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Bluecoat Gin New Branding


There’s a new look for the Bluecoat gin line.

Philadelphia Distilling has unveiled new packaging for the full range of Bluecoat spirits: the original Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Bluecoat Elderflower Gin and Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin.

The brand redesign also features a new logo, which had remained unchanged since the brand first hit shelves in 2006.

The liquid inside remains the same. Bluecoat American Dry Gin has a heavy dose of American citrus peels in the botanical mix, the company says, for a crisp, citrus profile and a softer, rounder juniper.

The recipe for Bluecoat Elderflower Gin and Barrel Finished Gin also remains unchanged.
 
Each Bluecoat bottle comes in “Bluecoat blue” glass, inspired by the founding fathers, the bluecoat soldiers of the American Revolution, plus the “hard working roots of Fishtown,” the Philadelphia neighborhood the distillery calls home.

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Old Overholt 114 Proof Gains National Distribution


Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey has announced the national launch of Old Overholt 114 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey.

The highest proof in the brand lineup initially launched in fall 2020 in Pennsylvania and Ohio, two states of historical significance to the brand.

Old Overholt 114 Proof joins the classic 86 proof Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, and the 100 proof Old Overholt Bottled-in-Bond.

Warm on the palate as a higher-proof whiskey, Old Overholt 114 Proof has flavors of vanilla and spice with an oaky finish, the company reports.

The whiskey retails for a suggested price of $32.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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Templeton Distillery Debuts Templeton 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey


Templeton Distillery has announced the launch of Templeton 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey, along with a refreshed look for the brand.

Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve is a single-barrel whiskey, aged 10 years in charred new American oak barrels.

Flavors include dark oak with honeyed floral notes and the distillery’s signature rye spice, the company reports

The new 10 Year Reserve, along with the 4 and 6 Year, will all feature refreshed packaging. Templeton’s new offering and look will “highlight a refocus on a company that’s centered around where it comes from, as well as where it’s headed next,” the company says.

Templeton 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey presents at 104 proof, with a suggested retail price of of $85 per 750-ml. bottle.

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Fugu Delray


1 ½ oz. Stoli Elit vodka
½ oz. Monkey 47 gin
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Raspberry basil reduction syrup
½ oz. Combier Orange liqueur
¼ oz. House almond syrup  
Dom Perignon 2006 Champagne

Combine ingredients (except Champagne) in a cocktail tin with ice and shake. Fine strain into cocktail glass and top with Champagne. Dust the glass with edible gold spray.

The mixologists at Lionfish Delray created this recipe.

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Original author: Melissa Dowling
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How Snooze Sets A High Bar For Breakfast

How Snooze Sets A High Bar For Breakfast


Snooze Cosmopolitan Mimosa
The Bella! Bella! Benny take on Eggs Benedict is thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and poached cage-free eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula.
Snooze chief marketing officer Andrew Jaffe
The Snooze drink menu includes six different Bloody Mary riffs.

The Mad Men-esque days of the three-Martini lunch may have fallen out of favor, but the breakfast Bloody Mary and mid-morning Mimosa are going strong. At least that’s what Snooze An A.M. Eatery is finding.

Visit one of the Denver-based chain’s 45 restaurants during the week—say, at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday—and “you’d be surprised to see the folks enjoying a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with their breakfast,” says its chief marketing officer Andrew Jaffe.

Part of that is the rise of the gig economy work force. Many people no longer hold traditional Monday-through-Friday, nine-to-five jobs, Jaffe notes. They’re working different, often quirky hours, “and we’re seeing a lot of those folks during the week.”

It also helps that Snooze often locates its restaurants near hospitals, where people work odd hours and sometimes pull all-night shifts. “For them, ‘after work’ may be seven or eight in the morning, so they’re having that downtime at Snooze with friends and coworkers,” Jaffe says.

Snooze offers a few coffee drinks and beer cocktails, such as the Michelada, plus seasonal and local craft beers.

Consumers in general are seeking breaks from the norm—they want experiences, Jaffe says. Although Snooze typically serves breakfast and brunch daily from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the chain provides a lively ambience with retro midcentury modern decor and friendly service. And then there’s the drinks.

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Bombay Sapphire Launches Bombay Bramble


The latest release from Bombay Sapphire is Bombay Bramble.

This is the brand’s first new expression in 10 years, since the launch of Bombay Sapphire East in 2011.

The new product hits shelves first in Total Wines, followed by wider availability nationwide by June 2021.

Bombay Bramble combines the brand’s vapor-distilled gin with real fruit infusion. The result is a crimson color and rich berry flavor, the company reports, with the essence of fresh blackberries and raspberries balanced by the bright juniper notes of the gin.

The launch comes in time for summer as the pink and infused-gin craze makes its way stateside from Bombay Sapphire’s home in the UK. Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti and Master Distiller Dr. Anne Brock spent time refining the all-natural flavor expression by avoiding the of use concentrates, additional sugars or additives to flavor the liquid.

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George Dickel Bottled in Bond Returns with Spring 2007 Release

George Dickel Bottled in Bond Returns with Spring 2007 Release


Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. has announced the release of George Dickel Bottled in Bond Distilling Season Spring 2007.

The third in the brand’s BiB lineup, following the much-awarded Fall 2005 and Fall 2008 whiskies, this is a limited-offering 13-year-old whisky.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond Distilling Season Spring 2007 is bottled at 100 proof.

“As the Bottled in Bond category continues to grow and more distilleries are experimenting with the style, I’m excited to add our first spring vintage to the George Dickel’s Bottled in Bond series,” says Cascade Hollow General Manager and Distiller Nicole Austin. “Like the previous two releases, this spirit shares the hallmarks of George Dickel’s nutty and waxy fruity characteristics, with this year’s release also featuring unique notes of cherry. We’re proud whisky drinkers can enjoy this rare, 13-year-old high proof liquid for a great price.”

Created by the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, the BiB requires that a spirit be made during one distillation season, by one distiller at one distillery, and then aged in a federally bonded (i.e. supervised) warehouse for at least four years, before bottling at 100 proof.

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids Scrag Mountain Pils, Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime


Lawson’s Finest Liquids kicks off May with the release of two specialty pilsners. Scrag Mountain Pils, and its salt and lime-infused counterpart, Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime, are now available at retailers throughout Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Named in honor of Waitsfield — Vermont’s town water source and the aquifer deep beneath Scrag Mountain — these two pilsners come in at an approachable 4.8% ABV. Scrag Mountain Pils is available through the end of August in both 4-packs (16-oz. cans) and 12-packs (12-oz. cans). Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime — nicknamed “Scragarita” — is available in four-packs until the end of June.

“We always look forward to bringing back Scrag Mountain Pils to distribution because that means summer is right around the corner,” says Sean Lawson, founder and CEO of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “This year, for the first time, we’ll be distributing our twist on a classic, Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime, outside of Vermont. We can’t wait to hear the stories and see the photos of people enjoying these tasty brews on the beach, in the backyard, or out on the golf course.”

With Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime, Lawson’s Finest infuses the bright qualities of a Czech pilsner with sea salt, fresh lime peel and lime juice to produce a balance of crisp and tart in every sip, the company says. The “Scragarita” nickname is also a nod to the specialty pilsner making for a cocktail.

Scrag Mountain Pils and Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime are two of the six specialty beers that the Vermont-based brewery will release this year to its full distribution territory across the Northeast. Hopcelot, an IPA brewed with eight different varieties of hops, will be Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ next specialty release at the beginning of July. The full 2021 specialty beer distribution calendar can be found here.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B521 Heads to Markets


The latest batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon is headed towards retail markets.

Bottled at 118.2 proof, B521 is the second edition of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon for 2021, following A121.

Like each previous edition, this 12-year-old bourbon is non-chill-filtered, and uncut to preserve all the natural esters and taste components from the barrel to the bottle. This creates variance in proof from batch to batch, an exercise for whiskey fans.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B521 offers the chance to taste the lowest proof yet in the series. The first batch from this year, A121, was 123.6 proof.

The suggested retail price for this newest release is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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Greenbar Distillery Nonalcoholic RTDs


Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery has announced three new RTDs.

The trio of non-alcoholic RTDs includes Earl Grey Bitters+Soda, UnGin+Tonic and UnRum+Cola.

Each starts as an alcoholic spirit, and then has its alcohol stripped away during or after distillation, leaving behind the flavors of bitters, dry gin and blackstrap rum.

Tapping into both the premium RTD and nonalcoholic beverage trends, these new products are available in June in more than 30 states.

The suggested retail prices are $9.99 for a 12-oz. 4-pack of Earl Grey Bitters+Soda, and $11.99 each for 12-oz. 4-packs of UnGin+Tonic and UnRum+Cola.

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CanBee Cocktails


CanBee Cocktails is the newest entry into the rapidly expanding RTD market. The canned cocktail brand is comprised of all-natural ingredients, gin and honey.

The brand supports bee conservation efforts, including the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program, by donating a portion of all sales to organization’s efforts.

“As distillers and creators of CanBee Cocktails, we have a passion for providing quality spirits,” says Carrie Riby, director of marketing at CanBee Cocktails. “Undoubtedly, we knew we could create a canned cocktail that is exceptionally tasty, but we also wanted our efforts to support the ecosystem that provides the basis for everything we make — so a Bee’s Knees just clicked, and the rest is history. We couldn’t be prouder to share our first CanBee Cocktail. We know that consumers are going to love it as much as we do.”

CanBee Cocktails are available in 12-oz. cans containing 8% ABV. They retail in 4-packs for $14.99 and 24-packs for $79 at CanBeeCocktails.com

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Cocktails To Show Mother’s Day Love

Cocktails To Show Mother’s Day Love



Ginger Spiced Watermelon Mojito
Cherry Smash cocktail

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 9, and like most people this year, Mom probably needs a drink. Something refreshing, fruity and pretty would fit the bill; here are seven cocktail recipe ideas to celebrate mothers and special women everywhere.

Rosé French Fashioned 
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4 oz. Maison Marcel rosé
1 oz. Ultra-premium bourbon 
2 dashes Rhubarb bitters 
1 Sugar cube (or ½ oz. substitute sweetener)
Strawberry-infused ice cubes (sliced and frozen with cubes, larger cube the better)

Place sugar cube in Old Fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with strawberry ice cubes and add wine andbourbon. Garnish with brandied cherry and grapefruit peel.

The mixologists at Maison Marcel created this recipe.

Vernal Sun

Vernal Sun  
1 ½ oz. Juniper Grove Atrium Gin 
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice 
½ oz. Elderflower syrup 
¼ oz. Passion fruit liqueur 
1 pinch Salt 

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Watermelon, Sugar, Rye


1 ½ parts Redemption High Rye Bourbon
1 ½ parts Salted watermelon-honey syrup*
½ part Lemon juice 
2 parts Tonic water
Mint

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a Collins glass and top with tonic water. Garnish with a watermelon radish slice and a mint bushel. 

*For Salted watermelon-honey syrup:
Blend 1 cup watermelon purée with 1 cup honey simple syrup. Add 2 teaspoons Malden salt and stir to dissolve. Cool in the refrigerator; keeps for a month.

The mixologists at Redemption Whiskey created this recipe.

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(Originally posted by Melissa Dowling)
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What I’m Drinking Now: Rael Petit and the Painkiller

What I’m Drinking Now: Rael Petit and the Painkiller


Rael Petit is the beverage director of Kokomo in Williamsburg, NY.

My go-to drink lately is a Painkiller variation that I make at Kokomo, with equal parts coconut rum and Plantation O.F.T.D rum. I’m currently working between Nassau, Bahamas, and New York, and I love having a little taste of the Caribbean even when I’m in the city. 

Painkiller
1 oz. Coconut rum
1 oz. Plantation O.F.T.D rum
½ oz. Orange juice 
2 ½ oz. Pineapple juice 
1 oz. Coconut milk 

Pour ingredients into a shaker, no ice. Dry shake and pour into a Tiki mug. Add crushed ice and dust some cinnamon on top of the drink.

Looking for more What I’m Drinking Now? Check out Tanya Saxena and the Promise at DawnRandi Densford and the Hog TiedNicole Quist and the Oaxacan Sunshine, among others.

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Tao Group Acquires Hakkasan


Tao Group Hospitality announced April 28 that it has acquired Hakkasan Group. The deal creates a hospitality powerhouse that includes 61 entertainment, dining and nightlife venues in 22 markets across five continents.

The combined company’s collection of hospitality brands include Tao Group Hospitality’s Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Beauty & Essex, Avenue, Cathédrale and Koma, as well as Hakkasan Group’s Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Omnia, Ling Ling, Jewel and Casa Calavera brands, among several others.

Hakkasan’s portfolio expands Tao’s domestic reach in key markets such as Las Vegas, Southern California and Miami, while also growing Tao’s international presence. Hakkasan Group has five venues in London, including its Michelin star-rated flagship restaurants, Hakkasan Mayfair and the original Hakkasan Hanway Place. Hakkasan Group also operates four venues throughout the Middle East, providing an instant platform for growth in several fast-developing markets.

Hakkasan Group’s executive team will continue to run day-to-day operations for the Hakkasan properties under the direction of Tao Group Hospitality, led by co-CEOs Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss. Tao Group Hospitality, founded by Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Tepperberg and Strauss in 2000, is part of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Tao Group Hospitality this past March opened TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge at the Mohegan casino in Uncasville, CT.

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Jim Beam Releases Ready-To-Drink Highball Cocktails


The latest entries in the booming Ready-to-Drink category are the Jim Beam Classic Highball and Jim Beam Ginger Highball.

Both have a bourbon base. Jim Beam Classic Highball combines Jim Beam Bourbon, bubbly seltzer and a hint of citrus. Jim Beam Ginger Highball blends Jim Beam Bourbon and ginger ale.

Both flavors were inspired by the Highball cocktail, made by mixing chilled Jim Beam Bourbon with ice, highly carbonated soda water or ginger ale.

“We know that so many drinkers get tired of beer and crave something refreshing, lighter and more balanced,” says Malini Patel, managing director for the James B. Beam Distilling Co. at Beam Suntory. “Our new ready-to-drink Highballs are the perfect way to enjoy Jim Beam in a new, refreshing way — whether you’re a bourbon fan or you’re trying bourbon for the first time.”

These two Jim Beam RTDs are each 5% ABV. They are available now nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.50 per 355-ml. slender can, or $9.99 per 4-pack.

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Chandon Garden Spritz

Chandon Garden Spritz


Chandon has announced its first foray into the category of ready-to-drink sparkling aperitifs with the debut of Chandon Garden Spritz.

A balance of bubbles, bitters and botanicals with no artificial flavors or colors, Chandon Garden Spritz takes Chandon’s sparkling wine and adds a house-made “Garden liqueur,” made by Chandon’s winemaking team in Argentina. This liqueur contains locally sourced Valencia oranges, fresh herbs and spices.

Chandon Garden Spritz is ready to serve and share immediately upon popping the cork, ideally chilled over ice, with a sliver of fresh orange and a sprig of rosemary.

“The Chandon Garden Spritz is a natural extension of the pioneering spirit embedded in Chandon’s DNA since its founding in Argentina in 1959,” says Ana Paula Bartolucci, winemaker at Chandon Argentina and creator of the Chandon Garden Spritz. “We spent four years studying oranges as if they were wine grapes, and finally mastered a perfectly authentic, naturally delicious spritz.”

Made in Mendoza, Argentina, Chandon Garden Spritz was inspired by the Argentinian taste for the moreish bitter flavors of yerba maté and Fernet. Using zest and peels from 2.5 tons of local oranges, the resulting “Garden liqueur” is then blended with chardonnay, pinot noir and Semillon grapes from the Chandon estate.

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Tullibardine Unveils Two U.S.-Exclusive Single Malts


Tullibardine and Prestige Beverage Group have announced the release of two new single malt scotch whiskies created exclusively for the U.S. market — Tullibardine Artisan and Tullibardine 12-Year-Old.

Tullibardine Artisan matured for its entire life in ex-bourbon barrels. It’s bottled at 80 proof, and reflects the distillery’s floral and cereal character. The nose is soft, honey and heather with hints of grassy meadows, hints of vanilla, creamy fudge and subtle oak aromas, the company reports. On the palate is sweet barley sugar, liquid honey and vanilla, with hints of malted biscuit before a finish that’s warming, gentle spice. 

Tullibardine 12-Year-Old is the brand’s new signature single malt for the U.S. market. It matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of 12 years. This is a creamy expression, bottled at 80 proof, with notes of soft citrus, toffee apples and freshly baked biscuit, the company reports. The nose features floral notes with creamy vanilla and aromas of Muscovado Sugar. The finish is creamy barley sugar flavors.

Both 750-ml. bottles hit shelves now, with an SRP of $29.99 for the Artisan, and $44.99 for the 12-Year-Old.

These new expressions are available in Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Hawaii, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Minn., Neb., N.D., Neb., Nev., N.J., N.Y., S.D., Tenn., Texas and Wis.

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Proximo Buys Majority Stake in Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey


Proximo Spirits has announced a majority stake acquisition in Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, which was co-founded by MMA superstar Conor McGregor.

McGregor will retain an interest in Proper No. Twelve, and will remain actively engaged in the promotion of the brand, according to a release from the company, along with the other co-founders.

“I founded Proper No. Twelve less than three years ago and today it has become a shining star in the spirits industry,” McGregor says. “This agreement is exciting for my partners and me, and the potential is limitless! Our vision is for Proper No. Twelve to continue its incredible growth worldwide and to keep bringing new consumers to the now-reinvigorated Irish whiskey market.”

Proximo previously owned a 49% stake in the brand. In obtaining a majority share, the company reportedly paid $600 million to McGregor and his two co-founders, his manager and business partner Audie Attar, and spirits industry entrepreneur Ken Austin

The brand has grown dramatically in a short time. Its Instagram, @properwhiskey, is among the most followed social media accounts in the spirits industry.

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90+ Cellars Sancerre Rosé, New Branding


90+ Cellars has unveiled Reserve Series Lot 196 Sancerre Rosé, plus a refreshed look for the new vintages of Lot 126 Sancerre, Lot 27 Barbera d’Alba (both Reserve Series) and Lot 26 Barolo (Collector Series).

This is a continuation of the company’s new label rollout for their higher-end wines.

Sancerre may be best known for its world-class white wines made from sauvignon blanc, but the region also has a not-so-well-kept secret of making rosé wines from pinot noir, the company says. Reserve Series Lot 196 Sancerre Rosé is made from handpicked pinot noir grapes, originating from vines planted on clay and limestone in the village of Sainte Gemme.

The wine receives its pale pink color by allowing the skins of the grapes to mix with the juice for a short time, after which they are pressed and fermented.

Reserve Series Lot 196 Sancerre Rosé is lively on the palate, the company reports, with aromas of strawberries and watermelon, accompanied by hints of flinty minerality and crushed herbs. The wine is light bodied and silky with a hint of racy acidity. The suggested retail price is $25.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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