Celebrate the 4th of July w/ Red, White & TY KU Cocktails

It’s time once again to toast America’s independence and what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with delicious summer cocktails that are red, white and TY KU. These patriotic themed cocktails are made with TY KU Coconut Sake and TY KU Sake Silver respectively. TY KU Coconut Sake is a premium Nigori Sake, imported from Nara, Japan, that is infused with the refreshingly sweet taste of Coconut and hints of vanilla, while TY KU Sake Silver is a premium Junmai Sake brewed and imported from Nara, Japan. The fresh and slightly sweet sake features subtle pear notes and is crafted from sake rice that is polished so only 70% of the grain remains, a process which removes impurities and refines taste.

Summer Sake Splash

3 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
Muddle in fresh Raspberries

Coconut Dream

2 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Shake well, serve chilled

Silver Shooter

2 oz. TY KU Sake Silver
3 oz. Soda Water

Whether you’re looking for low calorie options or want to try a non-traditional cocktail this July 4th, the above easy to make TY KU Sake cocktail recipes will have you feeling patriotic upon the first sip!

La Nuit En Rosé – New York’s First Rosé Wine Festival

Rosé wine lovers set sail on NYC’s Hudson River on June 13-14 to indulge in exquisite wines and seriously good times. The occasion? The country’s first large-scale Rosé tasting event, La Nuit en Rosé. The sold out event, taking place during four 4-hour sessions over two days, gave the public and members of the press, the opportunity to taste 85 rosés crafted by 58 wineries from around the world. The vast selection ensured that wine connoisseurs and novices alike would be able to discover rosés that seduced their taste buds.

As if sampling a bevy of rosé wines weren’t enough, La Nuit En Rosé up’d the experience with a hot DJ, beautiful views aboard the state of the art Hornblower Hybrid, and decadent cuisine to compliment this great summer wines including: a selection of ice creams (one rosé-infused) from The Tipsy Scoop; French pastries, canelés and financiers by Céline; oysters provided by the Brooklyn Oyster Party; and some of the most delectable cheese and charcuterie we’ve ever experienced from Vin sur Vingt, among others. We were elated to be part of this first event there, and we will definitely not miss the next, which promises to be bigger and even better.

Here’s a look at just a few of our favorites from the La Nuit En Rose experience:

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Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

Mulderbosch

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes: A richly hued and versatile South African wine.

If you are not usually a red wine lover, consider this

Mulderbosch as a pleasant midpoint between whites and reds.

Serve well chilled, paired with a summer salad, salmon, tuna, or sushi.

 

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Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé NV

Origin: Italy, Franciacorta

Blend: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay

Notes: Beautifully light and refreshing

 

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Ouled Thaleb Rosé 2013

Morocco, Benslimane

60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Cinsault

Notes: The grapes used to craft Ouled Thaleb are free of herbacides and fungicides.

Pair with tuna and appetizers such as sausage.

 

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OG by Les Eoliers 2013

Chateau Les Eoliers

Origin: France, Languedoc Corbiere

Blend: Grenache, Mourvedre

Notes: If you need a celebratory rosé, this is it.

A Luxuriously designed bottle with a lighted bottom and gold flecks inside.

It’s sure to catch the attention of all party goers.

 

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Domaine Vico Rosé 2013

Origin: France, Corsica

Blend: Nielluccio, Sciaccarellu, Grenache

Notes: This rosé is light and crisp, but still manages to maintain deep flavor.

 

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Tentation by Reunucci Rosé 2013

Domaine Terra Vecchia

Origin: France, Corscia

Blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 10% Vermentinu

Notes:
A great bottle for a ladies party. Besides its sleek exterior, Tentation boasts a flavorful, pronounced rosé taste, but with a smooth finish at the end.

 

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Cotes des Roses Rosé 2013

Gerard Bertrand

Origin: France, South of France

Blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah

Notes: This variety is beautifully floral and bares a rose patterned

bottom on it’s bottle to prove it.

 

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Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui 2013

Marenco

Origin: Italy, Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG

Blend: 100% Brachetto d’Acqui

Notes: If you like your rosés and wines sweet,

this certainly fits the bill. This tasty dessert wine has a pronounced

Strawberry bouquet.

 

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Bridge Lane Rosé 2013

Lieb Cellars

Origin: United States, Long Island

Blend: 63% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 8% Pinot Blanc, 5% Riesling, 3% Gerwurztraminer

Pairing: Fish, raw seafood, oysters, shrimp

 

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Merlot Rosato 2012

Omina Romana

Origin: Italy

Notes: Merlot Rosato is delicately sweet, with a fine balance

between fragrant and fruity.

le Rosé de Mouton Cadet 2013
Origin: France, Bordeaux
Blend: 60% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes: fruity aroma with an elegant subtle fullness, hints of raspberry and red currant make this rose a perfect summer drink.
Food Pairings: great with light dishes – fish, seafood, and light pasta

Terres de Berne Rosé 2013

Chateau de Berne

Origin: France, Provence, Cotes de Provence

Blend: 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes: floral and crisp summer fruit flavors, fresh bouquet and taste

Food Pairings: it’s crisp and fresh taste makes it perfect for spicy cuisine such as Indian

 

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut Rose
Origin: Champagne, France
Blend: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir
Notes: it has the aroma of rose petal, wild strawberry, and a touch of citrus; it’s light in color, full bodied, and features subtle bubbles. The first taste is fresh and crisp and it pairs perfectly with sushi and lightly cooked lamb.

For the times we needed to take a break or cleanse their palate from wine tasting, the refreshing Lorina Pink Citrus Lemonade was on hand. The sparkling, premium French beverage was a welcomed and delicious cleanser.

We advise anyone who is a fan of the pink-hued wine or for those who just want to learn more about it, to absolutely attend their next event, the experience is wonderful.

You’re Invited: La Nuit En Rosé Wine Event

Calling all fellow New York City fans of Rosé Wine, have we got an amazing event to share with you thanks to wine entrepreneur, Pierrick Bouquet. No longer known as the wine industry’s step child, everyone is declaring their love for the pink-hued wine. As the weather gets warmer, Rosé wines are enjoying a surge of popularity and one event that will celebrate this delicious vintage is the La Nuit En Rosé (The Pink Night) event in NYC. Rosés, have long been known for their incredible versatility and as complimentary to any food…plus it is the official wine of summer. This wine and food tasting extravaganza, the country’s first large-scale wine event devoted exclusively to sparkling and still Rosé wines, takes place during two-four hour sessions on June 13th and 14th aboard the luxurious, state-of-the art Hornblower Hybrid, along the Hudson River.
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La Nuit en Rosé will celebrate an astonishing 85 various rosés from 58 wineries around the world, including: France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, Argentina and the US and promises a chic, cocktail-style tasting event with lively music, and some of the best views the city has to offer. The event will also include delicious cuisine to compliment the variety of wines, such as a selection of ice creams (one rosé-infused) from The Tipsy Scoop; canelés and financiers French pastries by Céline; oysters provided from the Brooklyn Oyster Party; and cheese and charcuterie from Vin sur Vingt.

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Choose your experience La Nuit en Rosé below:

DAY – 1PM to 5PM: Take in the summertime sun during our daytime celebration. Sip on the world’s finest Rosé wines while taking in the sights of downtown New York City and listening to live music. Cruises begin at 2pm and sail until 3:30pm.

NIGHT – 7PM to 11PM: Prepare for a night of wine tasting, dancing, and cruising around the city. Enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline and explore some of the best rosé wines from around the world. Cruises begin at 8pm and sail until 9:30pm.

The event will also feature a wine competition, where ten distinguished judges, sommeliers and wine directors – Jamie Kaloustian from Dovetail, Paul Altuna from Le Cirque, Roger Dagorn from Tocqueville, Victoria James from Ristorante Mornini I Alta Marea Group, Chad Walsh from The Dutch, AJ Ojeda-Pons from Lambs Club, Geoffrey Fischer from wd~50, international wine judge Robin Kelley O’Connor, and master of wine Lisa Granik, will be on hand to bestow honors on the best of the very same wines you as a guest will be sampling. And, unlike almost any other wine competitions, La Nuit En Rosé will feature an audience award.

Passes for each tasting are only $60.00 each and can be purchased here: http://nuitrose.com/event/attend.

Smooth & Sweet | William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey

Is Bourbon slowly and deliciously taking over our heart and glasses? We can’t help but notice a surge in the amount of people enjoying the barrel-aged distilled spirit which left us wondering if we will be this trend increase as the year goes on (we all know a Bourbon neat is perfect during the cold winter months) but will you be enjoying this dark spirit as the summer rolls on into fall? We had the pleasure of enjoying a unique Bourbon that has us convinced this number will increase. Thanks to Filthy Gorgeous, we got to attend a William Wolf Speakeasy Day Party, where the Pecan-flavored Bourbon continuously flowed to our delight.

After uttering the secret password, guests were rescued from the too-bright outdoors and whisked into the dark and sultry Chez Jacqueline for a day celebrating the Tribeca Film festival with hors d’oeuvres, fun and laughter, and bespoke William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey cocktails.

The premium aged Bourbon is the original pecan bourbon. Produced in small batches in Kentucky, this deliciously addicted intoxicant boasts natural flavors from real pecans and 100% natural maple syrup that is equally seductive straight up or in a cocktail. Whiskey enthusiasts will fall in love with its bold, dark taste, while non-whiskey drinkers will fall under the spell of its smooth and sweet pecan flavor. If you’ve never tried a Bourbon Whiskey, start with the William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey. We had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the absolutely delicious Bourbon and praised him on it’s distinctive taste, uniqueness and the ability to capture our hearts….. we don’t drink whiskey but we count this Bourbon Whiskey as a favorite.

Vodka from the Land Down Under: VDKA 6100

Forget what you think Australia is known for and get ready to enjoy the latest import from down under. Making it’s US debut is an incredibly pure and smooth premium vodka called VDKA 6100. Inspired by the Australian country code, VDKA 6100’s name pays tribute to its Australian roots but its incredible bottle design, created by leading New York designer Joe Doucet, highlights the quality and purity of this incredibly smooth vodka. VDKA 6100 is distilled from fresh seasonal whey and natural spring water from New Zealand, one of the most pristine spring water locations in the world.

With whey that is sourced from grass-fed cows’ milk, then is 3x distilled and filtered through a bed of carbon, the result is a silky, ultra-smooth liquid that is a cleaner, purer vodka which is also gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free. VDKA 6100 will be a real delight to vodka lovers, fans of the spirit will love its light and crisp taste. It’s wonderful on the rocks with twist of lemon and makes a mojito so incredibly delicious, it can only be described as velvety. Adding to this vodka’s greatness is the involvement of Actor Robert De Niro, ­described as the “co-creator” of VDKA 6100, who will be the face of the brand.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth,” said Robert De Niro. We think that Paul Gardner, President of VDKA 6100, has an incredible product on his hands, and we’re not just saying this because we’re primarily vodka drinkers. Two other cocktails we recommend trying with this satiny vodka are featured below…of course feel free to experiment.

Strawberry Sky

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
3 Strawberries
2 Cucumber Slices
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Greener Pastures

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Simple Syrup
½ Part Sweetened Kiwi Puree*
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
*One part simple syrup to four parts fresh kiwi puree.
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.

VKDA 6100 is available in two sizes, 750ml, retailing for $34.99, and a 1-liter bottle for $44.99. For more information, visit http://www.VDKA6100.com.

Your Taxes are Done, Celebrate w/ this Refreshing Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Cocktail

It’s officially here, April 15th aka Tax Day. After probably stressing out over getting your taxes done, wondering whether or not you owe or getting a refund, you may need a cocktail. This cocktail can be used to celebrate a refund, drown your sorrows if you owe the government or to just celebrate surviving yet another Tax Day. One great cocktail to turn to is the Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, created by Marie Zahn and made with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon. The American-made, Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, is a modern twist on two classic bourbon cocktails that have been around longer than Tax Day itself. The cocktail combines the spicy, trademark finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with sweet honey syrup, tangy raspberry vinegar and tart grapefruit juice to make the perfect cocktail to end the dreaded tax season.

Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice,
created by Marie Zahn (Louisville, KY)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 tsp. Honey Syrup*
1 tsp. Raspberry Vinegar
Grapefruit Soda
Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.


*Honey Syrup Preparation:
1 cup Honey
1 cup Water
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.
Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.

So whether you get a refund or not, just celebrate the fact that this day is almost over. Cheers!

Toast to Spring w/ Cruzan Rum’s Paradise Punch Cocktail

What better way to toast the beginning of spring than with a delicious and refreshing, spring-inspired cocktail. get ready to enjoy a sip or six of the Cruzan Rum Paradise Punch, made with the newly launched Cruzan® Peach Rum. This sweet and fresh rum blends fine Cruzan® Rum with the sweet taste of juicy, ripe peaches that will arouse thoughts and memories of carefree summer days and succulent summer peaches.

Cruzan® Paradise Punch

12 parts Cruzan® Peach Rum
12 parts Ginger Ale
4 1/2 parts Honey Syrup*
3 parts Lemon Juice
Combine Cruzan® Peach Rum, Honey Syrup & Lemon Juice in a pitcher. Stir to mix and refrigerate. Add Ginger Ale right before serving. (Serves 8)

*Honey Syrup

6 parts Honey
6 parts Hot Water
Combine 6 parts Honey and 6 parts Hot Water. Stir and set aside.

Cruzan® Peach Rum is a fresh, succulent flavor to the enticing Cruzan® Rum lineup. Like all Cruzan® rums, Cruzan® Peach is crafted by Cruzan® Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. Cruzan® Peach is made from tropical rain water and high-quality molasses, it is distilled with a unique five-column distillation process to create the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“Cruzan® is constantly searching for the freshest flavors and innovations that will appeal to loyal fans of our rum, as well as those trying it for the first time,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Inc. “That’s why we are especially excited to introduce Cruzan® Peach to the Cruzan® Rum family.”

“This flavor embodies the spirit of St. Croix and is the perfect addition to any cocktail that rum lovers will want to enjoy this season and beyond,” said Nelthropp.

Cruzan® Peach is available now, the 750ml bottle retails for $14.99. It joins Cruzan® Aged Light Rum, Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan® Black Strap Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum, Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan® 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum and 13 other flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, key lime, passion fruit, mango and strawberry.

Sweet & Delicious Low-Calorie Valentine’s Day Cocktails

According to Nielsen, Americans alone will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate during the days leading up to Valentine’s Day – that’s A LOT of sugar. Some of you may not want to add even more sugar with the cocktails you will be enjoying, but there is hope. You are still able to enjoy a delicious, low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails to toast your sweetheart thanks to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water and these following Valentine’s Day-inspired recipes. Cascade Ice sparkling waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar without losing its delicious flavor. Below are three delicious cocktails you are sure to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. Say goodbye to boring champagne and spend your romantic night enjoying these sexy and sweet drinks:

Love Potion Pizzazz

Cascade Ice Love Potion

To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2oz of Cascade Ice’s Pomegranate Berry with 1oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Cascade Ice Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5oz of tequila and 3oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!

Blushing Sparkler

Cascade Ice Blushing Sparkler

Mix 1oz of whipped vodka, 4oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

What do you think of these low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails? Which of these three would you try?