Category: Triple Sec

Cherry Beer Margarita – My Way

Dear readers…you have no idea of the indignities I sometimes have to suffer to bring you this. 

But first, let me tell you how my recipe for Cherry Beer Margaritas recipe came about.  A little while ago, I was pottering around on Pinterest and I found several recipes for Cherry Beer Margaritas. Happy Days, I thought and began a clicking frenzy.  Only, not one of these recipes was what I expected.  I thought that these would be Cherry Beer Margaritas….i.e. margaritas made from Belgian Cherry Beer.  Instead, they were all beer margaritas with some sort of cherry flavouring. 

I could not find a Cherry Beer Margarita the way I envisaged it for love or money. And so I decided to make one.

Cherry Beer Margaritas

First problem.  I thought I would just run down to my local bottle shop and pick up some cherry beer and make me some margaritas.  Uh uh.  Not so speedy there, Gonzales. 

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They had Ginger Beer, Mango Beer, Lychee Beer, Chilli Beer, about a billion flavours of Cider and Perry but no Cherry Beer.  This was repeated everywhere.  I actually shelved the idea for several months simply because I could not find Cherry Beer anywhere. 

That changed on the weekend.  But not without a cost.

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I finally tracked down the one bottle shop in Melbourne that sells Belgian Cherry Beer. 

I asked for two bottles but they were on a very high shelf so the shopkeeper needed to climb up a ladder to get them.  Whilst he was climbing he started telling me that they were getting more, different cherry beers in a few weeks.  He rattled off some names. 

Cherry Beer

“I used to drink a Cherry Beer…but it wasn’t either of those”

“Was it Belle Vue?”

“Yes!  That’s the one”.

He said “That was a while ago”. 

I had totally lost interest by then and was looking round the shop to see what else I could buy.  “Yeah, I guess”

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“Wow….was a REALLY long time ago”  The dude was giving me a look that quite clearly said “Would you like a pension card and a zimmer frame to go with your two beers, Granny?”

 “I beg your pardon what?” I asked him, giving him my best death stare and resisting the urge to kick that ladder right out from under him. 

“Erm…nothing.  Would you like anything else with that?”

How about one of these?

Giant Cup

The Cherry Beer Margaritas were everything I wanted them to be. A gorgeous deep red, a great cherry and citrus taste, a good kick of salt and a pleasant hit of booze.  Perfect drinking for a sunny afternoon! 

I used a  mix of vintage merlot salt I bought at Gewurzhaus and sea salt for the glass.  The merlot salt is such a gorgeous colour and looked really pretty on the glass  but any salt would do. 

It’s almost a shame these tasted so good because I won’t be going back to that shop in a hurry. Anyway, I doubt these ancient bones would make the trip! 

Anyone up for a lychee beer margarita?

Cherry Beer Margarita
A delicious cherry beer margarita with a twist - it contains Belgian Cherry Beer!
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  1. 30ml tequila
  2. 30ml lime juice
  3. 30ml triple sec
  4. 250ml Belgian Cherry Beer, I used Floris
To Garnish
  1. Salt, I used a Vintage Merlot Salt but any salt will be fine
  2. Lime circle
  3. Maraschino Cherry
  1. Fill your cocktail glass with ice and place in the freezer to chill.
  2. Mix the tequila, lime, triple sec together in a large measuring cup.
  3. Remove the glass from the fridge, tip out the ice.
  4. Rub the rim of the glass with lime and roll in the salt.
  5. Pour the tequila mix into the glass and top with the beer.
  6. Garnish with the lime and cherry.
  7. Enjoy!
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 Have a fabulous week!

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Christmas Cocktail – The Partridge

Hello world, here’s a song that we’re singin’
Come on, get happy
A whole lotta lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy”

 – The Partridge Family

Hello World,
What I’m bringing today is  a Christmas Cocktail called The Partridge.
To make you happy.

The PartridgeUnlike his blue friend, currently residing on the Christmas tree, my little Partridge looks like a bit of a bruiser!  Which is quite appropriate seeing as it’s namesake also has some bite in its…well, not bark but cheep? Tweet?  What noise does a partridge make???  What I”m trying to say, in the most convoluted way possible is that with white vermouth, triple sec and whiskey making up the layers, The Partridge is all killer, no filler.

Blue Bird Christmas Ornament
The three layers in The Partridge were slightly easier to see with the naked eye but the triple sec on the white vermouth was not highly noticeable.  Even so, I think the gold band of whiskey across the top is very pretty. And I am like a child when it comes to layered cocktails.  It’s my form of marvel!
The flavours in the Partridge worked nicely together.  It was a bit smoky from the whiskey, herby and sweet from the vermouth and citrussy from the triple sec. 
The Partridge2I actually found it a bit too strong and had to drop a couple of ice cubes in the glass to dilute it down a bit before I could really enjoy it. 
Having said that though, I think the weather may have had something to do with it. I made, and drank, The Partridge in the middle of one of the hottest spells Melbourne has had.  It was over 40 degrees on the day I made it (that’s 100 to you folks in the States) which was way too hot to be drinking some thing this potent. 
I think this would be perfect sipped by a warm fire with snow falling outside – it could certainly warm the cockles of the coldest heart!  I almost want it to be winter again so I can taste this in what I think would be it’s element!
Now, just in case you are wondering if I have a pear tree for my partridge the answer is yes/no /maybe.
I bought a pear which I was going to use to garnish The Partridge and then promptly forgot all about it.  Enter the A-Z of Cooking which has a Pear and Blue Cheese Salad.
Happy Days!!!!
Pickling Pears
I always take a salad and the desserts to my mum’s for Christmas.  The Christmas Pudding was bought and taken round there  weeks ago.  Earlier today I made a white chocolate and raspberry Tim Tam Cheesecake (stay tuned for that) and my plan was to also make the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad.  However, the pear I had was totally tasteless.  So I am currently pickling it.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Then again, I could be delirious.  It’s 8:15pm and my phone is telling me it’s 33°C outside.  Which could have also lead to….
I really wanted to have ginger in the pickling mix but had none in the house.  I have already been to the supermarket twice today, I refuse to go back for round three of Christmas Eve parking and queues in 30+ heat so instead of sugar and ginger and water with the vinegar, I am using ginger beer.
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Eeekkkk…..This could either be a total fiasco.If I post some pictures of our lunch and you see a big bowl of what looks like plain lettuce with some lonely specks of blue cheese you’ll know!
And instead of a Christmas Carol to leave you on, here is another Partridge inspired treat for your ears!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!  I hope you’ve all been not too naughty so Santa leaves you exactly what you want!  Personally, I am leaving a Treasury of Great Recipes shaped space under my tree…fingers crossed!
Christmas Cocktail – The Partridge

Christmas Cocktail – The Partridge


  • 1 Oz White Vermouth
  • 1 Oz Triple Sec
  • 2.5 Oz Whiskey


  • Put all the cocktail ingredients in the right order : White Vermouth, Triple Sec, Whiskey. Pour the Triple Sec and the Whiskey slowly over the back of a spoon to preserve the layers.
  • Served in an old-fashioned glass.


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