May 21--Sammy Hagar lives for the summer months: The surf, the sun, sand between his toes, rockin' tunes and a cold margarita in his hand.

Though the Red Rocker's Sammy Hagar & The Circle Summer 2020 Tour has been officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn't mean he's giving up on enjoying his favorite time of year, so he'll be pairing some premium cocktails with delicious food at backyard barbecues.

While the 72-year-old singer-songwriter is known for being the wild man fronting bands like Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and more recently, Sammy Hagar & The Circle -- with original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson -- he's also known for his vast entrepreneurial endeavors and a passion for quality dining and libations.

Hagar has partnered with chef, television personality and restaurateur Guy Fieri and master distiller Juan Eduardo Nuñez to create Santo brand Tequila Blanco and Mezquila, which is distilled in Jalisco, Mexico.

Hagar also owns his own Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, which is distilled in Puerto Rico. All summer long, the Fontana native will be breaking out these liquor bottles to enjoy cocktails in the Orange County home he and his wife are currently quarantining in together.

"I have two drinks I make at home and that's either a mojito with rum and, man, I'm a margarita guy," he said during a recent phone chat. "I'm not a guy that can do shots and shots of tequila. I like to have a margarita and sip on it for an hour or so."

Sammy's Easy, Go-To Margarita

1 ounce of an lemon or lime juice (he prefers lime)

1 ounce of sweetener (Cointreau, Triple Sec, Grand Mariner or Simple Syrup)

1.5 ounces of Santo Tequila Blanco or Santo Mezquila

"Put that in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake it," he said. " That's it."

With the Mezauila, he likes to add little squeeze of an orange and a chili salt rim, but for the Tequila Blanco, he puts "just a kiss" of salt on one corner of his glass. To spice up the margarita, add in some sliced jalapeno.

"Then you get the hot, salt, sweet and sour ... it doesn't get better than that for drinks," he added.

Sammy's Mojito

2 ounces of Sammy's Beach Bar Rum

1 ounce of simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar

Fresh, muddled mint, a squeeze of lime and soda water or 7-Up over ice.

Santo Watermelon Cucumber Fresca Cocktail.

Hagar and Fieri also came up with this concoction.

2 ounces Santo Tequila Blanco

1 ounce agave nectar

1 ounce lime juice

2 cubes of watermelon

4 pieces of cucumber quartered and cut into 1/8? slices

Grab a 12-ounce Collins glass or Mason jar and fill with ice; in a mixing glass, lightly muddle the watermelon, cucumbers and lime juice then fill 2/3 with ice and add tequila and agave. Cap the glass with a shaker and give it a shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain and pour over ice. Garnish with watermelon and cucumber slices.

It's important to pair the drinks with the proper food and for Hagar, that means eats off the barbecue including ribs, chicken wings, hot dogs, hamburgers and sometimes a simple quesadilla. He's also a fan of topping his food with Michael Anthony's Mad Anthony Fiery Mustard Sauce.

"I'm not just saying that because he's my friend, I swear it's the best," he said with a laugh. "It is it. It is the kind, man."

To go along with their cocktail, Fieri also whipped up a special accompanying dish.

Bacon Wrapped Chipotle BBQ Shrimp

8 ounces of bacon

20 shrimp, peeled & deveined

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup Canola oil

3 tablespoons chipotle in adobo

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.

Soak bamboo skewers in water. Partially cook bacon, cut in half and let cool on paper towels. Wrap the bacon around the shrimp and skewer through to keep bacon ends from unraveling. 3-5 per skewer. Combine barbecue sauce, oil, chipotle, lemon juice, mustard, chili flakes, black pepper and cayenne in blender and puree. Separate the sauce (half for basting and half for dripping). Cook the shrimp on the grill over medium heat. When the shrimp begin to turn pink, begin basting with the sauce. Serve with remaining sauce.

Since we're all practicing social distancing, Hagar said a barbecue is the best way to distance and that a grill is hot enough to kill off anything.

"The outdoor barbecue situation is the best situation," he said. "Everyone can stand back and when they're ready, walk up and get their food, take what you want and you're good to go."

Hagar likes to make his own sauces, which is why he's big on gardening. He's growing tomatoes, mint, onion, thyme, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, onions, all kinds of peppers and even his own broccoli. He said the process is relatively easy and reports that his cilantro "is growing like weeds and there are so many tomatoes this time of year, it's tomato time, man!"

"I make my own salsa a lot," he said. "I made it the other night with everything from the garden. I hardly buy it anymore unless there's a certain kind I want because some salsas are complex, like the ones that are cooked. I don't do that. I like all of the raw vegetables together and there's a trick to that too ... you gotta put some lime in there, and some salt."

When he's not tending to his garden or safely checking out the local beaches, Hagar is doing the "Lockdown Sessions" on YouTube with his band, each from his own home. so far they've covered songs by Bob Marley, The Who, Buffalo Springfield, AC/DC and more. The fifth season of his "Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar" is also currently airing on AXS on Sunday nights.

Though he can't physically be out on the road right now, Hagar said it's nice to be able to share a little of that that escape through the show with fans. During each episode he travels to meet up with different artists such as county singer Tayna Tucker, Queen's Brian May, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, country music duo Big & Rich, Ted Nugent, Def Leppard and more.

"About an hour after it airs every Sunday night now I get texts from my musician friends saying they liked the show or they want to be on it," he said. "I don't know if that's because we're all stuck at home and the lockdown is forcing people to watch it or if the show is getting bigger and better, but I'll take it."

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