Celebrate Intensely: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur for the Holidays

Forget Peppermint, Cranberries, and other traditional Christmas flavors, this holiday season, it’s all about Ginger. Since the holidays are all about celebrations, we’ll be raising a glass or two of a delicious cocktail made with a very special ginger liqueur. Toast to the holiday season with delicious libations made with Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, a handcrafted, Brooklyn-made spirit created with 200 pounds of fresh ginger per batch.

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is made with lots and lots of fresh Ginger with no extracts and no chemicals. It is also is vegan, gluten-free, and kosher certified. If you’re a fan of the taste of pure, big, bold, powerful flavor of fresh Ginger, then Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Passport, created by Jason Foust, Late Harvest Kitchen

1.5 oz Vodka
.75 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz fresh lime
Red grapes

Basil Preparation:
Muddle red grapes and basil in a shaker and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and fine strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass. Garnish with basil and grape.

Mortimer & Mauve, created by Pamela Wiznitzer, Seamstress, NY

1.25 oz Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey
1.25 oz Chai infused Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth*
.5 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

* Chai-Infused Vermouth:
1 750ml bottle of Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Add 4-5 Chai tea bags Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Take out the bags and pour the infusion back into the bottle.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Use orange twist to extract oils. Discard peel.

Intense Digestif

Did you know that Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur was originally enjoyed as a digestif? This spicy and refreshing liqueur is perfect for calming and settling the stomach and digestive tract. Just pour over ice for a perfectly chilled and delicious way to stimulate your body.

Want to experience this intense spirit for yourself? Barrow’s Intense is available in 375ml (around $24.00) and 750ml (around $39.00) bottles that can be purchased online or at several retail locations nationwide. Check out the Barrow Intense store locator for the closest retailer near you.

Kristine Serrano & Carlos Ruiz Create Best Tequila Herradura Cocktails

What better way to celebrate the fall season, thank with an evening of witnessing a tequila cocktail battle. Tequila Herradura recently sponsored the www.liquor.com and the US Bartenders’ Guild (USBG)‘s 2017 Bartender Legends competition where regional bartenders competed for the top spot and a trip to Mexico for the final competition at Casa Herradura. The event showcased ten regional semi-finalists from the area. Kristine Serrano and Carlos Ruiz’s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in New York.

The Bartender Legends competition allows bartenders across the country a chance to showcase their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura.

After beating out their competitors at the regional level, Serrano and Ruiz move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the thirteen other participating markets. As finalists, Serrano and Ruiz won an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale.

“I’m from one of the most diverse places in the world- Queens, New York,” Serrano said. “Growing up in Queens meant embracing the traditions, food, drinks, and spirits of many different people. I feel very privileged to have so much richness and variety of culture in my neighborhood. As a bartender in Queens, I enjoy being a part of a community that takes influence from all over the world.”

Crafted Cocktail by Kristine Serrano


1.5 parts Herradura Silver
.5 part Sotol Por Siempre
.5 part Lime Juice
.5 part Pineapple Gomme Syrup
.25 part Cynar
1 Inch Slice Muddled Green Pepper
Celery Salt/ Pepper Rim
Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Garnish with celery salt/pepper rim. Add Pineapple leaves to glass. The celery salt/ pepper rim is 2:1 celery salt to pepper. The pineapple leaves will stick in two ways- you can freeze them to the glass (my preferred method) or you can use a small pick in the back of the leaves.

“My inspiration was to be able to combine my Peruvian heritage and Mexico,” Ruiz said. “The yellow corn commonly found in the United States pales in comparison to the shapes, sizes, and colors of the traditional maize varieties cultivated by the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The ears of corn may range from a couple of inches to a foot long, in colors that include white, red, yellow, blue, purple and black. With that said I wanted to incorporate corn in my cocktail to not only showcase Chicha Morada but also highlight how corn can be so versatile.”

Crafted Cocktail by Carlos Ruiz

2 parts Herradura Reposado
1 part Chicha Morada
0.75 part Lime Juice
0.75 part Chai syrup
1 egg white
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake first. After, shake with ice and double strain into coupe glass that has been chilled prior. Garnish with cinnamon salt on top.

Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all. During the trip, bartenders will also experience a VIP distillery tour, receive brand education and training, as well as explore popular and historic Mexico attractions.

National Rum Day: Captain Morgan’s Favorite Holiday

If it’s Christmas, you write a letter to Santa Claus, when it’s National Rum Day, you hit up Captain Morgan. We sure did and he responded with some magnificent ways to celebrate National Rum Day as only the Captain can. Not only do we have two delicious rum cocktails made from the iconic Original Spiced Rum, we’re excited to introduce you to the new coconut shot offering, LocoNut. Of course these two simple, yet delicious cocktails are not quite enough, we’ve included two specialty treats, the recipes for rum gelatins shots and freeze pops. These two unconventional “cocktails” are made with the Original Spiced Rum, and LocoNut respectively. What better way to close out the summer than to celebrate the distilled alcoholic beverage that represents summer, tropical escapes, and fun.

Morgan Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Mint Sprig
Lime
Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice, Original Spiced Rum, and ginger ale. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel. Stir and serve.

Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
8.5 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 envelopes of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons)

Loco & Coco

3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
4 oz. Coconut Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

The Miami Vice

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
1.5 oz. Coconut Water
0.75 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
0.75 oz. Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

Does the Captain have your attention? Will you join him in celebrating the month of rum? Which of these delicious recipes are you dying to try first? However you celebrate the remaining days of summer, make sure you invite the Captain. If you’re looking for more rum recipe ideas, the captain is sure to share his secrets.

Cruzan Rum: A Diamond in the Rum for National Rum Day

As we’ve stated before, summer is the season of Rum, and August is when we honor the distilled alcohol made from sugarcane or molasses. August is National Rum Month, and Wednesday, August 16th is National Rum Day. What better way to celebrate than to taste the authentic spirit of the island of St. Croix with Cruzan Rum cocktails.

We recently highlighted their newest rum, Tropical Fruit Rum, to ring in Rum month, and wanted to share some more for National Rum Day. You will find four delicious cocktail recipes from some very talented mixologists from Austin, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta.

Cruzan Aloe Can You Go (Serves 4-6)
Recipe by Justin Lavenue, Austin, TX

5 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Falernum
4 parts Aloe Juice
2 parts Coconut Cream
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Build ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Fill with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint sprigs, and grated nutmeg. Serve with 4-6 straws and enjoy!

Cruzan Star (Single serving)
Recipe by Julia Momose, Chicago, IL

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Ambre Vermouth
1/4 part Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy!

Cruzan Crush (serves 4-6)
Recipe By Teddy Collins, Miami

4 parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
4 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
6 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Apricot Simple Syrup*
Fresh Mint and Thyme
Combine lemon juice, apricot simple syrup, and pineapple juice into a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Lightly smack 10 mint leaves and drop into the bucket along with 2 stems of thyme and muddle softly. Add rums, crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint, thyme, and 4-6 straws. Enjoy!

*Apricot Simple Syrup Instructions: Over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and apricot juice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool.

Cruzan LocoCoco (Serves 4-6)
Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta

8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
8 parts Coconut Water
2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill the bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy!

There you have it, four great Cruzan Rum cocktails to help you celebrate National Rum Day. Which one of these rum cocktails is your favorite recipe?

Add NEW Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum to Your Cruzan Bucket List

The Islands are calling!! We haven’t been to the Caribbean in years, we’re so overdue for a visit. We miss the tropical beaches, lovely weather, and of course, the delicious cocktails. What do you do when you can’t go to the tropics? You bring the tropics to you of course, or rather, let Cruzan Rum bring it to you. We’re really excited for Cruzan Rum’s latest contribution to cocktail and island enjoyment, the Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum, a fruity white rum infused with the flavors of the islands – juicy pineapple, tart passion fruit, and sweet guava, accented with bright notes of fresh citrus.

To celebrate the summer season and the launch of Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum, Cruzan Rum launched its “Cruzan Bucket List,” a multi-channel marketing campaign encouraging rum enthusiasts to celebrate the moment. The campaign is inspired by Cruzan rum’s popular rum punch bucket cocktails and offers a fun twist on the traditional concept of the bucket list.

The “Cruzan Bucket List” campaign encourages rum fans of legal drinking age to participate in on and off-premise activities. These fun activities included enjoying a Cruzan bucket cocktail, creating your own personalized bucket lists on www.cruzanbucketlist.com and track your progress, and enter one amazing sweepstakes where one winner won the amazing grand prize of an all-expenses paid “Ultimate Bucket List Experience” trip to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the island Cruzan Rum calls home. Although the sweepstakes is over, you can still participate to win some cool prizes like your own Cruzan Rum Bucket (pictured above) and t-shirts. To get yourself in the “Bucket List” state of mind, we suggest trying one of the below Cruzan Rum cocktails

Cruzan Island Life

2 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
3 parts Pineapple Juice
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a cherry and lime wedge

Cruzan Hula Hula

2 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
2 parts OJ
1 part Pineapple Juice
Float of Cruzan Black Strap Rum
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge

Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include of Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum, Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 15 flavored rums. The Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum is now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $10.99 per 750ml bottle.

Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro Collaborate for National Tequila Day

Art comes in many forms, sometimes it’s stunningly visual, other times deliciously artistic. In this instance, the collaboration between an acclaimed filmmaker and renowned tequila brand, it is both. Launching today on International Tequila Day is the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro collaboration, an exquisite and artistic package which houses two bottles (both extraordinary blends of Patron aged spirits). We’ll also be sharing two great Patron tequila cocktail recipes for you to indulge in today, and beyond.

The outer package in the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro piece, Guillermo del Toro designed a stark, matte black cover that peels away to reveal a box with carefully detailed black and silver drawings. These drawings were inspired by the “jimadores,” the skilled laborers in Mexico who for generations have hand-harvested and trimmed the Weber Blue Agave that creates tequila. The images depict skeletons (one of del Toro’s favorite expressions of the Mexican cultural celebration of life and death) working in the agave fields, where tequila is born. The original sketches, initial artwork, personal introductions from del Toro and Francisco Alcaraz, as well as information and images about the tequila production process, and cocktail recipes for the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro project are included in a hardcover book, “Tomo de la Creación,” inside the box.  The case then opens and unfolds to expose a warm red and orange color palate inside, in stark contrast to the black and silver exterior of the box. The beautiful and mysterious labyrinth of imagery furthers del Toro’s narrative, with illustrations of the Hacienda Patrón distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, where agave is transformed into Patrón tequila.

The most striking detail inside the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro box is the centerpiece glass bottle, which upon closer examination reveals not one, but actually two bottles. It resembles what looks like a fantastical winged creature straight out of one of del Toro’s iconic films. A limited-edition 750ml bottle of extra añejo tequila sits upside down as the “torso,” while the second, a 100ml bottle of aged orange liqueur, sits on top, a skull exquisitely carved into the crystal. The spirit in the larger bottle is a remarkable blend of rare Patrón tequilas aged for an average of more than five years in a combination of different new and used oak barrels. Complementing that tequila is the smaller bottle, a first-of-its-kind aged Patrón orange liqueur produced from aged Patrón tequila.

Patron X GDT in Guadalajara

The extra añejo tequila in the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro blend is characterized by its bright, golden color, with an aroma and flavor of light honey, nuts and raisins, slight vanilla, and oak. The sweet and fruity balanced taste makes way to a long finish of agave and oak. The orange liqueur is medium amber in color, with a distinctly sweet aroma and taste of citrus, clove, light French toast, and caramel. Only a very limited number of Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro sets were produced, and are currently available at fine spirits and liquor retailers across the country for the suggested retail price of $399.00. And now onto the cocktail recipes we promised. If you’re gifting yourself with the Patron Tequila X Guillermo del Toro set, you’ll love The Sacrifice cocktail created by Stephen Halpin. Already have Patron Reposado in your bar, try the delicious Jimadores Paloma cocktail.

The Jimadores Paloma

2 oz Patrón Reposado
3 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Smoke Hibiscus Syrup
5 dashes of Peychaud Bitters
5 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Ginger beer to fill
Pinch of Salt
Grapefruit snake peel as garnish
Add grapefruit, lime, salt, and Patrón into a shake. Add ice and shake for 5 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass and fill with ginger beer. Pour Hibiscus Syrup on top and dash Bitters as well. Snake Grapefruit peel inside a glass.

The Sacrifice, Created by Stephen Halpin

2 oz Patrón Extra Anejo*
1/2 oz Patrón Aged Orange Liquor*
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve up into a chilled Nick & Nora or coupe glass with a twist of lemon.

We hope you enjoy National Tequila Day, we hope you do so responsibly.

Hello Sweet Life: Castello del Poggio Launches Sweet Summer Wines

There’s no denying that summer is the season of drinking wines, especially light, sweet, and fruity wines. A nice glass or two of a perfectly chilled glass of delicious wine on a hot day can do wonders for your state of mind (and tastebuds). Castello del Poggio, known for their #1 selling and award-winning Italian Moscato, Moscato IGT, has expanded their wine portfolio with a Sweet Collection. This range of sweeter Italian wines features a Sweet Red, Sweet Rosé, Prosecco DOC and Sparkling Moscato that’s perfect for all-afternoon enjoyment.

Not familiar with Castello del Poggio’s wines? Their amazing Moscato is a slightly-sweet, refreshingly low-alcohol wine with flavors of peach, musk, honey, and white flowers. The versatile Sweet Rosé Wine is a refreshing, crisp, and delicate wine that can be enjoyed year-round. The bold violet hued Sweet Red Wine is a full-bodied, fruity, crispy, and soft wine Sweet Red wine with notes of apricot and peach. The light and bubbly Prosecco Demi – Sec Sparkling Wine is perfect for everyday drinking, thanks to its crisp, intense and fruity flavor that is both refreshing and versatile. Expect golden apple, sweet honey notes, and the continuous need to refill your glass. Last but certainly not least is the Sweet Sparkling Moscato which features the same color and notes of the original Moscato but with a medium minerality and a crisp, effervescent finish. We had the pleasure of enjoying a few glasses of the new range of Castello del Poggio Sweet Collection as well as a few curated wine cocktails at The W Hoboken – the Guilty Pleasure, and the Amanca Sangria. You can find the cocktail recipes below:

Guilty Pleasure

Castello del Poggio Moscato
Junmai Sake
Fresh Blackberry Puree

Amanca Sangria

Castello del Poggio Sweet Red Wine
Aperol
Elderflower Liqueur
Lemon Juice
Top with Ginger Beer

The new Castello del Poggio Hello Sweet Life range is now available nationwide. Learn more about this wonderful range of wines on www.castellodelpoggio.com.

If You Like Pina Coladas: National Pina Colada Day with Patron Tequila

If you like Pina Coladas, then here is your chance to celebrate this tropical island drink.  July 10th is National Pina Colada Day, a day to enjoy numerous glass, or as this cocktail shows, pineapples filled with this great, refreshing drink. Pina Coladas is known as the official cocktail of summer; it basically captures the feeling of the season in one delicious concoction. Today we bring you one hell of a pina colada, made with Patron Reposado. We know what you’re thinking, how can you celebrate National Pina Colada Day with Patrón Tequila? Aren’t Pina Coladas made with rum? Yes, it’s true, they are traditionally made with rum but the golden hue and balance between the Agave and wood flavors make the reposado a good rum substitute. Besides, the words piña colada literally means “strained pineapple”, not rum and pineapple. So without further ado, let us show you how you can celebrate National Pina Colada Day with Patrón Tequila. Feast your eyes on the glory that is the Patron Mini Pineapple Piña Colada.

Patron Mini Pineapple Piña Colada


2 oz. Patrón Reposado
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz. Cinnamon Cream of Coconut
.5 oz. Lime Juice
2 dashes Pecan Bitters
Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill halfway with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and double strain into a hollowed out pineapple with ice. Take the top and cut off the spikes and leave a 2-inch hole in the middle. Take mini pineapples and stack on top.

This is definitely not your typical Pina Colada, and not just because of the Patron Reposado Tequila. We love the addition of passion fruit juice, pecan bitters, and cinnamon, guaranteed to add more levels of deliciousness to this already amazing tropical cocktail. So if you do like Pina Coladas, and of course, tequila, then you’re going to love Patron’s interpretation. We know how we’ll be celebrating National Pina Colada Day, what about you?