Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby’s First Female Jockey

Fifty years ago, Jockey Diane Crump made history as the first female jockey to ride in The Kentucky Derby®. This year, Woodford Reserve is dedicating their $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program to honor that history-making achievement.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

According to Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, the $1,000 Mint Julep program has become a beloved tradition with the Derby. Morris is happy that the company is able to use the 2020 program to celebrate this important milestone in racing history and that the money raised from the program will go to charity.

A total of 146 julep cups, celebrating Derby 146, are already on sale. Each cup is individually numbered. Those between numbers 1 and 25 are gold-plated and sell for $2,500 each while those numbered between 16 and 146 are silver-plated and sell for $1,000 each. In commemoration of Crump, the cups feature etchings of the jockey silks she wore in 1970, as well as the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. The cups also come in a walnut case with a replica of the white and turquoise silks Crump wore on the day of her historic race.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

On that day in 1970, Crump rode the thoroughbred racehorse Fathom. Although Crump and Fathom finished in 15th, Crump won a place in history and opened the gates for many other female jockeys to follow in her steps. At the time, male jockeys and horseracing fans were resistant to women competing in the sport. Crump was also the first woman to compete in a pari-mutuel race in the U.S. at the Hialeah Park Race Track in 1969. A police escort accompanied Crump to get her to the track, taking her through a crowd of angry, shouting people.

In 1989, Crump had a riding accident in which she broke her leg, ankle, and ribs. While a minor injury like a mild ankle sprain would only take seven to ten days to heal at home, Crump had to be hospitalized for over a week due to her severe injuries. Doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to ride again, but she was able to resume racing in 1992 and kept at it until she officially retired in 1999.

During her career, Crump rode to 235 wins and participated in international races as well as those in the United States. Now, Crump is one of the 47 million seniors in the United States and remains involved in the horse industry.

Anyone who purchases a julep cup in honor of Crump’s life achievements will have it sent directly to their home. Traditionally, consumers would pick up the cup on Derby Day at Churchill Downs, but the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to change that procedure. To celebrate Derby Day while keeping in line with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Morris is planning on holding a virtual julep experience. This year, Derby Day and its virtual celebration have been postponed to Saturday, September 5.

To celebrate the Derby as well as Crump’s legacy, Woodford Reserve created an exclusive cocktail recipe that features the official fruit of Kentucky, called the Diane Crump Blackberry Mint Julep. The ingredients for the recipe are:

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

  • 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • 1 barspoon blackberry preserves
  • Mint bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Fresh blackberries and mint springs, for garnish

To create the honorary cocktail, start by mixing the blackberry preserves with the simple syrup at the bottom of the julep cup. You then add two to four dashes of mint bitters and fill two-thirds of the cup with crushed ice. Next, add your sipping straw and the bourbon. Top it off by packing in more crushed ice and garnishing the drink with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.

All proceeds from the cup sales and the delicious cocktails that go with them will be donated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) in Crump’s honor. This fund is dedicated to providing financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have experienced catastrophic on-track injuries. This money can fill a much-needed financial gap for those who may not qualify for federal health insurance programs like Medicare, which is for people who are aged 65 or older and younger people with certain disabilities. Many of the jockeys who are supported by PDJF were injured in their 20s and 30s and face a future of living with a disability without a way to generate an income. Since its founding in 2006, PDJF has disbursed almost $9 million to jockeys who are permanently disabled.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

How Can South Africa’s Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

There aren’t many industries left unaffected by the global spread of COVID-19 this year. With each affected industry is the many people who work within it and depend on its success for their livelihoods. Despite an increase in at-home drinking in the U.S. and Britain during the pandemic, the wine industry is among these affected industries. The restaurant and hospitality sectors were almost immediately impacted by the resulting lockdowns and quarantines from COVID-19. causing global wine sales to drop significantly.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

In the famous South African wine country, those in the industry have been struggling even more acutely with a total ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown and a temporary ban on wine exports. South Africa is the only country to have imposed such bans during the global pandemic.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

The controversial alcohol bans came in two waves. The first ban on the sale of alcohol began at the end of March and lasted for about nine weeks. For five of those weeks, wine exports were also banned. As about 50% of South Africa’s wine is exported in some of the 17 million shipping containers that circulate globally, this was a devastating blow to the industry. This initial ban was lifted on June 1, but President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated it on July 12 when COVID-19 rates began to rise again.

The purpose of these bans is to ease the burden on South Africa’s health services. So far, coronavirus has hit the country the hardest out of all nations on the African continent. The health systems in many areas of South Africa are on the verge of collapse.

Graham Beck Wines - South Africa Wines

Officials hoped that the initial ban would reduce the number of injuries and accidents hospitals had to deal with if alcohol was out of the picture. With 1.25 million people dying in road crashes and an additional 20 to 50 million people sustaining injuries from traffic collisions around the world every year, removing a primary cause of these accidents could make sense. According to the South African health minister Zweli Mkhize, the government reinstated the ban after a study showed that when the alcohol restrictions were lifted facilities reported as much as a 60% increase in trauma emergency center admissions and up to a 200% increase in ICU trauma admissions. Mkhize also said that models showed that a ban on alcohol sales could result in a 20% decrease in all trauma cases and a 40% reduction of all alcohol-related trauma by the third week.

While the reasoning behind the ban is to ultimately save lives, the 290,000 people directly employed in the South African wine industry fear for their financial futures. There are 533 wineries operating in the country and 2,778 grape-growing farms. The worries over job losses in these businesses are not so different from the worries those in the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. are facing. Without the ability to produce and sell products, jobs are at risk.

“For the initial ban on both local sales and exports, we anticipated losses of up to 18,000 jobs. Depending on how long this new ban is in place, this figure is likely to double…With the initial lockdown, we estimated that up to 80 wineries could have to close their doors,” a spokesperson from the industry body Wines of South Africa (WOSA) said.

Many of those in the wine industry, and people in the hospitality industry as well, have taken to social media with the #JobsSaveLives campaign in an attempt to save their futures. The campaign urges Ramaphosa’s government to partially lift the ban and allow the sale of alcohol in sit-down restaurants. It also calls on the government to ease the 9 pm curfew that was imposed in July 2020.

The stand to save the wine and hospitality industries has even made the leap from virtual to tactile, as protesters have gone to the streets in cities across South Africa. They’re hoping that government leaders hear their voices and realize that the hundreds of thousands of people who work in these industries are going to suffer without some kind of help.

Graham Beck Wines - South Africa Wines

Another social media campaign, identified with #SaveSAWine, is calling on wine drinkers around the world to help support the South African wine industry by purchasing and consuming their wine. As the eighth-largest wine producer in the world, the South African wine industry has an impact on the global wine industry. The country produced 974 million liters of wine in 2019, according to figures from WOSA.

For the sake of the global economy as well as the 40,000 grape farm and winery workers and their dependents, people around the world need to support the South African wine industry. Whether you show support by purchasing South African wine or raising awareness of the industry’s struggle through social media, you could be helping the thousands of families who depend on this industry to survive.

Summer Rum Cocktails: Welcome to the Season of Rum

Summer Rum Cocktail Recipes: Welcome to the Season of Rum

Did you know that July is the official month of Rum? In fact, summer is the season of all things rum. It’s no surprise that the season of hot temperatures would be the season to celebrate this spirit with a tropical history. During the first three weeks of July, we celebrate National Piña Colada Day, National Mojito Day, World Rum Day, and National Daiquiri Day! All of which are deliciously made with rum. Some of you may not know this but Barcardi is the world’s largest rum brand. Naturally, we turned to them in honor of this quadfecta of rum celebrations to we present three rum cocktail recipes to enjoy all month long.

Summer Rum Cocktails: Welcome to the Season of Rum

To our fellow rum cocktail lovers everywhere, now is the time to rejoice and raise a glass or three. While rum is available in both white and dark, we are highlighting the freshness and vitality that is white rum. In honor of National Piña Colada Day on July 10th, National Mojito Day yesterday, July 11th, and the upcoming National Daiquiri Day on July 19th, these white rum-based cocktails are the perfect way to experiment with rum and taste the spirit of the Caribbean.

BACARDÍ Frozen Piña Colada

Just because you missed Piña Colada Day, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this easy frozen Piña Colada recipe – a refreshing rum cocktail made with BACARDÍ Coconut Rum, Coco Reàl, and pineapple juice to transport you to the tropics.

Summer Rum Cocktails: Welcome to the Season of Rum

(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for BACARDI)

2 parts BACARDÍ Coconut Flavored Rum
1½ parts Coco Reàl
1½ parts Pineapple juice
1 cup ice
Garnish with pineapple wedge & cherry flag
For the single-serve recipe, combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until a slushy consistency forms. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry flag.

BACARDÍ Lime Mojito

Get into the Caribbean spirit with this fresh, delicious, and easy to make Mojito cocktail recipe featuring the brand’s latest flavor innovation – BACARDÍ Lime.

Summer Rum Cocktails: Welcome to the Season of Rum

2 parts BACARDÍ Lime Flavored Rum
4 Lime Wedges
6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
2 tbsp Caster Sugar
1 part Club Soda
1 sprig of fresh mint
Add the lime wedges, sugar, and mint leaves and gently muddle until the limes release juice. Add BACARDÍ Lime Flavored Rum and mix the ingredients with a bar spoon. Fill with crushed ice and stir once again. Add club soda and garnish with mint.

BACARDÍ Daiquiri

Rum, lime, and sugar go back a long way in the Caribbean. The classic Daiquiri brings them together in a perfect blend of BACARDÍ Superior rum, the crispness of fruit and the sweetness of sugar. Serve this rum cocktail ice cold for a bracingly refreshing drink.

Summer Rum Cocktails: Welcome to the Season of Rum

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum
1 part Freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp Sugar
Place sugar and freshly pressed lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then pour in the BACARDÍ Superior rum and fill the shaker with half-cubed ice, followed by some half-crushed ice. Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Finally, strain through a fine tea strainer into a chilled coupette.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

Fishers Island Lemonade: The Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

In case you haven’t stepped foot outside your door and are lapping in the luxury of air conditioning, it is hot outside. It is officially summer and Mother Nature is making that known with high temperatures and unseemly levels of humidity. If you plan on venturing out to your front porch or backyard, do not go empty-handed. We highly suggest you adults grab a 4-pack of Fishers Island Lemonade, the original cocktail-in-a-can.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

This female-founded, canned cocktail is exactly what you need to cool yourself down on hot and humid summer days. They say our homes are our castles, that may be true, but today we find our island. Fishers Island Lemonade uses fresh, premium ingredients and packs a punch at 9% ABV.  Founded by Bronya Shillo in 2014, this ready-to-drink canned cocktail is perfect for your indoor and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re enjoying stay-at-home BBQs, golf outings, or the beach; and the best part? The can floats so you never have to worry about losing a drop.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

As previously stated, Fishers Island Lemonade is made with all-natural ingredients. This includes the signature lemon and honey, with a kick of premium distilled Vodka and barrel-aged Whiskey. There’s no malt, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or colors. It is a true spirits-based canned cocktail, unlike seltzers, wine coolers, and other malt products, and tastes as fresh as if a bartender just made it in front of you. While it is 100% delicious straight out of the can, it also makes an amazing base for refreshing summer cocktails. Check out a few favorites you have to try this summer:

Spiked Half-and-Half

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

6oz FIL (half can)
1.5oz Iced Tea or Sweet Tea Vodka (we highly recommend Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka)
Pour FIL over ice and top with sweet tea vodka. Garnish with lemon and mint. Try it blended!

Ginger Mojito

Ginger Mojito Cocktail

6oz FIL (half can)
1.5oz Ginger Liqueur
Fresh Ginger and Mint
Splash of Club Soda
Muddle mint and ginger in a shaker. Add ice, FIL, and shake. Strain over ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with mint.

Light & Sunny

Light & Sunny Summer cocktail

6oz FIL
1.5oz Light Rum
Pour 6oz FIL over ice, top with a rum floater. Garnish with mint and a pineapple wedge.

Spiked Watermelon Chiller

Spiked Watermelon Chiller Cocktail

1/2 Small Watermelon, diced and frozen (for 1 hour)
1 can FIL
Fresh Mint
Dice 1/2 small watermelon, or 1/4 large watermelon. Put into a metal bowl or lay out on parchment paper and freeze for one hour or more. Put frozen watermelon in the blender with 1 can of Fishers Island Lemonade and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Blend until a smooth, slushy consistency. Makes two servings. Garnish with Mint and a Watermelon Slice.

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have Whiskey & BBQ Pairings

We are a week into the official summer season, and backyard BBQs should be well underway any minute now.  What better time than now to share some must-have BBQ pairings, to get your summer grilling adventures off to a great start. The key to good BBQ is a good sauce, and you’re in luck because we just happen to have the recipe for a great one featuring Proper No. Twelve Whiskey. We invite you to deep dive into this delicious barbecue sauce and a few whiskeys we recommend enjoying with whatever you slather this sauce on.

The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings
1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Salt
3 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Bring it to a boil in a saucepot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

We know what you’re thinking, “BBQs means beer.” Well, you’d be wrong, there is no beer that can enhance and compliment the smoky flavors of BBQ, great whiskey can. Keep reading for some awesome whiskey and bbq pairings.

Benriach 10 Year Curiositas Peated ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

BenRiach 10 Year Curiositas is an innovative peated whiskey that can be savored by those who are curious to discover a new style of smoky single malt. The wood-rich Highland peat used to craft BenRiach imparts sweet peat flavors compared to the more medicinal notes of Islay peat. This expression serves as a delicious pairing with refreshing, creamy coleslaw and the burnt sugar flavors found in baked beans.

The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years ($60.00)

The GlenDronach is known for robust, full-bodied, fruit-forward whiskeys. The Original Aged 12 Years epitomizes the historic distillery’s unyielding dedication to the mastery of sherry cask maturation. The richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whiskey presents sweet fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate, and some sweet soft-spiced oak that will not only stand up to BBQ burgers, steaks, and ribs but also provide a harmonious pairing.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an ultra-premium spirit in the core line of whiskeys that is twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage. The barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create an expression rich in flavor and color. The second custom barreling process creates heavier notes of honey, cream, and vanilla that are magnified alongside sweet aromatic notes. Since Woodford Reserve’s bourbon is perfectly designed to enhance certain food flavors instead of being a flavor destroyer, there is no wrong way to pair the bourbon with anything on your plate!

Starward Nova Australian Whisky ($54.99)

Starward Australian Whisky is a distinct new style of whiskey launched in the US in Spring 2019 that utilizes the unique climate, terroir, and raw materials of Australia. The Starward Nova is a single malt whiskey elementally matured in Australian red wine barrels for 3 Melbourne years. Starward draws influence from the vibrancy of “big red” wines from southeastern Australia. There, the distillery team sources barrel from local wineries that previously held Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. This proximity allows the team to maximize the flavor of the wine permeated into the oak, lending a vibrant red ochre color to the final liquid. The full maturation in red wine barrels creates a light and fruity whiskey with a long and spicy finish. You’ll find it similar to some of the country’s award-winning wines.

Ready to trade in that beer for a spirit but still love the feel of a can? We have you covered with these great rum and bbq pairings from Cutwater Spirits Canned Cocktails (available on Drizly for $9.99 – $12.99 per four-pack).  Rum is the spirit of the summer, and these ready-to-drink canned cocktails will seamlessly keep your party going.

Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai 12.5% ABV

This delicious mix of Cutwater Barrel Aged Rum, Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum, pineapple, coconut, and citrus combine to balance this bright cocktail with an aged depth.

Cutwater Rum & Ginger 7% ABV

Ginger at the Helm. This Rum & Ginger is like none you’ve ever tasted. It blends Cutwater White Rum, crafted from pure cane sugar; and Cutwater’s spicy ginger beer to create a robust yet balanced craft cocktail. It’s a storm of flavor that is sure to warm your palate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March and many brands are honoring the anniversary with products to celebrate. In celebration of diversity and equality, multi-award winning, ultra-premium spirit, Crystal Head Vodka released a limited-edition PRIDE BOTTLE. They’ve also released a range of delicious colored cocktails, representing each of the Pride flag colors. These cocktails are a part of their #MADEWITHPRIDE campaign, which also features weekly Instagram Lives. Color plays such an important role in our world. when we think of color, we think of self-expression and a way to communicate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Color evokes a feeling, and this beautiful rainbow bottle and rainbow vodka cocktails shine proudly and brightly to celebrate Pride. It truly is the vodka for the creative spirit. Let’s get you better acquainted with these delicious #MADEWITHPRIDE cocktails. Check out all six CHV cocktail recipes below:

Red: Feelin’ Fruity

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Original
1 ¼ oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (muddled)
½ oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 bar spoon (tsp) Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon (tsp) Rose Syrup
Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon.

Orange: Lady Marmalade

Crystal Head Vodka #MADEWITHPRIDE Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
Top with Prosecco
Crusto-style sugar rim or orange zest for garnish.

Yellow: Golden Girl

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Heaping bar spoon Powdered Sugar
Stir to froth and top with soda water, garnish with a pineapple slice

Green: Loud and PROUD

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade
A handful of Fresh Cilantro
2-3 Slices Jalapeño
Muddle CHV, cilantro, and jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass with new ice. Top with Fever-Tree Sicilian lemonade, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Blue: Born this Way

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 bar spoon (tsp) Caster Sugar
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled glass and zest with lemon peel.

Purple: Free-Spirit

Crystal Head Free-Spirit Cocktail

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ¼ oz. Butterfly Pea Flower tea
Combine CHV, lemon, and simple. Shake and strain. Pour butterfly pea flower on top

The CHV PRIDE BOTTLE is available in select U.S. markets, Canada and Europe through July 2020. The limited-edition, 750 ml bottle will retail for $49.99 and will be released annually.

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

To say it has been a stressful time is an understatement. We’ve had so much to deal with; so much so that Wine Shops were deemed essential. And truth be told, it has been a necessity. It’s gotten to the point where you need to reach for a glass of wine to escape the mental trauma that is 2020. The problem is, drinking lots of wine has begun to take its toll. Together with all the food we’ve been constantly eating, our sugar intake is double what it used to be. Thankfully, PURE Winery has come to the rescue with the launch of their new PURE Winery zero-carb, zero-sugar wine varietals. Which leaves us with one thing left to ask, ‘Won’t you join us in some zero sugar QuarantWine?”

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

Blending unique and traditional techniques in their wine fermentation process, we’re able to convert all-natural sugars into alcohol. Using blends of only the finest grapes — Pinot Noir, Pinot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Barbera, and Merlot — their wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. From red and white to sparkling white and sparkling rosé, they have a zero sugar wine variety to match every occasion. This occasion just so happens to all for wine cocktails. We’re sharing some low-calorie cocktail recipes, featuring three out of the four available varietals: PURE White Wine, PURE Red Wine, and PURE Sparkling White. Let’s get to know these guilt-free wines:

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Rosé:

Light pink in color with orange highlights, this sparkling rosé presents fragrant aromas of citrus, young red fruits, and red flowers. It is full-bodied, smooth, and velvety, with a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. This is a rosé that will take your palate seamless into the coolness of the fall season. The grapes in this varietal include Pinot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Our cocktail recommendation? Pour and enjoy it.

Sparkling White:

Clear in color with golden reflections, this sparkling white wine also features a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. It boasts a vibrant floral and fruity aroma with a fresh scent, complimented by a velvety and full-bodied taste. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Pinot. The I Feel Good cocktail recipe below gives a new twist on the traditional mimosa.

I Feel Good

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines
5 grams Yerba Mate infused in 50 ml Vodka
Macerate for 1-hour minimum and then strain well and mix.
100 ml Orange juice
Top with PURE Sparkling White
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with an Orange peel

White Wine:

Balance is the name of this mellow white. Clear in color with golden reflections, this white blend offers light, floral and fruity notes. While it is full-bodied and fresh, it is well-balanced and boasts a nice acidity on the palate with a velvety finish. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Sauvignon. You can’t go wrong with a refreshing drink, so we know you’ll love the Green & Fresh cocktail. For those who want a bit of a kick, the Wise Hope cocktail has what you’re looking for. Enjoy them below:

Green & Fresh

Green & Fresh Low Calorie Cocktail

50ml PURE White Wine
50 ml Coconut Water
7 – 9 Big green grapes
Put in a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

Wise Hope (Sabia Esperanza)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml Tequila white
1 Lemon Juice
30 ml PURE WHITE WINE
30 ml Capresse Cordial*
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

*Capresse Cordial
200 ml Herbal Gin (BETTER OPTION) or Vodka
100 ml Honey diluted in water 1:2
Skins of 10 lemons.
5 – 10 Basil leaves
Oregano to taste.
Macerate the above ingredients for 24 hours. Strain with a superbag or coffee filter and ready to use. Garnish with a Basil leaf

Red Wine:

Red wine fans will love this blend for the use of Barbera grapes. Ruby red in color with hints of violet, this blend is a dry, smooth, and drinkable red. It is sharp but balanced and features an aroma that offers fresh and fruity notes of cherries and red fruits. The Barbera and Merlot grapes come together for a soft finish. Merlot-infused coffee beans exist and Barbera is perfect with anything earthy, and the below Stay ay Home cocktail celebrates those flavors.

Stay at Home (Stay in Home)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml PURE Red Wine
30 ml London Dry Gin
6 Strawberries
5 coffee beans
In a cocktail shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with Strawberries.

The PURE Winery, based in Italy was founded with the vision to create a new category of zero-sugar and zero carb wine to meet the needs of today’s wellness-conscious consumer. PURE is passionate about empowering wine-lovers with a solution to the common dilemma between pleasure and guilt. The wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. Each PURE Winery bottle is available for $15.00 – $20.00 at Total Wine & More stores and other select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Bandero Tequila

Bandero Tequila: Drink to the Spirit of the Revolution

As we fight against the continuous and unjust killing of black lives, we find ourselves searching for moments of joy.  Happy memories from our past to fight the internal rage. This rage has forced us to take social media and news breaks, but we still cheer on the revolution. In keeping with the spirit of this current revolution, we’re highlighting a tequila that is “el espíritu de la revolución,” or, “Spirit of the Revolution.” We also had an experience with it that brought us so much joy. Just a little over a year ago, we were invited to partake in a mixology class with Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon. It was an incredibly fun experience, one we will hold onto forever. We loved it for many reasons; the camaraderie; the relaxing environment; and as we learned that day, just how delicious Bandero Tequila is.

Bandero Tequila

It was the first time we saw it in person and we were immediately enamored with the bottle. In case you’re unfamiliar, the award-winning Bandero Blanco is radical in flavor and style. It features bold flavors and an authentic leather-bound canteen bottle. Twice distilled, Bandero uses the finest Blue Weber Agave cultivated from the hills of the Los Altos Highlands in Jalisco, Mexico; known worldwide as the only location for authentic Tequilas. The agave plants at this higher elevation experience cooler nights, less rain and colder winters, transforming Bandero into a sweeter, richer “pineapple.” The hardened red clay soil of Los Altos forces the Bandero agave roots to work harder to find this region’s special crystalline waters while gathering copious amounts of minerals. The result is a richer agave, high in natural sugar with notes of pear and peach.

Since we’re all far from attending a mixology class, we present two cocktails brought to life with this premium tequila. While Bandero Tequila is ideal for sipping, these two great cocktail recipes are a delicious way you can enjoy Bandero’s radical flavor.

The Bandero “Quarantina” Margarita

The Bandero "Quarantina" Margarita
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
3/4 oz of Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed if you have).
1 oz Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Another Orange Liqueur (if available).
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with 1/2 Orange Wheel
Mix in a Large Glass or add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and add a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Bubbles Before Midnight

Bandero Tequuila Bubbles Before Midnight Cocktail
1.5oz Bandero Blanco tequila
0.5oz grenadine syrup
0.5oz lime juice
Brut champagne top
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT champagne in a shaker tin with ice and short-shake. Strain into a champagne flute, top with champagne. Zest & rim glass with lemon peel, place on a rim of the glass.

Whether you’re out protesting across this broken nation or sharing news and knowledge from home, we raise a glass to you in this, our revolution. Here’s to our black voices being heard; here’s to our black lives and our bodies, mattering! ¡Viva la Revolución!