7 Ways To Celebrate National Tequila Day

Cindo de Mayo may have passed but with all the extra tequila you have laying aorund, you can put to good use as Tuesday is National Tequila Day. Wether you have it on the rocks, in a margarita or as a shot we've compiled a list of the top tequilas to try out. So drink up.

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For those of you who want to celebrate in style, drink like George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s with their ultra-premium tequila, Casamigos. Casamigos is available in with Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. The Casamigos flavor notes should be enhanced not masked and rather than salt or lime (like pictured above) we recommend pairings like cucumbers with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, grapefruit slices with Casamigos Reposado Tequila and Oranges with Casamigos Anejo Tequila. We suggest Casamigos Reposado and Añejo Tequila to whiskey, bourbon and brandy drinkers. Both are great with classic cocktails and can be easily swapped for a Manhattan, Negroni, or Old Fashioned.

For those who want a luxury tequila don't miss out on Grand Mayan’s handcrafted Ultra Aged Tequila, priced at $89.99 is produced with the purest, central-highland Blue Agave with the highest standards of production. Aged in American & French oak casks, this rich, small-batch Extra Anejo takes 10 years to produce from agave plant to hand-painted ceramic decanter.  Grand Mayan Ultra Aged is a blend of three, four and five-year-old tequilas. With incredible smooth aromas, a body of sweet agave, nuts and chocolate, Grand Mayan is succulent on the palate and leads to a layered and delicious long finish.

Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco delivers an austere and herbaceous flavor spectrum from the lowlands agave, blended with finesse, citrus and floral notes of the highlands. Blanco is best enjoyed mixed into cocktails or served neat. Recently spotted at Khloe Kardashian’s July 4th pool party, can be tasted in the cocktails at Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park, and was the spirit of choice at this year’s Golden Globes. 

Partida Tequila is an authentic estate-bottled premium Tequila, made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila region. Aged at a minimum of 40 months, Elegante is an Extra Añejo. Its complex aromas come with deep notes of toasted oak, dark chocolate, coffee and ripe banana. The palate entry is slightly toasty, peppery and spicy. Every sip of Elegante confirms not only the initial aromas but also new and different flavors such as agave, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, butter, maple, almonds, hazelnuts, black pepper, citrus flowers and more. Priced at $374.99 this is truly for special occasions, such as National Tequila Day!

From Greenbar Distillery, IXA Tequila is an organic tequila with notes of rich agave, herbs, and clay, with a buttery finish. The best way to try IXA tequila with margaritas or mixed with aromatic liqueurs, bitters, or vermouth.

For those who want to celebrate National Tequila day in the Summer heat, we recommend trying out FrutaPOP an alcohol-infused ice pop made with healthy, natural ingredients without any added sugars, syrups or dyes. All alcohol-infused ice pops, also known as “poptails” contain less than 5% ABV. FrutaPOP also has a line of non-alcoholic ice pops including coffee ice pops and fruit and juice pops. 

Drinks To Make At Home

From HelloFresh, enjoy the day with a Watermelon Basil Margarita that will surely be a crowd pleaser as watermellon is appearing to be the fruit of the Summer.

INGREDIENTS

For the basil simple syrup:

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  • 1 Cup Raw Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Packed Fresh Basil Leaves

For the margarita:

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Tequila
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2 Ounces Watermelon Juice
  • Ice
  • Lime Wedge, for rim
  • Salt, for rim
  • Basil, for garnish

METHOD:

  • Prepare the basil simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and basil in a pan. Heat until sugar dissolves, then set aside to let cool. Once cooled, strain into a jar and refrigerate up to two weeks.
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, basil simple syrup, and watermelon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  • Before pouring, coat rim of glass with a lime wedge, then dip in salt and rotate until fully coated.
  • Strain cocktail into glass with ice and garnish with a sprig of basil.

For those of you who want to make a cocktail at home, we recommend the Cazadores Iced Tea-Quila crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador for Tequila CAZADORES

 CAZADORES ICED TEA-QUILA

CAZADORES ICED TEA-QUILA

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila CAZADORES Reposado
  • ½ oz. Green Chartreuse
  • 2 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 2 oz. Fresh Brew Earl Grey Tea
  • ½ oz. Lemon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg

METHOD:

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except the fresh brew tea with ice. Serve on the rocks and top with fresh brew tea. Garnish with slices of lemon and ginger.

 

 

 

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Prideful Drinks

Cool down in the hot summer with these drinks filled with Pride.

Whether you celebrate Pride in Fire Island or need to cool off by the pool with friends, you'll want the Love in a Mist! It features NOLET’S Gin, lemon, hibiscus and a gold sugar rim, perfectly beautiful and delicious for any Pride celebration.

Love in a Mist - Created by Veronica Correa of FIFTY Commerce

  • 1.5 oz NOLET’S Silver Gin
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz Blanc Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz Hibiscus Syrup*
  1. Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a tulip glass.                                                                                                            
  2. Garnish: a light grating of black peppercorn on top, or a sprinkling of gold sugar on the side of the glass                                            
  3. Method: Steep hibiscus in water, and add twice the amount of sugar as water, dissolve.
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Love in a Mist

The official Vodka of New York City Pride, Reyka, made this specialty cocktail

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

  • 1 ¾ parts Reyka Vodka
  • ¾ part fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ part maple syrup B grade
  • ¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • Top soda water

Method: Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker and strain and serve.

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Sometimes you just can't make a cocktail, for those who want to open a bottle check out go to wines.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis AC, Drouhin-Vaudon 2015 -This is a dry and fruity wine, that's easy to drink. With fresh aromas of citrus (lemon or grapefruit), you'll find notes of fern or coriander as well. This mineral-rich drink will be the go-to drink for when you just want to open a bottle or 2 with a pleasant and long aftertaste.

Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2016 Rosé -. Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, and balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. It pairs beautifully with a great variety of summer foods.

Smoke Tree Rosé 2016 - This blend of primarily Grenache and Zinfandel with smaller percentages of Carignan, Tempranillo, and Mouvedre offers aromas of white cherry, white peach, and yellow nectarine. The palate is vibrant with flavors of crabapple, quince, and crisp nectarine. The finish is dry and refreshing. Pairs well with summer salads, or even fried chicken.

 

Chandon Just Announced Their 7th Annual Summer Dazzler

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The latest pairing of brut and rosé sparkling wine bottles that debut each year during Memorial Day Weekend officially kick off the summer, and give fans a festive accessory to bring to any summer occasion – the beach, family barbecues, rooftop gatherings, bridal showers and more!

Designed to celebrate Chandon’s American heritage, the eye-catching design of the brut features cerulean beach umbrellas, while the rosé is wrapped in chic sunhats in ombré shades from pink to red.  

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Not only does it look good on the outside by the notes consist of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas, Chandon California American Summer Brut has a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish. The pretty pink Chandon California American Summer Rosé consists of flavors of ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon and fresh red cherry, which is creamy on the palate with a defined structure of Pinot Noir added in its final stages.

The 2018 limited-edition American Summer bottles will be available from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Chandon.com, as well as select retailers nationally, for $24 per bottle.

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Summer Drinks To Drink This Memorial Day Weekend

If you're planning a little Memorial Day Weekend get together, you've come to the right place. Since we know there's no better way to get the party started than with creative and fruity cocktails or fan favorites, we've put together some of our favorites drinks of the season. Read through to check out some of these delicious summer cocktail recipes.

Our Favorite Beers

Celebrating its Birthday, The Sam Adams Summer ale is now legal, as it enters its 21st Birthday. We have been long fans of this Summer staple and this year Sam Adams is bringing some new friends into the picture. Below are our favorites and the best way to pair your beer.

 Summer Ale – This summer staple is celebrating its 21stbeer-day! What better way to celebrate warmer and longer days than a refreshing beer with lemon peel, Grains of Paradise, and Saaz Noble hops.

Session IPA (NEW!) – With its bright citrus hop aroma and nice bitterness, this beer is an easy-drinking IPA to enjoy at any summertime beach or backyard BBQ.

Golden Hour (NEW!) – Spicy, floral German Noble hops provide a dose of complexity with a light biscuit note from the pilsner malt. The result is a slightly hazy, medium-bodied brew that finishes softly with a hint of crisp, clean bitterness.

Tropic of Yuzu (NEW!) - This exotic beer is infused with rare Japanese fruit for a citrusy punch with hints of tangerine and grapefruit.

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Speaking of Yuzu (This seasons new trend?) Truly Spiked & Sparkling launched its newest style, Truly Spiked & Sparkling Lemon & Yuzu. Truly Spiked & Sparkling has caught fire amongst drinkers and has quickly become the go-to spiked sparkling water, a category poised to be this spring and summer's biggest alcohol trend. The new Lemon & Yuzu style is part of Truly Spiked & Sparkling's growing line of spiked beverages, including Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Sicilian Blood Orange. 

Our Favorite Wines

You know we we love a good Rosé and the crowd pleasing Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Rosé 2016  is on top of our list. With a luminous pale pink, marked by lifted aromas of summer strawberries and subtle florals.

RELATED: It's Official #ReturnofRoseSeason

A blend of Syrah and Tempranillo sourced from the Central Coast of California, its palate has a richness balanced by a refreshing, racy acidity and flavors of pink citrus and orange blossom. A value at $12 a bottle, it’s ideal for your Memorial Day BBQ.

The 2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé from France’s Rhone Valley is a favorite among rosé lovers in the know. An excellent example of the French region, it’s a serious rosé wine that is still approachable for everyday enjoyment, and sure to please the palates of those who are discovering the wine this rosé season. Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. 

2016 Blindfold California White  – A unique blended white wine created by The Prisoner Wine Company to complement the cult-California producer’s namesake wine. Just like The Prisoner’s red blend, Blindfold marries a number of delicious and interesting white varietals, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Chenin Blanc, to create a bold and intriguing wine that is as striking as the label on the bottle. Inviting aromas of honeysuckle, grilled white peach, and apricot linger harmoniously with a luscious entry of familiar cold weather flavor, toasted hazelnut, making this wine the perfect foil to darker, complex reds for winter sipping.

Our Favorite Cocktails

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Nothing beats Memorial Day weekend than a nice refreshing drink. Check our favorites below.

Pop-Sea-Cle - Courtesy of North River Lobster Company at Pier 81

Brut Prosecco, Cordial and Popsicle; Choose from Elderflower, Melon or Aperol

Aperol Spritz

  • 3 Parts Cinzano Prosecco
  • 2 Parts Aperol
  • 1 Dash Soda
  • Ice and a slice of Orange

Method: Add ice and a slice of orange, pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a dash of soda. This avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

Red Hot Sangria - Made with Stillhouse Whiskey

  • 1 can - Stillhouse Red Hot
  • 1 bottle - Malbec
  • 12 oz - Mango Juice
  • 24 oz - Ginger Ale
  • Lemon Wheels
  • Orange Wheels
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Hinterland Punch (Serves 6-8) Created by Josh Mazza

  • 12oz Jägermeister
  • 5oz Grenadine
  • 10oz Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • 20oz Roobis tea
  • 1 Bottle (26oz) Sparkling Rosé
  • 8oz raspberries
  • 8oz strawberries

Method

  1. Add edible flowers to tea and freeze in a bread pan
  2. Combine other ingredients in a punch bowl
  3. Add frozen tea/flowers
  4. Cut berries and add into punch

Negroni Sbagliato

  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Cinzano 1757
  • 1 oz. Cinzano Prosecco

Method: Build ingredients over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Hibiscus Dragon Fruit Margarita

  • 2 oz Patron Reposado Tequila
  • 2 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • .75 oz Cinnamon Hibiscus syrup
  • .50 oz Fresh Lemon
  • .25 oz Triple sec
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 2 Dashes Hellfire Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a hollowed out Dragon Fruit with ice. Garnish with Pineapple Spikes, Mint and flaming lemon half.

New Amsterdam Mango Sunrise

  • 1½ parts New Amsterdam® Mango
  •  2 parts orange juice
  • A splash of lemon-lime soda

Method: Shake the vodka sunrise ingredients together in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Strain this delicious mango vodka drink into a rocks or highball glass filled with ice. Garnish the cocktail with a mango wedge and mint leaf.

It's Official #ReturnofRoséSeason

Spring has finall sprung and it's officially the #ReturnofRoséSeason where we can now drink our favorite pink beverage! Our favorite pink drink that causes havoc in the Hamptons with a shortage and has it's very own Pinknic festival on Governors Island. The struggle to keep your composure as await sunnier skies, lighter clothing and outdoor dining is REAL. In addition to these small pleasures, rising temperatures mark our favorite time of year: Rosé Season. Below is a roundup of five reasons you should already be thinking (and drinking) rosé, including the first-ever rosé from Maison Louis Jadot. Wether your spending the season in bridgehampton or off to bushwick don't forget to bring your favorite rosé

Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2017 Rosé - . Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, and balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. It pairs beautifully with a great variety of summer foods.

M de Minuty 2017, bottled in the traditional curvy Provencal bottle, is a vibrant, dry rosé with balanced white peach and candied orange peel aromas and a smooth, round mouthfeel. Pale in color, it’s marked by a racy acidity and beautiful freshness.

Want to make sure your glass matches your drink. Grab a few of our favorite pink stemmed glassed by Riedel (SRP $100/glass, $540/set of six) Maintaining the series’ tell-tale slim profile and color-pop stem, the hue of the new Fatto a Mano Pink glasses is a soft rose, perfect for springtime, when it will be released, in comparison to the more primary colors of the original series launch.  Playful and demure, it’s as versatile as your readers’ tastes, perfect for rooftop gatherings or for bachelorette party gifts!

Meiomi Delicate & Dry 2016 - Light salmon in color with just a kiss of pink hue, Meiomi Rosé is delightfully dry with vibrant acidity. The wine opens to delicate aromas of watermelon, orange peel, and subtle hints of rose petal. The palate offers a lush mouthfeel with flavors of stone fruit and strawberry with a cool minerality on the finish.

Whispering Angel : The Rosé that causes a frenzy among those out East and around the country. Whispering Angel is a fan favorite of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen, and even had it's very own gummy bear made by Sugarfina. A refreshing, refined, and with plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit, this rosé should be in everyone’s cellars, without exception. Drinkable is an understatement and you’ll keep on coming back for seconds… We defy you to resist.

Louis Jadot Rosé: Hailing from Coteaux Bourguignons, a new appellation created in 2001 by the Institut National des Appellations Contrôlées, this Burgundian rosé is floral and fruity, offering a fantastic value from the most trusted name in French winemaking. Available beginning April 1st, this versatile wine has notes of fresh red currant and raspberry and pairs perfectly with salads, pasta or grilled fish.

Masi Agricola Rosa dei Masi : A serious name in Italian winemaking has produced a unique rosé, made with the Refosco grape; native to the Veneto region. The Rosa dei Masi represents a new take on the rosé wine category due to the producers specialty Appassimento technique—using 100 percent dried grapes in the production. The Supervenetian rosé has intense aromas of just ripened fruit on the nose and a well-balanced and refreshing acidity. Serve with light pasta, shellfish and seafood.

Alta Vista Rosé : This Argentine rosé of Malbec is striking, due to its deep and intense color. It’s made with two different maceration techniques of Malbec grapes and a low-temperature vinification that enhances the freshness of the fruit. The two wines are then blended in equal proportions before clarification and stabilization. The South American rosé will show fruity aromas of ripe cherries and floral notes of red roses. Pair with bright, fresh salads or with light pasta dishes.

Maison Saleya Rosé : Named for the flower market in the French city of Nice, Saleya Rosé is the essence of summer in a bottle.  This quintessential Provence-style wine is a dry and elegant rosé, featuring floral aromas with bright citrus, white peach and red berry flavors.

Caposaldo Rosé : A fantastic value for any day of the week, this dry rosé is made with 100 percent Corvina grapes that are sourced from estate owned and estate controlled vineyards only. It has bright strawberry and raspberry notes on the nose that carry into the vibrant and refreshing palate.

2016 Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rosé Draft: Grown in windy valleys along California’s sunny Central Coast, Noble Vines 515 Rosé is a traditional composition of Grenache layered with Syrah and other aromatic varieties.  Widely used in Provence, France, Grenache offers flavors of cherries and blueberries, with spicy notes, and extra body and richness.  Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rosé is made in a dry traditional style, showcasing a bright bouquet of raspberry, watermelon and Meyer lemon.  Medium bodied, with a rich mid-palate, this snappy wine has a lively start with flavors of grapefruit and strawberry, then cherry, culminating in a fresh creamy finish.

 

What To Drink At Cinco De Mayo If you Don't Want To Leave Your Home

For those of you want to celebrate the holiday but stay in the comforts of your home below is a list of cocktails for you to make and everything you need to have celebrated the holiday without dealing with people from the outside world. Not a fan of tequila? Don't worry we've included options for even the pickiest of drinkers.

Celebración Punch Created by Milagro Tequila Ambassador, Jaime Salas

  • Milagro Silver, 6 Parts
  • Guava Nectar (pink), 12 Parts
  • Ginger Simple Syrup, 2 Parts
  • Lime Juice, 3 Parts

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix. Top with Club Soda or Prosecco. Garnish with Lime Wheels and White Edible Flowers

 

 

 

 

New Amsterdam Tropical Spiced Mule

  • 1.5 oz. New Amsterdam Vodka
  • .5 oz. Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Top w/ Ginger Beer

Pour into an ice filled steel thermos or mule mug and stir together to combine/chill

 

 

Stella Artois Cidre Sangria Punch

 

 

For the beer lover you can drink the Stella Artois Cidre Sangria Punch created by Omar Flores, Casa Rubio (Dallas, TX), Serves 8 people.

  • 1 honey crisp apple – cored and sliced thin
  • 1 cup white grapes cut in half
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 lemon cut into wheels
  • 3 orange peels
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup apple sauce or non-alcoholic apple cider
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • 4 12-ounce bottles Stella Artois Cidre

Directions:
In a large punch bowl add apples, grapes, grape juice, lemons, orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla, apple cider and sugar. Mix thoroughly and allow to macerate for 30-45 minutes. To finish the punch, add cold Stella Artois Cidre, ice and mint. Serve immediately.

 

Avión Blood Orange Margarita

  • 1.5 oz. Avión Silver
  • .75 oz. fresh blood orange juice
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 oz. agave nectar

In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain. Serve over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

This year, Patrón is providing cocktail kit deliveries with everything you need for a Cinco bash – including a mariachi band for lucky recipients.

So how do you get one? On May 5th, tweet #PatronMyCinco to purchase a Party in a Box (available in select cities) delivered straight to your doorstep within an hour of purchase. Select fans in each city will have a live mariachi band show up to complete your Cinco de Mayo party!

The Patrón Party in a Box includes ingredients to make the newly-crowned Patrón Margarita of the Year - the Coralina Margarita (reposado tequila, hibiscus and red wine), Patrón branded shaker, cups, napkins, chips and salsa.

 Serve with Late July's NEW Cantina DIPPERS 

Serve with Late July's NEW Cantina DIPPERS 

While you're enjoying these cocktails you can try and make homemade salsa created by Late July Snacks CEO & Founder, Nicole Bernard Dawes

Ingredients:
3-4 medium-large heirloom tomatoes, chopped/diced to 1/4″
½ medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1-2 limes, juiced
Salt to taste
 
Optional ingredients: Mango, avocado, tomatillos, sweet corn, black beans

Directions:
1. Prepare the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and jalapeño. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Juice the limes and add salt to taste. Consider adding other optional ingredients or prepare a second version using mango as a base. Can prepare up to an hour ahead.

New and Classic Ways To Drink A Mint Julep

 Barrow's Intense Mint Julep

Barrow's Intense Mint Julep

For those of you who plan to celebrate at home, we are telling you everything you need to celebrate the Kentuck Derby at home, starting with the infamous mint julep. Mint juleps were originally made with brandy but we're giving you an extensive list of brands and cocktail recipes to freshen up this fan favorite cocktail. Similar to a Horizontal Tasting, you can give life to mint juleps with tequila, ginger, and gin. For those who prefer the classic, we've got you covered.

While those at Churchill Downs will be drinking the refreshing combination of brandy, mint, sugar, and bourbon over crushed ice, will teach you our favorite recipes and brands. And if you're not a cocktail fan, don't worry, shots on us.

Maker’s Mark is Kentucky’s bourbon darling. Made using soft red winter wheat (vs. rye) to create a bourbon with a flavor that finishes on the front of the tongue, it’s a delicious addition to any Julep. The caramel and vanilla play deliciously with mint in the Julep and it doesn’t hurt that Maker’s first ever customer in the 1950s was a horse race course – Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky!

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength goes straight from barrel to bottle at 110 to 114 proof. Cask Strength retains the signature front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker’s Mark, but amps up those flavors to create remarkable new bourbon that really stands up in Juleps, especially those with added ingredients like fruit or other liqueurs. The robust spice and oaky flavors of the bourbon, balance the sweetness and minty essence of a classic Julep or a more inventive version.  

  Wild Turkey Master's Keep Decades

Wild Turkey Master's Keep Decades

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades: The second premium expression from Master Distiller Eddie Russell’s Master’s Keep series, uses some of the rarest and precious barrels in Wild Turkey’s heralded stock. Made from a blend of whiskies aged 10 to 20 years, this 104 proof (52% alc. /vol.) whiskey will retail for a limited time, at $150 per bottle. More background in the release below.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed: One of the pioneers of small batch bourbons, Rare Breed is pure barrel proof whiskey, meaning no water is added to reduce the level of alcohol during the bottling process. This year we’re celebrating an even higher proof with a new bottle design.

The Union Horse Distilling Company Reunion Straight Rye — a small batch, 100 percent rye whiskey handcrafted from the finest quality rye and aged in Union Horse’s signature oak barrels. Reunion unites smooth complex notes of butterscotch, caramel, ginger and cinnamon spice. (93 proof). 

How to make a mint julep

The typical directions consist of muddle mint in the bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with sprig of mint

Our Favorite Recipes (Use directions above and check the gallery beow for final results)

Intense Ginger Mint Julep Created by Barrow’s Intense

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 sprigs of mint

NOLET’S Silver Bulleit

  • 1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
  • 1 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Mexican Mint Julep:

  • 2.5 oz. Avión Reposado
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Mint

Cynar Julep

  • 2 oz. Cynar
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit 
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Julep cup/Mint/Crushed Ice

 

How To Do An Extended Stay Right

While you or a client may be travelling to the city for work, it's always hard to find the right place for extended stays where you can work and be able to have a casual meeting with a client. We all have those days where we have to run uptown to downtown and never able to find a good middle place. Now with an updated lounge and know for long term trips you can settle in between at AKA Central Park (42 West 58th Street New York, NY). Designed by Ed Asfour of Asfour Guzy Architects a.lounge is newly renovated giving a new look to the iconic landmarks of New York.

Drink of choice is the house made, AKA branded wine, a.vin Chardonnay made by Montogomery County's Karamoor Estates. The aromas of pear and jasmine notes with a zesty flavor entry of lemongrass and vibrant minerality.

Outside of the lounge AKA Central Park offers the perfect place for travellers to stay in their hotel suites. With the feel of an intimiate hotel and a luxury apartment this is for the traveller who doesn't quite need a pied-a-terre but still wants to stay somewhere nice while on business. 

Outside of the AKA lounge guests have access a 24 hour doorman, s one of the most spectacular fitness centers in NYC, residents-only lounge, and private access to the café – for breakfast, espresso, lunch, and afternoon tea.

The brand new 17 story high rise offers 134 beautifully designed, spacious studios, one and two bedroom furnished apartments in Manhattan with full kitchens – ideal for individuals staying a week or longer. Wi-Fi, cable TV and espresso machines are all complimentaryto residents.

If you choose to stay in the penthouse be prepared for a private wrap terraces perfect for entertaining with breathtaking views over the Manhattan skyline.

 

Spring Cocktail Trends From NYC Bartenders

Now that Winter is starting to go away, New Yorkers eager to ditch heavy beers and warm cocktails for refreshing drinks that scream Spring.  Trends in cocktail culture have become a quintessential part of celebrating a new season. This Spring looks like rum concoctions will be leading the pack and introducing aperitifs as the new happy hour with low ABV cocktails, allowing you to enjoy the night without the painful morning. New York bartenders have predicted decadent rum craft cocktails for the warm spring. These are not your typical Spring Break drinks you had while in college. Since then, the accolade for both “Tiki” cocktails and brown/craft spirits have grown respect, and so has the popularity of first-rate, sophisticated rums in both the Caribbean and in the U.S.A. A spirit known for its various tasting notes, these innovative libations will elevate any gathering, and highlight rum’s versatile flavor profile just in time for the spring season.

Below, are 5 fantastic spring-inspired recipes to celebrate this year’s trends, all crafted by some of the nation’s top bartenders, including Naren Young (Dante, NYC), Dan Sabo (ACE Hotel, LA) , Nico de Soto (Mace, NYC), Will Benedetto (In Good Company Hospitality),Leo Robitschek (Eleven Madison Park, NYC). Each of the recipes listed below can also be found in St-Germain’s first-ever coffee table cocktail book, How to Drink French Fluently.

Mango Basil Margarita - Created by Will Benedetto, (In Good Company Hospitality)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Casamigos Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz of mango basil puree*
  • 0.75 oz of lime juice

*Mango Basil Puree

  • 1500 g of mango puree
  • 300 g of basil
  • 400 g of agave
  • 2 oz of vodka

Shake all ingredients with 5-6 ice cubes. Without using a strainer, pour the entire contents into a Tajin rimmed rocks glass.

Voodoo Down - Created by Leo Robitschek(Eleven Madison Park in New York)

Ingredients

  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • ¼ ounce ginger syrup (1:1, ginger juice:turbinado sugar)
  • ¼ ounce honey syrup (2:1, clover honey:water)
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce Trinidadian rum
  • 1 ounce bourbon, preferably Elijah Craig 12-year

Shake all the ingredients with ice. Strain over ice into a double rocks glass.

Qui Oui, Created by Nico de Soto (Mace in New York)

  • ½ ounce St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 1½ ounces Aperol
  • ½ ounce kiwi syrup
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • Prosecco, to top
  • Glass Garnish Dehydrated kiwi slice or fresh
  • kiwi slice

Shake all of the ingredients, except the prosecco, with ice. Strain into a wine glass with ice, top with prosecco, and garnish with the kiwi slice.

Rivington Punch - Created by Natasha David (Nitecap in New York)

  • 2 ounces dry rosé wine
  • ½ ounce St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 1½ ounces Aperol
  • ¼ ounce raspberry liqueur, preferably Combier Framboise
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • Glass Garnish Strawberry slices and grapefruit crescent

Stir all of the ingredients in a wine glass over ice. Garnish with strawberry slices and a grapefruit crescent.

The St-Germain Cocktail - Created by Robert Cooper

  • 1½ ounces St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 2 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • Glass Garnish Lemon twist

Combine all of the ingredients in a Collins glass over ice. Stir gently, and garnish with a lemon twist.

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What You'll Be Drinking This Easter Sunday

'Easter is like Brunch where on a Sunday you gather to eat and drink. When joining a group it's good to be easy with what's on the menu, if there is something you want, know to bring it yourself. Our biggest concern is the drinks, while we love a good Bloody Marry, we're a little over Mimosas’, but still want to celebrate with Champagne.

Being the celebratory drink it is, Champagne is perfect for the traditional, joyful festivities of Easter Sunday. Champagne can be a mystery with treasures to be discovered, well hidden from those who don’t know where to look. These secrets are part of the fun to discover.

If you’re unsure as to what to bring this Easter to Brunch look no further than Moet & Chandon’s 2008 Grand Vintage Brut. After aging 7 years in the historic cellars, this is a perfect springtime opening similar to a bouquet of floral notes of linden, honeysuckle and acacia, citrus nuances of bergamot and mandarin orange zest, and dash of anise and green tomato, give way to flavors of just-ripe stone fruit and scents of pastry and almonds with a slight hint of white pepper.

A bright pale yellow with glimmers of green, its first impression on the palate is vivacious and lively, subsequently extending itself, with an invigorating finish and lingering note of citrus fruit. Incredibly versatile and food friendly, Moët Grand Vintage 2008 is a surprising yet excellent way to elevate unexpected pairing dishes, such as truffled French fries, salted popcorn, fried chicken, and many more to go with your Easter meal. 

 

 

 

 

 Chandon Sweet Star

Chandon Sweet Star

Also in the Moet family the Chandon Sweet Star is the newest bubbly to pair with a variety of light bites with your  for any Spring and Summer Brunch. For chic sipping, grab a bottle as a hostess gift for your bestie’s rooftop soirée that will taste great with anything from spicy sushi to decadent donuts – perfect for toasting the arrival of warm weather and sundresses. This bottle goes beyond just Easter but will last you through Summer. We suggest stocking up, as you’ll want these for on the go.

If your still in the mood for a red try a bottlethat's perfect in between seasons wine Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Mendocino County 2014. As Easter sits in before the heat of Summer this medium-bodied ripe Zin with vibrant cherry and cassis layered with notes of toasty oak shining through. Spicy clove and cardamom balance the wine, making it the perfect pair for barbecued lamb this Easter evening. Created by “Godfather of Zin” Joel Peterson, Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandels showcase the best aspects of their respective terroirs, while maintaining the winery’s “no wimpy wines” ethos.

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