Join for us a tasting of Wicked Beaver Midnight Ale

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Today we will be doing a Texas Beer tasting. We have raved about the beer made by Wicked Beaver now you can stop by for a sample of it. We will be opening their Midnight Ale, a black ale with a clean hoppy finish. Our tasting will be 5-8pm just in time to get you started for happy hour.

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Learn more about the brewery here.

It’s Friday, stop by for a tasting.

Today we will be sampling some Fireball Cinnamon whiskey. The tasting will begin at 5pm until 8 pm, no charge. Stop by and get your weekend started with us. Don’t forget we also deliver throughout the downtown area. $25 minimum, no delivery charge; we just ask that you tip our amazing drivers.

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We hope to see you guys soon!

Ring in the New Year with these 10 Champagne Cocktails

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The time has come to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome the new opportunities of 2014. We hope your year was filled with celebratory drinking and hangover cures; we also hope that you do the same next year. However, we may be a bit biased. Nevertheless, we know the best way to celebrate is with Champagne; while not known for cocktails it pairs well with liqueurs, vodka, gin and even beer. We have compiled a list of 10 cocktails to try. Be adventurous, after all you are welcoming a whole new year.

1. Hpnotic® Champagne- Add Hpnotic® to champagne for a burst of fruit flavors.

 3½ oz of Hpnotic®

2 oz of Champagne

Pour Champagne into Champagne flutes, pour in Hpnotic®. There is also a variation that mixes the champagne and Hpnotic in a glass before pouring it into the champagne flute.

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2. Blooming Bubbles- This cocktail incorporates St-Germaine® elderflower liqueur which is an important addition to a bar since it is an important ingredient in many cocktails. But i digress. Mixed with a berry vodka and champagne this cocktail is a floral delight to the senses.

1 oz St-Germaine® elderflower liqueur

½ oz Red Berry Ciroc® Vodka

4 oz Brut Champagne

2 Fresh Raspberries

Add the St-Germaine and vodka to a champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with raspberries, let the bubbles bloom.

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3. Black Velvet- Created in London to commemorate the death of Prince Albert in 1861. The cocktail symbolizes the black and purple worn by mourners. This is a good way to mourn the year gone by, if needed.

3 oz Chilled Guinness®

3 oz Chilled Champagne

This is a layered cocktail so prepared to be amazed. Fill a tall champagne flute with Guinness®, to create the floating effect pour champagne over a spoon turned upside down over the top of the glass.

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4. Marie Antoinette- Named after the exuberant Queen, this is the cocktail to make you feel as fancy as royalty.

¾ oz Vodka

1 dash grenadine syrup

1 dash of simple syrup

¼ oz of lemon juice

4 oz of Champagne

Add vodka, grenadine, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, serve in a champagne coupe.* Top with champagne.

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* if you don’t have a champagne coupe (let’s face it, who does?), they are shaped like margarita glasses or you could use a martini glass.

5. The Sun King- Named after french royalty, the Sun King is a twist on the classic Kir Royale; which calls for equal parts.

1-2 Tablespoons of crème de Cassis

6 oz of Champagne

Lemon twist

Pour crème de cassis into a glass and gently pour chilled champagne on top. Rum the lemon peel around the rim, twist over the drink, and drop it in. Be royal for a night.

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6. Pink California Sunshine- We all know that mimosas are amazing. Spice it up with crème de Cassis and get started on your hangover cure.

4 oz chilled champagne

4 oz chilled orange juice

1 dash crème de Cassis

Pour the champagne into a cocktail glass. Add the orange juice and dash of crème de Cassis.

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7. Keep it up- Adding cognac and bitters to a mimosa opens up all kinds of possibilities especially if you add orange bitters to it.

3 oz champagne

½ oz cognac

1 oz orange juice

1 dash bitters

1 tsp sugar

Pour champagne, cognac and orange juice into a champagne flute. Add a sugar cube saturated in bitters, use a muddler to crush sugar cube. Stir.

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8. Midori® Cocktail- Midori® is a great addition to a bar at home it adds a refreshing melon taste to cocktails. This one is no exception.

1½ oz Midori® melon liqueur

5 oz champagne

Stir together in a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Strain into a champagne glass and serve.

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9. Blue Rox’s Martini- Another drink with Hpnotic® in it. This one uses just a splash of champagne and plenty of vodka.

1¼ oz Grey Goose® Vodka

1¼ oz Hpnotic® liqueur

1 splash Brut Champagne

Pour the vodka and liqueur into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and pour into martini glass. Top with a big splash of champagne.IMG_2485

10. French 75- This drink has its own Wikipedia page. The addition of gin gives this drink a kick like a French 75mm field gun or so they say.

1 oz gin

1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)

1/2 oz. lemon juice

Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine

Combine gin, sugar and lemon juice in a shaker, shake vigorously. Pour into a champagne tulip add champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon.

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We hope these recipes help you bring 2014 with a bang and a splash of champagne. Happy New Year!

Chase, Keaton and Sonia