Cocktail of the Week: Blueberry Basil Margarita


blueberry basil margarita

Cocktail of the Week: Blueberry Basil Margarita

A seasonal twist on my favorite Margarita! This sweet and savory Margarita is the best of summer flavors. Be sure to take advantage of what’s growing in your yard and available at the local farmer’s markets when entertaining any time of year.

(Makes 2)
3oz Cabo Wabo Reposado or your favorite reposado tequila
1.5 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries
5-6 Basil Leaves
3oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 tsp Agave Syrup
2 Lime Wheels, a few more Blueberries and sprigs of Basil for garnish

Blueberries, Basil Leaves, Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle the berries and basil until the berries are broken down and the liquid looks purplish pink. Add the Agave Syrup, Tequila and Grand Marnier and a few ice cubes, cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into to glasses. Serve over ice or straight up. You can adjust the sweetness by carefully adding more or Agave Syrup but with very sweet berries you may need to use even less. Sip and enjoy!

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Cocktail of the Week: Mexican Coffee


Mexican Coffee

Winter weather has finally arrived in Philadelphia and it is time to pour my favorite hot drink – Mexican Coffee. If you have any weighty new year’s resolutions, I just read an article today that says tequila can help you to lose weight — just don’t ask about the other ingredients. Salud!

1oz Tequila – my favorite is Cabo Wabo Reposado
1oz Kahlua
Hot Coffee
Whipped Cream
Ground Cinnamon or Chili Powder

Pour Tequila and Kahlua into a large mug and fill with hot coffee. Top your drink with whipped cream. Sprinkle with Cinnamon or Chili Powder. Yes, I am drinking the Mexican Coffee in the photo now…and it is delicioso.

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Cocktail of the Week: Champagne Cocktail Trio



Cocktail of the Week: Champagne Cocktail Trio; Chambord Kir Royale, Nelson’s Blood and Mexican 75

A holiday triple treat! Three easy-to-make Champagne Cocktails Just in time to ring in the New Year!

My favorite, the Mexican 75 is a riff on the French 75 and a bright way to light up your new year’s celebration.
1oz Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila (or your favorite tequila)
¼ teaspoon Agave Syrup
Fresh Lime
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Pour ¼ teaspoon of Agave Syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute. Cut the lime into wedges. Squeeze one lime wedge over syrup and drop into flute, add Tequila and top with Champaign. Sabroso!

Nelson’s Blood
Named after British naval Admiral Horatio Nelson, famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson led the Royal Navy to victory in the battle of Trafalgar where he unfortunately lost his life to a battle wound. It is said that Lord Nelson’s body was preserved in a cask of brandy for return to England and that his crew drank the brandy out of respect. Yuck. This homage to Lord Nelson is certainly a more pleasant and hygienic tribute. Cheers!
3/4oz Tawny Port
Very Dry Champagne
Lemon Twists
Pour Port into the bottom of a champagne flute. Twist Lemon peel over your glass to release the lemon oils into your drink and rub the peel over the rim of your glass before dropping into the flute. Top with Champagne. Voila!

Chambord Kir Royale – An elegant an easy classic!
½ oz Chambord
Fresh Raspberries
Pour Chambord into the bottom of a Champagne flute, add a few fresh Raspberries and top with Champagne. Enjoy!

Wishing all of you a very, happy New Year! Celebrate safely. Drink responsibly and leave your car keys at home.
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Cocktail of the Week: Margarita – my personal recipe!



Great for big batches or just one delicious drink, this is the Halpern house special recipe.

1 Part Tequila – I prefer Cabo Wabo Reposado but use your favorite
1/2 part Grand Mariner or other Orange Liquor
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Lime Juice
Splash of Grapefruit Juice
If this is too tart for your taste, sparingly add a little Agave Syrup
Sliced Lime
Kosher Salt

Wipe the rims of your glasses with the end of a sliced lime. Pour salt onto a small plate and dredge the rim of each glass through the salt to coat. Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker or large beverage container. Shake or mix well. Pour into salt-rimmed glasses. Ole!

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Cocktail of the Week: Paloma!


PalomaPaloma, Salty Chihuahua or Tequila and Grapefruit, whatever you call it this delicious and refreshing drink is a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day or heat things up anytime!

10 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
3 oz Premium Silver Tequila – I recommend Avion Silver
Coarse or Kosher Salt
Club Soda
Fresh Limes
A cocktail shaker
Makes Two

Cut the lime into wheels. With one of the ends of the lime, wipe the edge of the glass to moisten. Pour salt on a plate and rotate the edge of the glasses through the salt until the rim has been coated. Half fill the shaker with ice. Pour Tequila and Grapefruit over the ice. Cover and shake. Pour into two glasses. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with Lime. Enjoy!