A Love Potion Made for Two: Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room NYC

Have you got solidified plans for tonight’s Valentine’s Day celebrations? Could you use a little help on some last minute plans that will wow your date? Look no further than the modern New York City Speakeasy, The Tuck Room, for an evening filled with delicious aphrodisiacs. For Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room, you and your date are definitely going to feel the love with you sip on their limited edition Valentine’s Day curated cocktail, Love Potion for Two. Created with their proprietary Heizenberg, Love Potion for Two takes you on a journey reminiscent of a whirlwind romance (without the heartbreak of course because this specialty cocktail does not disappoint). Ladies, this is the perfect way to impress your Valentine with an amazing V-Day experience that’s as delicious as it is sensuous.

LOVE POTION FOR TWO

1 Cup Brewed Lemon Berry Meritage Tea (Rareteacellar.com)
1 Cup Banana, Almond and Cinnamon-infused Blanco Tequila
2 oz Ginger Syrup
1.5 oz Cranberry
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
Serve in the rocks in a big stemmed glass with two straws and rose petals

Inspired in part by the movie, Fifty Shades, we promise you this magical concoction will not disappoint in taste, visual appeal, or sensuality. If you want to go the extra mile and really wow your date, ask The Tuck Room’s Chef Bartender and Corporate Sommelier, Adam Seger, to see just how this sinfully delicious Heizenberg Aphrodisiac infused cocktail is created. You will be presented to what we can only be described as a “cocktail altar worthy of the gods” (you can see in the photo directly above). We could worship at the Heizenberg cocktail altar all day! Want to know more about the Love Potion for Two? Check out the video below where Adam Seger breaks down what makes this cocktail so special:

The Love Potion for Two Valentine’s Day cocktail is available tonight for $32.00 (each serving is for two people…..hence the name). If you have no plans or want to include a late night treat for your and your Valentine, head over to The Tuck Room at 11 Fulton St in NYC. Ready to try this love potion?We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room. Let us know in the comments.

Cheers to Love: 15 Fabulous Cocktails to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

We’ve got 15 ways to toast to love. Whether you’re enjoying the day with your Valentine, Galentine, or family, we have 15 fabulous cocktails to help you and yours celebrate Valentine’s Day. Are you celebrating love with that special someone? Drowning your sorrows with your single friends? Either is the perfect excuse to whip up one of these 15 fabulous cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Ranging in shades of sumptuous scarlet to blush pink, each one makes adulting (with or without cupid) a little more delicious (and probably less lonely)…..and will have you cheering to love even if you’re dateless.

If you find yourself dateless this V-Day, why not stay in and enjoy them. Trust us, with these 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14th will not disappoint. Please enjoy these recipes….responsibly, of course.

BLEEDING HEART (serves 6- 8)

1 cup Van Gogh Pomegranate
1 750ml bottle LBD Cabernet Sauvignon
1 lemon sliced
I orange sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 oz. club soda
Combine all ingredients but club soda in a large bowl or pitcher and chill. When ready to serve, add club soda, stir, and pour into individual glasses.

SERENADE (serves 6- 8)

2 cups Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 cups lemonade
1/2 cup club soda (or top to taste)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher or punch dispenser with ice. Add lemon wheels for color. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge and mint.

LE PUNCH (serves 2)

3 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum
3 oz. Guava Juice
3 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass and pour into two tall glasses. Garnish with a peeled blood orange wheel and orange twist

CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY MARTINI (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry
2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate
1 1/2 oz. Crème de cassis
Shake ingredients very well with ice. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. apple juice
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir well with ice. Strain over fresh ice into two tall glasses. Garnish with an apple slice.

BLUSH APPLE MARTINI

1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 1/4 oz. Pressed Apple juice
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Gomme syrup
3 raspberries, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice; shake and strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

HONEY BE MINE

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 oz. sparkling water
1 strawberry
Muddle strawberry in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add vodka, honey syrup, and lemon juice and shake well with ice. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

CAITHNESS COBBLER

1 3/4 oz. Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur
4 blackberries
1/4 oz. Crème De Mure
3/4 oz. Port
1/4 oz. Vanilla syrup
Add 2 blackberries and remaining ingredients to shaker, muddle together, add ice and shake for 10 seconds, strain over cracked ice and garnish with remaining blackberries and mint sprig.

HONEY POMPOM

11/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake very well with ice and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

GOODNESS ROSE

2 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 barspoon Raspberry jam
5 drops Rosewater
3 drops Orange bitters
1 1Ž4 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
Shake and strain with cubed ice into an Old Fashioned glass, then add crushed ice on the top. Garnish with a lemon twist and rose petal.

LOVIN’ THE BLUES

2 oz. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
5 blueberries
Muddle the blueberries in the lime juice and honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two raspberries and a lime wheel on a pick.

LBD MINT ROSÉ

4 oz. of LBD Rosé
1/2 oz. of Elderflower Liqueur
4 fresh mint leaves
3/4 oz. simple syrup
In a shaker muddle mint with simple syrup. Add ice. Add raspberries to a stemless wine glass. Pour all ingredients over raspberries.

THE BOUDOIR

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 Años
3/4 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1 oz. Sparkling Wine
1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 tsp Homemade Grenadine
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker mixed with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

WEE PINK ROSE

1 1/4oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 strawberries
3/4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 oz. Rose Liqueur or Rose Syrup
1/2 egg white
Muddle strawberries well, add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Fine strain into a flute. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.

CRANACHAN COCKTAIL

1 1/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Calvados
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 raspberries
3/4 oz. Pasteurized egg white
Soda water
Shake first six ingredients then double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon sugar.

What are your thoughts on these delicious 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any favorite you want to try?

Celebrating the Galette des Rois w/ FIAF: A Cake Fit for a King…or Queen

The ball has dropped and the fireworks have long fizzled out, but don’t let the post-holiday blues sink in just yet. We’re still getting into the swing of 2018 and the New Year celebration should continue all throughout January. To keep the party going and to invite more luck and sweetness into our lives, we looked to the French. Specifically, we went to the epitome of French culture and language in New York City, the French Institute Alliance Francaise or FIAF for short. On January 17, we headed to FIAF’s Le Skyroom event space to enjoy some wine, cheese, bread, and cakes with a royal history, Galette des Rois, and Brioche des Rois.

While the Galette des Rois or the “Kings’ cake” is enjoyed in many parts of Europe, Canada, Latin America, and the United States, the focus was on the traditional French Galette des Rois. Dating back to the middle ages, the galette des Rois is served only in the month of January. It celebrates the Epiphany or the visit of the three kings to the Christ child.  It is a puff pastry confection with a frangipane filling. However, different variations exist depending on the region in France. The traditional galette is a light flaky golden brown pastry packed with a dense and palatable almond filling. We were fortunate enough to also taste a Brioche des Rois. The Brioche des Rois is more colorful than its cousin and can be found in the South of France. It’s made with raisins, candied fruits, and orange blossom water topped with pearl sugar and more candied fruits.

The lightness and fluffiness of the bread is balanced with the thick sweetness of the fruits. Best of all, baked into the dense filling and buried within the flaky layers of any galette is a fève or a porcelain charm. Whoever finds the fève inside their piece, gets crowned king or queen for a day. A box of Galette des Rois often comes with gold paper crowns for the lucky guy or gal who gets to rule over the party. Not only that, it’s also said that whoever finds the fève will have good luck for the rest of the year. An important thing to note when serving galettes with fèves in them—be sure to warn your guests to eat slowly and look out for the charms to avoid choking and chipped teeth incidents.

But hurry and get yourself this fun dessert before month’s end! We recommend getting one from Maison Kayser, the bakery who generously supplied the savory spread and the galettes at FIAF. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine from Gabriella Fine Wines, who also provided the perfect pairing to our feast. Bon Appétit!

Fun Wine and Graffiti Artist Miguel Parades Get in a Tropical State of Wine

In all honesty, you don’t have to convince anyone that enjoying a glass or two of wine is fun but when the wine is housed in fun packaging, well that’s another story. If you currently live somewhere where winter is currently king and have friends or family who reside in or are vacationing somewhere tropical and posting photos, you’re probably really envious. We may not be able to grant you the wish of physically being somewhere warm, but we can get you there mentally with Friends Fun Wine. What makes Friends Fun Wine exceptional wines to enjoy during any snowstorm, frigid winter’s night or Wednesday? This pioneering range of low-alcohol, fresh and light wine-flavored beverages just launched its newest bottle design for their three most popular flavor pairings: Red Sangria, Strawberry Moscato, and Coconut Chardonnay.

Tapping into the ever-growing trend of unique, Instagrammable moments, the Miami-based Fun Wine (the brand is also inspired by the sunny city) worked with world-famous graffiti artist Miguel Parades to create one-of-kind bottles that immediately become keep-sakes and works-of-art. This range of flavored wine drinks is a great alternative to beer and the traditional formats of wine, allowing you to enjoy wine in a new and refreshing way. The Coconut Chardonnay boasts the smoothness of Chardonnay with the exotic flavors of coconut and the unexpected hint of pineapple undertones. It perfectly captures what Miami tastes like. The Strawberry Moscato celebrates the fruity refreshing taste of strawberry and the crisp aroma of a Rosé Moscato wine as it flirts with your taste buds. Last but not least, the Red Sangria is a fruity, flirty and inviting blend with distinct notes and characteristics of the ripe fruit juices used in its creation. It’s bold and refreshing, a perfect drink to get you in a warm weather state of mind.

Inspired by the electric Miami culture, World-Renowned Graffiti Artist Miguel Paredes, known for his explosive and bold design style, offering a perfect marriage of graffiti, landscape and pop art.

 “My sense of design and art has many parallels with the Friends Fun Wine brand,” said Mr. Paredes, Artist and Chief Design Officer of the company.“This bold product and what it offers to people around the world inspired me to create images that are both strong in their color and palette as well as encompassing evoking images and designs that appeal to people everywhere.” “We are thrilled to welcome Miguel to the team,” smiled Joe Peleg, “Bringing our unique brand to life through the art world is a way of connecting with our fans and consumers that crosses cultural boundaries and geographies. Miguel’s vision perfectly matches ours, and we are pleased with the reaction to our new bottle designs from our international business partners.”

Friends Fun Wine is available on five continents, The Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has about 50% of the alcohol and calorie content of traditional wines and contains 71-94 calories per serving. The Friends Fun Wine range is currently available in a 750 ml (25.36 oz.) bottle, with a 350 ml (11.5 oz.) version coming soon. Both feature an alcohol content of 5.5% Alc/Vol.

 

The Tuck Room’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas Cocktail Experience

The holiday season is a time of boundless festivities and activities to celebrate. While there are several childhood activities we have enjoyed as an adult during the holidays, none was as amazing as enjoying the Twelve Days of Christmas as told through specialty cocktails. We were back at our favorite modern Speakeasy, The Tuck Room for their Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails. You may remember we celebrated National Doughnut Day with an evening of their Drunken Doughnuts, an experience you can enjoy every Thursday night, and one we highly recommend.

The Tuck Room NYC’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails (there are actually fourteen because The Tuck Room give you three options for Three French Hens) includes (feel free to sing along). Our livers wouldn’t allow us to partake in all, but we did enjoy quite a few:

DAY 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree – St George ‘Terroir’ Spruce Tip Gin, Heirloom Pears, Genepy Alpine Liqueur

DAY 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sour Mash Bourbon, Deconstructed Turtle Chocolates

DAY 3: Three French Hens

Calvados, Cognac, Armagnac, Almond Financiers, Bouche de Noel, Coconut Rochers

DAY 4: Four Calling Birds – Wild Turkey 101, Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whisky, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Whistle Pig Rye (when pigs fly), Crispy Duck Skin, Quatre Epices

DAY 5: Five Golden Rings – Homemade Goldschlager

DAY 6: Six Geese a Laying –  Grey Goose, Nutmeg, Almond Eggs

DAY 7: Seven Swans a Swimming – Seagrams 7 Crown Whisky, Smoked Salmon, White Grapefruit, Fennel, White Pepper

DAY 8: Eight Maids a Milking – Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Buratta, Pesto

DAY 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Appleton Female Master Distiller Year Rum, Ron Zacapa Female Master Blender Rum, Grenada Three Sisters Distilled Rhum Agricole, Nine Exotic Citrus

DAY 10: Ten Lords a Leaping – Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Scotch, Laird’s 100 Proof Apple Brandy, Honeycomb, Winter Spices

DAY 11: Eleven Pipers Piping – Balsam Rose Vermouth, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Syrup, Rhum, Cherries

DAY 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Dewar’s 12 Year Old, A Dozen different Holiday Treats

Our journey through the Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas started with The Tuck Room’s Adam Seger having us experience the very essence of each specialty blend via liquid nitrogen. Check out our reaction to DAY 5: Five Golden Rings, made with Homemade Goldschlager (di you see the beautiful golden shimmer?)

Before all this begun, Adam and his amazing team warmed us up with three delicious libations, the DrinkupNY cocktail, a blend of Balsam white Magnolia Blossom Elderflower, New York Aperitif wine, and a housemade tonic; The Kiss cocktail, featuring House-infused lemon berry vodka, rare tea cellar lemon berry tea, Aperol, fresh lemonade, and naughty mint; and lastly a not-so-classic Mulled Apple cider (check them out below):

In between cocktails, we feasted on Reuben Croquettes, “K-Town” Short Rib Sliders, and Brioche Crusted Crab Cakes.

Last, but certainly not least, because all of this happened on a Thursday night, that only meant one thing – DRUNKEN DOUGHNUTS!!!! Our already decadent night of Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails ended with indulging in Underwest Donuts Lavender, Chocolate, and Peppermint donuts. These donuts were accompanied by Bourbon Dulce de Leche, Boozy Chocolate Sauch with Dark Rum and Red Wine, Beth’s Black Raspberry Jam spiked with Campari, and Boozy Whipped Cream with Cardamon Syrup, Boyd & Blair 151 proof.

It was the perfect ending to an almost indescribable and incredibly wonderful experience. Although Christmas has come and gone, there is still time to enjoy The Tuck Room’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktail experience, but once the limited edition blends are gone, those curated cocktails are gone. And of course, Drunken Doughnuts can still be enjoyed every Thursday.  For more information, visit www.thetuckroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Cheer: Sparkling New Year’s Eve Cocktails

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Will you be out in the cold watching the ball drop? Packed in a crowded nightclub? Or will you be at home surrounded by family and friends enjoying a cocktail or four? No matter your plans, make sure your New Year’s Eve cocktails are festive and fizzy! We’ve rounded up some delicious sparkling New Year’s Eve cocktails for you to indulge in from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice, world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita, and authentic ginger ale brand Brooklyn Crafted.

These seasonal cocktail recipes are just what you need to welcome 2018, and toast to all the wonderful things the new year may bring. Ready your palates for the following sparkling cocktails:

Prosecco Punch – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1 Part Prosecco
1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig

Sparkle Shots – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
1 oz Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.

Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer – Recipe by Santa Margherita

Servings: 2
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.

ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

Ginger Raspberry Sparkler – Recipe by Brooklyn Crafted


1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
Splash of Limoncello
4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and remember to drink responsibly. Happy New Year!

Celebrate National Sangria Day with Santa Margherita and Sparkling Ice

Did you know that today is National Sangria Day? What better way to raise a glass to Wine Wednesday than to raise a glass with a time-honored cocktail made with wine – Sangria! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite sangria drink recipes from world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita Wines and zero-calorie beverage, Sparkling Ice. The great thing about Sangria is not only is it easy to make, it’s also perfect for holiday entertaining. Check out these quick and easy big-batch recipes that are sure to make celebrating National Sangria Day a delicious experience.

Holiday Red Sangria

SERVINGS: 4
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva
1 large orange, sliced
1 large apple, chopped
1 large pear, chopped
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
4 cinnamon sticks
Add fruit to a large pitcher. Top with Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva. Place in fridge for an hour before serving. Spoon fruit into a glass before pouring the wine. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Add ice to the top (optional).

Sparkling Sangria

1 peach, sliced
½ orange, sliced
¾ cup peach brandy
1 bottle white wine, chilled
4 cups Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade
Place peaches, oranges, and brandy in a pitcher then lightly muddle. Add wine and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.

Bubble Gum Sangria

¼ cup gumballs
1 cup vodka
1 bottle red wine
1 cup Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
1 peach, sliced
1 orange, sliced
½ cup raspberries
Place gumballs in a jar, pouring vodka over. Cover and allow to sit for at least 12 hours. In a large pitcher or bowl combine gum balls and their vodka, red wine, Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon, and fruit. Add ice and serve.

Winter Sangria

1/2 Apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1/2 pear, sliced
Cinnamon Stick
1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup Sparkling Ice Orange Mango
Cut fruit into equal sizes and place in a pitcher with the cinnamon stick. Pour in the bottle of wine, bourbon, and Sparkling Ice Orange Mango over fruit. Gently stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, up to 2 days. Serve cold over ice.

Are you ready to enjoy a bright and sparkling Sangria drink during the holidays? Which one (or more) of these cocktail recipes will you be enjoying on National Sangria Day?

Perfect Holiday Gifting with Patron Tequila 1-Liter Limited Edition Bottle

Do you know what is one of the most-gifted spirits during the holidays? It’s Patron tequila of course! And this year, Patron, one of the most-recognized and respected luxury spirits brands, has once again introduced a limited edition one-liter bottle. Perfect for holiday gifting, the Patron Tequila 1-Liter Limited Edition bottle, third in a series of collectible, large-size bottle designs, is inspired by Mexico’s tradition of vibrant ceramic and textile folk art. If you want to perfect the art of gift giving and holiday entertaining, gift your favorite person the Patron Tequila 1-Liter Limited Edition bottle. Give the gift that keeps on giving with 33% more Patron tequila from the 1-Liter bottle.

The brightly colored pewter bottle label on this year’s special edition release features Patron’s iconic bee design and depicts elements of Patron’s meticulous production process. It boasts renderings of the native Weber Blue Agave from which Patron is created, the razor-sharp ax used to chop the harvested agave, and the traditional “tahona” stone which crushes the cooked agave to begin the fermentation and distillation process. The Patron Tequila 1-Liter Limited Edition bottle is topped with an intricately designed metallic stopper, mirroring the detailed aesthetic of the label, and is packaged in a beautiful green gift bag, reminiscent of Patron Silver’s signature box.

“Patron is always one of the most-gifted spirits during the holidays and our limited-edition large size bottle has become something that people look forward to every year, both as a gift for someone special, and for holiday entertaining,” said Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patron Spirits. “The distinctive label design of this year’s bottle – influenced by our rich Mexican tradition of crafting artisanal tequila – offers a truly unique gifting option for those who enjoy and appreciate high-quality luxury spirits.”

Patron has you covered when it comes to perfect holiday cocktails. This season, try the Daylight Saver (made with Patrón Silver tequila, Patron Citrónge Orange liqueur, Lillet Blanc, fresh lime, and a touch of absinthe) or the tart and refreshing Cranberry Cooler (combining Patrón Silver tequila, Patrón Citrónge Lime liqueur, cranberry juice, and club soda).

The Patron Tequila 1-Liter Limited Edition bottle is available at fine spirits and liquor retailers across the country for a steal at $59.99.