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Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

We have long enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty flavors. There’s one cocktail we can’t help but sing the praises of for this very reason. The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail, which can be easily made with the CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit, is a short drink that’s perfect as a nightcap. For those wondering, what is the French Connection cocktail? A proper French Connection requires a very aromatic Cognac like CAMUS Cognac’s Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac and a dry Amaretto, in order to guarantee a good balance of sweet and roasted notes.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

This slow-sipping cocktail is a highly sophisticated drink that also happens to be one of the easiest in the world to make. The French Connection is part of the International Bartenders Association’s IBA official cocktails list. Legend has it that it was invented in the 70s, named after the 1971 movie of the same name, with Gene Hackman.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

CAMUS Cognac makes creating this cocktail at home incredibly easy, thanks to the CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit. CAMUS added a slight twist to the cocktail recipe by pairing the iodine-rich notes of Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac with Amaretto Adriatico; this reinterpretation of original amaretto is crafted with handpicked Italian almonds and a pinch of salt. This brings us back to our initial thoughts of loving the combination of sweet and salty flavors.

The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit has everything you need (and we mean everything), including:

  • bottle of Ile de Ré Fine Island 70cl
  • bottle of Amaretto Adriatico 70cl
  • tumbler glass
  • professional cocktail spoon
  • booklet to discover the secrets of the perfect recipe

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

With this amazing drink kit, all you need is ice and your thirst. The other wonderful thing about this kit is you can create up to 14 cocktails with it and it retails for only €69.00 on the CAMUS Cognac website. As you can see, it makes a great gift.

We adore CAMUS and have enjoyed it for years. Read about our other CAMUS Cognac coverage here: CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other and Cognac Connoisseur: Lunch with Cyril Camus and Camus Cognac.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

.As the weather continues to get warmer and more vaccines are administered, everyone is hopeful about the opportunity to fully enjoy time outside their homes. Whether it be get-togethers with friends and family or vacations to exotic and tropical places. While we’re not yet at this point in time, there is a way you can enjoy an escape to a tropical locale; at least via your tastebuds – Biza Cocktails, the tropical canned cocktails.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

The name Biza is originally inspired by the internationally known Spanish island of Ibiza. Although it celebrates a lifestyle experience, not necessarily tied to a specific location. Contrary to the hard seltzers found in the market today, Biza is a handcrafted cocktail, lightly sparkling and full of flavor. Created from premium vodka, Biza is slightly more alcoholic than the average canned cocktails, at 6% ABV. With only a touch of carbonation, the gluten-free, and malt-free Biza cocktails stand out in flavor and canned cocktail experience. Unlike the competition, Biza has carefully hand-selected their ingredients to create their natural tropical flavors. The low-calorie drinks are available in four bold flavors: Passion Fruit Peach, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Vanilla, and Mango Jalapeño.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

If you’re ready to take your happy hour to the next level? These delicious, on-the-go libations will take you there. To gift us with the amazing level of deliciousness, Biza really focused on highlighting full flavor bursts. Their unique combinations are great tasting from start to finish.

Biza was started by a group of friends who came together during happy hour on a mission to fill a void in the marketplace. The goal was to create a brand that caters to their friends and the millennial generation. They tested all aspects of Biza’s product development on 100 millennials across varying age ranges. It’s made by millennials for millennials!

The easy-to-grab Biza Cocktails are available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and online at www.bizacocktails.com.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads

Did you know you can use jams, fruit spreads, and preserves to make your cocktails? Yeah, neither did we but boy are we glad we discovered this. Apparently, the practice of jam cocktails has been around since the 1900s (who knew). Cocktails were created using jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades as a sweetening agent. So if you’re ever in the mood for a cocktail and are out of simple syrup, reach into your pantry for that jar of fruit spread; it’s the fastest way to add sweetness to cocktails. Today, we’ll be sharing several delicious jam cocktails, all perfect for spring, using Crofter’s Organic fruit spreads.

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

We’ve previously highlighted the absolutely flavorful organic fruit spreads from Crofter’s Organic; first, when we were introduced to them in 2014 and once again last year when they added more fruit and less sugar to their fruit spreads. This time around, we’re happy to share the versatility of these organic fruit spreads and show you another way you can enjoy them. Let’s get to know some of these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails.

Peach Bellini

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

1 ½ Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread
¾ oz Vodka
Prosecco
Ice Cubes (Crushed)
Fresh Mint
Begin by adding Crofter’s Organic Premium Peach Fruit Spread to a cocktail shaker along with ¾ oz vodka and some crushed ice. About 2-3 ice cubes. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a glass and then top with prosecco. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Mango Radler

Jam Cocktails: Spring Libations with Crofter's Organic Fruit Spreads

¾ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread
6 Oz Water
12 Oz Sparkling Water
Fresh Lemon Juice (Half a Lemon)
Fresh Lime Juice (Half a Lime)
4 Cans Beer of Choice (473ml each – We used a local Pale Ale)
In a small saucepot over low heat, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Mango Fruit Spread with 6oz of water to thin it out slightly. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and strain out any chunks of mango that may be too big. Let cool. In a large beverage, pitcher add in the sparkling water, fresh lemon, and lime juice. Next, add in the mango syrup (once it has cooled slightly). Whisk to combine. Next, slowly pour in the beer to avoid making a lot of foam. We recommend tilting the pitcher for a smoother pour. Give the pitcher one last gentle stir. Now for the taste test! If the mixture is too citrusy add in more sparkling water. If not citrusy enough add in more fresh lemon and lime juice. Keep cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Blueberry or Strawberry Mint Lemonade Cocktail

1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread or 1 Cup Crofter’s Premium Strawberry Fruit Spread
¾ Cup Lemon Juice (2-3 Lemons)
1 Cup Cold Water
⅓ Cup Raw Organic Honey
2-3 Mint Leaves
In a blender, combine Crofter’s Organic® fruit spread, lemon juice, cold water, and raw organic honey. Blend until all components are mixed well and frothy. Strain the lemonade from the blender using a cheesecloth to remove the bubbly froth from the top and any clumps that may have missed being blended. Pour the lemonade over ice and garnish with 2-3 mint leaves. Enjoy!

My Easy Little Rum Away

My Easy Little Rum Away Cocktail

1 Tbsp. Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread
2 oz White Rum
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Orgeat Syrup
¼ oz Simple Syrup
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnishes: Lemon Wheel, Lime Wheel, and Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Combine Crofter’s Seville Orange Just Fruit Spread, rum, juices, orgeat syrup, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with bitters and garnish.

Simple Black Currant Mojito

Spring cocktail: Simple Black Currant Mojito

1 Tbsp Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Back Currant Fruit Spread
4 Fresh Mint Leaves
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Rum of Choice
1 Tsp Caster Sugar
Club Soda or Tonic Water
Crushed Ice
Lime Wedge (Garnish)
Sprig of Mint (Garnish)
Combine Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Black Currant Fruit Spread, mint leaves, lime juice, and caster sugar in a small bowl. Muddle lightly (just enough to break down the mint leaves to release their flavor). Remove the leaves and place the Black Currant mixture in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice and then pour your rum of choice on top. Top it off with club soda or tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Raspberry Bramble

Spring cocktail: Raspberry Bramble

4oz Gin
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2oz Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup*
1oz Crème de Cassis
Garnishes: Lemon Peel and Fresh Raspberries
First, make the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the Crofter’s raspberry simple syrup to remove any chunks or debris. This will result in a nice smooth syrup. Let’s make the cocktail! Simply combine all of the bramble ingredients into a shaker and shake to combine. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the Raspberry Bramble over the ice. Garnish with a fresh lemon peel and some fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

*Crofter’s Raspberry Simple Syrup
½ Cup Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread
½ Cup Water
In a small-to-medium-sized saucepot, combine the Crofter’s Organic Premium Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread and water. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes or so until the sauce begins to thicken up slightly. Remove from heat.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Crofter’s Organic jam cocktails. We’d love to hear your thoughts on jam cocktails.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We usually accept celebrity brands with a bit of skepticism because we’re not just going to accept that something a celebrity puts out is good. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63 ($36.99) because this Bolivian spirit already had a rich and distinct history. Distilled high in the Bolivian Andes from Muscat of Alexandria grapes, this impeccably clean and amazingly versatile spirit will blow you away with every sip. Many may not know this, but Singani is actually the national liquor of Bolivia. Mr. Soderbergh was introduced to this award-winning spirit by the Casting Designer on the set of CHE. Singani is really its own category but many people incorrectly classify it as brandy. The brand is hoping to change this with a petition for category recognition. We find it’s a bit similar to eau-de-vie (a light fruit wine/brandy-esque blend). We invite you to really get to know this spirit. Try it on the rocks first and take in its floral and grape fragrance; sip it slowly to indulge in its Mountain Meadow Flowers, White Pepper, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Honeysuckle notes; and indulge in its short, light, clean, and smooth finish.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We love Singani 63 because it greatly complements herbal liqueurs like Cynar and Aperol; check out their take on classic cocktails made with those Italian liqueurs.  Since it is the season, we want to share some great holiday cocktails. What makes adding Singani 63 to these cocktails to make them distinct? When the grapes mature at the Andes’ high altitude, their skins thicken, creating a unique flavor during the distillation process. Singani has been produced since the 16th century and 500 years later it’s this unique flavor that captivated Steven Soderbergh’s palate. He formed a partnership with pioneers of the Casa Real Distillery and after six years was finally able to launch Singani 63 in the US. This is why we are able to share these delicious holiday cocktails with you now. Let’s get mixing!

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

2 oz. Singani63
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Rosemary Cranberry Simple Syrup*
Club Soda
Rosemary Sprig & Cranberries Garnish
*Roseberry Simple- Boil 1C sugar, 1C water, 1C cranberries, 3 sprigs rosemary. Crush, strain when thickened.
Mix first 3 ingredients with ice, top with club soda, garnish.

After the Frost
Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

After the Frost by Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

1.5 oz Singani 63
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon honey, or to taste (preferred raw honey)
3 drops Owl & Whale Lemongrass bitters
8 oz Chamomile tea
fennel frond for garnish
Start brewing the tea in a separate vessel, and simultaneously pre-heat the teacup with hot water. After 3-4 minutes, empty the prepped warm teacup, and add the remaining ingredients. Top with the tea, and garnish with a fresh fennel frond.

Naughty by Ivy Mix

Naughty by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz. #Singani63
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
.75 oz. Red Currant Jelly infused with Ground Ancho Chili (1/2 cup: 1 tsp)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig and cocktail cherries.

Nice by Ivy Mix

Nice by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz Singani 63
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake, serve up, garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Singani 63 is available at some of the coolest bars, restaurants, and alcohol retailers including iPIC Theaters And The Tuckroom, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Nobu Downtown, Sanctuary T, Hudson Wine & Spirits, Tribeca Wines & Spirits, and more. You can also purchase it online for $36.99 at www.buysingani63.com.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal – Best Vodka Award

The holiday season is upon us and while Thanksgiving is all about the food, Christmas is about the holiday spirits; and we don’t just mean the joy and magic of the season. What better holiday spirit to celebrate the festive season with than one that’s an award winner! Say congratulations to Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka which recently won the Platinum Medal – Best Vodka at the 2020 L.A. Spirits Awards. Although this is their first platinum medal, it isn’t the first time the American-made vodka brand has won awards.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Of course, it’s no surprise that this classic, velvety smooth, 100% American-made vodka won platinum. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is five-times distilled with high-quality grain, grown in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste. If you’re looking for a delicious, clean, smooth cocktail to enjoy during the holidays, we’ve got five to share with you today.

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka
4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1⁄2 oz. Olive Juice
1⁄4 oz. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Dashes Tabasco
1⁄2 oz. Tomato Juice
1⁄2 oz. Lemon Juice
1⁄2 tsp. Horseradish
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Rim a pint glass or mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives & onions, lime, and lemon rounds.

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
¼ ounce of grenadine
Grapefruit and umbrella garnish
Add grenadine to a highball glass. Add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth to a shaker. Shake then strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice and umbrella

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
Top with kombucha
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Seagram’s Vodka Cranberry

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash Tonic Water
Splash of Lime Juice
Rocks Ice
Combine Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice in a shaker and shake vigorously, strain over ice in a low-ball glass, and top with tonic water. Garnish with a lime round.

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

3 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a martini glass, garnish with 2-3 stuffed olives.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is the perfect bottle to have on hand to enjoy easy, festive cocktails this holiday season whether you’re celebrating with family, a socially distanced gathering, or solo.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

There’s a quote about never delaying to open a bottle of whiskey and it accurately describes our experience with Milam & Greene Whiskey. Although relatively new, this craft whiskey brand is becoming one of the fastest-growing whiskey brands in the U.S. Three of their offerings, the award-winning Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon, Milam & Greene Port-Finished Rye, and Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon are hitting shelves in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin now. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday gifting season.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

What better way than the gift of a great craft whiskey to help someone de-stress while living through the holidays during a pandemic. By now you’re studying these whiskey bottles closely; which means you may notice these are not Kentucky whiskeys and you’re correct. While Kentucky has a long, rich whiskey history, they’re not the only source of great American whiskeys. Milam & Greene Whiskey is proof that a Texas craft whiskey can make you detour away from Kentucky and Tennessee; especially when it has a Kentucky connection.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Under the direction of master distiller, Marlene Holmes, Milam & Greene Whiskey distills using a 300-gallon copper pot still in Blanco, Texas as well as in continuous stills in Holmes’ home state of Kentucky. The team travels to Kentucky to distill using its own mash bill, yeast recipe, and distillation processes. The whiskey is matured in both Kentucky and Texas. In addition to distilling on-site and off-site, the team blends, batches, sources, finishes, and hand-bottles bourbon and rye whiskey to age to maturity in the unique Texas climate. The only craft distillery in the USA that openly embraces all these elements to make stunning whiskies. The distillery produces the three above mentioned Milam & Greene whiskies, which until now were only available in Texas. Join us as we explore these grain to glass whiskies created using the distinct processes of the great distillers of the past. Today we give them a proper nationwide welcome:

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $44.99

 Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This rich made from Texas corn, Pacific Northwest malted rye from Oregon and Washington, Wyoming barley, and their proprietary yeast recipe from Kentucky and Texas. Each bottle of Milam & Greene Triple Cask is a batch of three hand-selected straight bourbon whiskies: a 2-year-old premium Texas bourbon for a pop of spice; married with a 3 to 4-year-old Tennessee whiskey for vanillas and fruits; and a 10 to 11-year-old Tennessee whiskey for structure and tannins. It is then proofed to be tasted and bottled on site. This bourbon has a deep golden color, along with refined and elegant aromas with pops of vanilla, floral, and spice. The palate is creamy and soft, surprisingly smooth for a 94-proof spirit. It has a medium warm finish with structure and tannins.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? Try the above M&G MANHATTAN, created by award-winning USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon
½ oz. Luxardo
½ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash peach bitters
Stir with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist

Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon, $121.99

Milam & Greene Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

The hand-selected and evaluated Single Barrel Straight Bourbon has the discerning whiskey drinker in mind before bottling by Milam & Green’s crack whiskey team. No two casks are exactly the same for this one-of-a-kind, small-batch Texas whiskey. Holmes, Greene, and head brewer, Jordan Osborne, look for whiskies that demonstrate elegance and personality. Each year the team selects single barrels that include gems found around the U.S. in addition to their own grain-to-glass casks. This year’s lot, a deeply flavored bourbon previously sold only in Texas, comes from Tennessee and has already won numerous double gold medals in international competitions.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? We loved it neat with a fat ice cube and with a splash of water to proof it down.

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey, $49.99

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey

Port wine fans, we’ve found your perfect whiskey. This Double Gold winner at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a gorgeous ruby-colored whiskey with luscious aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, and dark fruits such as black currants and blackberries. Its robust flavors are carried in a rich, velvety whiskey with a long warm finish. The casks used are brought from Indiana to Texas where this liquid gold is first batched in the Blanco rickhouse and then finished in old Port wine casks from Portugal. Because some casks take longer than others, these are meticulously curated and vatted for consistency, and monitored for flavor. The casks are then batched together and proofed before bottling. The Texan sun and varying humidity levels also influence the rate and strength of flavor imparted into this 94-proof whiskey, making this a tricky whiskey to produce.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? The boldly flavored HILL COUNTRY HIGHBALL is perfect. It too was created by USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Port Finished Rye
1 oz. Averna or other rich Amaro
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1½ oz. ginger beer
Shake with ice and serve on ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Whether you’re a fan of classic or specialty whiskey, these Blanco, Texan-bred whiskies are sure to delight all during and after the holiday season. Keep an eye out for Milam & Greene at your local alcohol retailers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. Happy sipping.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

We have enjoyed sipping and indulging in the scent of Earl Grey and have been fans of bergamot-scented candles for as long as we can remember. There is just something about the sultry fragrance of this citrus fruit. The combination of its citrus, spicy, sweet, and floral scents are hauntingly therapeutic to the senses. Whenever we need to relax and unwind, we enjoy some Earl Grey tea and a bergamot candle for some aromatherapy.  We’ve now added a third option of this potent healing fragrance, in the form of a premium Italian Bergamot liqueur – OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is another premium Italian liqueur that’s crafted in small batches; much like Jovis Limoncello, we highlighted previously. It is another must-have available to us thanks to importer, Originals Imports. This enticing, premium liqueur is made purely with Bergamot oranges from Calabria. For those not familiar, Calabria, Italy is the birthplace of the most exquisite Bergamot oranges. In fact, more than 80 percent of all the world’s bergamot oranges are found there.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

The benefits of enjoying a Bergamot liqueur, like OTTO, are incredibly rewarding. It helps in mood elevation, energizing the body, soothes an upset digestive system, and helps to relieve anxiety and depression. We also love the fact that OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur boasts an intense, yet clear fragrance and unique bitter-sweet, citrus tasting notes.

The farm-to-bottle liqueur is handcrafted and bottled by Calabro Beverage in Cariati, Italy. This family production is focused on liqueurs made only with their own grown herbs and fruits. You can see where OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is produced by putting the coordinates printed on each bottle in google maps.

Premium Bergamotto Liqueur

OTTO’s ingredients include premium alcohol, water, and sugar. It contains no stabilizers, artificial components, or colorants. It features 30% Alcohol by Volume (60 proof) and can be enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks; OTTO also makes a perfect base for delicious cocktails like these two below:

For Gin Lovers #2

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

1.5 oz gin
0.75 oz OTTO
0.5 oz lemon juice
Garnish with lemon peel. Stir with ice, strain, and serve.

OTTO Spritzer #1

OTTO Spritzer #1

2 oz OTTO
4 oz seltzer
1.5 oz lime juice
Build in a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Available in a 750mL bottle, OTTO is available for $34.99 – $39.99 at Gotham Wines and Liquors, K&D Wines & Spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box, Yolo Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits, Sussex Wines & Spirits, ShopRite Wines and Spirits, and more. You can also enjoy OTTO at the following restaurants/bars in NYC: Sweetwater Social, Numero 28 Pizzeria, Taverna Kyclades, Taboon, and Lucciola Italian Restaurant. For locations near you, head over to www.originalsimports.com/shop.

Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey

Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey

Calling all adult peanut butter fans; we’re got a new to enjoy the nutty spread – whiskey. That’s right, all hail the recently launched Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey from Ogden’s Own Distillery. We can’t wait to make the adult beverage version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a memorable peanut punch. Let’s get to know this deliciously unique, blended peanut butter whiskey.

Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey

Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey captures the unmistakable, one-of-a-kind essence of peanut butter and balances it with a hint of rich chocolate flavor. This delivers the familiar yet subtle peanut butter flavor that avoids coming off as artificial or overpowering. Instead, the gentle nuttiness and comforting warmth of the peanut butter elevates the whiskey itself, creating a balanced 66.6-proof blend of smooth Canadian whiskey and tantalizing peanut butter flavor. Porter’s is known for its blending of smooth Canadian whiskey with the most divine ingredients that deliver one hell of a well-balanced flavor.

For those with peanut allergies, there’s great news for you. You can actually indulge in this peanut butter delight. Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey is completely safe for those with peanut allergies. Made with imitation peanut butter, everyone can enjoy a delicious peanut butter whiskey-based cocktail. There’s no fear of going into anaphylactic shock. So while those with peanut allergies may not be able to enjoy peanut brittle, peanut butter cookies, peanut punch, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Porter’s has got you covered in the peanut drink category. We tried two cocktail recipes using Porter’s that we know will become ultimate favorites – a PB&J cocktail and a Peanut Punch.

Porter’s PB&J

Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey

2 oz Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey
2 oz Chambord liqueur or grape juice
Raspberries (optional)
Pour all ingredients in an iced-filled cocktail shaker. Any jam-flavored equivalent juice will do if you have no Chambord or grape juice. Shake well and pour into a glass. Garnish with a raspberry

Porter’s Peanut Butter Punch

Porter's Peanut Butter Whiskey Punch

8 oz Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey
4 oz condensed milk
1/2 cup milk
1 ripe banana
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg
1 tsp Honey
Ice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
Add the Porter’s, milk, condensed milk (Soy Milk with Brown Sugar is a good alternative for vegans) banana, vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon, ice, and honey in a blender. Mix well and serve. Sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired. For a less thick version, skip the banana, ice, and blender and mix all ingredients in a shaker and serve over ice. Serves 4

As one of the most affordably-priced peanut butter spirits on the market, a 750 mL bottle of Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey is only $19.99. If you’re ever in Utah, pick one up at Ogden’s Own Distillery Store. The new peanut butter whiskey flavor joins Porter’s already popular flavors – Huckleberry, Peach, Apple, and Cinnamon Fire varietals, along with the limited-edition Porter’s Small Batch Rye, released in 2019.