DrinkedIn Trends

Trending articles about cocktail recipes, bars, pubs, beer, wine, whisky, vodka, parties and much more...

A category dedicated to specific bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Feel The Warmth Of Hot Cocktails

Feel The Warmth Of Hot Cocktails


Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Southern Pecan Toddy
Sun in Sagittarius hot cocktail
Hot Buttered Rum Runner

A hot cocktail is a great way to beat the winter doldrums with a bit of indulgence. And with more people opting to socialize outdoors during the pandemic, these warm libations can also help stave off the chill. Here are seven hot cocktail recipes we like.

The Sultan
(shown atop)
1 ½ oz. High West campfire whiskey
½ oz. Utah honey
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Scrappy’s Seville orange bitters
3 oz. Hot water

Combine and stir honey, hot water and lemon juice in a glass. Add the bitters and whiskey. Garnish with cinnamon, an orange peel, and fresh-grated nutmeg.  

The mixologists at The Brass Tag in Deer Valley, UT,  created this recipe.

Brown Butter Toddy

Brown Butter Toddy
1 ½ oz. Brown butter-washed rum*
1 tbsp. Honey 
1 Lemon wedge 
Cinnamon stick 
Black tea

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  208 Hits

Oh, Sherry!


1 oz. The Botanist gin
1 oz. Carpano Bianco vermouth
½ oz. Bitter apertivo
½ oz. Shishito pepper-infused sherry

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice, stir, strain over ice into glass. Garnish and serve.

The mixologists at The Botanist created this recipe.

The post Oh, Sherry! first appeared on Cheers.
(Originally posted by Melissa Dowling)
Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  208 Hits

Alcohol On-premise In The Age Of Covid


A Lightspeed/Mintel survey conducted in July 2020 sheds some light on consumer attitudes on beverage alcohol on-premise in the Covid era. For instance, more than half (55%) of respondents said they had not ordered alcohol from a restaurant or bar in the past three months; 43% of those said it was because they hadn’t visited a restaurant/bar.

When asked from what type of on-premise operation they would be interested in ordering alcohol from, the plurality (26%) said an outdoor bar. And of those, 36% would be interested in drinking the alcohol while visiting the outdoor bar; 19% said they would be interested in ordering alcohol for takeout; and 16% would be interested in ordering alcohol from it for delivery. That’s good news for operators who have invested in creating or upgrading outdoor spaces during the pandemic.

Nearly a quarter of the respondents said they were interested in purchasing alcohol from a casual-dining chain such as Applebee’s or Olive Garden. Of those, 37% want to drink alcohol while visiting the restaurant, vs. 18% who would order it for takeout and 15% who would order it for delivery. In most type of establishment, respondents wanted to consume the alcohol on the premises.

When asked what drinks they would be interested in purchasing at a restaurant or bar, the top answer was natural wines, or those made with minimal intervention. Why natural wines, a trendy if somewhat controversial topic?

Consumers may want to experiment with wines by the glass before committing to buying a bottle at the store. They may also prefer to engage with a bartender or sommelier to learn what makes the wines natural and special, and perhaps pair them with food. After natural wines, respondents said they were interested in purchasing Tiki cocktails from a bar or restaurant.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  217 Hits
Green Thoughts: Operators Weigh In On Sustainability

Green Thoughts: Operators Weigh In On Sustainability




Given the current concerns about health brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and growing interest in protecting the environment from climate change, sustainability has become a hot topic. Some suppliers may be quick to tout that products are sustainable, organic or biodynamically farmed, but is there real consumer interest and demand for these goods?

“There has definitely been more interest in sustainable products, especially after the gyphosate lawsuits that ruled in favor of the cancer victims, which brought quite a bit of attention to the use of chemical farming in agriculture,” says sommelier Erin Scala of Common House, a Virginia-based social club with locations in Charlottesville and Richmond. “There are many studies, too, about how some sustainable practices just make for better business—so even big industrial wineries are implementing some sustainable practices.”

For instance, Scala says, installing a bat house near the vineyard can reduce or eliminate the need to spray pesticides, and it’s cheaper. “There is still a lot that could be better, but it’s nice to see this shift in all facets of the wine business.” 

The vast majority of items offered at Common House are sustainable at the bare minimum, Scala notes. “We don’t have a particular section for sustainable products, but we do indicate on the wine list which wines are sustainable, organic or biodynamic.” It changes every season, but during the past month bestsellers include Pietro Beconcini Chianti (certified organic), Del Maguey mezcal (sustainable) and Bermejos rosé (sustainable).

“It’s important to support sustainable producers who are providing solutions for a changing wine landscape.” — Sommelier Erin Scala of Virginia-based Common House.

At Sodie’s Wine & Spirits in Fort Smith, AR, customers are becoming more interested in sustainable products lately, says store manager Shaina Jones. “Customers are self-educating more and making themselves aware of how products are made,” she notes. “It is a driving force in their purchasing decision.”

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  210 Hits
Niche Import Changes Name to Marussia Beverages USA

Niche Import Changes Name to Marussia Beverages USA


Niche Import Co., a member of the Marussia Beverages Group, has  changed its name to Marussia Beverages USA.

The change, announced by its parent company at the beginning of the year, takes effect immediately.

The new name is meant to strengthen the global footprint of The Marussia Beverages Group, which was founded in 2004 by Dr. Frederik Paulsen and is headquartered in The Netherlands. Today the Marussia Beverages Group includes nearly 1,000 employees in 10 markets working with importers in 40 countries.

“It has long been our mission to build and develop distribution channels in the highly lucrative U.S. market that can pave the way for high quality imported brands,” says Etienne de Salins, CEO, Marussia Beverages Group. “Our new name not only reflects the strength, business acumen and passion for our industry that is indicative of the Marussia Beverages Group, but is also a signal to the market that we are an important part of a global network of specialty spirit, wine and sake brands.”

The Marussia Beverages Group portfolio.

In the U.S., Marussia Beverages USA will represent Hatozaki Japanese Whiskies, Mozart Chocolate Liqueurs, Barenjager Honey Liqueurs, Mamont Vodka, Mossburn Scotch Whiskies, STROH Rums, Schladerer Fruit Brandies, Lenz Moser Wines and Akashi Tai Sake.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  272 Hits

Golden Road Brewing Passion Wolf Hazy IPA


The Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing has announced Passion Wolf Hazy IPA.

This bright and tropical beer with passion fruit (7.0% ABV) marks the newest addition to The Wolf Pack, Golden Road’s family of IPAs, joining the Hazy Pup IPA and Wolf Pup Session IPA. $1 from each Passion Wolf six-pack sold in Golden Road’s home region will directly benefit Wags & Walks, a  501c3 dog rescue organization, further expanding the long-standing partnership (up to $50,000). 

Passion Wolf Hazy IPA is gold in color with a light-medium hazy body. Real passion fruit complements the hop character of the El Dorado, Cascade and Citra, the company says, bringing notes of fruit punch and citrus.

The new brew is available year-round, beginning now in 12-oz. 6-Packs, and within the Wolf Pack Variety Pack — a 12-oz. 12-Pack with Passion Wolf Hazy IPA, Wolf Pup Session IPA and Hazy Pup IPA — beginning in February.

“There were many factors that inspired Passion Wolf Hazy IPA. First off, we love brewing IPAs and we’re always looking for new and exciting directions to go,” says Victor Novak, brewmaster. “We quickly dove head first into the haze craze since we love how they’re so yeast and ester driven. They’re also lower in bitterness, which allows the big, tropical and citrus notes of our favorite hops to pop. Layering passion fruit to complement the hops just brought the whole thing to another level.”

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  169 Hits

Double Cross Vodka New Bottle


Double Cross Vodka, from Slovakia, has unveiled a new bottle and creative campaign.

Launched in 2008, the original Double Cross Vodka bottle had a monolithic rectangular shape. Now, the reimagined bottle has a classic elegant neck, the company says, high, relaxed shoulders and the signature double cross from the Slovakian crest juxtaposed with the etching of ancient Slovakian poetry.

The new packaging is rolling out nationwide and will be available later this month. 

Double Cross Vodka’s new campaign, “Dare to Differ,” depicts a “modern luxury for those who understand that exceptional vodka doesn’t require pretense, but an appreciation of craftsmanship and quality,” the company says. This campaign will soon feature on a reimagined website and across the Double Cross Vodka social media channels.

In an eco-conscious nod, the new Double Cross Vodka bottle was specifically crafted to ease the strain on the environment by trimming approximately 1.5 lbs. of weight in glass, and significantly reducing plastic use with a new, European-made streamlined closure. These reductions provide for 25% more efficient shipping and an overall carbon footprint reduction of over 30%, the company reports.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  195 Hits

Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020


Sonoma-Cutrer has announced the arrival of the 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Sonoma-Cutrer’s female-led winery team includes Pinot Noir Winemaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono. “We are very excited to share this exceptional wine after what proved to be a difficult year,” says Arcidiacono. “I am privileged to have collaborated with a strong team of women including our director of vineyard operations, cellarmaster and quality manager to overcome 2020’s many obstacles and deliver a stunning Rosé of Pinot Noir.”

The rosé harvest began on August 19th at Vine Hill Ranch and completed a two weeks later with fruit from our Owsley estate. The Owsley Estate consists of ten vineyard blocks of pinot noir. Known for its temperature changes from warm days to cool, foggy nights, the vines yield concentrated and complex flavored grapes, the company says.

“Despite all the additional challenges and stress that this year brought to our winemaking efforts, 2020, just like every year before it, worked out,” says Mick Schroeter, Sonoma-Cutrer head winemaking director. “Best of all, we are thrilled with the quality and style of this year’s vintage.“

Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020 has a light salmon color and opens up with aromas of blueberry, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe and a light hint of rose petal, the company reports. A crisp mouthfeel accentuates the fresh fruit flavors of citrus, strawberry and blood orange. The wine finishes long and tangy.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  211 Hits

Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber Ale


Tröegs Independent Brewing has announced the release of its once-a-year brew, Nugget Nectar, back in 16-oz. cans.

Dry-hopped, this imperial amber celebrates the arrival of “fresh-off-the-bine” nugget hops from the brewery’s annual trek to Yakima, WA, for hop selection, the company says. Nugget hops take center stage, adding dank notes of pine and grapefruit. Simcoe chimes in with hints of ripe mango and creamsicle, and it’s all balanced with enough kilned malt to add body and a touch of sweetness.

Nugget Nectar has an orange color, big hop flavor and is 7.5% ABV.

The beer is available on draft, in 12-oz. cans and bottles, and in 16-oz. cans everywhere Tröegs beer is sold.

The post Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber Ale first appeared on Cheers.
(Originally posted by Kyle Swartz)
Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  178 Hits

Balcones Releases New American Single Malt, Lineage


Balcones Distilling, an American single malt pioneer based in Waco, TX, has announced its newest release: Balcones Lineage.

Lineage marries traditional Scotch single malts with “innovative approaches to grain and maturation to celebrate Texas provenance,” the company says. This American single malt is made from both Scottish and Texas-grown barley, and aged in both refill and new oak barrels.

The nose is sourdough starter and cream soda, mulled cider, bruised bananas and peaches, tea tree, the company reports, before a palate of caramelized sweetness, soft oak, manuka honey, chestnuts and hint of red wine reduction. On the finish is more tea tree, black tea and hint of cinnamon.

The suggested retail price for Balcones Lineage is $39.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

This follows news that Balcones Distilling has expanded its single barrel program.

The post Balcones Releases New American Single Malt, Lineage first appeared on Cheers.
Original author: Melissa Dowling
Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  183 Hits

TTB Approves New Sizes for Canned Wine


The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has added three new can sizes to the standard of fill for packaging canned wine: 200-ml., 250-ml. and 355-ml.

This comes as alternative packaging continues to gain popularity in the wine industry.

Winemakers can now sell individual cans in the popular 250-ml. size, as well as the common European size of 200-ml. Also, wine can be packaged in the 355-ml. size, which is the traditional 12-oz. beer can.

This final rule amends the TTB regulations that govern wine and distilled spirits containers to add seven new standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits. Although TTB had originally proposed to generally eliminate the standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits, TTB is not adopting that proposal at this time.

The amendments described in this final rule will provide bottlers with flexibility by allowing the use of the added container sizes, and will facilitate the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce, while also providing consumers broader purchasing options.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  239 Hits

Luxco Launches Ezra Brooks 99 Bourbon


Luxco has unveiled the latest addition to its Ezra Brooks family of products: Ezra Brooks 99.

This is Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey bottled at 99 proof. Charcoal filtered, the new Ezra Brooks 99 features the same spicy, high-rye mash bill as the rest of the line.

“With Ezra Brooks 99, our goal was to create a higher-proof bourbon without sacrificing the rich notes Ezra Brooks is known for,” says John Rempe, master distiller at Lux Row Distillers. “And we achieved that with 99. The result is a smooth, drinkable bourbon with hints of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and spice. We’re thrilled to introduce Ezra Brooks 99 to bourbon lovers everywhere.”Advertisement

Ezra Brooks 99 comes in a bottle that matches the line’s branding, with a natural cork closure. The packaging features “99” prominently, along with a deep “Lux Row Distillers” embossing on the bottle’s shoulder.

“When you see Ezra Brooks 99, you’ll see an elegant, upscale bottle that stands out on the shelf,” says Eric Winter, brand manager for Ezra Brooks. “We believe the refined style and honest flavor of Ezra Brooks is amplified in Ezra Brooks 99, giving consumers of the brand even more to connect to.”     

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  203 Hits

Mind & Body Wines


Mind & Body Wines is a new brand created with wellness in mind, with a lineup of three low-calorie, low-alcohol wines.

These wines are 9% ABV, with 90 calories per serving. The initial lineup includes Mind & Body Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is also vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly and made from California grapes without any flavor additives or added sugar.

“The millennial moderation movement has taken hold, and consumers in search of balance are here to stay,” says Brie Wohld, vice president, marketing for Mind & Body Wines. “This new wine brand answers the call of consumers everywhere who have been resoundingly reaching for a low-calorie, low-alcohol wine that better fits their lifestyles and helps them reach their wellness goals.”

Mind & Body uses traditional winemaking methods to achieve flavor, texture and balance across its portfolio, the company says. Starting with wine from California vineyards, Mind & Body uses a spinning cone column to remove alcohol from a small amount of the wine, while preserving the wine’s aromas and flavors. Mind & Body then blends the dealcoholized wine with traditional wine to create a finished product.

All three wines are now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13 per 750-ml. bottle.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  190 Hits

Kōloa Rum Company New Rums


Kaua’i’s Koloa Rum Company recently debuted two new rums.

Kōloa Kaua’i Reserve Five-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is the brand’s third aged rum release, a single-barrel rum, aged in charred American oak barrels and bottled at cask strength. The barrel-aging process imparts an amber color with notes of cinnamon, orange, roasted almond and charred oak on the nose, the company reports. On the palate is sweetness from the sugarcane, offering flavors of toasted vanilla, orange zest, brown butter and honey. Bottled at cask-strength, from 110-124 proof depending on the barrel, Kōloa Kaua’i Reserve Five- Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is available for an SRP of $99.95. Additional barrels are scheduled to release in April 2021.

Kōloa Kaua’i Cacao Rum is a chocolate-flavored rum that incorporates Hawaiian-grown cacao from Lydgate Farms, a fifth-generation Kaua’i family farm known for its chocolate production. Kaua’i Cacao Rum is created by steeping Lydgate Farms’ roasted cacao nibs in Kōloa Kaua’i Gold Rum from 9 to 18 days, depending on the batch. During the process, the rum extracts natural flavor and color from the cacao to offer a chocolate rum with notes of creamy mocha highlighted by subtle spice, the company reports. The suggested retail price is $32.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

The post Kōloa Rum Company New Rums first appeared on Cheers.

(Originally posted by Kyle Swartz)
Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  200 Hits
No-ABV Spirits And Sips for 2021

No-ABV Spirits And Sips for 2021


Babuchak cocktail

Daily Crescent cocktail
Breakfast Martini
Zero Proof Tequila Sour

Mocktails, spirit-free sips and other no-proof libations are not just for Drynuary or Sober October. Consumers concerned about health and wellness seek ways to cut stop or back on alcohol intake; there’s also growing interest in the sober curious movement.

Not only have mixologists become more creative and inventive with no-ABV cocktails, a host of new non-alcoholic “spirit” products have also hit the market in the past few years.

Seedlip, which launched in the U.K. in late 2015, may be the best first and best known. Seedlip arrived in the U.S in early 2017 and is available in three expressions: Spice 94; the herbal Garden 108; and the citrusy Grove 42. As further proof of the no-proof sector’s strength, Diageo acquired a significant majority share in Seedlip in 2019.

Ceder’s, a distilled non-alcoholic gin alternative based in the U.K., reached the U.S. market this past October. It’s available in four expressions: Classic (akin to a classic gin, mostly juniper but with floral hints); Crisp (juniper combined with citrus, cucumber and camomile); Wild (juniper combined with ginger, clove and rooibos); and Pink Rose (juniper combined with rose and hibiscus). Ceder’s is working in partnership with Pernod Ricard to launch the brand globally.

Australian brand Lyre’s launched in the U.S. in December 2019 and includes no-proof reinventions of classic spirits, such as American Malt, Italian Orange, Dry London, Italian Spritz, Amaretti and Coffee Originale. Lyre’s is available in more than 30 markets worldwide and reportedly expanding into the ready-to-drink category in 2021.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  214 Hits

Gallo Completes Purchase of More Than 30 Brands From Constellation


E. & J. Gallo Winery today announced that it has completed the acquisition of more than 30 wine brands from Constellation Brands.

The closing of the agreement between Gallo and Constellation was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on December 23, 2020.

The acquisition includes well-known wine brands such as Arbor Mist, Black Box, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan, Hogue, Manischewitz, Mark West, Ravenswood, Taylor, Vendange and Wild Horse. All now join the Gallo portfolio.

With this acquisition, Gallo expands its operational footprint with the addition of five wineries located in California, Washington and New York, along with Constellation’s polyphenolics business.

Gallo will also acquire the Nobilo New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand in a separate transaction with Constellation.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  189 Hits

Travis Scott, AB In-Bev Collaborate on New Hard Seltzer Brand


Recording artist, songwriter, producer and fashion mogul Travis Scott has launched a new hard seltzer brand, CACTI, a venture with Anheuser-Busch.

CACTI hits shelves in spring 2021.

Scott will tap into Anheuser-Busch’s capabilities and distribution network to bring CACTI to life, the company says. Scott, his Cactus Jack creative collection and Anheuser-Busch’s innovation team worked side by side to create the flavors, packaging, ingredients, branding, marketing plan and more.

“CACTI is something I’m really proud of and have put a ton of work into,” Scott says. “The team and I really went in, not only on getting the flavor right, but on thousands of creative protos on everything from the actual beverage, to the can concept, to the packaging and how it is presented to the world. We always try to convey a feeling in our products.”

“I’m a big fan of tequila so I came at it from that angle, too,” he adds. “I’m really excited to put this out in 2021 and see other people be able to enjoy it.”

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  236 Hits

Fluère Spirits


Fluère Spirits, a nonalcoholic spirits brand from The Netherlands, has launched in the U.S.

Fluère (pronounced “flew-air”) replicates the distilling techniques used for alcoholic spirits such as gin, whisky, rum, tequila and mezcal. Three expressions — Original, Raspberry, Spiced Cane — are currently sold on Amazon, and will be available at select brick-and-mortar locations in California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Fluère is imported and distributed by Hearts + Tales Beverage Company.

“We are thrilled to launch Fluère in the U.S. in time for Dry January,” says Léon Meijers, Fluère’s founder. “The quality and versatility of the liquid make it a perfect choice for both low and no-alc cocktails. With the rise of moderation in the U.S., Fluère joins the conversation as a top premium non-alcoholic distilled spirit.”  

The four flavors available at retail, along with company-provided tasting notes, include:

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  168 Hits

NLL


Salcombe Distilling Co. has launched ‘New London Light’ (NLL) in the U.S.

Developed by Salcombe Distilling’s Master Distiller, Jason Nickels, NLL is a non-alcoholic spirit. NLL is meant for health-conscious drinkers and those who mindfully choose to reduce or change their alcohol intake.

NLL draws inspiration from Salcombe Distilling Co.’s gin-making principles. The spirit is crafted by first distilling three botanicals: Macedonian juniper berries, ginger and habanero capsicum. Fifteen additional botanicals are blended into the base liquid, delivering layers with hints of citrus orange and sage, the company says.

Free of sugar and allergens, this 0% ABV spirit is also low in calories (

(Originally posted by Kyle Swartz)
Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  163 Hits

RY3 Whiskey


Phenomenal Spirits has released RY3 Whiskey, the craft spirits company’s third spirit introduction in the U.S. in the past year.

RY3 is a blend of three rye whiskeys with three different mash bills and age statements. The final blend ages in vintage rum casks, resulting in a sipping experience with layers of fruity notes from the rum barrels, the company reports.

“With the resurgence of rye whiskey, product innovation has reached new heights, spurring consumer’s curiosity,” says Phenomenal Spirits Founder and CEO, Karthik Sudhir. “We developed RY3 Whiskey with these curious consumers in mind. RY3 is one of a few Rye whiskies finished in rum casks, offering drinkers layers of intense flavor and complexity for a contemporary and exciting Rye drinking experience.” 

Sudhir has partnered with Matt Witzig, master distiller and co-founder of Joseph Magnus Bourbon. Since August 2020, the Phenomenal team has launched Ron Izalco 10 Year and Ron Izalco 15 Year Cask Strength rums and now, RY3 Whiskey. The duo is looking ahead to their next venture, a Private Release/Cask Strength Whiskey Program, which debuted in December 2020 with more planned in 2021. 

Phenomenal Spirits operates its own blending facility in Virginia Beach, VA, to achieve scale and operational efficiency.

Continue reading

Copyright

© Copyright Cheers!

  197 Hits