Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

While Western cultures observe the start of a new year on January 1, many east Asian cultures celebrate Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is traditional in countries such as Korea, China, and Vietnam and regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. This means the Lunar New Year typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

This year, Lunar New Year was on February 12. In addition to being the most popular holiday in Asia, it is also celebrated by over 16 million Asian Americans each year. This year was no different, despite much of the United States still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there weren’t any large gatherings and festivals that typically mark Lunar New Year, people still found their own ways to incorporate art, craftsmanship, and food into this annual holiday.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin has long been inspired by Lunar New Year traditions and this year, the cognac producer unveiled a sugar masterpiece. Developed with FRED & FARID New York, an independent boutique agency that is a mix of French, Chinese, and American influences, Rémy Martin used the concept of “sweet art” to create a confectionary triumph and wish the world a sweet Year of the Ox. “Sweet art” is an original art technique that gets its inspiration from sugar painting, a traditional form of art that is made out of caramelized sugar.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

With such an artistic feat in mind, Rémy Martin partnered with a couple of notable artists. Yajun Sui, a traditional Chinese sugar painting Master, and Multimedia Artist Elisabeth Hodes helped Rémy Martin create the sugar masterpiece. Together, they created 65 detailed pieces that made up the work of art, spent over 100 hours on it, and used over 20 pounds of sugar. This is quite the feat, especially when you consider that a human lifting a 20-pound box will put nearly 400 pounds of force on their spine.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

The end result of all of this work and sugar is a celebration of the melding of tea culture and cognac culture, as well as the craft that goes into both of them. The grand piece of artwork, rendered in tones of gold and red, features swirling clouds, cavorting oxen, celebratory humans, a half-full teapot, and a bottle of cognac. Just looking at the sweet masterpiece will make you want to go brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes, although you probably wouldn’t want to take your eyes away even for your dental health. The enchanting work of art gives the world a touch of sweetness after a uniquely challenging year, which was exactly the intention of its creators.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads

Did you know you can use jams, fruit spreads, and preserves to make your cocktails? Yeah, neither did we but boy are we glad we discovered this. Apparently, the practice of jam cocktails has been around since the 1900s (who knew). Cocktails were created using jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades as a sweetening agent. So if you’re ever in the mood for a cocktail and are out of simple syrup, reach into your pantry for that jar of fruit spread; it’s the fastest way to add sweetness to cocktails. Today, we’ll be sharing several delicious jam cocktails, all perfect for spring, using Crofter’s Organic fruit spreads.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

We’ve previously highlighted the absolutely flavorful organic fruit spreads from Crofter’s Organic; first, when we were introduced to them in 2014 and once again last year when they added more fruit and less sugar to their fruit spreads. This time around, we’re happy to share the versatility of these organic fruit spreads and show you another way you can enjoy them. Let’s get to know some of these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails.

Peach Bellini

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

1 ½ Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread
¾ oz Vodka
Prosecco
Ice Cubes (Crushed)
Fresh Mint
Begin by adding Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread to a cocktail shaker along with ¾ oz vodka and some crushed ice. About 2-3 ice cubes. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a glass and then top with prosecco. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Mango Radler

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

¾ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread
6 Oz Water
12 Oz Sparkling Water
Fresh Lemon Juice (Half a Lemon)
Fresh Lime Juice (Half a Lime)
4 Cans Beer of Choice (473ml each – We used a local Pale Ale)
In a small saucepot over low heat, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread with 6oz of water to thin it out slightly. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and strain out any chunks of mango that may be too big. Let cool. In a large beverage, pitcher add in the sparkling water, fresh lemon, and lime juice. Next, add in the mango syrup (once it has cooled slightly). Whisk to combine. Next, slowly pour in the beer to avoid making a lot of foam. We recommend tilting the pitcher for a smoother pour. Give the pitcher one last gentle stir. Now for the taste test! If the mixture is too citrusy add in more sparkling water. If not citrusy enough add in more fresh lemon and lime juice. Keep cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade Cocktail

1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread or 1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Strawberry Fruit Spread
¾ Cup Lemon Juice (2-3 Lemons)
1 Cup Cold Water
⅓ Cup Raw Organic Honey
2-3 Mint Leaves
In a blender, combine Crofter’s Organic® fruit spread, lemon juice, cold water, and raw organic honey. Blend until all components are mixed well and frothy. Strain the lemonade from the blender using a cheesecloth to remove the bubbly froth from the top and any clumps that may have missed being blended. Pour the lemonade over ice and garnish with 2-3 mint leaves. Enjoy!

My Easy Little Rum Away

My Easy Little Rum Away Cocktail

1 Tbsp. Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread
2 oz White Rum
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Orgeat Syrup
¼ oz Simple Syrup
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnishes: Lemon Wheel, Lime Wheel, and Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Combine Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread, rum, juices, orgeat syrup, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with bitters and garnish.

Simple Black Currant Mojito

Spring cocktail: Simple Black Currant Mojito

1 Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Back Currant Fruit Spread
4 Fresh Mint Leaves
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Rum of Choice
1 Tsp Caster Sugar
Club Soda or Tonic Water
Crushed Ice
Lime Wedge (Garnish)
Sprig of Mint (Garnish)
Combine Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Black Currant Fruit Spread, mint leaves, lime juice, and caster sugar in a small bowl. Muddle lightly (just enough to break down the mint leaves to release their flavor). Remove the leaves and place the Black Currant mixture in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice and then pour your rum of choice on top. Top it off with club soda or tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Raspberry Bramble

Spring cocktail: Raspberry Bramble

4oz Gin
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2oz Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup*
1oz Crème de Cassis
Garnishes: Lemon Peel and Fresh Raspberries
First, make the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup to remove any chunks or debris. This will result in a nice smooth syrup. Let’s make the cocktail! Simply combine all of the bramble ingredients into a shaker and shake to combine. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the Raspberry Bramble over the ice. Garnish with a fresh lemon peel and some fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

*Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup
½ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread
½ Cup Water
In a small-to-medium-sized saucepot, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread and water. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes or so until the sauce begins to thicken up slightly. Remove from heat.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails. We’d love to hear your thoughts on jam cocktails.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

Win Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

There’s something about art that speaks to everyone. It’s not the same for everything but they call art conversation pieces for nothing. Art, of course, comes in many forms. One favorite is glass blowing. We find it incredibly mesmerizing how glass artists mold and shape melted glass into the most exquisite things. From attention-getting decorative pieces to functional art pieces. Now imagine owning something like that. A functional piece of art that will always ignite conversation. We’re here to tell you, you can own one of those when you enter to win the Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

If you’re familiar with Netflix’s Reality Show Blown Away, then you’re very familiar with Deborah Czeresko, the Glass Artist who won. For those not familiar, Blown Away is a competition show, much like Top Chef or Project Runway, where glass artists compete in creating innovative artworks. If you haven’t checked it out, we recommend you doing so to see all the amazing things these artists created.

Deborah Czeresko has teamed up with Utah’s beloved Ogden’s Own distillery for a special collaboration. This collaboration, Deborah’s famous piece, “Morph”, a handcrafted glass decanter + 4 matching rocks glass set valued at $8,000.00, will go to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the raffle for a chance to win. The best part, you’ll also be helping out a wonderful charity.

Win Ogden's Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set

For as little as $5.00, you can be the lucky winner of the stunning Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko decanter set where 100% of the proceeds raised go to two Utah LGBTQ organizations, the Utah PRIDE Center and Equality Utah. This is an amazing and rare opportunity to both support a great cause and potentially win a one-of-a-kind artwork that any spirits aficionado would love.

Wouldn’t you love to win this conversation piece to display your favorite Ogden’s Own expression?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on this collaboration.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Hello, fellow wine lovers. Did you know that National Drink Wine Day is in three days? That’s correct, February 18th is the day we celebrate the joy of drinking wine. Of course, you don’t have to only drink wine on this day; we think it’s the perfect day to highlight personalized wine accessories to add to your home bar. We recently got the most adorable personalized elephant corkscrew from Lazer Designs, which we’re completely enamored with and we think it’s a must-have. You can either get one for yourself or give it as a gift. It makes a great token of appreciation to the wine lover in your life.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Is this just too adorable and wouldn’t it make an excellent addition to your wine bar? Lazer Designs specializes in the custom engraving of high-quality products, like the above Kikkerland corkscrew. This handy wine key is more than just looks good and it’s a wine corkscrew/opener and bottle opener. It features a sturdy wooden panel that’s perfect for engraving, as you can see.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Lazer Designs offers a wide range of products. All of which can be customized with a name, design, favorite saying— almost anything, really! In honor of National Drink Wine Day, we’ll be concentrating on some of their wine accessory offerings. Of course, we love our Elephant Corkscrew, but for those who love fishing (or for a pescatarian who only drinks white wine), there the Fish Corkscrew; love a good bar display, you’ll love the Barrel 4-Piece Wine Tool Set, which includes a corkscrew with a knife, decanter, bottle Stopper, and foil cutter; wine glasses lovers will adore the 16oz Premium Stemmed Wine Glass or the 17oz Stemless White Wine Glass, both of which can be personalized how you want; lastly for those who don’t want a manual wine opener and want to get to your wine faster, the Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener is just what you need.

There are many more cool wine accessories you can personalize that will take you far beyond National Drink Wine Day.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Drinks From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

As evidence by the number of sold-out items that were on our grocery list, the majority of you couples are staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day. So we decided to have more Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes for you to create at home. We hope you’ve enjoyed our previous Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails. We know you’ll enjoy these two sensual drink recipes by Ron Abuelo 7 Años, a delicious blend of rums with a weighted age of seven years.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

These delicious rum cocktails were created by Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador, Cristóbal Srokowski. There’s just something sensual about rum cocktails that make them perfect for Valentine’s Day cocktails. It may be the rich and darkness of the sugarcane molasses or its Caribbean history, islands that inspire escapism or hedonism. That’s what these two Ron Abuelo 7 Años bring to mind and we know you’ll enjoy them very much.

El Versalles

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
¾ oz. Fresh raspberries purée
¾ oz. Fresh passion fruit purée
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Simple syrup
Champagne flute
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a Champagne flute. Top off with chilled Champagne or dry sparkling wine and gently stir. Garnish with a raspberry.

Panama Dreaming

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 ½ oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
6 Fresh Raspberries
¾ oz. Honey syrup
¾ oz. Tamarind concentrate
1 oz Fresh lime juice
Muddle the raspberries inside the shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Simple strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, mint spring, and fresh raspberries.

About Ron Abuelo 7 Años ($24.99):

A reddish amber colored Reserva Superior. Matured in small oak casks, the Abuelo 7 Años is a versatile selection for sipping, mixing, and with food pairings. Rounded and balanced with aromas of dates, raisins, and vanilla. In the mouth, there is light minerality with notes of fig, cinnamon, and dried fruit.

Ron Abuelo is produced by Varela Hermanos, a third-generation family-owned company that dates back to 1908 when Don José Varela established the first sugar mill in the town of Pesé in the recently formed Republic of Panama. The rums of Ron Abuelo are made at Hacienda San Isidro in Pesé (a small valley in the Azuero Peninsula).

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here’s to Celebrating Love

If there’s one thing we all probably have in our homes during these stressful times, it is alcohol. So creating delicious Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails will be easy. If you are the few who are dry or running low on spirits, thank goodness for delivery. Today we’re sharing several delectable Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails that are sure to please. Whether you’re in love, single and looking, or celebrating with friends, or are vehemently anti-Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered.

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

Today we’re sharing delicious Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails from some four favorite spirit brands. You’ll love these recipes from the new Crystal Head Onyx Vodka, Los Arango Tequila, Seagram’s Vodka, Tanteo Tequila, Corralejo Tequila, and Vamonos Riendo Mezcal.

Heartbreaker’s Rosé

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
Muddled 6 Raspberries + 4-5 Mint Leaves
Top with Sparkling Rose
Muddle ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake on ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with Rose sparkling wine, and garnish with mint.

Love Stinks!

Crystal Head Onyx Love Stinks! Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Onyx
½ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Hibiscus Tea
Steep hibiscus tea for five minutes or as directed. Set aside and let it cool for a few minutes. Once the tea is cooled, build ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake on ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass

Los Arango (Dozen) Roses

Los Arango Tequila (Dozen) Roses Cocktail

2 ounces Los Arango Añejo
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave syrup
½ ounce grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish & Enjoy!

Los Arango La Reina

Los Arango Tequila La Reina Cocktail

11⁄2 oz. Los Arango Blanco Tequila
4 Dashes Pink Peppercorn Tincture
1⁄4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Drops Rose Water
3⁄4 oz. Dry Rosé
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Rim a Nick n Nora glass with cracked pink/black peppercorn salt. Hawthorne and fine strain the cocktail into your prepped glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and salt cracked pink and peppercorn rim.

Bucha Berry in Love

Seagram’s Berry In Love Mimosa

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
top with kombucha (I used strawberry lemonade kombucha)
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Passionate Souls Paloma

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1 1⁄2 oz. Corralejo Reposado
1⁄4 oz. Simple Syrup
3⁄4 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Passion Fruit Pureé
5 Dashes Cayenne Tincture
3 Drops Angostura Bitters
Top with Grapefruit Soda or Grapefruit Beer
Rim with Tajín
Rocks Ice
Combine all ingredients except for grapefruit beer into a cocktail shaker, shake thoroughly. Rim the Collins glass with Tajín, then add fresh rocks ice. Hawthorne and fine strain the cocktail over rocks in the glass, then top off the cocktail with grapefruit soda or grapefruit beer. Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel and a torched grapefruit half-moon.

Strawberry Kisses
by Cari Hah, LA Bartender

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1.25 oz Vamonos Riendo Mezcal
0.5 oz Green Chartreuse
0.25 oz Small Hands Orgeat
0.5 oz Aperol
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2-3 Fresh Strawberries (plus one half for garnish)
Rim your glass with sour sugar (combine granulated sugar with citric acid powder and stir well) then muddle strawberries in a tin, add ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a sour, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with half a strawberry.

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Love Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Love Margarita

13/4 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
1/4 oz. Mezcal
3/4 oz. Red Pepper Purée
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Light Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled. Rocks Glass (smoky salt rim optional). Garnish with a red pepper wedge.

Seagram’s Berry In Love Mimosa

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

2 ounces of Seagram’s Pineapple Vodka
½ ounce of strawberry syrup
½ ounce in lemon juice
top with champagne
Garnish with strawberry and citrus peel
Add everything to a shaker except the champagne. Shake then strain into a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a strawberry and citrus peel.

With these Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails, we’re sure you’ll enjoy celebrating love and all it gives. We’d love to know which of these mouth-watering Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails you’ll be enjoying.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

It’s almost Inauguration Day and we’re in such a celebratory mood. In two days, we’ll have a new administration who promises to really be for the people. As we watch the virtual swearing-in ceremony, we’ll be raising a glass to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Since we’ll be enjoying a new Administration with an actual conscience, we thought we’d celebrate with a spirits brand with a conscience too – Marble Distilling Co.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co. is an award-winning grain-to-glass to ground distillery located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Their “Drink Sustainably” philosophy is born from their passion to be gentle with the Earth’s natural resources and a duty to do their part to save the planet. Marble Distilling Co. returns all spent grains to the farms where they were grown, recycles 100% of their process water, and recapturing all of the energy from their stills. Marble has committed to being net-zero by 2022. They are at zero waste and use 1/100″ of the water a normal distillery utilizes. Their new addition of a 35kw solar array is getting them close to net-zero electricity. This makes them the most sustainable distillery on the planet!

Marble Distilling Co. produces two spirits brands, the small-batch Marble range consisting of Original Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Reserve, Gingercello, and Gingercello Reserve; the second brand, Hoover’s Revenge, features Hoover’s Revenge Whiskey, Hoover’s Revenge Ragged Mountain Rye Whiskey, and Hoover’s Revenge Single Barrel Bourbon. Their Original Marble Vodka is made from locally grown soft white wheat and malted barley, which imparts a smooth and creamy texture. The 80 proof, non-GMO vodka is 5X distilled in a copper pot still to ensure purity and clarity. It is then filtered over crushed Yule (limestone) Marble for a hint of minerality and finish; then the vodka is filtered on coconut husk for a luxurious, viscous finish.

We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with some of Marble Distilling Co.’s offerings and we’re delighted with this multiple award-winning distilling company. We find ourselves completely obsessed with the Gingercello (a non-traditional take on the Italian classic).

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

A contemporary cello adaptation, the gluten-free and non-GMO Gingercello liqueur is pot distilled with fresh ginger and rested on 200 hand-zested lemons and more ginger for several weeks. It combines fresh cut ginger and the sweetest part of the lemon zest creates a refreshing taste. Lightly sweetened, it is citrusy and bright with a ginger forward spiciness (the Gingercello Reserve is aged for a minimum of 1 yr in whiskey casks). the 70 proof liqueur is quite lovely on its own. We mostly enjoyed it on the rocks to fully enjoy what makes this such a distinct spirit, but the Gingercello is also extremely versatile as a modifier in craft cocktails. A Gingercello version of a Bourbon tea cocktail is absolutely divine (just switch out the limoncello for Marble’s Gingercello and you’re in cocktail heaven).

Moonlight Expresso Small-Batch Vodka

Coffee lovers will love the small-batch-from-scratch, coffee-flavored vodka. Made from a family recipe using all-natural ingredients, Moonlight EXpresso is made by distilling vodka, locally roasted Guatemalan coffee, and Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is a rich, dark coffee profile with a smokey, chocolate finish. Combined with a cold brew made in-house, this luxurious coffee liqueur is perfect for fabulous cocktail creations or stand-alone in hot or cold libations. The Moonlight EXpresso Reserve is aged in ex-rye whiskey casks for a minimum of 1 yr.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

The Hoover’s Revenge range is Marble Distilling Co.’s first foray into putting several single casks together, which yielded their Silver Label Whiskey. Each single 53-gallon American Oak cask is hand-selected and tasted for the flavor profiles it brings to this “marriage.” This whiskey is aged a minimum of two years, bottled at 84 proof with bottles numbered and signed by Connie Baker, Co-Founder and Head Distiller. The copper-colored whiskey is a marriage of three whiskies made by Marble Distilling Co: Bourbon, Rye, and Triticale. It features notes of hay, pear, and allspice; its taste is light in body with a floral sweetness with a hint of vanilla. It boasts a long finish with black peppercorn and clove spice that spikes at the end.

Marble's Distillery Doubles

One of our favorite things that Marble Distilling Co. offers during the pandemic is their Marble’s Distillery Doubles. A rotating selection of craft cocktails, such as their house Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Barrel-Aged Negroni, and more. Each Distillery Double makes two cocktails, all you have to do is just add ice. These cocktails are always made sustainably and with all-natural, local ingredients. Unfortunately, you have to live in Denver to enjoy their Distillery Doubles but you can still purchase their spirits online at www.shopmarblespirits.com with free shipping on 3 or more bottles.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We usually accept celebrity brands with a bit of skepticism because we’re not just going to accept that something a celebrity puts out is good. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63 ($36.99) because this Bolivian spirit already had a rich and distinct history. Distilled high in the Bolivian Andes from Muscat of Alexandria grapes, this impeccably clean and amazingly versatile spirit will blow you away with every sip. Many may not know this, but Singani is actually the national liquor of Bolivia. Mr. Soderbergh was introduced to this award-winning spirit by the Casting Designer on the set of CHE. Singani is really its own category but many people incorrectly classify it as brandy. The brand is hoping to change this with a petition for category recognition. We find it’s a bit similar to eau-de-vie (a light fruit wine/brandy-esque blend). We invite you to really get to know this spirit. Try it on the rocks first and take in its floral and grape fragrance; sip it slowly to indulge in its Mountain Meadow Flowers, White Pepper, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Honeysuckle notes; and indulge in its short, light, clean, and smooth finish.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We love Singani 63 because it greatly complements herbal liqueurs like Cynar and Aperol; check out their take on classic cocktails made with those Italian liqueurs.  Since it is the season, we want to share some great holiday cocktails. What makes adding Singani 63 to these cocktails to make them distinct? When the grapes mature at the Andes’ high altitude, their skins thicken, creating a unique flavor during the distillation process. Singani has been produced since the 16th century and 500 years later it’s this unique flavor that captivated Steven Soderbergh’s palate. He formed a partnership with pioneers of the Casa Real Distillery and after six years was finally able to launch Singani 63 in the US. This is why we are able to share these delicious holiday cocktails with you now. Let’s get mixing!

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

2 oz. Singani63
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Rosemary Cranberry Simple Syrup*
Club Soda
Rosemary Sprig & Cranberries Garnish
*Roseberry Simple- Boil 1C sugar, 1C water, 1C cranberries, 3 sprigs rosemary. Crush, strain when thickened.
Mix first 3 ingredients with ice, top with club soda, garnish.

After the Frost
Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

After the Frost by Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

1.5 oz Singani 63
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon honey, or to taste (preferred raw honey)
3 drops Owl & Whale Lemongrass bitters
8 oz Chamomile tea
fennel frond for garnish
Start brewing the tea in a separate vessel, and simultaneously pre-heat the teacup with hot water. After 3-4 minutes, empty the prepped warm teacup, and add the remaining ingredients. Top with the tea, and garnish with a fresh fennel frond.

Naughty by Ivy Mix

Naughty by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz. #Singani63
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
.75 oz. Red Currant Jelly infused with Ground Ancho Chili (1/2 cup: 1 tsp)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig and cocktail cherries.

Nice by Ivy Mix

Nice by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz Singani 63
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake, serve up, garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Singani 63 is available at some of the coolest bars, restaurants, and alcohol retailers including iPIC Theaters And The Tuckroom, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Nobu Downtown, Sanctuary T, Hudson Wine & Spirits, Tribeca Wines & Spirits, and more. You can also purchase it online for $36.99 at www.buysingani63.com.