Clyde May’s Whiskey: An American Whiskey Legend

It’s a known fact that history is filled with legendary moments, but only a few possess an iconic history. One of those noteworthy historical moments is when World War II veteran Clyde May became a moonshiner. To support his family after the war, Clyde May turned to moonshining. He began producing and selling an unaged, right from the still moonshine which he perfected over the years into small-batch whiskeys. From the first moonshine batch up until 2012, Clyde May’s Whiskey was technically participating in the illegal trade of whiskey-making. Mr. May’s son, Kenny May actually produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey in 2012, named Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey.

Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey

We had the please of getting to know three whiskeys from the Clyde May’s Whiskey portfolio at an intimate tasting and lunch with Clyde May’s grandson, LC May. On deck for our tasting pleasure was the award-winning Alabama Style Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Straight Rye Whiskey.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 85-proof Alabama Style Whiskey is made using a mash bill consisting of corn, rye, and malted barley. It is aged 6-7 years in caramel-charred oak barrels and finished with a hint of apple. It is the closest to the original Clyde May moonshine from 1946 which featured baked apples to the barrels at the end of the distillation process. The intensely bronze-hued spirit is a medium-bodied spirit with hints of black pepper, anise, and oak. You will pick up distinct notes of caramel, green apple, and fruits on the nose. The original definitely packs a punch and you’ll love how smoothly it evens out. That’s why in 2004, it became Alabama’s official state spirit.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 92-proof Bourbon Whiskey is aged 4-5 years in 53-gallon oak barrels and is non-chill filtered. It boasts a slightly reddish bronze hue and starts out very soft and smooth but finishes bold and spicy with a lingering presence.

The 94-proof Rye Whiskey is an earthy golden brown and the most intensely flavored of the three whiskeys. It boasts an abundance of floral, fruit, and spices that presents themselves in layers. The crisp zest of citrus is the first thing we tasted, with a robust spiciness following shortly. A full-bodied whiskey with a dry and peppery finish.

During the tasting, we enjoyed two classic whiskey cocktails – a Manhattan and Old Fashioned, accompanied by a savory Grilled Branzino which paired wonderfully with our Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey-based Old Fashion. The fennel and grapefruit vinaigrette in dish perfectly accented the spices and citrus in the straight rye.

It was such a pleasure to learn about the interesting history of Clyde May’s Whiskey; how the brand fully embraces and celebrates his creator’s past and his family. From its birth from moonshine to Clyde May’s arrest for bootlegging, and of course his farmland in Conecuh Ridge.

If you’re looking for an award-winning whiskey that celebrates its American history, look no further than Clyde May’s whiskey.

Kick off The Start Of Summer With These Memorial Day Cocktails

It’s time to take a load off and enjoy some refreshing and delicious cocktails. What better way to relax, unwind and enjoy the official start of summer with some delicious Memorial Day cocktails. And boy do we have some great cocktails for you! Get ready for some amazing drink recipes from Bacardi, the real Havana Club Rum, E&J Brandy, RumHaven, and Camarena Tequila.

Whether you’re hitting a barbecue, hanging by the pool or going out with friends, we made sure these Memorial Day cocktails are perfect for your needs.

Sparkling Hibiscus Limeade

Memorial Day Cocktails

6 parts Bacardi Lime Flavored Rum
2 parts St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
4 parts Lime Juice
4 parts Monin Hibiscus Syrup
4 parts Lemon Lime Soda
4 parts Club Soda
4 lime wheel garnish
Add all ingredients into a punch bowl or carafe with ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Havana Especial

Memorial Day Cocktails

1½ parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1½ parts pineapple juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
Barspoon of Maraschino Liqueur
Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Red Rum Punch

Memorial Day Cocktails

¾ parts Bacardi Limon
¾ parts Bacardi Raspberry
¾ parts Bacardi Superior
½ parts Grenadine
2 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part Cranberry Juice
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Mint. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks. Stir. Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.

E&J Brandy Peach Palmer

Memorial Day Cocktails

1 part E&J Peach
1 part Iced Tea
1 part Lemonade
Add all ingredients together. Shake. Pour into your favorite cocktail glass. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Haven on Earth Cocktail

 

Memorial Day Cocktails

2 parts RumHaven
2 parts Pineapple Juice
2 parts Club Soda
Add all ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with pineapple or mint.

Camarena Margarita

Memorial Day Cocktails

2 parts Camarena Silver
¾ part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾ part Lime Juice
½ part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. 2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. 3. Garnish with a lime wedge (or fresh sliced jalapeños, if you want to spice it up.

Are you excited to try these Memorial Day cocktails?

Spritz Cocktails

Welcome to #SpritzGate 2019: Modernizing A Classic Summer Cocktail

Our Summer cocktail pregaming continues with three more amazing versions of the spritz cocktail. Chase Potato Vodka, Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin, and Disaronno welcome you to #SpritzGate 2019, a delicious escape into the world of refreshing summer cocktails. Read on as we present three more takes on the classic summer cocktail with non-traditional flavors. We recently shared two heavenly Spritz cocktail recipes and we know you can’t get enough, so we’re sharing more. We’re stepping away from the traditional carnival-hued Spritz and presenting some fun flavor alternatives for this ultimate summer cocktail.

Spritz Cocktails

With Memorial Day and weekend coming up, these refreshing drinks are perfect to celebrate the long weekend. Whether you getting together with friends or relaxing alone at home, a great cocktail is a great addition to the day. Wouldn’t you love to indulge in a Spritz cocktail with the sweetness and delicate floral notes of elderflower? Or maybe one with a hint of mint. Perhaps you desire something a bit more sophisticated and elegant. Then our final #SpritzGate 2019 cocktail will probably be your go-to Spritz cocktail. Check out all three cocktail recipes below:

The Great Chase Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Chase Potato Vodka
.5 oz Chase Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Anna De Codorniu Blanc De Blancs Reserva. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with an orange peel

California Spritzing

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin
1 oz Mint Simple Syrup
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Long Meadow Ranch’s Brut Farmstead. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with mint

The Really Italian Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

2 oz Disaronno
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with TrentoDOC
Pour ingredients in a chilled flute and gently stir

What are your thoughts on the new takes of this summer cocktail? Are you ready to enter #SpritzGate 2019 and open yourself to alternatives of the traditional Spritz cocktail?

Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz: The Hottest Summer Cocktail

The weather is finally starting to realize we are in the spring season and is beginning to warm up. It’s a good thing too because there are lots of cocktail-inspired things to celebrate. The end of May sets it off with Memorial Day and National Wine Day, while June ushers in National Rose Day and National Pink Day. We’re going to be highlighting a lot of drinks in honor of those days, starting with two of our favorite things, Rosé Vodka and Spritz cocktails. Get ready to indulge in the hottest summer cocktail from Three Olives Vodka.

Tis the beginning of the season of the Spritz cocktail and Three Olives Rosé Vodka is sharing two versions of the hottest summer cocktail, a more traditional spritz and a frozen option. The difference between these drinks and regular spritz cocktails is the absence of Aperol. We know some of you are not fans of Aperol, so these two Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz cocktails are perfect alternatives.

Whether you enjoy it in its classic form or frozen, these are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer season and the hottest summer cocktail.

Rosé Spritz

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
1 Part Soda Water
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Frosé Vosé

12 parts of Three Olives Rosé Vodka
18 parts of Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate (thawed, not diluted)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Pour ingredients into a blender and add up to 12 cups of ice, blend until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Serve in a wine glass (or hurricane glass) and garnish with a lemon wheel.
*Replace ice with Frozen Strawberries for an even more decadent frozen delight! *Batch serves 12

What are your thoughts on Three Olives Rosé Vodka’s take on the hottest summer cocktail? Will you be trying out one or both of these this summer?

Que Viva Brunch: Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch

If you haven’t been lucky enough to enjoy an authentic Mexcian breakfast, we have the next best thing – Rosa Mexicano’s new bottomless brunch menu. The famed restaurant’s new bottomless brunch begins Saturday, May 18th; and we don’t think the great weather we’re going to have tomorrow and the rest of the week is not a coincidence. We think Mother Nature is also excited about this amazing and flavorful brunch. We’ve enjoyed quite a few brunches and while several have been good, most focus on the drinks, rather than the food. The result is usually good cocktails and “okay” food. With Rosa Mexicano’s new bottomless brunch, the food is amazingly delicious and the cocktails are equally divine. We sat down to experience the flavorful feast and we can tell you, every bite and sip is sensational. Let’s begin with the bottomless options

Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch offers unlimited servings of six cocktails, red or white sangria, beer, and wine. As much as you can enjoy in an hour and a half. These are so delicious, it won’t be surprised by how fast some of these go down.

MORNING GLORY – A frozen Mexican twist on an Aperol spritz
LA TRADICIONAL MARGARITA – Frozen or rocks, Blanco tequila, lime, organic agave
FROZEN POMEGRANATE MARGARITA -Blanco tequila, triple sec, pomegranate, lime
FROZEN LIME – Lime, Blanco tequila, triple sec, organic agave, flor de sal rim
BLOODY MARY OR MARIA – Choice of vodka or tequila, tomato juice, horseradish, Cholula, pickled jalapeño, jicama, chicharrón
MANGO MIMOSA – Cava, mango and fresh squeezed orange juice

We started with the Morning Glory, a superb creation that combines an Aperol Spritz with a margarita. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Aperol, you’ll love this absolutely amazing frozen delight; not just for its Instagram-worthiness but it’s taste. Fair warning, this goes down very quickly. We also predict the massive Frozen Pomegranate Margarita and refreshing Frozen Lime cocktail will also dominate during brunch. For those who want to drink less, the Mango Mimosa is a terrific option.

The Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch specials start with Cornbread With Buttered Agave-Lime. It’s available to every table and it amazing. Spread the buttered agave-lime over the warm cornbread to fully appreciate the flavors. We cut our cornbread before slattering it with the butter so it would melt beyond the crust – we highly recommend doing this.

Rosa Mexicano Bottomless Brunch

Up next was the Sopa de Frijoles, a hearty Black bean soup with poached eggs and roasted jalapeño with flour tortillas. This vegetarian dish can be made non-vegetarian with the addition of chorizo. It’s a mild soup that can be punched up a bit when you break into the roasted jalapeno pepper….so those who love to up from mild flavors.

Rosa Mexicano Bottomless Brunch

The Huarache Con Carne Asada is definitely not your typical steak and eggs. The gluten-free, Mexico City-style huarache is served with marinated skirt steak, fried egg, queso fresco, salsa Norteña, and guacamole. Your tastebuds won’t know what hit them.

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Want an even more international touch to your brunch eats? The gluten-free Sopes Benedict Traditional features poached eggs served over corn masa cakes with Canadian bacon (yes Canadian bacon) and Hollandaise. We love the surprising addition of the sweetness the Canadian bacon adds to this dish, and you will too.

Rosa Mexicano Bottomless Brunch

We live for anything with pork belly, so of course, seeing the Torta de Desayuno on Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch menu brought us extreme joy. This succulent pork belly sandwich is served with a fried egg, Menonita cheese, avocado, and black beans. You can request it with a side of potatoes or fresh tropical fruit.

Rosa Mexicano Bottomless Brunch

Last but certainly not least of our journey of Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch was the Tacos de Huevos. Also gluten-free, this dish features scrambled eggs a la plancha, rajas, bacon and queso Chihuahua. It is finished with chile de árbol salsa, onion and cilantro. We could survive on this all week and be very happy.

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Of course, that’s not all that’s available on the Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch menu. Other dishes include the gluten-free Huevos Josefina (named for its Founder) and Huevos Rosa (not pictured), as well as the vegetarian Churros French Toast.

Rosa Mexicano Bottomless Brunch

Enjoy Rosa Mexicano’s New Bottomless Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am – 3pm for $20.00 per person with the purchase of an entree at all Rosa Mexicano locations, except for Boston. Happy brunching!

Rosa Mexicano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

1000 Stories Wines: An Evening With Bob Blue And Red Wines

On a typical rainy Spring evening in New York, I was ushered to the back of Fine & Rare restaurant at 9 East 37th Street, to a grand table and intimately introduced to a wonderful collaboration of wine and spirit for the palette in the form of 1000 Stories Wines. On any night, a lot can be found nestled in the little nooks and crannies of the city streets. Delightful little eateries with locally-sourced specials, goodnight kisses had under the awnings of Old-World high-rises and the little peeks of west and eastside sky-line pushing their way through the dusky fog.

It was on such an evening in classic New York fashion that I found myself tucked behind a beautifully arranged table for sixteen at the wonderfully hidden restaurant.  The restaurant can usually be found offering up cool live jazz-infused acoustics to go with your pappardelle Bolognese and burrata heirloom tomato salad.

1000 Stories is a line of exquisite and well-executed wines that distinguish themselves from the lot as they are aged in whiskey barrels.  The fineness of the grape meets the distilled beauty of the whiskey in 1000 Stories Wines and creates broad flavor profiles that pull from the diversity of the loveliness of Zinfandel and Bordeaux grapes and merges them with the lingering and definitive essences of oaky, sweet and herbal whiskey.

On that evening, winemaker and co-founder of 1000 Stories Wines, Bob Blue gave a verbal soft-sell of how the brand came to be and then walked us through an exclusive tasting of the brand’s renowned line-up together with one of its latest, The Prospector’s Proof.

We started the pre-dinner tasting with a 2016 Zinfandel Batch 42, a peppery full rounded fruity wine then moved onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 52, a wine sourced from grapes all over the Californian Redwood and Sanel Valleys that carried a welcomed depth that grapes from this Mendocino Region are recognized for. Then onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 54 which was smoother yet carried a delightfully weighted depth while being soft and satisfying on the palette.  The 2017 Gold Rush Red was strong and full-bodied with its mélange of intense and bold grapes from the California Hills.

Finishing off the bunch was 2017 The Prospectors Proof Cabernet Sauvignon, another bold wine with the spiced pop of vanilla and fragrant herbs from the whiskey barrels. With each wine, it was important to note the presence of the grape characteristics and the presence of the whiskey attributes working together. With the lesser-bodied wines, the sharp higher tannin zinfandels in their various aged stages allowed hints of the whiskey notes to carry through more while the Gold Rush and Prospector’s Proof carried weights that created a harmonious intermingling of full flavor. Altogether, it was an evening of wine lessons that, when combined with better wine understandings, left us all with our favorites and a greater appreciation for brands like 1000 Stories Wines; brands that have found a way to make a wonderful staple even better. It was a delectable evening filled with continuous delights. We’ll end with some of the decadent desserts we enjoyed.

Effen Vodka Launches Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus Flavors

National Vodka Day isn’t until October but thankfully we don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the latest flavor launches from Effen Vodka. Just in time for and perfect for summer, are Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus flavors. The two new super-premium vodka flavors join the already exciting range of flavors. These flavors include Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Green Apple. Let’s get to know the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodka flavors.

Made from premium French wheat, Effen Vodka uses a continuous distillation process, along with all-natural ingredients to create a smooth taste on the palate. This results in a flavored vodka that is smooth yet crisp with flavors that are unsullied by an aftertaste. We had the pleasure of enjoying several cocktails made with the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas. Great music kept us company as we enjoyed a very informative flight bar led by Bartender, Amy Probasco. We enjoyed the new flavors neat and paired with a variety of ingredients. We recommend trying different fruits and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of each new flavor.

The night ended too quickly but we each took home a keepsake cocktail shaker designed by Street Artist, AJ Lavilla.

The Effen Rosé Vodka combines the bright, smooth flavors of a classic Rosé with an accent of vanilla and honey to round out its flavor. The liquid itself is a beautiful pink-hue and adds no additional sugar. The two featured Effen Rosé cocktails included the Raspberry Rosé Spritz, a great summer drink; and the Rosé & Soda, perfect for those who want a low-calorie and low sugar cocktail.

The one of a kind Effen Yuzu Citrus Vodka uses Yuzu citrus fruit; it’s known for its use and origin from Japan and East Asia. This Asian citrus fruit is exploding with popularity across the US, and already can be found in many products. The taste is a complex blend of citrus, grapefruit, and herb to truly embody the subtle beauty of the Yuzu fruit and flavor. This is the first Yuzu Vodka we’ve experienced and we are in love. We loved the light and refreshing citrus taste.

Thanks to the Effen Yuzu Citrus cocktail, we’ve found out new “adult lemonade” and the Yuzu Citrus & Grapefruit Soda is another low-calorie and low sugar winner. No matter which flavor you enjoy, we promise the Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas will be a hit.

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails With Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

We know what you’re thinking when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, it should start and end with tequila. But you’d be surprised to see how gin, especially a very well-made gin, can be a delightful tequila substitute. When we first heard about Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, we were immediately intrigued. Like a traditional gin, Jaisalmer‘s base is Juniper Berries, but it’s the Indian herbs that really make it special. The traditional pine notes are awakened with the likes of Darjeeling Tea, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Indian Coriander, and Licorice, to make a few.

The result is a refreshing and spicy twist that includes the combination of peppery, spicy, citrus, and anise notes. Because tequila and gin are plant-based spirits, they both add grassy or leafy flavors to cocktails. Both are also excellent bases for cocktails made with citrus, mint, and ginger flavors; they just add different flavor personalities to the cocktails. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we welcome three Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin cocktails for those who may want a change from the traditional tequila drink recipes.

The Golden Fort

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
15ml Lime Juice
10ml Cinnamon Syrup
50ml Cloudy Apple Juice
Sliced Green Apple Nutmeg (optional) Ice
Pour Jaisalmer Gin over cubed ice, add fresh lime juice, cinnamon syrup, and cloudy apple juice. Garnish with an apple fan of 3 slices and add grated nutmeg on top (optional).

The Jaisalmer Peppertini

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
20ml Pink Peppercorn Syrup
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
40ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
Pour Jaisalmer Gin, Peppercorn Syrup, fresh lemon juice, and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker, shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass. (To make peppercorn simple syrup: add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)

The Jaisalmer Indian Gin & Tonic

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
125ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
Orange peel
Ice
Fill a Copa glass with ice. Add Jaisalmer Gin and top up with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water. Add an orange peel twist.

Are you ready for a gin that bears slightly off the traditional course? Are you ready to experience Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin?