Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have Whiskey & BBQ Pairings

We are a week into the official summer season, and backyard BBQs should be well underway any minute now.  What better time than now to share some must-have BBQ pairings, to get your summer grilling adventures off to a great start. The key to good BBQ is a good sauce, and you’re in luck because we just happen to have the recipe for a great one featuring Proper No. Twelve Whiskey. We invite you to deep dive into this delicious barbecue sauce and a few whiskeys we recommend enjoying with whatever you slather this sauce on.

The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings
1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Salt
3 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Bring it to a boil in a saucepot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

We know what you’re thinking, “BBQs means beer.” Well, you’d be wrong, there is no beer that can enhance and compliment the smoky flavors of BBQ, great whiskey can. Keep reading for some awesome whiskey and bbq pairings.

Benriach 10 Year Curiositas Peated ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

BenRiach 10 Year Curiositas is an innovative peated whiskey that can be savored by those who are curious to discover a new style of smoky single malt. The wood-rich Highland peat used to craft BenRiach imparts sweet peat flavors compared to the more medicinal notes of Islay peat. This expression serves as a delicious pairing with refreshing, creamy coleslaw and the burnt sugar flavors found in baked beans.

The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years ($60.00)

The GlenDronach is known for robust, full-bodied, fruit-forward whiskeys. The Original Aged 12 Years epitomizes the historic distillery’s unyielding dedication to the mastery of sherry cask maturation. The richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whiskey presents sweet fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate, and some sweet soft-spiced oak that will not only stand up to BBQ burgers, steaks, and ribs but also provide a harmonious pairing.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an ultra-premium spirit in the core line of whiskeys that is twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage. The barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create an expression rich in flavor and color. The second custom barreling process creates heavier notes of honey, cream, and vanilla that are magnified alongside sweet aromatic notes. Since Woodford Reserve’s bourbon is perfectly designed to enhance certain food flavors instead of being a flavor destroyer, there is no wrong way to pair the bourbon with anything on your plate!

Starward Nova Australian Whisky ($54.99)

Starward Australian Whisky is a distinct new style of whiskey launched in the US in Spring 2019 that utilizes the unique climate, terroir, and raw materials of Australia. The Starward Nova is a single malt whiskey elementally matured in Australian red wine barrels for 3 Melbourne years. Starward draws influence from the vibrancy of “big red” wines from southeastern Australia. There, the distillery team sources barrel from local wineries that previously held Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. This proximity allows the team to maximize the flavor of the wine permeated into the oak, lending a vibrant red ochre color to the final liquid. The full maturation in red wine barrels creates a light and fruity whiskey with a long and spicy finish. You’ll find it similar to some of the country’s award-winning wines.

Ready to trade in that beer for a spirit but still love the feel of a can? We have you covered with these great rum and bbq pairings from Cutwater Spirits Canned Cocktails (available on Drizly for $9.99 – $12.99 per four-pack).  Rum is the spirit of the summer, and these ready-to-drink canned cocktails will seamlessly keep your party going.

Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai 12.5% ABV

This delicious mix of Cutwater Barrel Aged Rum, Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum, pineapple, coconut, and citrus combine to balance this bright cocktail with an aged depth.

Cutwater Rum & Ginger 7% ABV

Ginger at the Helm. This Rum & Ginger is like none you’ve ever tasted. It blends Cutwater White Rum, crafted from pure cane sugar; and Cutwater’s spicy ginger beer to create a robust yet balanced craft cocktail. It’s a storm of flavor that is sure to warm your palate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March and many brands are honoring the anniversary with products to celebrate. In celebration of diversity and equality, multi-award winning, ultra-premium spirit, Crystal Head Vodka released a limited-edition PRIDE BOTTLE. They’ve also released a range of delicious colored cocktails, representing each of the Pride flag colors. These cocktails are a part of their #MADEWITHPRIDE campaign, which also features weekly Instagram Lives. Color plays such an important role in our world. when we think of color, we think of self-expression and a way to communicate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Color evokes a feeling, and this beautiful rainbow bottle and rainbow vodka cocktails shine proudly and brightly to celebrate Pride. It truly is the vodka for the creative spirit. Let’s get you better acquainted with these delicious #MADEWITHPRIDE cocktails. Check out all six CHV cocktail recipes below:

Red: Feelin’ Fruity

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Original
1 ¼ oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (muddled)
½ oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 bar spoon (tsp) Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon (tsp) Rose Syrup
Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon.

Orange: Lady Marmalade

Crystal Head Vodka #MADEWITHPRIDE Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
Top with Prosecco
Crusto-style sugar rim or orange zest for garnish.

Yellow: Golden Girl

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Heaping bar spoon Powdered Sugar
Stir to froth and top with soda water, garnish with a pineapple slice

Green: Loud and PROUD

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade
A handful of Fresh Cilantro
2-3 Slices Jalapeño
Muddle CHV, cilantro, and jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass with new ice. Top with Fever-Tree Sicilian lemonade, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Blue: Born this Way

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 bar spoon (tsp) Caster Sugar
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled glass and zest with lemon peel.

Purple: Free-Spirit

Crystal Head Free-Spirit Cocktail

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ¼ oz. Butterfly Pea Flower tea
Combine CHV, lemon, and simple. Shake and strain. Pour butterfly pea flower on top

The CHV PRIDE BOTTLE is available in select U.S. markets, Canada and Europe through July 2020. The limited-edition, 750 ml bottle will retail for $49.99 and will be released annually.

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

To say it has been a stressful time is an understatement. We’ve had so much to deal with; so much so that Wine Shops were deemed essential. And truth be told, it has been a necessity. It’s gotten to the point where you need to reach for a glass of wine to escape the mental trauma that is 2020. The problem is, drinking lots of wine has begun to take its toll. Together with all the food we’ve been constantly eating, our sugar intake is double what it used to be. Thankfully, PURE Winery has come to the rescue with the launch of their new PURE Winery zero-carb, zero-sugar wine varietals. Which leaves us with one thing left to ask, ‘Won’t you join us in some zero sugar QuarantWine?”

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

Blending unique and traditional techniques in their wine fermentation process, we’re able to convert all-natural sugars into alcohol. Using blends of only the finest grapes — Pinot Noir, Pinot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Barbera, and Merlot — their wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. From red and white to sparkling white and sparkling rosé, they have a zero sugar wine variety to match every occasion. This occasion just so happens to all for wine cocktails. We’re sharing some low-calorie cocktail recipes, featuring three out of the four available varietals: PURE White Wine, PURE Red Wine, and PURE Sparkling White. Let’s get to know these guilt-free wines:

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Rosé:

Light pink in color with orange highlights, this sparkling rosé presents fragrant aromas of citrus, young red fruits, and red flowers. It is full-bodied, smooth, and velvety, with a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. This is a rosé that will take your palate seamless into the coolness of the fall season. The grapes in this varietal include Pinot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Our cocktail recommendation? Pour and enjoy it.

Sparkling White:

Clear in color with golden reflections, this sparkling white wine also features a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. It boasts a vibrant floral and fruity aroma with a fresh scent, complimented by a velvety and full-bodied taste. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Pinot. The I Feel Good cocktail recipe below gives a new twist on the traditional mimosa.

I Feel Good

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines
5 grams Yerba Mate infused in 50 ml Vodka
Macerate for 1-hour minimum and then strain well and mix.
100 ml Orange juice
Top with PURE Sparkling White
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with an Orange peel

White Wine:

Balance is the name of this mellow white. Clear in color with golden reflections, this white blend offers light, floral and fruity notes. While it is full-bodied and fresh, it is well-balanced and boasts a nice acidity on the palate with a velvety finish. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Sauvignon. You can’t go wrong with a refreshing drink, so we know you’ll love the Green & Fresh cocktail. For those who want a bit of a kick, the Wise Hope cocktail has what you’re looking for. Enjoy them below:

Green & Fresh

Green & Fresh Low Calorie Cocktail

50ml PURE White Wine
50 ml Coconut Water
7 – 9 Big green grapes
Put in a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

Wise Hope (Sabia Esperanza)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml Tequila white
1 Lemon Juice
30 ml PURE WHITE WINE
30 ml Capresse Cordial*
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

*Capresse Cordial
200 ml Herbal Gin (BETTER OPTION) or Vodka
100 ml Honey diluted in water 1:2
Skins of 10 lemons.
5 – 10 Basil leaves
Oregano to taste.
Macerate the above ingredients for 24 hours. Strain with a superbag or coffee filter and ready to use. Garnish with a Basil leaf

Red Wine:

Red wine fans will love this blend for the use of Barbera grapes. Ruby red in color with hints of violet, this blend is a dry, smooth, and drinkable red. It is sharp but balanced and features an aroma that offers fresh and fruity notes of cherries and red fruits. The Barbera and Merlot grapes come together for a soft finish. Merlot-infused coffee beans exist and Barbera is perfect with anything earthy, and the below Stay ay Home cocktail celebrates those flavors.

Stay at Home (Stay in Home)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml PURE Red Wine
30 ml London Dry Gin
6 Strawberries
5 coffee beans
In a cocktail shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with Strawberries.

The PURE Winery, based in Italy was founded with the vision to create a new category of zero-sugar and zero carb wine to meet the needs of today’s wellness-conscious consumer. PURE is passionate about empowering wine-lovers with a solution to the common dilemma between pleasure and guilt. The wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. Each PURE Winery bottle is available for $15.00 – $20.00 at Total Wine & More stores and other select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Bandero Tequila

Bandero Tequila: Drink to the Spirit of the Revolution

As we fight against the continuous and unjust killing of black lives, we find ourselves searching for moments of joy.  Happy memories from our past to fight the internal rage. This rage has forced us to take social media and news breaks, but we still cheer on the revolution. In keeping with the spirit of this current revolution, we’re highlighting a tequila that is “el espíritu de la revolución,” or, “Spirit of the Revolution.” We also had an experience with it that brought us so much joy. Just a little over a year ago, we were invited to partake in a mixology class with Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon. It was an incredibly fun experience, one we will hold onto forever. We loved it for many reasons; the camaraderie; the relaxing environment; and as we learned that day, just how delicious Bandero Tequila is.

Bandero Tequila

It was the first time we saw it in person and we were immediately enamored with the bottle. In case you’re unfamiliar, the award-winning Bandero Blanco is radical in flavor and style. It features bold flavors and an authentic leather-bound canteen bottle. Twice distilled, Bandero uses the finest Blue Weber Agave cultivated from the hills of the Los Altos Highlands in Jalisco, Mexico; known worldwide as the only location for authentic Tequilas. The agave plants at this higher elevation experience cooler nights, less rain and colder winters, transforming Bandero into a sweeter, richer “pineapple.” The hardened red clay soil of Los Altos forces the Bandero agave roots to work harder to find this region’s special crystalline waters while gathering copious amounts of minerals. The result is a richer agave, high in natural sugar with notes of pear and peach.

Since we’re all far from attending a mixology class, we present two cocktails brought to life with this premium tequila. While Bandero Tequila is ideal for sipping, these two great cocktail recipes are a delicious way you can enjoy Bandero’s radical flavor.

The Bandero “Quarantina” Margarita

The Bandero "Quarantina" Margarita
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
3/4 oz of Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed if you have).
1 oz Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Another Orange Liqueur (if available).
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with 1/2 Orange Wheel
Mix in a Large Glass or add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and add a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Bubbles Before Midnight

Bandero Tequuila Bubbles Before Midnight Cocktail
1.5oz Bandero Blanco tequila
0.5oz grenadine syrup
0.5oz lime juice
Brut champagne top
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT champagne in a shaker tin with ice and short-shake. Strain into a champagne flute, top with champagne. Zest & rim glass with lemon peel, place on a rim of the glass.

Whether you’re out protesting across this broken nation or sharing news and knowledge from home, we raise a glass to you in this, our revolution. Here’s to our black voices being heard; here’s to our black lives and our bodies, mattering! ¡Viva la Revolución!

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

Did you know May is Military Appreciation Month? A time to remember the sacrifice and service those in and out of the military have made to this country. Who better than a brand started by a serviceman to celebrate the servicemen and women during Military Appreciation Month. In conjunction with their ongoing partnership with the United Service Organization (USO), Sailor Jerry Rum has launched a limited-edition bottle commemorating our military heroes.

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

The Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s limited-edition bottle wrap exemplifies Founder Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ spirit and the servicemen and women’s dedication to serving our country. From his time in the Navy, Collins discovered his passion for tattooing; after WWII, he tattooed the many sailors who came through his Hawaii tattoo shop. Bottled and blended in America, the limited-edition bottle wrap represents Collins’ flash artwork and honors our nation’s servicemen and women. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Military Appreciation Month, especially as Fleet Week is canceled due to Covid-19.

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the USO, to serve as a Force Behind the Forces® and to show support to the troops who serve our country,” said Josh Hayes, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Senior Brand Manager. “The limited-edition bottle wrap is a bold representation of Collins’ iconic flash artwork and is a must-have collectible for any Sailor Jerry fan.”

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

To show support of the USO efforts, Sailor Jerry and Anchor Media are donating $150,000, the largest amount yet. This amounts adds to Sailor Jerry’s total contribution of $1,000,000 supporting the USO and other military organizations since 2016.

“We are thankful to continue our partnership with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and have been excited to see the partnership grow year after year,” said Chad Hartman, USO Vice President, Development and Corporate Alliances. “The Sailor Jerry team has helped us to host great events that express our appreciation for our troops and the company also helps rally other military supporters to give thanks and give back to service members and their families.”

The connection between Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and the USO started in 2016. It was then that Sailor Jerry partnered with Fleet Week New York, throwing a party on U.S.S. Intrepid to toast the troops. Since that initial Military Appreciation Month event, Sailor Jerry has invited celebrities such as Norman Reedus, Glen Powell, and Alabama Shakes to toast the troops at Fleet Week events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These events gave Sailor Jerry the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for military organizations. These organizations help many servicemen and women who sacrifice their lives for our country every day.

With a suggested retail of $14.99, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s limited-edition hits shelves before Memorial Day. It will be available at national and local liquor stores across the U.S. all summer; so you can raise a glass in honor of Military Appreciation Month all summer long.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Launches Song Contest to Inspire and Spread Love

If there ever was a time to be inspired, this is it. As we spend more time at home with family, it can be tough to keep occupied throughout the day.  As a result, boredom, while we’re all staying at home, has led to some very interesting and creative results. So companies are thinking of new ways to keep the creativity going. Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt, the maker of the first and only 100% clean oatmilk yogurt, wants to inspire families and help spread some love with the launch of the Hälsa Summer 2020 Love Song Contest.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa wants to know, what does love mean to you? Your response may win you lots of money; something we can all benefit from as most are unemployed and many are still waiting on unemployment checks. In an effort to bring us closer together as a family, Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt is asking all households to share what love means to them through an original song contest for a chance to win up to $3,000!

“For us at Hälsa, love means making 100% clean and plant-based food – food that can truly nourish your body,” said Helena Lumme, Hälsa President and Co-founder. “Love is something we need now, more than ever. As we continue to offer consumers our nutritious, organic oatmilk yogurts nationwide, we’re excited to deepen our mission through our song challenge to spread love—for each other, for our bodies and for our planet.”

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt

The first-place winner will be awarded a grand prize of $3,000; the second place will receive $1,000; the third-place winner will receive $500. Ten honorable mentions will each win a Hälsa Love T-Shirt. To Enter the contest, write an original love song, and post it on YouTube or Vimeo before May 31st! Hälsa will judge on the basis of originality, creativity, and how well the song conveys Hälsa’s message of love (it being the most important ingredient).

For more entry details, visit www.halsafoods.com/halsa-love-song-contest. We wish you all lots of luck and may the best love song win.

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with four at-home cocktails from Casamigos’ family of tequilas. If you’re a beginner bartender or cocktail-making connoisseur, these delicious Casamigos specialty cocktails will make everyone happy. Whether you prefer margaritas, Palomas, or frescos, we’ve got you covered with these Casamigos Tequila drink recipes you can easily make at home.

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

The Casamigos Blanco Tequila rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila is aged for 7 months in the finest American oak barrels and is soft, slightly oaky with a medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Mezcal, available in Joven (or Blanco), is balanced and elegant, offering harmonious hints of tamarind, pomegranate, banana, and mango with the right amount of smoke.

CASA PALOMA

Casamigos Casa Paloma Cocktail

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
.75 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz. Agave Nectar
Splash with Grapefruit Soda
Garnish with Grapefruit Slice
Combine all ingredients, except grapefruit soda into a shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain in a rocks glass. Add fresh ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and garnish.

REPO FRESCO

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
3 Cucumber Slices
8-10 Mint Leaves
Top with Soda Water
Garnish with Mint Sprig and Cucumber Slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, except soda water. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Fine strain into a collins glass. Add fresh ice. Top off with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig through cucumber slice and place on top of the glass.

SPICY STRAWBERRY BASIL MARGARITA

Casamigos Spicy Strawberry Basil Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Full Strawberries OR .25 oz. Strawberry Puree by REAL
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
4 Basil Leaves
2 Serrano Slices
2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters
1/2 Thick Rim Equal Parts Salt/Sugar/Tajín
Garnish with a large basil leaf and Serrano slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice, shake vigorously, and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Casamigos Smoky Casa Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Garnish with a Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

We hope these delicious Cinco de Mayo cocktails bring you a little joyful fun during these times of uncertainty. What are you drinking today?