The Naked Turtle White Rum: Have a Sip, Save a Baby Sea Turtle

We’re continuing our #GivingTuesday coverage with a great way to save the life of a baby Sea Turtle. What’s a more wonderful gift to give, than the gift of life? If you’re looking for more holiday gift ideas that benefit a good cause, keep reading on for a delicious gift idea that is as precious as it is flavorful. This holiday season is the perfect time to #SipNakedSaveTurtles with The Naked Turtle White Rum. With only one in every 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings surviving into adulthood, help these flippered friends make it home for the holidays by gifting the gift that keeps on giving. This wonderfully delicious gift is sure to impress your animal-lover on your list. And if that animal lover on your list is especially obsessed with Sea Turtles or just loves truly adorable animals, the STC (Sea Turtle Conservancy),  the largest and longest-running organization dedicated to the research and conservation of sea turtles, offers a few more gifts ideas that also benefit these adorable sea creatures.

For every bottle of the gluten-free, preservative-free, five-times distilled rum made, a donation is made to the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) to save a baby sea turtle.  At just $12.99 for a 750ml bottle, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious rum and know that you’re helping to save animals. The Naked Turtle White Rum is crafted with quality sugarcane molasses and distilled five times with the pristine waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands. While most rums are aged in oak barrels, The Naked Turtle White Rum never touches the inside of a barrel, resulting in a subtly sweet, crystal clear taste. Plus it’s gluten-free and has no preservatives! This crystal clear rum boasts a nose that’s a heavenly mix of vanilla, custard, brown sugar and light banana. Your palate will love its little hints of vanilla, coconut, and molasses, and it’s sweet, creamy, and smooth finish. As we stated before the STC offers more gifts options to help these adorable animals. You already know that every bottle of The Naked Turtle White Rum you purchase saves a baby sea turtle, and

  • Because of a Case: Save The Sea Turtles Case, $28.00 – 10% of proceeds are donated to the STC
  • Honukini Save The Sea Turtles Collection, $60.00 top, $55.00 bottom – 15% of proceeds are donated to the STC
  • Pura Vida Sea Turtle Bracelet, $15.00 – 10% of proceeds are donated to the STC

Available in 50mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L, and 1.75L sizes, The Naked Turtle White Rum is available in FL, NC, SC, HI, TX, LA, MA, RI, MD, DE, NJ, NY, DC, and CT.

Celebrate Intensely: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur for the Holidays

Forget Peppermint, Cranberries, and other traditional Christmas flavors, this holiday season, it’s all about Ginger. Since the holidays are all about celebrations, we’ll be raising a glass or two of a delicious cocktail made with a very special ginger liqueur. Toast to the holiday season with delicious libations made with Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, a handcrafted, Brooklyn-made spirit created with 200 pounds of fresh ginger per batch.

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is made with lots and lots of fresh Ginger with no extracts and no chemicals. It is also is vegan, gluten-free, and kosher certified. If you’re a fan of the taste of pure, big, bold, powerful flavor of fresh Ginger, then Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Passport, created by Jason Foust, Late Harvest Kitchen

1.5 oz Vodka
.75 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz fresh lime
Red grapes

Basil Preparation:
Muddle red grapes and basil in a shaker and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and fine strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass. Garnish with basil and grape.

Mortimer & Mauve, created by Pamela Wiznitzer, Seamstress, NY

1.25 oz Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey
1.25 oz Chai infused Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth*
.5 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

* Chai-Infused Vermouth:
1 750ml bottle of Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Add 4-5 Chai tea bags Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Take out the bags and pour the infusion back into the bottle.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Use orange twist to extract oils. Discard peel.

Intense Digestif

Did you know that Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur was originally enjoyed as a digestif? This spicy and refreshing liqueur is perfect for calming and settling the stomach and digestive tract. Just pour over ice for a perfectly chilled and delicious way to stimulate your body.

Want to experience this intense spirit for yourself? Barrow’s Intense is available in 375ml (around $24.00) and 750ml (around $39.00) bottles that can be purchased online or at several retail locations nationwide. Check out the Barrow Intense store locator for the closest retailer near you.

Notorious Pink Grenache: A Rosé Wine for All Seasons

Although it’s generally known as a summer wine, we strongly believe the versatile rosé wine can be enjoyed beyond the warm season. Rosé wines can be dry, semi-sweet, savory and meaty, and fruity and floral. These diverse styles and tastes make this wine free of boundaries and perfect for year’ round enjoyment. One especially delicious rosé breaking the rules is Notorious Pink Grenache, a lovely rosé that seems like a typical dry, summer wine, but is so much more.

Notorious Pink is a special blush cuvée made from 100% Grenache, the leading grape varietal at Domaine la Colombette in the South of France, where grapes from the oldest vines are bled, while those from younger vines are pressed. After settling, the musts are fermented at low temperatures (14-18c). It is said that the best rosés are very dry and that they should bear traditional French names, but the Notorious Pink Grenache proves otherwise. It is not as dry as most French rosés, which makes it fabulously tasteful enjoyed with or without food.

Notorious Pink uses mature berries to balance the flavors of the ripe berries that give it a wonderful acidity and soft minerality. The Notorious Pink Grenache is pale pink in color and exudes floral orange blossom aromas. The Notorious Pink Grenache tasting notes are as follows:

Aroma: Ripe Peaches, Plums, Lavender, Pear, Orange, Honey, Floral, Herbal
Palate: Melons, Raspberries, Sweet Cherry, Pear, Peach, Crisp, Good Acidity, Well Balanced
Finish: Stewed Apples, Hint of Spice, Good minerality, Gentle and Length Finish

We know you’re wondering, “why should you drink Notorious Pink rosé in the fall?” For the following very simple reasons: this slightly provocative wine pairs with everything – from fish to soups, to BBQ. It’s quite divine all on its own, so please enjoy a glass or two with nothing else, it’s wonderfully elegant (it’s taste and label), sometimes red wine is much too heavy to enjoy, it brings out the fruit notes in your favorite sweet fall treats, and it makes a wonderful cocktail (hello Wine Spritzers). You will also start to see more and more rosé being highlighted at restaurants and bars as a year’ round wine option, so why not be ahead of the trend.

Notorious Pink has won Double Gold Medal Top Fifty Rosé 2015, five Gold Medals and two “Judges’ favorite,” in addition to a myriad of silver and bronze medals in regional competitions, as well as in Paris. You can’t go wrong with an award-winning wine!

Notorious Pink Grenache is available at www.wine.com and www.drizly.com. You can also use their store locator to find Notorious Pink at a store near you

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.