Mastering Mixology With Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, there’s no better time to master the art of Mixology. We love a great cocktail and have enjoyed quite a few made by some talented mixologists. But on this occasion, we got to show off our own mixologist thanks to Bandero Tequila and California-based Mixologist, Ricardo Calderon.

Mixologist Ricardo Calderon at Bandero Mixology Class

Bandero made with blue agave and is described as radical in flavor and style. One look at its incredible packaging will surely solidify this fact. Under the fun tutelage of Ricardo Calderon and with Bandero Tequila as our main ingredient, we created two delicious and very different tequila-based cocktails. First was the Bandero’s Cup, followed by the Bandero Helada. We also learned an incredible amount of tequila facts. Did you know washing your hands in tequila really opens up its notes? We bet you also didn’t know it is because of rabbits and Native Americans that tequila basically exists. As we said there was a lot of interesting things to learn from the California-based Mixologist.

Fairly new to the market, Bandero Tequila has already established itself as a standout, already winning a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 Global Spirit Awards and another Double Gold Medal at the 2018 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of America Tasting Competition.

Bandero’s Cup

1 lime sliced into 6 wedges
1/2 oz of Agave Syrup (2 parts blend of Agave nectar and 1 part purified water)
3 half-inch slices of cucumber
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
Combine lime wedges, and agave syrup in a shaking tin and muddle until well mixed (15 seconds). Add cucumbers and lightly muddle some more. Add Bandero tequila and fill the tin with ice. Shake for 10 seconds at a moderate strength and toss contents of the tin into a rocks glass to serve. Alternatively, shake harder and then add 2 oz of soda water before straining into a highball with fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel, add a pinch of smoked salt and serve.

Bandero Helada

2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lime wedge
1 lemon wedge
2 serrano slices (1/4 of pepper, taste for spice level)
3 oz of Bandero Helada Blend (3 parts tomato juice, 2 parts Cholula hot sauce, 1 part Maggi)
1 oz of Bandero Tequila
3 oz ABK Hell Lager
Prepare a cold pint glass by rubbing a lime wedge on the rim before dipping it into a plate of tajin powder. Muddle together all non-alcoholic ingredients, then add Bandero and ice to the tin. Shake tins vigorously for 30 seconds. Add ice, then 3 oz of ABK Hell Lager to a prepared pint glass. Hawthorne-strain and fine-strain tin contents into the pint glass. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and serve.

If you’re looking to expand your tequila palate this Cinco de Mayo, get to know the revolutionary flavor of Bandero Tequila.

Bud Light Introduces Newest Flavor Abomination: Lemon Tea

It’s no secret that Americans like tea. In fact, we once cared so much about our access to it that we dumped a bunch in some harbor.

Some might even say that we love it, and we have the numbers to prove it. An old article by The Washington Post back in 2014 noted that Americans drink almost 20% more tea than we did back in the year 2000 and the imports of tea have risen by nearly 70% in the last two decades. In light of recent studies claiming we need to drink more than two liters of water per day, tea has become a fun, flavorful way to stay hydrated.

But have we gone too far?

This is the question on many Americans’ minds in light of Budweiser owned Bud Light’s newest flavor: Lemon Tea. According to a recent press release, Bud Light hopes to appeal to summer beer lovers with a light lager that’s been brewed with lemon peels, then aged over black tea before being bottled and served.

Group of happy friends drinking and toasting beer at brewery bar restaurant – Friendship concept with young people having fun together at cool vintage pub – Focus on middle pint glass – High iso image

This is just the newest addition to its steadily growing citrus line, joining the rungs of Bud Light Orange and Lime.

“As the number one selling beer in America, it is important for us to continue to innovate and bring consumers the types of products they are demanding,” notes Bud Light marketer Andy Goeler.

But what are Americans demanding? It’s only natural that beer companies want to follow the money. As Americans become less enamored with the beer market, the industry has expanded its feelers into new startups; namely, tea and marijuana products.

For example, while New York-based Constellation Brands, the owner of Corona, has begun to invest in pot, Bud Light has leaned toward tea. It’s estimated that CBD products — a cousin to marijuana — will result in over $1 billion in sales in 2020 alone.

But Bud Light has taken a different approach to engage with the younger market. A recent study found that up to 40% of Millennials are bored of classic fruit and juice flavors. They’re more willing to engage with brands that step outside the box and offer unique flavors and customized products instead. It’s this idea that Bud Light hopes to innovate on in order to boost summer sales.

“We saw the success of Bud Light Lime and Orange last summer and wanted to bring another beer into our portfolio that uses real lemon peels and tea leaves in the brewing process,” Goeler continues. “Its unique taste profile is something we think is going to help attract new people to the Bud Light family.”

The beer was officially available to the public starting on Monday, April 29. However, it seems like some people have managed to get their hands on it a little early.

Many Twitter users began to post the beverage as early as the start of April, giving it high ratings. Though it wasn’t revealed if these individuals actually tried the beer before its national release, this certainly looked good for Bud Light in the weeks leading up to the product release.

But this isn’t one of the quality products you’d expect from high-end tea producers like Harney and Sons or Republic of Tea; paired with the malty flavor of an affordable beer, these subtle flavors might be overpowered by the alcohol.

Bud Light expects to make this product a recurring seasonal beverage. The Lemon Tea flavor will be available until September of this year, giving countless Americans ample time to form an opinion.

#PumpUpTheLime: Bacardi Lime Launch Hosted by Olivia Culpo

We can never get enough of rum. We attribute this to our Caribbean heritage but then we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like it, especially with a twist of lime. This is why the latest flavored rum launch from Bacardi has us excited. Welcome Bacardi’s ninth flavor offering, Bacardi Lime. This new flavor is made from a Bacardi Superior white rum base, infused with natural lime flavors; allowing the spirit to offer a lime zest aroma and bright citrus notes. We had the pleasure of attending a vibrant brunch launch event for Bacardi Lime hosted by Olivia Culpo.

In celebration, everyone was asked to dress in their neon best to celebrate the new flavor. As you can imagine, most came dressed in neon green to coordinate with the new Lime flavor.

The new lime flavor is the perfect complement to spring and summer outdoor festivities. With this new flavor, Bacardi shows that the future of rum is bright….and deliciously refreshing. We enjoyed several delicious Bacardi lime cocktails at the launch event, including the Bacardi Lime Cooler, Lime & Soda, Lime Mojito, and the Sparkling Hibiscus Limeade.

Accompanying the delicious drinks were equally amazing eats. Savory treats like mini tacos, lobster rolls, sliders, rice crispy treats, chocolate covered apple slices, cotton candy, and much more.

Roberto Ramirez Laverde, vice president for Bacardi in North America, said: “As soon as the weather warms up, people are ready to take their drinks outside, whether it is for an outdoor barbecue, party on the beach or happy hour on a rooftop bar, Bacardi Lime is the perfect complement to these spring and summertime occasions.

“We have watched the flavor space grow year after year and we know that consumers are going to embrace this new infused rum, especially when they’re on the hunt for a refreshing new cocktail.”

The 750-ml bottle will be available at select retailers nationwide for a retail price of $12.99.

Experience Tribeca Film Festival at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge

The Tribeca Film Festival is known as one of the coolest things happening in New York. You’d think nothing can make it any cooler but you’d be wrong. As part of its latest Frontier Works project, Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey has collaborated with leaders in art, tech, and design. Together they will debut one of the most technologically advanced bar experiences: a 3D-printed experience. This experience will feature a 3D-printed bar and 3D-printed cocktails. Yes, you read that correctly, 3D-printed cocktails!! You’re invited to experience the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, the 3D fabrication team at Machine Histories, popular bartender Melissa Markert, and robotics pioneer from Print A Drink Benjamin Greimel, Bulleit brings its 3D Printed Frontier experience to Tribeca Film Festival.

During a series of private events at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge, a team of noted NYC bartenders will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails.

Guests will also enjoy music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren; a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring content from some of the films debuting at this year’s Festival. This is sure to be a truly immersive futuristic experience. The bar design, which was inspired by the iconic Bulleit Bourbon label and award-winning whiskey, will find a permanent home at the new Visitor’s Center at The Bulleit Distilling Company in Shelbyville, KY; however, it will stop at several cultural hotspots along the way starting in Oakland, California.

At the 3D Printed Frontier Lounge, Bulleit will host actors, filmmakers, and celebrities, for post-film screening afterparties for several films. Some of which include Crown Vic, Plus One and the 25th-anniversary celebration of Emmy Award-winning cultural sensation, In Living Color.

OAKLAND, CA – Phillip Hornung (L) and Benjamin Greimel attend the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Launch at 16th Street Station on December 6, 2018, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey)

The Bulleit Frontier Works Experience previously made stops in several cultural hotspots; Oakland, CA at the city’s historic Sixteenth Street Station, and Austin, TX ahead of this year’s SXSW conference and Festival.

Fans and festival-goers 21 years of age and older can visit https://guests.bulleit.com for a chance to experience the space from 7-10pm ET beginning Wednesday, April 24th through Friday, April 26th. Please note that space is limited and therefore confirmed RSVPs will be accepted on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Aperitif Mondays: Enjoy Spritz Cocktails at Davio’s Manhattan

Typically Monday is the least liked day of the week. You’ve most likely heard the phrase “someone has a case of the Mondays”, but those saying it are not referring to anything enjoyable. What if we told you we know of a way to make your Mondays a deliciously enjoyable day? Davio’s Manhattan presents Aperitif Mondays, a wonderful happy hour experience of delicious spritz cocktails.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Every Monday, Davio’s Manhattan boasts a Happy Hour menu from 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM featuring libations made with Italian apéritifs, Aperol and Pallini Limoncello. The Happy Hour is dedicated to the classic Spritz cocktails, which are designed to take you from day to night. Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, along with a few other herbs and roots. Pallini Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur made from Sfusato lemons.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

If you didn’t already know, Spritz cocktails are the ultimate summer drinks. It is a simple cocktail with only three ingredients. The Spritz is a sparkling, low-alcohol quencher that is easy to make and quite delicious. Along with the delicious Spritzes, you can also enjoy some incredible complimentary eats at Davio’s Manhattan’s Aperitif Mondays. We had the pleasure of sampling a variety of bar bites, including Truffle Fries, Fresh Tomato Pizza with Mozzarella and Basil Leaves, and Crispy Fried Calamari. 

For dessert, we enjoyed mouth-watering blueberry frosted Donuts and some must-try Aperol Cotton Candy.

The full happy hour menu, with prices, includes the following:

$7 Aperol Spritz

$7 Limoncello Spritz

$6 Select Red and White Wines

$6 Prosecco

$6 Seasonal Beer

Complimentary Bar Bites

If you are looking for refuge from your Monday blues, Aperitif Mondays at Davio’s Manhattan is the place to be.  After one visit, Mondays will no longer be your least favorite day of the week. Davio’s Manhattan is located at 447 Lexington Avenue. Happy Spritzing!

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.