Champagne Wishes, Apple Dreams: Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in apple season. While some apples are available all year round, the fall season, (especially fall in New York) is the only time you can get ripe, fresh apples off the tree. What better time than the height of apple season to introduce and highlight the most delicious and newest apple harvest, a wonderfully delicious sparkling apple wine. What do you get when you combine New York breeding with French elements? You get Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, a 12% abv sparkling wine crafted from locally sourced Upstate New York apples (New York grows more apple varieties than any other state). Creation of this delightful sparkling follows the traditional method used by the French champagnes.

Created and distributed by Sauvage, Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, launching soon in Apple Crisp, is an all natural, gluten-free and kosher sparkling wine. It is a bit like bubbly and a bit like cider, hence its name, Comsi Comsa, French for “Like this, Like that.” What makes this naturally sweet bubbly so amazing? It’s made with dozens of apple varieties sourced from the local farms surrounding the distillery, it boasts 12% alcohol (ciders only have 6%), has a slightly full-bodied nose, and a gorgeous caramel color. There are only two ingredients in every bottle of Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine – 100% apples and Champagne Yeast, nothing more.

Influenced by French techniques applied in the Champagne region of France, Sauvage marries tradition and innovation to offer this all-natural apple-based sparkling wine. We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, and it truly was love at first sip. We highly recommend serving it chilled in a champagne flute but we can also see this sweet sparkling adding a unique twist to a French 75 cocktail, a Bellini (who says it has to be peach or pear), or a sweet holiday Poinsettia cocktail (just add cranberry juice).

Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine officially launches on November 15th, 2017. The 750ml bottle of the sparkling wine, which bears a Panther logo (Sauvage is French for “wild” after all), will retail for $14.99 each.  Keep an eye out at bars and restaurants, clubs and lounges for this crisp spirit, or maybe just pay a visit to Sauvage’s distillery in Oneonta, NY.

Sauvage’s brand-new farm distillery and tasting room are nestled in Oneonta, a vibrant small town in Upstate New York, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains along the banks of the Susquehanna River. With direct access to 24 varieties of delicious apples growing in the nearby region’s orchards, Sauvage produces this local, fresh, crisp and tasty juice, fermented with champagne yeast. This proprietary recipe becomes the signature base for their unique line of apple-based products.

What are your thoughts on apple sparkling wines? Would you love to give Comsi Comsa a try? For more information on Comsi Comsa, head over to www.drinksauvage.com.

Taste the Heat: HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka is Perfect for Fall

We know we missed National Vodka Day by two days but seeing as there never is a wrong time to celebrate vodka, and this flavored vodka is oh-so-perfect for the fall season, we’re more than ready to celebrate this wonderful spirit. Few flavors make you think of the fall season – pumpkin spice, apples, and of course cinnamon. Cinnamon adds a kick to everything, so imagine what this flavorful and hot aromatic spice does to vodka. Join us in welcoming HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka to your must-have bar list. Why is HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka good? HEEET is the perfect blend of sweetness and fire, the perfect craft spirit to warm you up on those upcoming cold nights.

For that reason, we couldn’t wait to open our bottle of HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka. The combination of a crisp and sharp, yet smooth vodka punched up with the addition of fiery cinnamon is the perfect drink to have on a cool fall day.  Imagine the possibilities you can create. Your hot toddies would be exceptional! Imagine enjoying an apple pie in cocktail form, a new twist on Spiced Apple cocktail, make your hot chocolate into one suitable for adults, or just enjoy a shot that goes down like a smooth burn. With HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka, the fall flavor possibilities are endless.

This high-quality, American Made, luxury cinnamon vodka combines the crisp taste of vodka with all natural ingredients to set your tongue ablaze. Whether you mix it in the perfect cocktail or enjoy it on the rocks, HEEET offers a fresh and fiery twist on a class taste, perfect for the fall season. This ultra-premium, American Made Vodka is 6x distilled, boasts 100% all-natural ingredients, is carbon filtered, created in small 250 gallon-sized batches, and is 68 proof with 34% ABV.

HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka is available in a 750ml bottle and retails for $24.99. To explore the intense, hot cinnamon flavors of HEEET, head to www.merrygospirits.com.

You’re Invited: The 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival

It’s back!! A little over a year ago we attended the inaugural Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival that combined two great American loves, running and craft beer. While we didn’t participate in the running, many running aficionados did, and over 1500 attendees enjoyed unlimited tastings of beers from 15 craft breweries at Randall’s Island Park. In a few short days (13 to be exact), the 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival once again takes place to the delight of runners and beer drinkers.

On Saturday, October 21st, the 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival will feature unlimited tastings from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Bronx Brewery, Interboro Spirits and Ales, Kings County Brewers Collective, Coney Island Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Brewery Ommegang, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Citizen Cider, SpikedSeltzer, SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing Co., and more! The day starts off with a 5K race (Check-in starts at 10 am | Race at 12 pm) with waterfront views of the NYC skyline, followed by a festival until 4 pm where attendees will also enjoy live music, brewery row, lawn games, and delicious, local food vendors such as Dom’s Mac Truck and Sweet Chili, and seating areas.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Oceanic Global, an organization that aims to educate individuals on issues impacting our oceans and provides them with solutions for driving positive change. The Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival has made a commitment to go 100% plastic free to support Oceanic Global’s mission of reducing single-use plastic consumption and oceanic pollution!

FULL EVENT DETAILS ARE BELOW:

The 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival
DATE: Saturday, October 21st
TIME: Check In Starts: 10:00 AM
Race Starts: 12:00 PM
Festival: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
VENUE: Randall’s Island Park, NYC
TICKET INFO: 5K + Beer Fest: Early Bird – $59.95, Advanced – $69.95, Same Day – $79.95
Beer Fest Only: Early Bird – $44.95, Advanced – $54.95, Same Day – $64.95
TICKETS: https://goo.gl/RgfYvF

Hurry now to get $10.00 off your ticket price with code: BrewHopNYC.

Kristine Serrano & Carlos Ruiz Create Best Tequila Herradura Cocktails

What better way to celebrate the fall season, thank with an evening of witnessing a tequila cocktail battle. Tequila Herradura recently sponsored the www.liquor.com and the US Bartenders’ Guild (USBG)‘s 2017 Bartender Legends competition where regional bartenders competed for the top spot and a trip to Mexico for the final competition at Casa Herradura. The event showcased ten regional semi-finalists from the area. Kristine Serrano and Carlos Ruiz’s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in New York.

The Bartender Legends competition allows bartenders across the country a chance to showcase their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura.

After beating out their competitors at the regional level, Serrano and Ruiz move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the thirteen other participating markets. As finalists, Serrano and Ruiz won an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale.

“I’m from one of the most diverse places in the world- Queens, New York,” Serrano said. “Growing up in Queens meant embracing the traditions, food, drinks, and spirits of many different people. I feel very privileged to have so much richness and variety of culture in my neighborhood. As a bartender in Queens, I enjoy being a part of a community that takes influence from all over the world.”

Crafted Cocktail by Kristine Serrano


1.5 parts Herradura Silver
.5 part Sotol Por Siempre
.5 part Lime Juice
.5 part Pineapple Gomme Syrup
.25 part Cynar
1 Inch Slice Muddled Green Pepper
Celery Salt/ Pepper Rim
Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Garnish with celery salt/pepper rim. Add Pineapple leaves to glass. The celery salt/ pepper rim is 2:1 celery salt to pepper. The pineapple leaves will stick in two ways- you can freeze them to the glass (my preferred method) or you can use a small pick in the back of the leaves.

“My inspiration was to be able to combine my Peruvian heritage and Mexico,” Ruiz said. “The yellow corn commonly found in the United States pales in comparison to the shapes, sizes, and colors of the traditional maize varieties cultivated by the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The ears of corn may range from a couple of inches to a foot long, in colors that include white, red, yellow, blue, purple and black. With that said I wanted to incorporate corn in my cocktail to not only showcase Chicha Morada but also highlight how corn can be so versatile.”

Crafted Cocktail by Carlos Ruiz

2 parts Herradura Reposado
1 part Chicha Morada
0.75 part Lime Juice
0.75 part Chai syrup
1 egg white
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake first. After, shake with ice and double strain into coupe glass that has been chilled prior. Garnish with cinnamon salt on top.

Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all. During the trip, bartenders will also experience a VIP distillery tour, receive brand education and training, as well as explore popular and historic Mexico attractions.

Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin & Prickly Pear EquineOx Makes US Debut

You may have heard of farm to table foods which promote locally sourced ingredients from local farmers, did you know “farm to glass” also exists and refers to spirits made with regionally-sourced ingredients? The award-winning Canadian Craft Spirits maker, Eau Claire Distillery, has officially made their U.S. debut with their renowned, farm to glass, Eau Claire Parlour Gin, and Eau Claire Prickly Pear EquineOx spirit. Made from regionally-sourced ingredients and artisanal distilling methods, Eau Claire’s spirits reveal truly unique flavors and redefine taste, one grain-to-glass experience at a time.

The first of Eau Claire Distillery’s distinguished spirits to become available in the U.S., the Parlour Gin, and Prickly Pear EquineOx have won countless prestigious industry awards. Some of those awards (from 2017 alone) include SIP 2017 Consumers Choice Award, SIP Awards 2017 Best of Class – Platinum, SIP Awards 2017 – Silver, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 Bronze, *The Fifty Best Gin’s 2017 Best Gin – Gold, and Distilled Competition 2017 – Silver.

We have the pleasure of experiencing both the Parlour Gin and the Prickly Pear EquineOx at Five Mile Stone in New York City (one of the bar/restaurants you can enjoy these farm to glass spirits). We fell in love at first sight of the distinguished, cheeky, and sophisticated packaging. We all know how alcohol can make wild animals out of people and we loved the visual of wild animals looking and acting quite distinguished and sophisticated – hence why we believe Eau Claire’s spirits will turn the wildest of animals into sophisticated drinkers.

The Eau Claire Parlour Gin is a London-style dry gin that augments more traditional gin botanicals, creating a juniper berry-induced dryness, but with unique hints of rosehip, Saskatoon berry, coriander, lemon, orange, mint, and spice. It’s dry with a harmonious texture and smooth finish. Parlour Gin is distilled with a selection of special botanicals that gives it delicious, unique flavor notes. We usually tread lightly with Gins because the bite can be too much for us, but Eau Claire’s Parlour Gin truly surprised us with its quick bite and immediate smoothness.

The Eau Claire Prickly Pear EquineOx is a distillation of the essence of Alberta – blue skies, mountain-fresh water, prairie grain and distinctive ingredients like the prickly pear cactus. This smooth and flavorful spirit defies comparison, though it could be described as a sweet, barley-based alternative to gin or vodka. Its name honors the role Eau Claire’s horses and oxen play in the annual spring planting and fall harvest. This was our favorite! We loved the unique taste, slight sweetness, full-bodied weight, and smoothness of the Prickly Pear EquineOx. Oh, the cocktails we will enjoy with this distinctly flavored spirit.

Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin and Prickly Pear EquineOx are imported and distributed within the United States by Park Street Imports, LLC. Some retailers carrying both spirits in New York includes 55th Street Liquors, Ambassador Wine & Spirits, Blue Angel Wines, and Duke’s Liquor Box. You can enjoy a glass or two of both at these following NYC bars/restaurants: Five Mile Stone, The Wren, The Daisy, Cafe Tallulah, and Pisticci Restaurant. Current available markets for Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin and Prickly Pear EquineOx are New York and Florida, with other markets coming soon.

You’re Invited: The 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration

Calling all alcohol connoisseurs and craft spirit aficionados, have we got a great event for you to attend. Are you ready for an evening of flowing alcohol? The 10-day countdown is on for the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration, where a variety of over 30, hand-selected spirit brands and over 100 expressions that represent a wide array of craft alcohol offerings from around the world, will showcase their spirits.

For the fifth year in a row, online spirits club, Flaviar, brings together distillers, connoisseurs, and craft spirit fans to a tasting journey that spans the globe with the Craft Spirits Celebration. With a theme of “Tasting is Believing”, the event, which will be held on September 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Houston Hall, promises to not only have you enjoy samplings of the spirits, you will learn all about those spirits directly from the people behind the brands. Get ready for an evening of tasting rare, exclusive alcohol offerings from global powerhouses such as Oban, Woodford Reserve and Dictador to small craft producers such as FEW, WhistlePig and Ilegal Mezcal.

“The Craft Spirits Celebration is all about bringing together people to explore fine spirits and connect with the community of like-minded people,” said Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar. “Our Flaviar community gives us the ability to source spirits that they would not be able to get their hands on otherwise. In addition, we have been fortunate enough to be able to develop our own private bottlings as an exclusive offer, thus expanding the tasting experience.”

What other amazing things you can experience at the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration event? A Glencairn Whisky Glass, Boozy Photo Booth, Cohiba Cigars, and food pairings. Tickets for the exclusive September 14th event are on sale now and are available in five tiers. Available tickets include:

  • Flavier Friends Exclusive Ticket – $79.00 (exclusive to existing Flavier members)
  • Discount for Duo: $120.00
  • Aficionado (including 3 months Flavier membership – a $60.00 value) – $120.00
  • Connoisseur (including 12 months Flavier membership – a $240.00 value) – $260.00
  • General Admission – $100.00

To purchase any of these tickets, head over to www.flaviar.com/craft-spirits-celebration and select your desired ticket.

National Rum Day: Captain Morgan’s Favorite Holiday

If it’s Christmas, you write a letter to Santa Claus, when it’s National Rum Day, you hit up Captain Morgan. We sure did and he responded with some magnificent ways to celebrate National Rum Day as only the Captain can. Not only do we have two delicious rum cocktails made from the iconic Original Spiced Rum, we’re excited to introduce you to the new coconut shot offering, LocoNut. Of course these two simple, yet delicious cocktails are not quite enough, we’ve included two specialty treats, the recipes for rum gelatins shots and freeze pops. These two unconventional “cocktails” are made with the Original Spiced Rum, and LocoNut respectively. What better way to close out the summer than to celebrate the distilled alcoholic beverage that represents summer, tropical escapes, and fun.

Morgan Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Mint Sprig
Lime
Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice, Original Spiced Rum, and ginger ale. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel. Stir and serve.

Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
8.5 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 envelopes of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons)

Loco & Coco

3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
4 oz. Coconut Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

The Miami Vice

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
1.5 oz. Coconut Water
0.75 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
0.75 oz. Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

Does the Captain have your attention? Will you join him in celebrating the month of rum? Which of these delicious recipes are you dying to try first? However you celebrate the remaining days of summer, make sure you invite the Captain. If you’re looking for more rum recipe ideas, the captain is sure to share his secrets.

Cruzan Rum: A Diamond in the Rum for National Rum Day

As we’ve stated before, summer is the season of Rum, and August is when we honor the distilled alcohol made from sugarcane or molasses. August is National Rum Month, and Wednesday, August 16th is National Rum Day. What better way to celebrate than to taste the authentic spirit of the island of St. Croix with Cruzan Rum cocktails.

We recently highlighted their newest rum, Tropical Fruit Rum, to ring in Rum month, and wanted to share some more for National Rum Day. You will find four delicious cocktail recipes from some very talented mixologists from Austin, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta.

Cruzan Aloe Can You Go (Serves 4-6)
Recipe by Justin Lavenue, Austin, TX

5 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Falernum
4 parts Aloe Juice
2 parts Coconut Cream
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Build ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Fill with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint sprigs, and grated nutmeg. Serve with 4-6 straws and enjoy!

Cruzan Star (Single serving)
Recipe by Julia Momose, Chicago, IL

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Ambre Vermouth
1/4 part Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy!

Cruzan Crush (serves 4-6)
Recipe By Teddy Collins, Miami

4 parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
4 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
6 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Apricot Simple Syrup*
Fresh Mint and Thyme
Combine lemon juice, apricot simple syrup, and pineapple juice into a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Lightly smack 10 mint leaves and drop into the bucket along with 2 stems of thyme and muddle softly. Add rums, crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint, thyme, and 4-6 straws. Enjoy!

*Apricot Simple Syrup Instructions: Over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and apricot juice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool.

Cruzan LocoCoco (Serves 4-6)
Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta

8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
8 parts Coconut Water
2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill the bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy!

There you have it, four great Cruzan Rum cocktails to help you celebrate National Rum Day. Which one of these rum cocktails is your favorite recipe?