Viva National Tequila Day, July 24, 1017

Don’t put away your sombrero yet.  National Tequila Day is here and these inspired cocktails will kick up your spirits.  Ole! Paloma Americano 2 parts Q Grapefruit 1 part Milagro Tequila 1 part Cocchi Rosa ½ fresh lime juice ½ part fresh pink grapefruit juice Rim the side of a cocktail glass with flakey sea salt. Add lime and grapefruit juices to the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddle the strawberry, then add tequila and Cocchi and shake with ice. Double strain into the cocktail glass and top with Q Grapefruit.   Ancho Verde Margarita 1 part Ancho Reyes Verde 1 … Continue reading Viva National Tequila Day, July 24, 1017

Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014

Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014 is golden straw color in the glass. Aromas of summer peach, Bosc pear, orange blossom and hints of lemon zest excite the waiting palate. Flavors of wild flowers, peach. Tropical pineapple, lemon and oranges cry out for a summer in the backyard. Crisp acidity on the medium long finish leaves you mouth wanting more. Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014 is the perfect warm weather wine. Picture a night out in the backyard or deck with friends sharing grilled marinated vegetables, salty cheeses and even lighter salumi. Les Dauphin, Cotes … Continue reading Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014

Celebrate National Pina Colada Day, Monday July 10 with these specials

Ginger Pina Colada 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 1 part cream of coconut ¼ part pineapple juice ¾ part homemade ginger syrup Add all ingredients to empty mixing glass and shake. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into highball or tiki glass and fill with ice. Garnish with candied ginger   Monkey Colada  Monkey Colada 2 parts Monkey Shoulder 2 parts Coco Lopez 3 parts pineapple juice ¾ part lime juice (Banana liqueur optional) 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters Pinch of salt Garnish with pineapple leaves, and a cherry Shake and strain into your favorite tiki glass, OR … Continue reading Celebrate National Pina Colada Day, Monday July 10 with these specials

Two Washington State Whites to stock up on the Summer, Charles Smith Wines

With the sun rising higher in the sky and the temperatures rising as well, it is time to break out the bottles of white wine to keep cool. Kung Fu Girl, Riesling, Charles Smith Wines, Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2015 is pale greyish gold in the glass. Fresh clean aromas of orange blossom, juicy white peach, mint leaves, and wild flowers all backed by minerals. The palate is alive with lemon and lime peels, white peach, and apricot balanced with mint and minerals. The Kung Fu Girl, Riesling has a sweet mid palate that is tempered by bright acidity … Continue reading Two Washington State Whites to stock up on the Summer, Charles Smith Wines

Mother’s Day & World Cocktail Day Two days to celebrate great drinks

World Cocktail Day is on Saturday May 13, Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14, two great reasons to mix up great cocktails this weekend. Drambuie’s The Underdog ¾ part Drambuie ¾ part Dry vermouth ½ part Amaro ¼ part Hendrick’s Gin Build and stir in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Drambuie is made from a delightful combination of scotch whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices. The Godzilla 1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka ½ part Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur ½ part Blue Curacao 1 ½ parts Kiwi Perfect Puree ½ part Fresh Lemon ½ part Simple … Continue reading Mother’s Day & World Cocktail Day Two days to celebrate great drinks

Mulderbosch, Faithful Hound, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012

is named for a dog who waiter three long years waiting for his master who abandoned him outside a cottage to return. While the poor dog never saw his master again, the wine named for him is as great as his dedication. The Faithful Hound is dark garnet red in the glass. Aromas of red fruit and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Secondary aromas of earth and cigar box round out the nose. The palate is filled with tart strawberry and raspberry and backed with earth and minerals.   The Faithful Hound is a Bordeaux style blend, composed of 39% … Continue reading Mulderbosch, Faithful Hound, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012

Head to Zoo Miami May 6th for the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo

Sure Cinco de Mayo is on Friday this year, but beer lovers make sure to save your strength for the Sais do Mayo. This Saturday is the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo starting at 7pm and going until Midnight at Zoo Miami. There are 3 levels of tickets to take advantage of. For $80 you can get VIP tickets and that includes getting in an hour early so you can sample beers before the crowds show up. You also receive complimentary food, spirits samplings, and some commemorative swag. The Brew Master Ticket is $70 and also gets you in … Continue reading Head to Zoo Miami May 6th for the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo

Mezcal Cocktails to up your Cinco de Mayo drinks game.

Cinco de Mayo means plenty of tequila shots, usually not the best tequila.  Now is the time to step up your drinking game and time to enjoy Mezcal, tequila’s smokier cousin.  Mezcal adds a new dimension due to its earthy and smoky flavor profile.  Like tequila, mezcal mixes great with citrus juices, especially lime juice.  Below are some cocktails to up your game to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Juan to Juan 1 part Montelobos Mezcal 1 part Ancho Reyes Original ¾ part fresh lemon juice ½ part simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters Shake, serve in a coupe glass, garnish … Continue reading Mezcal Cocktails to up your Cinco de Mayo drinks game.

Peruvian Craft Beer is worth the trip Nuevo Mundo Brewery

The craft beer movement revolutionized beer market in the USA. What started as a desire to make and drink better beer instead of bland flavorless mega brews exploded into a movement that is now a worldwide movement. While some countries had interesting beers for its citizens to enjoy, most of us were left searching out those beers in the small imported section in stores. Even most of the imported beer was made by huge breweries in their own countries and imported into the US. It was a step up from most choices we had in the domestic brewing options at … Continue reading Peruvian Craft Beer is worth the trip Nuevo Mundo Brewery

Time to add color to your drinks, some colorful Spring cocktails

As the weather start to warm up with Spring arriving it is time to add color to your cocktails to match the season. Reyka Southside 2 parts Reyka vodka 1 part fresh lime juice ¾ part simple syrup (1:1) 4-6 Mint leaves Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker and double strain and garnish with mint leaves. Reyka Vodka is an Icelandic born vodka and provides a smooth and crisp base for both complex and simple cocktails. Sailor Jerry Ginger Apple Cooler 1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum ½ part ginger syrup ¾ part apple juice ¼ part fresh lemon … Continue reading Time to add color to your drinks, some colorful Spring cocktails