make a skinny hard seltzer cocktail then those are the ones to you. Truly also has the most natural flavor in my opinion.

If you want the strongest than Natty Light hard seltzer has the most alcohol content. Sure to the purists White Claw will always be the best but I highly suggest going with Truly’s for the best all around hard seltzer.

To be honest though if you are on a budget then out of Bud Light, Truly and White Claw, just grab whatever one is cheapest. They all are pretty similar to each other taste wise and you won’t really notice much anyways when it is mixed into a cocktail recipe… with that said, still use Truly!

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