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Cavit Collection is celebrating National Pinot Grigio Day on May 17th with special limited-time Pinot Grigio cannolis.

Cavit is partnering with Kannoli Kraze from May 17-June 16 to offer custom-made desserts to mark the holiday. Wine lovers can choose from three different delicious twists on the classic Italian pastry, a traditional full-size or mini cannoli, a cannoli cake cup and a cannoli pop, all infused with Cavit’s Pinot Grigio. The Pinot Grigio-infused cannoli, cannoli cake cup and cannoli pop can be purchased at Kannoli Kraze’s Long Island store for $5.00 each and the cannoli mini is $2.00 each.

A six pack of cannoli pops or cannoli cake cups can be purchased at www.1800kannoli.com for $35.00 plus shipping.

Cavit became a pioneer in the 1970s with the introduction of Pinot Grigio, a then little-known white wine from Trentino, Italy, to the United States. Today, Cavit Pinot Grigio is the brand’s signature variety and the leading Italian wine in America. Consumers can look forward to enjoying light refreshing notes of pear, apple, almonds and citrus. Cavit Pinot Grigio can also be enjoyed as a splendid aperitif and with dishes such as risottos, veal and fresh seafood.

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Chartreuse Day is on May 16 – a date chosen in honor of the year (1605 … 16.05 … 05/16). The liqueur was originally given to Chartreuse monks but now God has bestowed this lively libation on us laypeople also. The beverage teams at Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits (Atlanta), Grey Ghost (Detroit), La Petite Grocery (New Orleans), Justine (New Orleans), and The Grocery (Charleston) are highlighting this colorful liqueur on their current menus, just in time to celebrate the day on Thursday.  

Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits

Beverage Director: Miles Macquarrie

Location: Atlanta, GA

Drink: Watchman’s Daiquiri

Inspiration: As the number one Chartreuse account in the state of Georgia, Watchman’s knows a thing or two about Chartreuse.  With a Chartreuse machine that chills and dispenses $5 ice-cold shots of the colorful libation, there’s nowhere better to celebrate.  

Recipe:

  • 1.5 oz Denizen aged white rum
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • .25 oz Fines Herbes Syrup*
  • Fines Herbes Syrup
  • 1 cup tightly packed mint leaves
  • 1 cup tightly packed chervil
  • 1 cup tightly packed dill
  • 1 cup tightly packed tarragon
  • 2 liters water

Method:

  • Bring the 2 liters water to a boil
  • Blanch all herbs in boiling water for 20-30 seconds.
  • Immediately shock in ice water bath. Reserve blanching water. This is your herb tea.
  • Take the blanched and shocked herbs and puree in a Vitamix. Start slow and go to the highest setting. puree on high for 1 minute.
  • Strain through chinois, pushing through with a spatula to push all liquid out of pureed herbs.
  • Weigh final liquid and add equal parts white sugar by weight back to the Vitamix and puree together until sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
Grey Ghost

Beverage Director: Will Lee

Location: Detroit, MI

Drink: Man on the Moon

Inspiration: Pineapple with Yellow Chartreuse and Sesame makes this cocktail bright and savory

Recipe:

  • 1.5 oz. Jack Daniels Rye
  • 0.375 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1.0 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 0.75 oz. Toasted sesame syrup
  • 0.75 oz. Lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

Method: Shake. Serve on the rocks. Garnished with a dehydrated lemon slice.

La Petite Grocery

Beverage Director: Jesse Carr

Location: New Orleans, LA

Drink: Read’s Secret

Inspiration: Read’s Secret is an herb-centric take on a tiki-style cocktail named for a notable female pirate, Mary Read. Jesse was inspired by her story (Mary pretended to be a man, and even went by the name Mark for many years to fit in with other pirates) and crafted a drink that reflected the flavors of the islands, like coconut and mint, combined with bold and herbaceous Chartreuse.

Recipe:

  • 1oz Hat Trick
  • .5oz Green Chartreuse
  • .5oz Acqua di cedro
  • .5oz Lemon
  • .75oz Coconut
  • .75oz Pineapple
  • .25oz Simple
  • Pinch mint
  • 1 turn pepper mill

Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint bouquet.

Justine

Beverage Director: Jesse Carr

Location: New Orleans, LA

Drink: Silent Fizz

Inspiration: When speaking about the Silent Fizz, Jesse mentions that the drink itself is “shrouded in secrecy, and silent monks inspired the name.” He says, “The flavor was a course of many failed attempts, but finally one great success.”  

Recipe:

  • .75 oz Green Chartreuse
  • .75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • .5 oz Gin
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Orange
  • .5 oz Lemon Saffron Syrup
  • 1 Egg White

Method: Double Shake/ Rocks glass no ice/ rinse tin with soda and top drink/ garnish with drop of Peychauds

The Grocery

Beverage Director: Sean O’Brien

Location: Charleston, SC

Drink: Diablo Verde

Inspiration: “In its basic nature, the Diablo Verde is a herbal and spicy margarita, but has much more depth. The herbaceous notes of the Chartreuse play very well with the earthy and slightly smoky notes of the Ancho Reyes, which combined with the floral and slightly caramelized agave flavor of the tequila produces something much more than the sum of its parts. Especially with the little pop of pure spice from the jalapeño tincture.”

Recipe:

  • 1oz Espolon Reposado
  • . 5oz Green Chartreuse
  • . 5oz Ancho Reyes
  • 1oz lime juice
  • . 75oz brown sugar simple
  • 2dash jalapeño tincture

Method:

  • Brown sugar simple is just equal parts by weight brown sugar and water, heated and stirred till dissolved
  • Jalapeño tincture is 2 jalapeños sliced and soaked overnight in 1pint of overproof neutral grain spirit

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Not prepared for Sunday? No worries. We got you! Here are four solutions to your one problem. Mom loves wine. You love ordering stuff online. Done!

White and Red Wine Duo; $49.99

Delight the wine lover on your list with a bottle of refreshing white and a bottle of complex red wine. Harry & David 2017 Pinot Noir complements the flavors of a variety of dishes. The 2016 Pinot Gris offers a crisp contrast to fruit and sharp cheeses. They’re both crafted in Southern Oregon, where the climate is a wine maker’s dream.

Red Wine Duo; $49.99

Share some of Southern Oregon’s finest. A duo of Harry & David wine, grown and crafted in the ideal climate offered by this part of the country, makes a marvelous gift for the wine enthusiast. Gift includes our 2015 Pinot Noir, the wine Oregon is known for, and our full-bodied, lush 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.

White Wine Duo; $39.99

As wine enthusiasts are aware, the Southern Oregon climate is ideal for wine making. Delight your favorite wine lover with a pair of Harry & David wines, grown and crafted in that idyllic setting. This gift includes crisp, light 2017 Pinot Gris, and medium-bodied, tremendously versatile 2017 Chardonnay. This pair of deliciously drinkable wines makes a wonderful hostess gift. The Harry & David 2017 Chardonnay was also a Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco International Wine Competition!

Pinot Noir Rosé Duo; $39.99

Delight in two bottles of the Harry & David Pinot Noir Rosé, which is also a Silver Medal winner at the Oregon Wine Competition. The perfect summer gift for any wine connoisseur or addition to your own collection, our Pinot Noir Rosé features bright, fruity flavors and aromatics that include strawberry and melon. Pairs beautifully with charcuterie, seafood, and light salads.

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Founders Brewing Co. has announced Mucho Lupu as the next release in the Mothership Series. Brewed in the spirit of juicy IPAs, Mucho Lupu features four types of American hops: Mosaic, Azacca, Simcoe and Amarillo. Dry–hopped with traditional hop pellets together with cryo powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower, this IPA is incredibly flavorful and aromatic. Wheat and oats provide a smooth backdrop to carry all those wonderful hop characteristics. ABV will be around 6.5%.

“I love IPAs that are bright, clean and well-balanced,” says Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki.  “Mucho Lupu was born out of experimentation with advanced hop products and a desire to create a beer with the low bitterness and huge hop aromatics and flavors of a juicy IPA, while maintaining a beautifully brilliant appearance.”

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Instead of a dozen roses this Sunday, opt for a few of these dozen cocktails we’ve sourced for dear old mum. Bin the slippers and tacky ornaments. Take her out, or sit her down, but get some cocktails in her because, after all, she drinks because of you.

For the sweet-toothed matriarch in your family, or the tequila-loving connoisseur, here are the Top 12 Mother’s Day Cocktails for 2019.

@ The Pub Inside of Empire City Casino, Yonkers, New York

The French Tart

“Celebrate Mother’s Day with The French Tart, available at The Pub at Empire City Casino. The sweetness and slight floral elements of St. Germain pairs elegantly with the tartness of the grapefruit, creating an invigorating but delicate flavor mom, sister, or grandma will enjoy,” says Craig Schoettler, MGM Resorts International’s Executive Director of Beverage and Corporate Mixologist.

The French Tart is available at The Pub Inside of Empire City Casino, Yonkers, New York for only $13.

The French Tart Recipe + Instructions

  • Vodka – 2 oz. (Grey Goose)
  • Line juice – 0.75 oz.
  • St. Germain – 0.5 oz.
  • Simple syrup – 0.75 oz.
  • Grapefruit juice – 1 oz.

Method: In a shaker tin, add ice and all ingredients.  Shake until mixed. Strain over fresh ice in a mason jar.  Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Paloma-mosa + Tacos,

La Comida, located in Downtown Las Vegas, will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering a special dish and libation on Sunday, May 12. In honor of the holiday, La Comida will offer a holiday-exclusive dish: birria tacos, topped with onions, cilantro and house salsa, paired with a cup of consommé stew, priced at $16. La Comida will also offer a specialty libation that moms will love, the Paloma-mosa, a mix of silver tequila and grapefruit juice topped with a splash of champagne.

Paloma-mosa Recipe + Instructions

  • 0.5 ounces of silver tequila
  • 1 ounce of grapefruit juice
  • Topped off with champagne
  • Garnished with a fresh grapefruit slice

@ Beaubourg in Le District in NYC

Brenne Old Fashioned

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky is the first single malt in the world to be aged exclusively in both new French Limousin Oak barrels and Cognac casks. Founded in 2012 by former professional ballerina-turned-whisky entrepreneur Allison Parc, Brenne is crafted from seed-to-spirit in the heart of Cognac, France. The award-winning whisky embodies the elegant nature of the French terroir in which it is produced and brings a completely new style of French single malt whisky to the rapidly emerging world whisky segment.

Brenne Old Fashioned Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2oz Brenne Estate Cask
  • Sugar cube
  • Bitters

Method:

  • Place 1 small raw sugar cube in a rocks glass
  • Break cube into a few pieces and then add 3-4 dashes each of aromatic bitters with less than 1 teaspoon of water
  • Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add 2.5oz Brenne Estate Cask, stir, add a large ice cube
  • Optional: Garnish with orange and lemon peel

@ Parker at The Fontaine,  Kansas City, MO

April in Paris

Yes, we know! It’s May but we love this cocktail so much, we want it for Mother’s Day too! Lavender infused helix vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, hibiscus syrup, ipa syrup, rosewater, egg white.

April in Paris Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2 oz lavender infused vodka . 5oz elderflower liqueur
  • . 5oz lemon juice
  • .5ox hibiscus syrup
  • .25oz IPA syrup
  • 3 drops rosewater
  • 1 oz egg white

Method: wet shake ice/ dry shake / strain/ martini / flower

No. 1 Cool

You can purchase 1800 Silver Tequila @ TheReserveBar.com

For more than two hundred years, 1800 has never wavered from its original formula and distillation process — producing a 100% agave, quality liquid each and every time. The bottles that end up on the shelves contain the same quality tequila as every bottle that has left the distillery for centuries.

No.1 Cool Recipe + Instructions:

  • 1 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
  • .5 oz Cucumber Juice
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup

Method: In a mixing tin, combine all ingredients. Add ice, shake hard for 10 seconds. Pour into flute glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a long cucumber peel, swirled.

1800 Margarita

Made from 100% blue agave, 1800 Silver is double distilled, and a special selection of white tequilas is blended together for added complexity and character. The result is a super-premium tequila with a smoother, more interesting flavor than most on the market.

1800 Margarita Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into salted rocks glass. Garnish with Lime Wedge.

Blood Orange

Blood Orange Recipe + Instructions:

  • 1.25oz DeLeón Platinum Tequila
  • 1oz Blood Orange Juice
  • .5oz Lime Juice
  • .25oz Agave
  • Top with club soda
Watermelon Spritzer

Watermelon Spritzer Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2 oz CÎROC Watermelon
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • Glass: Highball
  • Garnish: Lemon wheel/ mint
Basic Beach

Basic Beach Recipe + Instructions:

  • 1oz Espolòn Tequila
  • 1oz Rose
  • 1/2oz Agave syrup
  • Splash Aquafaba
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz grapefruit

Method: Hard shake, strain into coup with grapefruit salt line

Smash the Patriarchy

$1 dollar from proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood!

Smash The Patriarchy Recipe + Instructions:

  • 1.5 oz Espolòn Añejo
  • .5 oz Ancho Reyes Verde
  • 1 oz honey syrup*
  • ½ lemon in wedges
  • 5 sage leaves

Method: Muddle sage & lemon, measure in other ingredients, shake, strain over cracked ice in rocks glass. Garnish with a sage leaf.

  • *To make the honey syrup combine
  • 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water, stir to combine.
  • Smash The Patriarchy, an herbaceous tequila smash with an Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur kick.
  • You can watch bartenders vent their rage as they crack the ice and slap that sage!
Frosé

Bloomers Frosé is a vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher ready-to-use, non-alcoholic mixer that enables anyone to whip up an icy-smooth version of their favorite beverage in minutes. Bloomers Frosé makes it simple to take Rosé, Prosecco, Sparkling Wine, Sauvignon Blanc and spirits to the next level with frozen concoctions that are sure to please both intimate groups and large crowds. Bloomers Frosé Mix is available at stores throughout the country, on Amazon, or at www.BloomersFrose.com.

Frosé Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2 oz Bloomers Frosé Mix
  • 6 oz rosé wine
  • 1 cup of ice

Method: Blend thoroughly

Mules Frosé

Bloomers Frosé Mix is available at stores throughout the country, on Amazon, or at www.BloomersFrose.com.

Mules Frosé Recipe + Instructions:

  • 2 oz Bloomers Frosé Mix
  • 2 oz vodka flavor of choice
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1.5 cups of ice

Method: Blend thoroughly

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(Four minute read)

The time for barbeques and gatherings has arrived, or at least is fast approaching depending upon what part of the country you’re in. Pairing simple foods with wine is always hard. The easiest meals to assemble often pack a punch on the flavor scale, yet can be easily drowned-out by a bad wine-pairing. We talked to Oak Ridge Winery about its edgier label, OZV, and how to make the right wine the kind of friend everyone is glad you brought along.

Photo by Paul Herman @plhrmnn

Fruit Salad + OZV 2018 Rosé

Maybe it’s the rose petals, or the hint of strawberry that you find in OZV’s 2018 Rosé that makes me want to pair this wine with a strawberry-melon summer salad. It could equally be the cranberry or pink grapefruit that lands gently on your palate that inspires me. Whatever it is, this wine which, by the way, retails for only $12, is the perfect fruit salad accompaniment.

OZV’s 2018 Rosé contributes to the fresh fruit experience. It doesn’t battle the fruit with contrary notes. Instead it matches up, without building on sweetness or sugar. This combo just works! Next time you bring the fruit salad, manage the pairing too, or even better let someone else bring the fruit salad and you score points for showing with the perfect wine.

Photo by Paul Herman @plhrmnn

Grilled Steak Salad + OZV 2016 Red Blend

The grill isn’t all about hamburgers and drumsticks. Char some prime steak, mixed it up with some leaves, olive oil, avocado and sesame seeds and you’ve got something healthy and light that you can munch on. The task? Finding a fresh wine, big enough to handle the steak but smooth and subtle enough to allow the other, lighter flavors to come through.

OZV’s 2016 Red Blend is a Zinfandel with cherry, blackberry and jam-like fruit that can stand up to a tasty steak but its soft tannins won’t drown out the salad part of the meal. If you’re going to a barbeque pick up a bottle of this at Total Wine or BevMo on your way. The best news—it’s only $15.

Photo by Miguel Andrade @sr_taquito

Street Tacos + OZV 2017 Zinfandel

The sublime balanced acidity and soft tannins of OZV’s 2016 Zinfandel make this our top pick for pairing with good old street tacos. Chicken, pork or beef, guac, onions and cilantro are simple ingredients, but together they pack a lot of flavor. OZV’s 2016 Zinfandel is as balanced as this Mexican staple, and seems to draw out the guacamole and cilantro flavors while maintaining its own notes of raspberry and blackberry.

This is one of those super handy wines to have at the ready, and for only $13 per bottle you can easily buy a few to keep on standby. We also loved this wine with pork chops, taco dip, chile, black beans and anything including chorizo.

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If OZV is the ABC of Lodi Zinfandel, then these three letters which represent Old Zinfandel Vine, are pretty much the starting and ending point, for all things Zin produced in the Lodi region. The pioneering brand comes from a fifth-generation family grape-growers under the Oak Ridge umbrella.

For those looking to learn a bit more about Zins, this wine is for you. It will teach what a Zin should be, and serves not only as a frankly underpriced mouthwatering wine, but also and more importantly, as a solid point of reference to which all Zins should aspire.

OZV usually retails for $14.00 (or sometimes $11.99 if you can get it during an offer). Although its story is steeped in tradition and, well, old vines, it’s actually most popular for the cult following it has garnered as an cutting-edge name in Zin. Its label pretty much reflects its attitude: slightly edgy, contemporary, unique and a bit of a challenge to replicate.

Those three letters are apparently nonchalantly swept onto the label as if a calligrapher who happened to pass by decided to swiftly pen the logo. And as we know, all things that look like they happened auspiciously naturally are carefully curated to do exactly that.

Here are five things this avant-garde, extrovert brand can teach you about Zin. 1. The 21/14 Rule:

On-Premise locations have to remember to check for ID to ensure drinking customers are 21 or older. Customers need to check that their Zin around 14% alcohol or slightly over. There’s a good reason for this: a lower volume Zin translates into a softer, more approachable and easier-to-drink wine. Who wants their senses attacked by a glass of Zin? Nobody, so keep the alcohol volume at, or slightly above, 14%.

2. The Only Source of Knowledge is Experience:

Sounds like some adage my Irish mother tells me when I phone her in Dublin every Sunday, but like her, there is wisdom in it. When creating an unconventional approach to winemaking….guess what? It helps that the wine is made under the umbrella of Rudy Maggio, who has over five generations of family vineyard heritage in his name. Created by winemaker, Noel Basso, OZV is a very unique label doing its own thing, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed that it bolted from the prestigious Oak Ridge Winery stable.

3. It’s Got A Kick-Ass Label:

We don’t know who Banksy-ed this recently overhauled label but we approve. You can take this lovely anywhere. It has that perfect balance of peculiar uniqueness, that’s not trying too hard, but is still bound to be the most striking bottle on the table. Someone expressed attitude all of this bottle and we kinda like it.

4. Room To Grow:

There’s a lot of room to move within the OZV portfolio.

  • While in Croatia last year I learned that Zinfandel and Primitivo are, while incredibly similar, only siblings. They stem from a Croatian grape called Crljenak. OZV’s Rosé is, indeed, a Primitivo and has all that wonderful rose petal, strawberry, cranberry, pink grapefruit notes we love to find in rosés. And for only $15 you can trade your way up the Zin-Primitivo ladder without feeling any pinch in the pocket. Make a quick order here.

  • The 2016 OZV Red Blend Zin is this writer’s favorite for value. This thoroughly over-delivers on every level. Delicious jammy berries culminate in a perfectly controlled and balanced wine. It’s just crazy to me that this bottle is only $15, but that’s the point of OZV…it will teach you what you need to know about Lodi Zins without punishing your bank balance. Order it directly from the winery here.

  • Celebrate your graduation in Zin with OZV’s 2017 Zinfandel 3 Litre bottle made exclusively from grapes up-to 50 years old. This is a “robust” wine, and not for the faint-hearted. But its magical winemaker, Noel Basso contains this wild-child and ties it up with a soft tannins and puts a round-mouthfeel bow on top so you can taste the OZV exuberant soul in a polished bottle of jammy berries and expert winemaking. Treat yourself to this oversized bottle.

5. All Access

OZV is readily available around the country, so if you’re traveling, or just sharing your experience with OZV on Instragram, you and your friends can find it anywhere. None of that stuffy allocation nonsense here. That’s not OZV’s style. Here are some typical locales you can find OZV wines, and remember trade-up within the portfolio for the full experience of Lodi Zin. Buy it at Total Wine, BevMo, Costco, Safeway and Trader Joe’s. Also, you can use the Oak Ridge Wine Finder here.

Tasting Your OZV Wines:
  • Color: Lodi Zins are lighter in color than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but can be darker than Pinot Noir or around the same opacity.
  • Taste: The high percentage in Alcohol Beverage Volume of Zinfandels can make them overly bold. That’s why we recommend OZV which stays around, or slightly above 14%, so the multiple layers of flavor can come through without fighting each other for your attention.
  • You’ll notice berry, vanilla, and caramel in OZV’s 2016 Zinfandel  and 2016 OZV Red Blend Zin.

Enjoy the amazing jammy berries that won’t overwhelm your palate while treating yourself to the OZV’s 2017 Zinfandel 3 Litre.

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It’s Mother’s Day soon, and for the love of all that is decent in the world please don’t get her more ornamental nonsense to clutter her house, or a scarf she is never, and I mean, “never” going to wear. As a mother of two, I can assure you we are not interested in cheap jewelry, plants, embroidered pillows, chocolate covered anything, and if you want to live until next year’s Mother’s Day, don’t even think of getting us something to do with household chores.

A good bottle of wine, gin, vodka or rum or even those magnetic personalizers for your glass would be awesome. Here are some ideas to put you on the right track and keep you in mom’s good books. Remember, she drinks because of you.

What The Funk To Get Your Mom

Distilled in St. Catherine, Jamaica, The Funk Heavy Pot Still Jamaican Rum truly lives up to its name. Behind its deep mineral, well, funk, you’ll find creamy notes of coconut, mango, and pineapple. The spirit is ideal for tiki drinks, Daiquiris and anywhere else funky rum “hogo” flavor is needed. It’s bottled at a powerful-but-not-overpowering 100 proof (50% ABV).

“Our original plan for this rum was to age it and blend it with column-still rum, but when I tasted it at still strength and then brought the proof down a bit, I found the traditional pot still flavors combined with an accessible lightness that it has,” says Proof & Wood founder Dave Schmier. “I knew we had to bottle it on its own.”

While Schmier made sure to put down some barrels of both pot- and column-still rums in Kentucky for future aged bottlings, The Funk is now available in 11 states (plus Washington, D.C.) where Proof & Wood’s products are distributed, at a suggested retail price of $27.99.

You can buy it at Bitters & Bottles and Wally Wine.

Rosé For My Rose

Whether it was a seemingly monumental choice over ice cream flavors or the difficult decision over which career to pursue, mom has patiently stood by and acted as a guide. Repay her with a wine she can take her time with like the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV(SRP: $99.99) from Champagne, France. With a bouquet of berries, the Cuvée Rosé is bound to impress whether mom drinks it today, tomorrow or in the years to come.

You can buy it here.

Showing She’s Worth The Effort

Make mom feel special with a bottle of bubbly (or two) that won’t break the bank this year. Crémant d’Alsace sparkling wines, made in northeastern France, are known for their elegant bubbles, delicate freshness and refined aromas. Made in the traditional method, these bubblies can usually be found at $25 or less, offering high quality without a high price tag. The Ruhlmann Schutz Crémant d’Alsace Harmonie Rosé (SRP: $20) offers citrusy freshness and red fruit aromas that make for an excellent aperitif, while the striking acidity and minerality of the Domaine Mittnacht Frères Crémant d’Alsace Brut (SRP: $23) helps elevate mom’s celebratory meal — whether it’s a sweet tea-brined fried chicken and waffles brunch or all-you-can-eat sushi dinner.  

Buy it here:

  • Ruhlmann Schutz Crémant d’Alsace Harmonie Rosé — Solano Cellars
  • Domaine Mittnacht Frères Crémant d’Alsace Brut — Solano Cellars
A Hearty Red For Your Big Hearted Mom

You can always rely on a mom for heartfelt advice or a memorable anecdote, so this Mother’s Day, gift her a hearty red wine from Paso Robles. Mom is one-of-a-kind, a soul that beats to her own drum similar to producers of Paso Robles. Unlike other California regions, it is not associated with any specific tradition, and creativity flourishes here. Vina Robles founder Hans Nef, who grew up in a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland, brought his European heritage to open a New World winery. The Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($26) is a full-bodied wine characterized by a palate of ripe dark fruits, oak and elegant tannins. It boats an array of aromas and flavors, including cassis, blueberry, cedar and licorice and hints of black olives and juniper berries.Mom will appreciate this savory Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a celebratory meal, whether it is a filet mignon and herb roasted potatoes at her favorite restaurant, or your best attempt at her famous meatball recipe. Of course, she may also be tempted to pour a glass to unwind after a long day at work.

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The Cognac X.O. Splurge

Mom’s beauty is timeless. And what’s something that ages as well? A Cognac X.O., which slowly matures for 10+ years, developing refined notes of caramel, dried fruit and spice. If mom isn’t the type to enjoy a spirit neat, impress her with your cocktail-making skills by crafting a

“Brandy Alexander Revisited” (created by H. Joseph Ehrmann).

You’ll need: 2oz cognac X.O., 1oz Crème de Cacao, 2oz whipped cream cheese and cocoa powder

Directions: Combine first two ingredients in a shaker full of ice, shake well and strain into Irish coffee glass. Float whipped cream cheese over cocktail by pouring over the back of a spoon. Dust with cocoa and sip through layer of cream with every drink.

Try the Cognac de Luze X.O.

Buy it here. $149.99

Runamok This Mother’s Day

Runamok Maple is redefining maple from tree to table. They pride themselves on offering the consumer a certified organic line of maple syrup that features only the purest, natural ingredients and a one-of-a-kind flavor profile that’s unlike anything else available on the market. The brand’s Cocktail Pairing Collection, featuring four 60ml bottles of Ginger Root Infused Maple Syrup, Hibiscus Flower Infused,  Jasmine Tea Infused and Smoked with Pecan Wood, is the perfect way for cocktail lovers to up their mixology game and create delicious handcrafted concoctions.

Runamok Maple’s maple syrups offer greater depth of flavor than simple syrup, as well as unexpected dimensions of flavor from their unique infusions. A selection of their cocktail recipes can be found here.

The Cocktail Pairing Collection retails for $19.95 on runamokmaple.com and $21.95 on Amazon.com.

Your Mum Deserves The Best, Barr None

Located in the rolling hills of northern Vermont, Caledonia Spirits® – the distiller of Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Vodka, and Tom Cat Gin – is expertly crafting some of the most unique, super-premium spirits in the country, and it’s doing so with raw northern honey as the backbone of every bottle.

Barr Hill Gin, the distillery’s flagship spirit, is the country’s fastest-growing domestically produced super-premium gin. A winner of 12 gold (or higher) medals, Barr Hill Gin celebrates the hard-working bees of the Northeast. The gin is distilled in Barr Hill’s custom-built botanical extraction still – named Irene, after the lead distiller’s late grandmother – and the floral depth of the raw honey acts to balance out the juniper-forward botanicals. The unique recipe and distilling process produces a gin with a distinctive, unparalleled flavor profile, as well as a beautiful golden hue from the honey.

For online ordering or a full list of retail availability, visit the “Find Us” page on the distillery’s website, www.barrhill.com.

Something She Doesn’t Already Have, Yet

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is triple-distilled in a copper pot still in small batches at the Rampur Distillery, one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The bottle, which is black and gold, is the perfect gift for moms: beautiful and elegant. The 43% ABV drink sources Indian botanicals from the four corners of the country, including India’s famed Darjeeling green tea leaves, coriander, orange peel, cubeb pepper berries, lemongrass, and lemon peel and more.

Jaisalmer can be purchased on Whiskey Exchange here. Jaisalmer Gin has been rated as Best Gin produced out of ASIA in 2019 at The Gin Guide Awards, UK.

SRP $50.

Where to Buy: The Whiskey Exchange

The Crafty’s Mom’s Apologue

Launched in October 2017, Apologue makes spirited liqueurs for those who care about what they drink. Apologue crafts its recipes from entirely natural, non-GMO ingredients, with each expression featuring a unique, regional ingredient. Apologue Aronia, a fruity, floral, and delightful liqueur, is the perfect spring addition to mom’s bar cart this Mother’s Day. Waves of aronia berry, cherry, and raspberry give way to soft floral overtones of lavender and rosehip with a touch of cinnamon.

For moms who love crafting simple and delicious at-home cocktails, Apologue Aronia offers a refreshing and complex flavor to elevate classic recipes. The Aronia & Sparkling and Aronia Lemonade are sure to please a crowd and perfect for spring and summer entertaining.

750 ml bottles of Apologue Aronia Liqueur can be found at select liquor stores nationally for an MSRP of $34.99. 300 ml bottles are also available for $24.99. Buy it here.

Either Way, Mom’s Getting Tipsy

Tipsy Chics Wine & Drink Charms were conceived when the owners, Marnette Wilcox and Chrissy Olsen, were on a couples’ wine-tasting trip throughout Northern Italy. During their many wine tastings, ‘Mark your drink” became their mantra to avoid confusion over their glasses…and the concept of Tipsy Chics tags was born.

Most drink tags require stemmed glassware but Tipsy Chic tags do not. The tags incorporate a small, yet very strong, magnet that is placed inside the glass. The decorative tag (which is also equipped with a magnet) is positioned on the outside, where they pair up. The magnets are FDA food-safe approved so they do not alter the taste of any food or drinks. The magnets work on any smooth surface: glassware, plastic cups (aka Solo cups), and even Styrofoam.

The tags are sold in sets of four under the following categories:

  • Classic Wine Scrabble tags $8.99
  • Champagne/Wine Corks $15.99
  • Logos (i.e. Women who Wine, Wine Diva, Ladies’ Night Out, etc. ) $15.99
  • The Luxe Collection aka “jewelry for your glass” $30.99

All of the products can be purchased via website: www.tipsytags.com.

Keep It Pure and Simple

RÅVO[ raw-vo],  a name derived from the Swedish words for “raw” and “vodka, ” stays true to its origins and is crafted from pure, all-natural Swedish winter wheat – a strain of the grain that is planted in the autumn and remains in the vegetative phase throughout the cold winter temperatures of Sweden. In fact, this wheat requires exposure to freezing or near freezing temperatures to trigger reproductive stage for the next season. The resulting yield makes for an excellent flavor and has proven to make great-tasting vodka.

The Reppe distillery – where RÅVO is made – is located in the county of Västergötland, a bucolic area of rural Sweden set on the edge of one of the cleanest water sources in the country. Used to blend RÅVO, the five-time distilled spirit is finished with the water that is sourced from a local spring and treated via reverse osmosis.

Where to Buy: Total Wine $50.

If It’s Good Enough For The Irish…

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is redefining what it means to be a gin from the Emerald Isle.  

During his world travels as a “serial entrepreneur” in the food and drinks industry for over 30 years, Patrick Rigney had a recipe in mind for what he hoped to be an incredible Irish gin, fusing botanicals from the Orient such as Gunpowder tea, with local Irish botanicals like meadowsweet.

Turning this dream into a reality, Rigney opened The Shed distillery in the remote area of Drumshanbo, located in County Leitrim in the north west of Ireland. This was the first distillery in the western province for over a hundred years. Using a medieval copper pot still, the design of which dates back to the 1700s, Drumshanbo is distilled by hand by locally employed people, bringing life back into the small town of Drumshanbo.

Bottled in a sky blue rippled cylinder glass bottle. It is slow distilled by hand with eight botanicals in the copper pot still. Four additional botanicals are vapor infused in a vapor basket. The vapor rises through the unique shape of the medieval head, which allows maximum copper contact.

Where to Buy: Liquorama $36.99

Momma Makes Her Own (Tequila) Rules

Bribón; a person who sets his or her own rules, someone who never accepts negativity, and always embraces life.

Tequila Bribon Blanco, from the Orendain Family, uses fully matured 7-10 year old agave which is harvested by hand and cooked for 18 hours at 100 degrees celsius. The agave is shredded and the juice (honey) is then fermented in tanks. After fermentation, the product is double distilled utilizing a process that combines pot-still distillate with column distillation. The appearance is crystal clear and the aromas are floral and intense, with nuances of herbs, spice and delicate earthy notes. The palate boasts subtle vegetal notes and layers of white pepper combined on a viscous palate, culminating in a crisp, clean finish. Best with classic cocktails like a Margarita.

Buy it here $24.99.

The Finer Things In Life

Encourage your mom to sit back, put her feet up and enjoy the finer things in life this Mother’s Day with a tiki cocktail made with a high-end spirit. Diplomático Planas Rum is a super-premium, family-owned rum brand from Venezuela. Their Planas expression is an extraordinary blend of pot still, column, and batch kettle rums that are aged for up to six years. The charcoal filtration process carried out prior to bottling gives this rum a crystal clear appearance and smooth finish.

Elegant, rich, and surprisingly intense, it’s a favorite for simple cocktails that let its slightly fruity, but delicate, flavors shine through, like daiquiris and mojitos.

Available for purchase here $32.99

An Old, Reliable Favorite

Give the gift of Tequila Partida, the authentic, ultra premium tequila, made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila Valley and make your mama beam with pride and joy. Partida always harvests agave within 24 hours of beginning fermentation to preserve their fresh flavor. Unlike most tequilas, Partida never waits days or weeks to roast its piñas and the tequila is aged up to three times longer than required to enhance its natural flavor and color. Partida’s Añejo expression is aged 18 months, 6 months more than the required.

Available for purchase here 49.99.

Is Your Love For Mom As Sustainable As This Wine?

HŌM is the newest creation of sustainability rock star Robert Eden, co-owner and winemaker at Château Maris. At Château Maris, Robert follows strict organic and biodynamic principles and has gained world-recognition for the quality of his wines.

Robert is particularly known for being the first one ever to build a wine..

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Mexican Zombie

Just in time for spring break season, Zuma Las Vegas is introducing a twist on a tiki classic: Donn Beach’s iconic Zombie cocktail.

Zuma’s Mexican Zombie uses three different agave spirits (Don Julio Blanco, Reposado and Mezcal) imparting a faint nutty flavor, while lit cinnamon sticks complete the cocktail with a smoky finish (literally). This spring drink is a must have for your readers’ upcoming Cinco De Mayo celebration.

Ingredients:

1 oz. Don Julio Blanco

½ oz. Don Julio Reposado

½ oz. Mezcal

½ oz. Velvet Falernum

½ oz. Passion Fruit

1 oz. Grapefruit

½ oz. Lime Juice

4 Dashes of Absinthe

Method: Add the Don Julio Blanco, Reposado, Mezcal and Velvet Falernum to a shaker.

Mix in the passion and grapefruit, lime juice, simple syrup and dashes of Absinthe.

Strain contents into the Mexican Zombie glass with crushed ice, lime wheel and cinnamon stick torched until smoky.

Tommy’s Margarita

Putting Florida on the map as one of only 10 American bars on The World’s 50 Best Bars list, Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. knows a thing or two about classic cocktails. This award-winning neighborhood bar offers a timeless margarita recipe with 3 simple ingredients – no mix required. The delicious Tommy’s Margarita, an industry favored classic invented over 20 years ago by Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. Dubbed “the only margarita recipe you need” by GQ – we can’t think of a better way to taste this holiday.  What’s even better? This refreshing cocktail is easy to make from the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients:

2 oz Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata

0.75 oz agave syrup

0.75 oz fresh lime

Method: Shake, strain, and pour over ice. Garnish with  lime wheel and a dusting of black salt.

Culichi

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Green Ancho Reyes Liquor

1.25 oz lime juice

1.25 oz simple syrup

3 cucumber slices

Jamaica Salt & Chilly frost

Method: Shake. Cool and frost glass. Macerate cucumber slices. Add ingredients to shaker. Add ice to shaker. Shake technique 15 seconds. Pour mix. Decorate

  • Decoration: Jamaica Salt and chilly frost, dehydrated orange slice
  • Glass: Old fashioned
  • Preparation: 1 min
  • Suggestion; Appetizer
Recreo

Ingredients:

1.25 oz Mezcal Montelobos Espadín

½ oz Red Ancho Reyes Liquor

1.5 oz Jicama juice

1 oz de Lime juice

1 oz de simple syrup

Method: Shake. Cool and frost glass. Add ingredients to shaker. Add ice to shaker. Shake technique 15 seconds. Pour mix. Decorate.

  • Decoration: Frost glass with “Miguelito” powder and cucumber slice
  • Glass: old fashion
  • Preparation time: 1 minute
  • Suggestion: appetizer
Sirena

Ingredients:

1.25 oz Bacardi White Rum

1/2 oz Campari

1.25 oz maracuya juice

1 oz orange juice

.75 oz lime juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

Angostura Tradicional Dash

Method: Shake. Cool glass. Add ingredients to shaker. Add ice to shaker. Add content to glass. Decorate with crushed ice topping, angostura, paper straw, dehydrated orange slice, peppermint leaf.

  • Glass: Collins
  • Preparation time: 1.20
  • Recommendation: Appetizer

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At a time when we’re learning more about what goes into our bodies, and how the foods we ingest affect us, we’re empowered with the ability to make smarter choices for both our short- and long-term wellbeing. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo means tequila and Mexican food, and there’s a cleverer, healthier way to celebrate. Here’s what to look out for:

  1. Stay Pure + Simple: The purer the tequila, the better the cocktail and the lesser the hangover. It’s pretty simple.
  2. Muddle, Don’t Muddy: The cocktail ingredients mixed “with” the tequila matter almost as much as the tequila itself. If you’re opting for a pure tequila like Azuñia Tequila, don’t ruin the cocktail with cheap mixer ingredients.
  3. Consistency in Pairing: Drinking well invites eating well. Make sure your Mexican food is as high-end as the Margarita with which it is pairing. Maintain a premium and healthier experience throughout.

Photo: Charity Johnston

Charity Johnston, Beverage Director, The Madera Group (Tocaya Organica and Toca Madera), says Tocaya Organica is a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo while still having a health-conscious dining experience. “Customers can enjoy all the bold Mexican flavors they know and love, paired with fresh ingredients, designed to accommodate a variety of dietary preferences,” says Charity. “The same philosophy is found in our margaritas, which we make with Azuñia Organic Tequila and Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup.”

Tocaya offers unique flavors of margaritas like refreshing Prickly Pear, Passion Fruit, Tamarind, Strawberry, and Spicy Margaritas (fresh jalapeño, cilantro, lime, and finished with tajin salt). But for those looking for a standard take, the Organica is a classic margarita with just lime juice, Azuñia Tequila, and Azuñia Agave.

“Tocaya prides itself on being as organic as possible, like Azuñia, so the two brands are a perfect fit.”-Charity Johnston, Beverage Director, The Madera Group

Charity says that the most essential part about ordering a cocktail is knowing the ingredients’ origins. And for Tocaya that means being pure, organic and accountable from the beginning to end of the food/beverage process. “Personally, I am a huge fan of  Azuñia Tequila and have been for a while,” she asserts. “I have been to the distillery to see how they make their product and really saw the care that goes into it. Tocaya prides itself on being as organic as possible, like Azuñia, so the two brands are a perfect fit. Of course, it also tastes amazing! There are no additives; it is all natural, and they take the time to create a high-quality product—again something that Tocaya always strives for.”

Staying true to its rich history and tradition, Azuñia Tequila is made the old-fashioned way: harvested by hand, cooked in an horno (oven), and through natural open-tank fermentation. Local yeast finds its way to the fermentation tank and depending on temperature and humidity may take up to seven days to complete the fermentation process. The tequila is then twice distilled in pot stills to 46% ABV to retain as much rich sweet agave flavor as possible.

It’s no wonder that one of the healthiest Mexican restaurants around would choose Azuñia for its go-to tequila.

If you can make it to a licensed Tocaya this Cinco de Mayo, check out the bar’s Prickly Pear Margarita and pair it with a light dish like the Summer Love Salad or Fish Tacos. The Tamarind Margarita goes particularly well with something that has chicken or mushrooms, while the Passion Fruit Margarita has the perfect balance for anything spicy on the menu.

Can’t make it to one of Tocaya’s locations? No problem. Here are some Azuñia masterpieces created by  Tocaya that you can make at home:

Prickly Pear

Ingredients:

  • 2 Muddled Sliced Cucumber
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Prickly Pear Agave
  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila

Glassware: Bucket

Garnish: 2 Edible Mixed Flowers

Instructions: Combine all ingredients together. Shake and strain over ice.

Organica

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila

Glassware: Bucket

Garnish: Salt rim, Tocaya gold metal straw, lime wheel

Instructions: Combine all ingredients together. Shake and strain over ice.

Tamarind

Ingredients:

  • 1 Thyme Sprig
  • .75 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Liquid Alchemist Tamarind
  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila

Glassware: Bucket

Garnish: 2 Thyme Sprigs, 1 Mixed Flower

Instructions: Combine all ingredients together. Shake and strain over ice.

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