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HEPP’S Ultimate Classic Margarita


Of course we could not forget the classic margarita. However with HEPP’S you can make it as original as you want. For this recipe we used HEPP’S Ghost Pepper Sea Salt to add some major heat, but salt goes hand in hand with margaritas so you can use any flavor of HEPP’S you want and still be a hit with your guests!


  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
  • 1 cup ounces club soda
  • 6 ounces Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
  • 3 ounces Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • HEPP’S Habanero Sea Salt


  1. Combine lime juice, club soda, tequila and Triple Sec in a shaker with ice.
  2. Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with the lime wedge and dip in HEPP’S Habanero Sea Salt.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice and top with mixture.

Alternatives: HEPP’S lemon sea salt, HEPP’S Habanero Sea Salt or HEPP’S Habanero Sugar



HEPP’S Red White and Blue Skinny Strawberry Margarita



Here it is our skinny on skinny.  We used our Black lava fine for the glass rimer, it’s such a cool salt  because of it natural black color, great for riming any drink.


  • 1 ½ cup Ice
  • 1/2 cup pureed fresh Strawberries or 1 cup frozen
  • 1 cup Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
  • 1 tbsp Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • ½ cup Club Soda
  • HEPP’S Black lava Sea Salt


  1. In a blender add the ice, strawberries, tequila, triple sec, lime juice.
  2. Pulse adding club soda to help it along until it is smooth.
  3. Use lime wedge to ring the glass and dip in pile of HEPP’S Black lava Sea Salt.  
  4. Pour into 4 glasses garnish with a strawberry.
Alternatives:  For heat use HEPP’S Habanero sugar, or Habanero sea salt 

HEPP’S Beer Margaritas


If you haven’t tried yet you should, the beer margarita.  We added HEPP’S 7- Fire Smoked Salt to add that smoky sweet taste.   Again we juiced our limes and lemon, NO store bought mixes!!  All Ingredients are natural and can be bought fresh from  your local farmers markets.  If you don’t have a juicer it is just as easy to freshly squeeze but be sure to do it over a mesh strainer to catch seeds and unwanted pulp.



  • 3 limes- juiced or squeezed
  • 3 lemons- juiced or squeezed
  • 6 ounces light beer
  • 6 ounces Casa Noble Anejo Tequila
  • Lime slices, to garnish
  • HEPP’S 7-Fire Smoked Salt


  1. Fill blender with ice. Add lemon juice, lime juice, beer and tequila and blend till slushy.
  2. Use lime wedge to wet the rim of each glass then dip in a pile of a HEPP’S 7 – Fire smoked salt. 
  3. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime slice.

Alternatives: If you are not a fan of the smoked salt try HEPP’S Habanero salt for extra heat or HEPP’S lemon salt. 

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HEPP’S Sun Burned Margarita

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This Margarita is the perfect combination sweet on heat.  We used all natural ingredients NO mixes allowed!  We juiced our strawberries, and limes if you don’t have a juicer you can put the strawberries in a blender with a little water and blend until smooth.  I would suggest with the limes you manually squeeze over a strainer.  By adding HEPP’S habanero sugar to the rim this drink will keep people coming back for more but be careful this sugar packs a punch.



  • 4 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 6 oz. Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 oz. club soda
  • 1 tbs. agave nectar (or to taste)
  • Splash Triple sec
  • HEPP’S Habanero Sugar for rim ( very hot!!) 


  1. Add the Strawberries to the juicer or to a blender. Blend until smooth. place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl pour the puree into the strainer to remove the seeds.- if juiced this mesh is not necessary
  2. Add ingredients over ice in a shaker, shake well.
  3. Take lime wedge run over the rim of each glass and dip in pile of HEPP’S Habanero sugar until the complete rim is covered ( * option- you can cover only half or dip one side of lime in the sugar pile and place on rim for those who may want less heat or sugar. )
  4. Fill glass with ice and pour in mixture.

Alternatives- HEPP’S salt can be used instead of the sugar, if you still some hear you can use our HEPP’S habanero salt, or for a different taste an applewood smoked salt.  HEPP’S black lava is also a great salt that looks really cool – See Skinny on skinny recipe for picture.





This week in the salt lab we created our own shamrock shakes using our new Sweet Fusion sugars just in time for St. Patrick’s day.   Try our Dark Cacao, Raspberry or Vanilla Bean sugars to rim your glass and in the shake.  This is the non alcoholic version but you can always add your own creative kick to make it a party favorite.

  • 4 cups of  vanilla ice cream
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of pure peppermint extract
  • 1½ to 2 cups of low-fat milk – depending on desired thickness
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar – HEPPS’ Vanilla Bean
  • Green food coloring
  1. Lightly coat the rim our your glass with some of the vanilla extract or peppermint extract and dip the rim in HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Sugar your choice
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

HEPP’S Sweet Fusion will be available on line very soon, you can find them at all our farmers market locations.



This recipe didn’t make it in time for our Oscar Party Must Haves segment but it should have.  I am a big fan of Mojitos but this champagne twist brings it to a whole new level.  Try it with our Ginger sugar for the rim and the simple syrup.


  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Ginger Sugar Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces rum, preferably 10 Cane
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  • HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Ginger Sugar raw for rimming 


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together mint, lime juice, and HEPP’S Ginger simple syrup to release mint oils.
  2.  Add rum and bitters; shake over ice.
  3. Coat rim with lime juice and dip in HEPP’S Ginger Sugar,
  4.  Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe.
  5.  Top with Champagne.

All HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Sugars will be available online soon, you can get them now at our farmers market locations. 

HEPP’S Pink Argo Grapefruit Margarita

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Since it is National Margarita day we figured here at HEPP’S why only celebrate one day? Let’s celebrate all weekend.  This recipe is great for your oscar party of any size, serving up to four people but you can modify accordingly or just make more!!


  • 1/2 lime cut in wedges
  • HEPP’S Aussie Flake, Black Lava, Thai Ginger or for something different try Hickory Smoked Salt 
  • 1 cup ruby-red grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 3 freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup white tequila

Makes 4 drinks

Rub the lime around the edge of each glass and then dip the rim lightly in a plate of HEPP’S  salt.  Set aside let to dry.
Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, and ice in a blender.  Puree until smooth.  Pour into a large pitcher and stir in the tequila.

HEPP’S Oscar Night Vodka Playbook



*makes one drink (feel free to double, triple, etc. to make a batch for a crowd!)


  • 1 1/2 oz pear vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice, chilled
  • 2 raspberries for garnish
  • HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Vanilla Bean Sugar


  1.  Run a lemon wedge along the edge of each glass, then dip into a plate piled with HEPP’S Sweet Fusion Vanilla Bean Sugar, ( available at farmers market locations this weekend!!)  twist the glass back and forth in the sugar to evenly coat.
  2. Add a couple raspberries to glass, then top with pear vodka, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Stir if desired (or leave unstirred to give a slight ombré effect to the drink’s appearance)

HEPP’S Sparkling Red Carpet

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In honor of the Oscars airing this weekend, we at HEPP’S couldn’t think of a better excuse to develop some amazingly delicious signature drinks using our all NEW Sweet Infusion Sugar line and of course some of our salts.   This beautiful drink incorporates my wife’s favorite ingredients Champagne and orange juice, we just added a few extra’s to spice it up a bit.


  • 3 oz Champagne
  • 1/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • splash of orange juice
  • HEPP’S Sweet Fusion raspberry sugar ( available at farmers markets this weekend!)
  • 1 – 2 Raspberry’s


Lightly rim you champagne glass with HEPP’S Sweet Fusion raspberry sugar.  Pour Chambord into bottom of champagne glass, top with champagne add splash of orange juice and lime juice.  Add raspberry’s as room allows and enjoy!!


Salty Dog Cocktail

and Holiday Giveaway + AMEX Gift



Tis the Season, here is a great cocktail for you to enjoy and a giveaway to help make your holiday a little brighter!

A grapefruit and vodka cocktail is called a Greyhound, if you add a salt-rimmed glass it’s now called a Salty Dog. How did I come up with this cocktail, it was all about the salt.

I stumbled upon Hepp’s Salt Barrel Co. Gourmet Salts, and I ordered up a batch, fell in love, contacted them told them how much I loved their salts and asked them to do a giveaway for my readers.  They agreed.  WOO-HOO!

You so want to win this giveaway.  I used their Vanilla Bean sea salt to rim this cocktail, but I am envisioning it on some dark chocolate brownies, or my holiday chocolate bark. YUMMY!

I also tried their Hickory Flavor on my Baked Salmon- it added a TON of flavor!  They sell so many flavors I had a heck of a time picking the ones I wanted.  Let me tell you any foodie on your holiday list would LOVE a package of Hepp’s Salt!  It is as beautiful and it is delicious!  So get your butt signed up to win!  details below


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces red grapfruit juice
  • Vanilla Bean flavored salt
  • Grapefruit wedge

Cut a grapefruit in half, juicing one half.  In a martini shaker add ice, juice, vodka and shake to mix.

Rub rim of glass over other 1/2 of grapefruit and then sit glass onto salt to coat rim.

Pour cocktail in glass, add Grapefruit wedge and enjoy!

Well, my friends at Hepp’s Salt want you to try 5 of their gourmet salts at a $50+ value and threw in a $25.00 American Express Gift Card for your last minute holiday needs. Awesome prize pack up for grabs! If you want to take this home with you, find out the ways you can enter in the Rafflecopter widget below.

RULES: Contest only open to legal US residents. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If I receive no response, I will randomly pick another winner. I received this exact prize pack to review. I was not compensated for this post; all opinions are always my own!



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