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Welcome to #SpritzGate 2019: Modernizing A Classic Summer Cocktail

Our Summer cocktail pregaming continues with three more amazing versions of the spritz cocktail. Chase Potato Vodka, Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin, and Disaronno welcome you to #SpritzGate 2019, a delicious escape into the world of refreshing summer cocktails. Read on as we present three more takes on the classic summer cocktail with non-traditional flavors. We recently shared two heavenly Spritz cocktail recipes and we know you can’t get enough, so we’re sharing more. We’re stepping away from the traditional carnival-hued Spritz and presenting some fun flavor alternatives for this ultimate summer cocktail.

Spritz Cocktails

With Memorial Day and weekend coming up, these refreshing drinks are perfect to celebrate the long weekend. Whether you getting together with friends or relaxing alone at home, a great cocktail is a great addition to the day. Wouldn’t you love to indulge in a Spritz cocktail with the sweetness and delicate floral notes of elderflower? Or maybe one with a hint of mint. Perhaps you desire something a bit more sophisticated and elegant. Then our final #SpritzGate 2019 cocktail will probably be your go-to Spritz cocktail. Check out all three cocktail recipes below:

The Great Chase Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Chase Potato Vodka
.5 oz Chase Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Anna De Codorniu Blanc De Blancs Reserva. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with an orange peel

California Spritzing

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin
1 oz Mint Simple Syrup
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Long Meadow Ranch’s Brut Farmstead. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with mint

The Really Italian Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

2 oz Disaronno
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with TrentoDOC
Pour ingredients in a chilled flute and gently stir

What are your thoughts on the new takes of this summer cocktail? Are you ready to enter #SpritzGate 2019 and open yourself to alternatives of the traditional Spritz cocktail?

Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz: The Hottest Summer Cocktail

The weather is finally starting to realize we are in the spring season and is beginning to warm up. It’s a good thing too because there are lots of cocktail-inspired things to celebrate. The end of May sets it off with Memorial Day and National Wine Day, while June ushers in National Rose Day and National Pink Day. We’re going to be highlighting a lot of drinks in honor of those days, starting with two of our favorite things, Rosé Vodka and Spritz cocktails. Get ready to indulge in the hottest summer cocktail from Three Olives Vodka.

Tis the beginning of the season of the Spritz cocktail and Three Olives Rosé Vodka is sharing two versions of the hottest summer cocktail, a more traditional spritz and a frozen option. The difference between these drinks and regular spritz cocktails is the absence of Aperol. We know some of you are not fans of Aperol, so these two Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz cocktails are perfect alternatives.

Whether you enjoy it in its classic form or frozen, these are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer season and the hottest summer cocktail.

Rosé Spritz

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
1 Part Soda Water
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Frosé Vosé

12 parts of Three Olives Rosé Vodka
18 parts of Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate (thawed, not diluted)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Pour ingredients into a blender and add up to 12 cups of ice, blend until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Serve in a wine glass (or hurricane glass) and garnish with a lemon wheel.
*Replace ice with Frozen Strawberries for an even more decadent frozen delight! *Batch serves 12

What are your thoughts on Three Olives Rosé Vodka’s take on the hottest summer cocktail? Will you be trying out one or both of these this summer?

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails With Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

We know what you’re thinking when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, it should start and end with tequila. But you’d be surprised to see how gin, especially a very well-made gin, can be a delightful tequila substitute. When we first heard about Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, we were immediately intrigued. Like a traditional gin, Jaisalmer‘s base is Juniper Berries, but it’s the Indian herbs that really make it special. The traditional pine notes are awakened with the likes of Darjeeling Tea, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Indian Coriander, and Licorice, to make a few.

The result is a refreshing and spicy twist that includes the combination of peppery, spicy, citrus, and anise notes. Because tequila and gin are plant-based spirits, they both add grassy or leafy flavors to cocktails. Both are also excellent bases for cocktails made with citrus, mint, and ginger flavors; they just add different flavor personalities to the cocktails. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we welcome three Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin cocktails for those who may want a change from the traditional tequila drink recipes.

The Golden Fort

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
15ml Lime Juice
10ml Cinnamon Syrup
50ml Cloudy Apple Juice
Sliced Green Apple Nutmeg (optional) Ice
Pour Jaisalmer Gin over cubed ice, add fresh lime juice, cinnamon syrup, and cloudy apple juice. Garnish with an apple fan of 3 slices and add grated nutmeg on top (optional).

The Jaisalmer Peppertini

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
20ml Pink Peppercorn Syrup
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
40ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
Pour Jaisalmer Gin, Peppercorn Syrup, fresh lemon juice, and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker, shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass. (To make peppercorn simple syrup: add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)

The Jaisalmer Indian Gin & Tonic

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
125ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
Orange peel
Ice
Fill a Copa glass with ice. Add Jaisalmer Gin and top up with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water. Add an orange peel twist.

Are you ready for a gin that bears slightly off the traditional course? Are you ready to experience Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin?

Mastering Mixology With Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon

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

Mixologist Ricardo Calderon at Bandero Mixology Class

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

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

Bandero’s Cup

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

Bandero Helada

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

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

National Cold Brew Day Cocktails

Celebrate National Cold Brew Day With Havana Club Rum

We know there’s a lot going on with this weekend, Earth Day, 4/20 Day, an Easter; but did you know it’s also National Cold Brew Day? In honor of National Cold Brew Day, Havana Club Rum presents three specialty cocktails, celebrating the best of the Cuban brews – rum and café! Inspired by traditional Cuban coffee, we’re happy to introduce the Cold Brew Cubana, made with Havana Club Añejo Clásico. Añejo Clásico is a dark rum with robust notes of sweet fruits akin to pineapple and apricot, to complement the delicious ingredients of this caffeinated libation.

National Cold Brew Day Cocktails

These rum cocktails are not only uniquely delicious, but also perfect for any budding at-home bartender to celebrate National Cold Brew Day, or for coffee lovers who want a rum twist. The Cold Brew Cubana combines a strong cold brew, ginger bitters, vanilla extract, and Giffard Banana Liqueur to create a tropical and buzzy libation.

For a Miami-based beverage, head over to St. Roch Market to try the Havana Café; available for a limited time on the cocktail menu at The Mayhaw. If you’re based in New York, Havana Club has teamed up with local East Village bar and coffee shop hybrid, The Roost, to bring you the Havana Old Fashioned; a twist on the classic made with cold brew liqueur and HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum.

Cold Brew Cubana

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails

1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
0.75 part Cold Brew
0.5 part Giffard Banana Liqueur
3 drops of ginger bitters
1 drop of vanilla extract
Glassware: Coupe
Shaken. Garnish with a dehydrated banana chip.

HAVANA Café

Available at St. Roch Market’s The Mayhaw in Miami

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails

2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
¼ parts demerara sugar
¾ parts MARTINI & ROSSI Rosso Vermouth
½ parts Cold Brew Coffee
Garnish with a lemon twist
Single Ice Rock
Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.

Havana Old Fashioned

Available at The Roost in NYC

 HAVANA CLUB Rum Cold Brew Cocktails
1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
1.25 parts Black Cold Brew Concentrate
0.25 part Harlequin Orange Liquor
3 drops Bitterman’s Mole Bitters
1 Demerara sugar cube
1 Orange Twist
Round ice sphere in Old Fashioned glass
Add 1 demerara cane sugar cube to a mixing glass. Add 3 drops Mole Bitters and 0.25 parts of orange liqueur to mixing glass and on top of a sugar cube. Use a muddler to break down sugar cube in a glass. Add ice to mixing glass and pour in 1.5 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum and 1.25 parts cold brew concentrate. Stir contents of mixing glass for 40 revolutions. Use a strainer and pour cocktail over 1 round ice sphere in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wipe rim of the glass with an orange twist and add as a garnish on top.

What are you drinking this National Cold Brew Day?

Exiled Menu: Havana Club Rum La Yuma Cocktail

Everyone loves and wants in on exclusive experiences; an inside view of elusive things not available to everyone. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we relish in having access to secret things; the off-menu items, hidden locations, and secret cocktails. We were lucky enough to enjoy one of these experiences, which we’re about to reveal, thanks to Havana Club Rum. Havana Club partnered with a local New York cocktail bar to offer a secret, exiled menu. This menu unveiled a brand-new cocktail, only accessible with a code phrase. This exclusive cocktail, the Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail, was only available for a limited time with the location and code revealed under the label.

Although aged in exile in Puerto Rican, it is a Cuban-born rum, holding true to its rich Cuban culture. As we enter the warmer seasons, we can’t help but think of getaways to tropical paradises, sunshine, summer cocktails, and carefree days. Although we enjoyed this Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail during a cold month, its refreshing taste and cooling ingredients are perfect for the summer. Lucky for you, the real Havana Club is available (not to be confused with the other) is available in bars and retailers nationwide and on www.drizly.com. Want to create this delicious rum cocktail for yourself at home, we reveal the recipe below.

Havana Club Rum La Yuma

2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part Lime
1 part Cucumber Honeydew Cordial
Prosecco

The smooth and velvety finish of the rum gets a fresh taste and a dash of sour thanks to the cucumber honeydew cordial and lime. The Prosecco has a touch of effervescence to make this a truly refreshing cocktail. Trust us when we say, you’ll definitely enjoy sipping on this perfect summer rum cocktail. As one of the best-selling rum brands in the world, Havana Club rum is a must-have at your home bar.

Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
¾  part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾  part Lime Juice
½  part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo Neo Rum
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant cucumber twist.

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

Will The Golden Hour Margarita Win 2019 Margarita Of The Year?

Patrón Tequila hosted a happy hour being held at The Archer Bar in Jersey City to kick off the Margarita of the Year competition. We had the pleasure of tasting one of the competing cocktails before we voted for our favorite. Of course, it was easy to select Bartender Natalie Jacob’s Golden Hour Margarita as our favorite. The decadent cocktail mesmerized our tastebuds with its inspiring mix of ingredients.

The Golden Hour Margarita is one of eight contenders vying for the title of The Margarita of the Year. Natalie and the seven other masters of margaritas hope to entice judges with their mixology skills to win the coveted title. We loved the Golden Hour Margarita for several reasons; we love the use of turmeric (it doesn’t magically make it a “healthy cocktail”, but in our heads it does); we love the combination of the earthiness, sweetness, and slight heat that the cocktail’s ingredients brought.

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

We also love how dangerously easy it all went down (thankfully the wonderful cocktail didn’t call for any “hair of the dog the next day, despite us enjoying five (keep the judging to the cocktails). Check out the full recipe below. Trust us, you will want to recreate it at home. If you’re not skilled behind the bar, Cocktail Courier will happily send you all you need to recreate this delicious cocktail.

Golden Hour Margarita

Bartender: Natalie Jacob/New York City

 

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
1 oz. Fresh pineapple juice
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Turmeric agave syrup*
+ Salt/turmeric/chili pepper rim
+ Pineapple wedge for garnish

*Turmeric agave syrup:
2 cups agave
1 cup water
2 tbsp. turmeric powder
Add agave, water, and turmeric to a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to incorporate the turmeric. Let cool and strain into a sealable bottle.

This drink can be shaken and served on the rocks or frozen. Rim a rocks glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, turmeric, and chili pepper. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker or blender to combine. Pour into a rocks glass (filled with ice if you used a shaker). Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

We must also give major points to The Archer Bar for their amazing and inventive bar fare. Our Golden Hour Margaritas were made even more enjoyable with the addition of the Buffalo Maple Duck Wings & Waffle and the Bison “Jucy Lucy” Sliders.

The Archer Bar Fare - Buffalo maple Duck Wings & Waffle The Archer Bar Fare - Bison Sliders

If you love heat and spice, the Duck Wings will answer your prayers in satisfactory spades. Burger fans will love the double dose of dill in the Bison Sliders from the Dill Havarti cheese and Horseradish dill spread. In all honesty, we were expecting the typical bar food when we arrived and praise the culinary gods for surprising us with such decadence.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Natalie Jacob’s margarita and of course, we can’t wait to hear which margarita will be crowned 2019 Margarita of the Year on April 25th.