National Cold Brew Day Cocktails

Celebrate National Cold Brew Day With Havana Club Rum

We know there’s a lot going on with this weekend, Earth Day, 4/20 Day, an Easter; but did you know it’s also National Cold Brew Day? In honor of National Cold Brew Day, Havana Club Rum presents three specialty cocktails, celebrating the best of the Cuban brews – rum and café! Inspired by traditional Cuban coffee, we’re happy to introduce the Cold Brew Cubana, made with Havana Club Añejo Clásico. Añejo Clásico is a dark rum with robust notes of sweet fruits akin to pineapple and apricot, to complement the delicious ingredients of this caffeinated libation.

National Cold Brew Day Cocktails

These rum cocktails are not only uniquely delicious, but also perfect for any budding at-home bartender to celebrate National Cold Brew Day, or for coffee lovers who want a rum twist. The Cold Brew Cubana combines a strong cold brew, ginger bitters, vanilla extract, and Giffard Banana Liqueur to create a tropical and buzzy libation.

For a Miami-based beverage, head over to St. Roch Market to try the Havana Café; available for a limited time on the cocktail menu at The Mayhaw. If you’re based in New York, Havana Club has teamed up with local East Village bar and coffee shop hybrid, The Roost, to bring you the Havana Old Fashioned; a twist on the classic made with cold brew liqueur and HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum.

Cold Brew Cubana

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails

1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
0.75 part Cold Brew
0.5 part Giffard Banana Liqueur
3 drops of ginger bitters
1 drop of vanilla extract
Glassware: Coupe
Shaken. Garnish with a dehydrated banana chip.

HAVANA Café

Available at St. Roch Market’s The Mayhaw in Miami

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails

2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
¼ parts demerara sugar
¾ parts MARTINI & ROSSI Rosso Vermouth
½ parts Cold Brew Coffee
Garnish with a lemon twist
Single Ice Rock
Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.

Havana Old Fashioned

Available at The Roost in NYC

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails
1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
1.25 parts Black Cold Brew Concentrate
0.25 part Harlequin Orange Liquor
3 drops Bitterman’s Mole Bitters
1 Demerara sugar cube
1 Orange Twist
Round ice sphere in Old Fashioned glass
Add 1 demerara cane sugar cube to a mixing glass. Add 3 drops Mole Bitters and 0.25 parts of orange liqueur to mixing glass and on top of a sugar cube. Use a muddler to break down sugar cube in a glass. Add ice to mixing glass and pour in 1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum and 1.25 parts cold brew concentrate. Stir contents of mixing glass for 40 revolutions. Use a strainer and pour cocktail over 1 round ice sphere in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wipe rim of the glass with an orange twist and add as a garnish on top.

What are you drinking this National Cold Brew Day?

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

With 4/20 a day away, countless people are looking to celebrate the stoner holiday in style. But if you’re not one for smoking, how else can you honor this heady holiday?

The cannabis industry is only expected to grow in the next few years as more and more states begin to legalize this plant’s prolifery. In fact, more than 62% of Americans expect the product to be legal throughout the United States in the next 10 years. That means more marijuana distributors will begin to form, but many other businesses will hope to integrate marijuana and cannabis into their products.

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

This is great for people who love the benefits of weed without actually smoking. Even though pot doesn’t have the tar and chemicals associated with cigarettes, any form of smoke inhalation isn’t great for your lungs.

Luckily, marijuana-infused products have taken the health industry by storm with a number of beauty products and lotions. It’s no wonder that the health and wellness market is worth over $52.5 billion this year.

But it isn’t just the beauty industry that’s been experiencing waves thanks to this growing trend. The number of marijuana edibles and cannabis-infused products is also expected to thrive in the coming years.

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

While many beer and beverage companies have begun to infuse their drinks with cannabis, however, one company has managed to streamline the brewing process, resulting in a 100% renewable beer product.

Province Brands has officially become the first brewery to implement this innovative process. Instead of just relying on the cannabis extract or oils, Province Brands brews their cannabis beer with the entire plant, including the stock, root, and stem. Because every part of the plant is used, this means that they’re able to craft a product with no waste whatsoever.

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

This looks even better among the health-conscious and environmentally-friendly consumers who often go hand-in-hand. Best of all? It’s low-calorie and nonalcoholic. This means that it appeals to beer fans, partiers, and health-conscious consumers, alike.

Innovating the brewing process is also a vital next step for breweries looking to make a name for themselves in the cannabis industry. It’s expected that 4/20 will yield more than $90 million in weed products alone in the weeks leading up to this infamous holiday. This is a huge source of revenue for new companies and state taxes, alike.

It’s also a smart venture for the struggling beer industry who has failed to make waves among the Millennial generation. Even though 35% of Americans will visit a casual restaurant once per week, the beer industry has lost nearly 10% of its Millennial audience to wine and booze drinkers between 2006 and 2016 alone.

Want a Smoke-Free 4/20? Try This Cannabis Beer Instead

With the help of innovative marijuana products like these, it’s no wonder 4/20 is being compared to some of the largest partying holidays in the United States. Independence Day and Labor Day better watch out: 4/20 revelers are expected to spend as much on snacks as they are on weed-infused products.

If you’re planning on hosting a 4/20-friendly event at your humble abode, be sure to account for the non-smokers in your life this year. While serving cocktails, pot-tails, and a smorgasbord of snacks, be sure to space tables five to six feet apart for a little elbow room and give your rabble some extra space to space out for the holidaze.

It might seem a little weird to drink your pot, but companies like Province Brands are proving that pot appeals to just about everyone. Province Brands cannabis beer is set to launch in 2020, so we have to ask, will you be smokeless on 4/20/2020?

Exiled Menu: Havana Club Rum La Yuma Cocktail

Everyone loves and wants in on exclusive experiences; an inside view of elusive things not available to everyone. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we relish in having access to secret things; the off-menu items, hidden locations, and secret cocktails. We were lucky enough to enjoy one of these experiences, which we’re about to reveal, thanks to Havana Club Rum. Havana Club partnered with a local New York cocktail bar to offer a secret, exiled menu. This menu unveiled a brand-new cocktail, only accessible with a code phrase. This exclusive cocktail, the Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail, was only available for a limited time with the location and code revealed under the label.

Although aged in exile in Puerto Rican, it is a Cuban-born rum, holding true to its rich Cuban culture. As we enter the warmer seasons, we can’t help but think of getaways to tropical paradises, sunshine, summer cocktails, and carefree days. Although we enjoyed this Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail during a cold month, its refreshing taste and cooling ingredients are perfect for the summer. Lucky for you, the real Havana Club is available (not to be confused with the other) is available in bars and retailers nationwide and on www.drizly.com. Want to create this delicious rum cocktail for yourself at home, we reveal the recipe below.

Havana Club Rum La Yuma

2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part Lime
1 part Cucumber Honeydew Cordial
Prosecco

The smooth and velvety finish of the rum gets a fresh taste and a dash of sour thanks to the cucumber honeydew cordial and lime. The Prosecco has a touch of effervescence to make this a truly refreshing cocktail. Trust us when we say, you’ll definitely enjoy sipping on this perfect summer rum cocktail. As one of the best-selling rum brands in the world, Havana Club rum is a must-have at your home bar.

What You Didn’t Know About National Beer Day And Why It’s A Huge Deal

National Beer Day isn’t a widely known holiday outside the beer world, but its origins hold particular historical significance that more people should be aware of. The celebration of beer falls every year on April 7th, and, what most people don’t know is that National Beer Day marked the beginning of the end of a dark time in American drinking history.

We barely need an excuse to throw a party. Every year in the United States, we spend $280 billion on more than 18 million parties, soirees, meetings, gatherings, events, bashes — you name it, we’ve thrown it. You can imagine that leaves some pretty hefty bar tabs, but it wasn’t always like it is today. Once upon a time, not so long ago, the party scene in the United States wasn’t in a good place.

glass of beer on a table in a bar on blurred bokeh background

As it stands right now, at least 71% to 73% of Millennials drink beer, wine, or liquor. Those are just the numbers that were recorded. The brunch generation is living large, tossing back bevvies like it’s nobody’s business, but this wasn’t always the case. On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibited the sale, transport, and making of alcoholic beverages. In one fell swoop, the United States government became the biggest buzzkill our good citizens had ever, and would ever, experience.

In the years after Prohibition, people had to be pretty sly about how they got their buzz on. Think about any of the countless bootlegging gangster movies you’ve seen. Sure, there were illegal operations like that, but the country was mostly regular folks who wanted to toss back a few of their favorite boozy beverages after a hard day at work. Work was hard then and only got harder towards the end of the 1920s when the Great Depression began. Franklin Delano Roosevelt came into his Presidency during the Great Depression and knew that he needed to make some changes to shake things up and pull the country out of the Depression.

FDR figured that with Prohibition stifling the sale, manufacturing, and shipping of alcohol, getting some booze back on the market could make a difference in the economy and the American. Thus, getting rid of the anti-alcohol laws was top on the to-do list of FDR’s Congress, but one does not simply overturn a Constitutional amendment overnight. It’s a gradual process. On March 22, 1933, FDR signed the Cullen-Harrison Act which repealed a part of the 18th Amendment known as the Volstead Act; the act that banned wine and beer specifically.

When the 18th Amendment passed in 1922, some of the less hardline Prohibitionists assumed that it would only make hard liquor illegal, leaving people free to consume beer and wine. True Prohibitionists took care of this alcoholic loophole with the Volstead Act, which hammered the final nail in coffin for booze by criminalizing beer and wine, too. The Cullen-Harrison Act made beer legal again while they got to work on the fully repealing Prohibition. Upon FDR signing the Cullen-Harrison act, he famously said:

“I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Signed on March 22, the Cullen-Harrison Act didn’t officially become law until April 7th. So, you can imagine the celebration the night of April 6th was, which has affectionately become known as New Beer’s Eve. Celebrated long before now, a guy named Justin Smith first established the modern Renaissance of National Beer Day back in 2009. You can imagine how well the holiday would do on social media. Now every year on April 7th, we celebrate National Beer Day in memory of an historic occasion that set the stage for even greater change.

While April 7th was quite the party, arguably the biggest party in the U.S.A. was the repeal of Prohibition. After the Cullen-Harrison Act earlier in the year, on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and reversed the massive mistake that was the 18th Amendment. From that day forward, Prohibition was repealed and it was finally legal to drink, make, and sell all forms of booze again.

It all began with beer. That’s something I’ll heft a pint to.

Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
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. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo Neo Rum
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant cucumber twist.

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

Strongbow Hard Ciders: Experience This Natural Apple Refreshment

For some reason, it was decided that anything made from apples should be only enjoyed during the fall season. It’s true that apples harvest in the fall but many apple products can be enjoyed year’ round. One of those products is the refreshingly delicious Strongbow Hard Ciders, the #1 global cider brand and #1 imported cider in the US.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These easy-to-drink flavors are 100 calories each and offer a light, refreshing alternative to canned wine and hard seltzer. It’s a great way to cut the calories while still enjoying a delicious drink. We were lucky enough to try the above three flavors and were blown away by its deliciousness (and how quickly they disappeared). Don’t believe us? Strongbow was just named 2019 “Product of the Year” in the Alcoholic Beverage category by Product of the Year USA – the nation’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These divine beverages recently launched in the above slim cans. So far, only three flavors are available in this new packaging but we hope the other delicious flavors will soon follow. Let’s get to know these Strongbow Hard Ciders,  they will surely be your spring and summer drink of choice:

  • (NEW) Dry Pear – the newest flavor for Strongbow, this subtly-sweet pear-apple cider boasts a light, dry finish. It’s a great alternative to the traditional dry wines. You get the classic dryness with a subtle hint of natural sweetness from the apple. It will have you rethinking your traditional white wines.
  • Rosé Apple – this semi-dry apple-pear cider features a touch of red-flesh apple. You’ll love its clear, light-coral pink appearance and sparkling rosé-wine-like effervescence with apple notes. One sip and you’re gifted with a light and refreshing taste with a pleasant tartness balanced by fruity notes of the red-fleshed apple and pear. You’d better get yourself a few of these flavors because one can of this seraphic nectar was nowhere near enough.
  • Original Dry – this recently-relaunched fan favorite, and England’s #1 Cider is exactly what you’d expect, a refreshingly dry finish. It features a distinctive golden color and boasts a less sweet taste, with a crisp apple flavor for a balanced, dry finish.

Available now, a 12-can variety pack of Strongbow Hard Ciders with three 8.5 oz. flavors retail for approximately $13.99. They are currently available in 79 countries in supermarkets or selected retailers, bars and venues. What do you guys think? Are you up to giving Strongbow Hard Ciders a try? We promise you won’t regret it if you do.

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

Will The Golden Hour Margarita Win 2019 Margarita Of The Year?

Patrón Tequila hosted a happy hour being held at The Archer Bar in Jersey City to kick off the Margarita of the Year competition. We had the pleasure of tasting one of the competing cocktails before we voted for our favorite. Of course, it was easy to select Bartender Natalie Jacob’s Golden Hour Margarita as our favorite. The decadent cocktail mesmerized our tastebuds with its inspiring mix of ingredients.

The Golden Hour Margarita is one of eight contenders vying for the title of The Margarita of the Year. Natalie and the seven other masters of margaritas hope to entice judges with their mixology skills to win the coveted title. We loved the Golden Hour Margarita for several reasons; we love the use of turmeric (it doesn’t magically make it a “healthy cocktail”, but in our heads it does); we love the combination of the earthiness, sweetness, and slight heat that the cocktail’s ingredients brought.

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

We also love how dangerously easy it all went down (thankfully the wonderful cocktail didn’t call for any “hair of the dog the next day, despite us enjoying five (keep the judging to the cocktails). Check out the full recipe below. Trust us, you will want to recreate it at home. If you’re not skilled behind the bar, Cocktail Courier will happily send you all you need to recreate this delicious cocktail.

Golden Hour Margarita

Bartender: Natalie Jacob/New York City

 

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
1 oz. Fresh pineapple juice
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Turmeric agave syrup*
+ Salt/turmeric/chili pepper rim
+ Pineapple wedge for garnish

*Turmeric agave syrup:
2 cups agave
1 cup water
2 tbsp. turmeric powder
Add agave, water, and turmeric to a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to incorporate the turmeric. Let cool and strain into a sealable bottle.

This drink can be shaken and served on the rocks or frozen. Rim a rocks glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, turmeric, and chili pepper. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker or blender to combine. Pour into a rocks glass (filled with ice if you used a shaker). Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

We must also give major points to The Archer Bar for their amazing and inventive bar fare. Our Golden Hour Margaritas were made even more enjoyable with the addition of the Buffalo Maple Duck Wings & Waffle and the Bison “Jucy Lucy” Sliders.

The Archer Bar Fare - Buffalo maple Duck Wings & Waffle The Archer Bar Fare - Bison Sliders

If you love heat and spice, the Duck Wings will answer your prayers in satisfactory spades. Burger fans will love the double dose of dill in the Bison Sliders from the Dill Havarti cheese and Horseradish dill spread. In all honesty, we were expecting the typical bar food when we arrived and praise the culinary gods for surprising us with such decadence.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Natalie Jacob’s margarita and of course, we can’t wait to hear which margarita will be crowned 2019 Margarita of the Year on April 25th.

 

NEW BEVERAGE ALERT: Nine Pin Releases Earl Grey Cider in Cans

Over the next few weeks, as long as life doesn’t keep interrupting, we will be highlighting some wonderful new products. We’re starting tonight with a new category of beverages. One that combines the intoxicating combination of cider and earl grey tea. You already know about our love of all things tea, so of course, we were intrigued by the interesting fusion. As a lover of all things tea (you can see the many ways we enjoy tea), we’re always up to trying innovative tea products. The Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, available in slim tin cans, definitely fits the bill.

What makes Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider so unique? Its crafted with 100% New York apples, cold infused with Short & Shout earl grey tea, and aged on lemon peel. The result is a bright and floral cider with tropical mango-like notes and an earthy citrus finish; this makes this a perfect winter cider and great to enjoy on those cold and cloudy winter days. If you’re an earl grey tea fan like we are, you’ll cherish (and easily identify) the subtle tasting notes of black tea and bergamot. It is quite a distinctive taste after all. The addition of earl grey sort of gives the cider a “smoky feel” without actually being smoky. It’s delightful and enjoyable. Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. This new Earl Grey release is a continuing collaboration with Guilderland, N.Y.-based Short and Stout Tea Co.

“Dramatic dark skies and swirling snow make Upstate New York great in winter. We recommend you crack open a can of Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, and embrace the grey,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker.

“Short and Stout Tea is all about pushing boundaries on different ways to enjoy tea. We are happy to work with Nine Pin year after year, so people can further enjoy this versatile ingredient,” said Matt Zacharewicz, co-owner, Short and Stout Tea Co.

Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider is available in 12oz cans; we highly recommend trying it at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District.

About Nine Pin Cider Works:

Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary®, Consider The Apple®, and Drink New York Apples®.