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A Spirit of Authenticity: George Dickel Bottled in Bond Whisky

We’ve long stated that women enjoy much more than what’s deemed as “girly drinks” – you know, pink, sweet, and fruity. Many of us enjoy something a bit more complex and strong. Which is why we were really excited to experience George Dickel’s latest whisky release, George Dickel Bottled in Bond. Why you may ask? For many reasons, one of which is this newest release was created by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.’s General Manager and Distiller, Nicole Austin; the first new whisky innovation for the distillery.

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We also want to continue spreading the word that women enjoy drinking complex and “hard” cocktails. As you can imagine you don’t see too many female distillers, so celebrating Nicole and her rich whisky. What makes this whisky so special?

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

For starters, if you can’t tell by the name, it’s a Bottled in Bond Whisky. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was enacted in order to help guarantee a spirit’s authenticity and level of quality. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, a spirit must be aged and bottled according to the following U.S. Government regulations that include the following:

  • It must be the product of one distillation season by one distillery; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is distilled by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. at the Cascade Hollow Distillery, DSP-TN-2, during the fall season of 2005.
  • It must be stored in oak containers, a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is stored at Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, TN for at least four years (13 years old).
  • It must be bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV) and reduced in proof only by the addition of water to not less than 100 proof

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This 13-yr old whisky is bold, balanced. The flavors blend very well, without overwhelming each other. It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite whisky cocktail. We joined a slew of George Dickel whisky lovers and Distiller, Nicole Austin, at The Robert Bar on Bond Street (of course) in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch. We enjoyed three delicious Bottled in Bond drinks at the event. The first was Neat to get the full flavor and notes at room temperature; On the Rocks to open up the blend, and of course, a classic Manhattan.

A 750ML bottle of George Dickel Bottled in Bond whisky is available for $35.99

You’re Invited: The 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration

Calling all alcohol connoisseurs and craft spirit aficionados, have we got a great event for you to attend. Are you ready for an evening of flowing alcohol? The 10-day countdown is on for the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration, where a variety of over 30, hand-selected spirit brands and over 100 expressions that represent a wide array of craft alcohol offerings from around the world, will showcase their spirits.

For the fifth year in a row, online spirits club, Flaviar, brings together distillers, connoisseurs, and craft spirit fans to a tasting journey that spans the globe with the Craft Spirits Celebration. With a theme of “Tasting is Believing”, the event, which will be held on September 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Houston Hall, promises to not only have you enjoy samplings of the spirits, you will learn all about those spirits directly from the people behind the brands. Get ready for an evening of tasting rare, exclusive alcohol offerings from global powerhouses such as Oban, Woodford Reserve and Dictador to small craft producers such as FEW, WhistlePig and Ilegal Mezcal.

“The Craft Spirits Celebration is all about bringing together people to explore fine spirits and connect with the community of like-minded people,” said Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar. “Our Flaviar community gives us the ability to source spirits that they would not be able to get their hands on otherwise. In addition, we have been fortunate enough to be able to develop our own private bottlings as an exclusive offer, thus expanding the tasting experience.”

What other amazing things you can experience at the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration event? A Glencairn Whisky Glass, Boozy Photo Booth, Cohiba Cigars, and food pairings. Tickets for the exclusive September 14th event are on sale now and are available in five tiers. Available tickets include:

  • Flavier Friends Exclusive Ticket – $79.00 (exclusive to existing Flavier members)
  • Discount for Duo: $120.00
  • Aficionado (including 3 months Flavier membership – a $60.00 value) – $120.00
  • Connoisseur (including 12 months Flavier membership – a $240.00 value) – $260.00
  • General Admission – $100.00

To purchase any of these tickets, head over to www.flaviar.com/craft-spirits-celebration and select your desired ticket.

Gin Mare Makes US Debut with Lo Bosworth and Chef Michael White

The rooftop parties and US alcohol debuts continue during the hot summer season, and we’re loving it. Gin Mare celebrated it’s US debut with a stunning rooftop party with Lo Bosworth, and Michelin-star awarded Chef Michael White of the Altamarea Group. The penthouse of Ramscale Studio in NYC was the setting of the Med Rooftop party series to celebrate the US debut of Gin Mare. Guests in attendance enjoyed the gorgeous NYC views, delicious small bites, stunning decor, and tunes by DJ Franco V, as they sipped on a wonderful and varied gin cocktail list. The available Gin Mare cocktails included a Signature G & T, Triple Orange G & T, Red Tonic G & T, Med Mojito, Perfect Martini, and Gin Basil Smash.

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The premium Mediterranean gin boasts a cult following and an uncommon roster of botanical ingredients. These unusual ingredients include basil from Italy, thyme from Greece, rosemary from Turkey, and Arbequina olives. Those distinct flavors, along with the traditional juniper, cardamom, and citrus fruits from Spain, gives this gin its unique flavor. The handcrafted Gin Mare is distilled in Barcelona, Spain in an ancient fishing village between the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada. It is made in small batches in a copper pot still with 250 liters of capacity per batch.

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Lo Bosworth enjoyed the classic gin and tonic, and as an aspiring chef was delighted to meet Chef Michael White. We have no doubt she picked his brain and got some great cooking tips from the world-renowned chef. about his life and experience as a . The distinct cocktails and light fare paired wonderfully together, with both evoking the taste of the sea.

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To learn more about Gin Mare and get to know even more recipes, head over to www.ginmare.es.

 

 

Photo of Lo Bosworth and Chef Michael White: Charles Roussel/BFA.com

Patron Margarita of the Year: A Winner is Crowned

The time to select the Patron Margarita of the Year winner out of the top three has finally arrived and Patron celebrated the announcement with an amazing interactive experience that ended with a spicy favorite being crowned. Upon first entry, we were treated to ice cream versions of the three finalists’ margarita creations, as well as the classic margarita, the Hacienda Margarita by Andres Moran of Guadalajara, thanks to boozy ice cream makers, Tipsy Scoop.

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Out of seven competitors, three finalists, Jordan Corney of San Antonio, Rosie Ruiz of Los Angeles, and Stephen Halpin of Dallas, were chosen by voters for their creations on www.margaritaoftheyear.com. Along with photos, we also captured video snippets of the mixologists preparing their cocktails.

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After enjoying several scoops of the delicious boozy ice cream, we hit up each of the Patron Margarita of the Year finalists’ stations to get reacquainted with the final three cocktail finalists, enjoyed some delicious fare and great music, donned a patron apron to create our own Patron cocktail in the Patron Margarita Lab, using a variety of Patron Tequilas, fresh fruits and vegetables from the onsite Produce Market, and a vast array of spices from the Spice Station. after selecting our ingredients, we were directed to a Bar Chef who helped us create our perfect cocktail.

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For our cocktail, we chose Patron Silver, Patron Citronage Mango, Ginger, Pear, Blueberries, and Raspberries. Our spices, which would become our rim salt/sugar, included Ginger, Lemon Peel, Basil, Lavender, Cayenne Pepper, etc.

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Our cocktail, which we named Queen of Spirits, was wonderfully delicious and we’re definitely going to try these ingredients combination at home. To see the video of our cocktail preparation, check out the video below:

After our run at the Bar Chef station, we proceeded to get our aprons screen printed with our favorite Patron Margarita of the Year artwork and get a Patron Juicer customized with whatever we wanted to be engraved on it, we went with Spirits Queen (a nickname given to us by a friend

 

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As we mentioned earlier, this event was amazing and interactive. After a night of quite some fun, it was time to announce the winner. John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder of Patron Tequila (you also know him as the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Hair), introduced the three finalists and announced Jordan Corney and his spicy Rose Picante Margarita was the night’s winner. No surprise there since he has been in the number one spot from the day voting initially started.

What an amazing event and a wonderful way to celebrate mixologists. Are you up to try a spicy margarita? Did your favorite win the Patron Margarita of the Year title? Let us know in the comments below.

Vodka Wishes and Cocktail Caviar Dreams

We’ve highlighted so many delicious and innovative cocktails, and of course, inventive way to enjoy them, whether it be portable, pre-filled glasses like LIQSTwisted Shotz, or Zipz Wine, as a frozen popsicle. Today we introduce you to a new way to enjoy your favorite spirit, Cocktail Caviar, a delicious and sophisticated collection of burstable pearls of naturally flavored vodka, originated right here in Brooklyn.

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If you enjoy caviar and the moment each “roe” bursts in your mouth, you will love this product, if you enjoy the delicious taste of alcohol, you will love this. Basically, you can’t help but enjoy this wonderful product. the best thing about Cocktail Caviar, besides it’s innovative form, is you can freeze them and use them as ice in a cocktail, garnish your favorite dessert with any of the five Cocktail Caviar flavors you desire for an adult taste, treat your guests to an avant-garde shot, serve it as a crowd-pleasing aperitif, include it as a fun, new aspect to jello shots, or add it as a pearl at the bottom of a glass of wine.

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“Create vibrant dimensionality to your favorite drinks and desserts with Cocktail Caviar – quality crafted pearls infused with spirits destined to delight the senses,” says Steven Hollenkamp, Founder, and CEO of Cocktail Caviar.

Cocktail Caviar is available in five delicious flavored spirits, all made with premium vodka (25 proof/12.5% alcohol by volume) and natural fruit flavors and colors from fruit extracts, including Autumn Apple Vodka, Blueberry & Wildflower Vodka, Raspberry Vodka, Strawberry Vodka, and  Lychee Vodka. Each flavor of Cocktail Caviar comes in 375ml stackable glass jars and retails for $25.00 each. Look for this ultimate signature ingredient for your cocktails at your local wine and spirit retailers or visit www.cocktailcaviar.com for more information.

What are your thoughts on Cocktail Caviar, are you up to trying this innovative alcohol treat?

Cruzan Rum Introduces New Blueberry Lemonade Flavored Rum

Just in time for the season of Bar-be-ques, summer Fridays, outdoor parties, and tropical summer cocktails, Cruzan Rum welcomes a brand new rum flavor that celebrates the spirit of the warmer seasons. We are so happy to help welcome Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum, a blend of the very fine Cruzan white Rum with the natural flavors of ripe blueberries, and tangy citrus to create a perfectly balanced spirit that combines the wonderful flavors of sweet and tart. A delightful combination that makes our inner rum fanatic extremely happy.

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum takes lemonade, a classic summertime staple, to the next level by infusing it with the bright flavor of freshly picked blueberries. Like all Cruzan rums (there’s an impressive 14 other flavored rums in Cruzan’s portfolio), Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. The new flavor boasts cane molasses and tropical rainwater, and is made using a unique five-column distillation process, staying true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting, highest-quality rum on the market. We can already imagine ourselves relaxing on the porch sipping one of Cruzan Rum’s delicious cocktails as we immerse ourselves in the warmth of the sun.

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Cooler

2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 small pinch Sea Salt
Club Soda
Combine rum, grapefruit juice and salt over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Cruzan® Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a fluted shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a speared Maraschino cherry.

“Cruzan continues to be a leader in the rum category and we see the demand for refreshing rum drinks continue to grow. This year, we created a new rum that would appeal to our loyal fans and new rum drinkers looking for a fun flavor option,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Suntory. “The combination of Cruzan Rum with sweet blueberries and fresh lemonade makes this perfect for anyone looking to create a refreshing cocktail that captures the spirit of the season.”

The new refreshing flavor is made from natural ingredients which includes cane molasses and tropical rainwater, using a unique five-column distillation process that stays true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting rum on the market. The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is available now, and retails for a very budget-friendly price of $14.99 per 750 mL bottle. For more information on Cruzan and their other 14 delicious rum flavors, visit www.CruzanRum.com.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stylish Spirits from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s

When one thinks of stylish things, they tend to think of fashion, accessories, people, or footwear. We’re adding another addition to under this umbrella – alcohol. We’re not talking cocktails, although we know that there are cocktails that are very stylish. Today we’re highlighting the very stunning holiday packaging from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s that will brighten up everyone’s holiday. You already know how delicious these three spirits are, and anyone would be more than happy to receive them as gifts. We know we’d love to be gifted with any of these beautiful bottles. If you’re looking for a special and fabulous gift for that very stylish person in your life, look no further than these fab finds.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA – DISARONNO wears VERSACE

DISARONNO, the world’s favorite Italian liqueur, and fashion house Versace have teamed up to launch the ultimate holiday gift for the stylish spirits lover – the DISARONNO wears VERSACE bottle (suggested retail $27.99). The bottle, which launched last month, will be available through the holiday season while supplies last at www.ReserveBar.com/DisaronnoWearsVersaceand at high end retailers nationwide.
The fashion house takes its inspiration for the bottle from the famed Versace Home Collection print, Tresor de la Mer. Glamorous and decadent, this keepsake beautiful bottle is the most fashionable accessory to any home bar, making it the perfect holiday gift. This partnership is not just fashionable but philanthropic too as proceeds from the sale of this limited edition bottle will support the charity Fashion 4 Development, a global campaign sponsored by the United Nations, using fashion to tackle issues in Africa.

FOR THE HOSTESS – Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut

In addition to this newest vintage release, Moët & Chandon is once again The Official Champagne of New Year’s Eve in Times Square. As the official drink of the world’s biggest, most momentous New Year’s celebration, Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut will lead the country in its first toast, shared by over 1 BILLION viewers worldwide. Known for making ANY moment an occasion to remember, the world’s most beloved Champagne, will enliven the party at the Crossroads of the World, as well as any home celebration by adding a special sparkle to the moment. The stunning bottle is decorated in an elegant “Golden Sleeve”, a brilliant, sparkling wrap that will add elegance to the New Year and your holiday parties, bringing gold shimmer to the table to elevate any celebration.
Moet Imperial is adored for its bright fruitiness, seductive palate and elegant maturity, and is widely available in all 50 states for a suggested retail price of $41.00. The Limited Edition, Golden Sleeve Moët & Chandon is available throughout the US and on www.sherry-lehmann.com.

FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE – DEWAR’S 15

Sweep your man off his feet with DEWAR’S limited edition, premium marque for the holidays: DEWAR’S 15 The Monarch. This 15 year aged blended whisky is not only a new marque for the brand, but is also one of the only 15 year aged blended whiskies available in the US. DEWAR’S 15, which retails for $45.00, was created by DEWAR’S master blender Stephanie Macleod. This exquisite blend has matured in sherry and bourbon casks and, once blended, put back into specially selected oak casks to marry for greater smoothness and a longer, lingering finish. The blend features tasting notes of honey, golden toffee, warm and complex, along with rich succulent exotic fruits with hints of coconut and vanilla aromas including citrus and green apple notes and lest we forget the delicate and exquisitely scented floral aromas with a smooth, well-round and long and warming finish.

Have we wet your appetite with these amazing gift ideas? Find yourself jotting these down for yourself as well? Add these to your holiday shopping list and your gift recipients, as well as your budget, will thank you this holiday season.

Keep Your Spirits Up | Village Voice 2nd Annual “Holiday Spirits” Tasting Event

Ready to get into the Holiday Spirits? Or rather, are you ready for the Holiday Spirits to get into you? The Village Voice is back with another celebrated experience that is a unique way to indulge in your favorite alcohol brands, and perhaps discover a few new specialty cocktails. Coming very soon, November 20th to be exact, is the Village Voice 2nd Annual “Holiday Spirits” Tasting Event, where 25+ distilleries, wineries and more from New York and beyond will be on hand to share samples of their delicious spirits, and treat you to a night of fun.

During this second round of what is surely a very festive event, which takes place on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, attendees of the Village Voice 2nd Annual “Holiday Spirits” Tasting Event will get to enjoy a fun harbor cruise as they sample drinks from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Brooklyn Winery, Mount Gay Rum, Sorel Artisanal Liqueur, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Widow Jane, Art in the Age Craft Spirits, Atsby Vermouth, Breuckelen Distilling, Cooperstown Distillery, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Owney’s Rum and White Pike Whiskey, and many more local and artisan spirit brands.

This year’s Holiday Spirits will feature two ticket options: general admission tickets ($50.00), and VIP tickets ($70.00). Both offer unlimited sampling from 25+ distilleries, wineries and more, a souvenir tasting glass, live music*, and complimentary hors d’ouevres. The VIP ticket allows guests access to the Captain’s Lounge, a private VIP deck located on the top level of the ship, which will include a private bar, and a VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s two ticket options, visit: ww.villagevoice.com/holidayspirits.

*Each level of the ship will feature live entertainment throughout the night from jazz quartet, The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, and local New York  DJ Tim Martell, who has worked his “turntables” opening for Beyonce, performing at Shaun White’s X-Games Gold After Party, and MTV’s VMA official after party. For more information on attending this great event, and to purchase your tickets, see below:

 DATE: Thursday, November 20th 2014
VENUE: The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship
    Pier 40 @ West Houston St., Manhattan, NY
TICKETS: On-sale now, here: http://ticketf.ly/1yhVPCo
General Admission Ticket – $50 | VIP Ticket – $70
TIME: 6PM – 9PM
            5:30pm Boarding | 7:45pm Leave Dock For NY Harbor Cruise

Hope to see you all on the cruise!