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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.

Rum Cocktails

Mixology Astrology: RumHaven Cocktails for Each Zodiac Sign

We recently introduced you to a wonderful fragrance brand based on the zodiac signs; today we’re highlighting more zodiac-based goodies – cocktails!! Not just any cocktails, absolutely delicious rum cocktails from RumHaven. Last year we shared some wonderful summer drink recipes, including the RumHaven “Haven on Earth Cocktail“, which was a complete hit with friends; so we thought we’ share some more from the Rum made with coconut water. Since we’re in the season of Pisces (Happy Birthday Leap Year babies), we begin with the perfect cocktail for them.

Rum Cocktails

The following rum cocktails are based on Mixology Astrology and the personality on each zodiac sign. We present the perfect rum cocktail for the impulsive Aries, mysterious Scorpio, fun Leo, and so forth. Enjoy the following zodiac libations in good health.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) – Dreamy, Intuitive, Dancers
Daisies from Haven

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven
2 oz. RumHaven
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Club Soda
Add ingredients (except club soda) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Uncap shaker, and add club soda. Strain cocktail into an ice-filled double old fashioned rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel Florette. The whimsical garnish fits this friendly sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) – Confident, Inspired, Sexy, Impulsive
Will You Have(n) This Rose

RumHaven Cocktail

2 parts RumHaven
¾ parts Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
¼ part Elderflower Liqueur
Prosecco
Add ingredients (except prosecco) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with a rose petal and enjoy! Because nothing says confident and sexy like a red rose.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) Loyal, Patient, Hardworking
My Slice of Haven

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven
2 oz. RumHaven
3 oz. Club Soda
Squeeze of Lime
Add ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with lime. Because this hardworking sign deserves a to kick up their feet.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20) Eloquent, Quick, Fast
Match Made in Haven

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

2 oz. RumHaven
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Add ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with pineapple or grapefruit. Keep it playful with bright and fresh juices in this cocktail.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Reserved, Conservative, Family
Havenly Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry Rum Cocktail

½ cup RumHaven
1 750-ml Rosé
2 cup lemon-lime soda
6-10 large strawberries, sliced
Add RumHaven and chilled rosé into a pitcher. Add strawberries and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, add lemon-lime soda. Make enough for the whole family with this group-style cocktail, sure to please everyone (Serves 8!)

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22) Passionate, Fun, Successful
Haven Sent Daiquiri A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

2 oz. RumHaven
1½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with lime. Nothing like a fun, playful drink to keep this sign cool all summer.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22) Organized, Diplomatic, Grounded
Haven on EarthA Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

2 oz. RumHaven
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Add ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with pineapple or mint. A classic combination, perfect for this down to earth sign.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22) Tactfulness, Diplomacy, Communication
Craven Haven Colada

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

2 oz. RumHaven
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Coconut Cream
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with pineapple and cherry. This sign likes balance, and this cocktail brings just the right amount of sweet and savory to satisfy any craving

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Mysterious, Intelligent, Analytical
Thank Haven

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

2 oz. RumHaven
1½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Honey Syrup
2-3 Basil Leaves
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Double strain cocktail into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a basil leaf. An out of the box cocktail for an out of the box sign.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Adventurous, Generous, Honest
Haven and Hell 

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign from RumHaven

1½ oz. RumHaven
1½ oz. Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
2-3 Slices of Chili/Jalapeño Pepper
Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Double strain cocktail into an ice-filled double old fashioned rocks glass. Garnish with chili or jalapeño pepper slices. This cocktail provides the kick that adventure-loving Sagittarius signs may need

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Organized, Responsible, Leadership
Havenly Mojito

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign - Capricorn

2 oz. RumHaven
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Club Soda
6-8 Mint Leaves
Lightly muddle fresh mint leaves in the bottom of a Collins glass. Add ingredients, then ice, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with mint or lime. Because sometimes nothing beats a classic.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Intelligent, Genius, Communicators
Cool Havenly Breeze

A Unique Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign - Aquarius

2 oz. RumHaven
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Add ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with pineapple or mint to loosen up this sign. The perfect breath of fresh air to help loosen up this sign.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Restaurant Review: Fall in Love with Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Late last year, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of the Olio e Piú cookbook; this time, we celebrated their new Fall menu. Just as before, there were so many delicious dining options to enjoy. The new dinner menu items include Garganelli with braised rabbit; Mozzarella Di Bufala with imported buffalo mozzarella, grilled portobello mushrooms, and marinated roasted peppers; Vitello alla Milanese with fried veal cutlet, arugula, tomato, parmesan, lemon; and Trofie al Pesto with broccoli rabe pesto, lemon zest, and Pecorino Toscano; plus so much more.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Unfortunately, we couldn’t partake in most of the new fall menu items due to our mushroom allergy but we did get to enjoy quite a few dishes, including a favorite. Our evening began with some wonderful cocktails and hearty appetizers. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed cocktails we’ve never had before; below, we present the Belladonna (New Amsterdam Gin, Chamdor, Cinzano Bianco, and raspberries); Giardino (Tito’s vodka, Italcus, Cinzano Bianco, basil, and strawberries); Vulcano (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul tequila, Aperol, aveze, lime cordial, and hibiscus).

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

The first item from the new fall menu we enjoyed was a hearty Buffalo ricotta, hot soppressata, and mozzarella Calzone. We hadn’t had a calzone in years and this Olio e Piu Calzone was the perfect reintroduction; piping hot and wonderfully cheesy, you will not regret ordering this at all.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

From piping hot to crispy and heavenly. This light but satisfying salad boasted crisp apples, arugula, seared scallops, and a delicious vinaigrette. It was so good, we wanted seconds. Definitely a must-have.

Olio e Piu Salad

Our next dish was one of our favorites from our last visit to Olio e Piu, the Fritto Misto. A mainstay on the menu year’ round, we can’t help but indulge in the memory of the assortment of squid, shrimp, white fish, zucchini, with the creamiest Bombay aioli.

Fritto Misto

The next dish was Tagliatelle Bolognese, a perfect fall menu option, and one of the signature dishes of Bologna. While many places serve thinner ribbons of Tagliatelle pasta, we loved Olio e Piu’s wider size as you can enjoy more of the meat sauce.

Tagliatelle Bolognese

While we absolutely loved it, we had to save room for the next orgasmic experience, the Bistecca; a perfectly grilled hanger steak, crushed new potatoes, onions, and salsa verde. It normally comes with mushrooms but luckily this was one of the dishes where the mushrooms weren’t already added to the dish.

Grilled hanger steak

Finally on to the non-savory dishes from the fall menu, Dessert. We enjoyed Torta all’ Olio di Oliva, an Olive oil cake, vanilla cream, seasonal berries and a combination of Gelato/Sorbeto.

Olio e piu DessertOlio e piu Dessert

Olio e Piu gives you the option of three scoops/flavors, we decided on the Blood Orange, Lemon, and Vallutata di Gelato Alla Vanila. These refreshing scoops were the end to a blissful evening. We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

Knob Creek Bourbon

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

During the month of October, all foodies prepare to attend the NYC Food & Wine Festival, a 4-day festival, hosted by renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary insiders. We had the pleasure of getting a preview from one of the participating brands. Our culinary journey highlighted the brand’s product as the main cooking ingredient. What was that ingredient? Knob Creek Bourbon!! Their local Grill Pro, Jason Baker, was back to give us an exclusive recipe he created exclusively for NYC Food & Wine Festival. We also enjoyed signature Knob Creek Bourbon cocktails and a behind-the-scenes look at how their bourbon gets its flavor.

Knob Creek Bourbon

It was a majestic evening of great cocktails, a delicious meal, and a mesmerizing process of the whiskey-making industry. We started off the evening with three Knob Creek cocktails, Rose on the Rye (pictured below), Kentucky Luau, and Smoked Rye Old Fashion; all of which will be available at the NYC Food & Wine Festival.

Knob Creek Bourbon

In addition to a taste test of Knob Creek sauces, the highlight of our exquisite dinner, which included Arugula Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Pulled Pork Sliders, Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, was the Grilled Chicken Thighs with Knob Creek Alabama White Rye Sauce. This wonderfully creamy and smoky chicken dish will be highlighted during the NYC Food & Wine Festival’s Titans of BBQ event at Pier 97.

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After the amazing dinner, we got to see first hand how Knob Creek gets its flavor with two demonstrations; a live barrel rebuilding and charring demonstration, by one of their highly skilled Coopers. For those who don’t know, Coopers are craftsmen that make and repair wooden casks. Check out our Instagram post of the live charring, it’s an amazing thing to see.

Knob Creek Bourbon Wood Casks

What an amazing experience from an amazing bourbon brand! We advise you to attend the 2019 NYC Wine & Food Festival to partake in Knob Creek and Grilling Pro Jason Baker’s delicious offerings. You will definitely be happy you did. The NYCWFF takes place from Oct 10th – Oct 13th.