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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Roundhouse Spirits - Corretto Coffee Liquer

In Italy, a “caffe corretto” is a coffee “corrected” with a shot of liquor. Roundhouse Corretto is a coffee liqueur that needs no correction though. To handcraft Corretto in small batches we use organic free-trade beans that are hand selected by blind roaster, Gerry Leary, of the Unseen Bean in Boulder. We add a touch of whole vanilla bean, and sweeten it with just the right amount. The end result is a wonderful burst of coffee flavors spiked in the Italian-style. The other big-brand stuff is made with corn syrup and has a whopping 91 calories per ounce while Corretto comes in at a svelte 53 calories.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall American Rum Recipes from Privateer

Whether you’re looking for a drink filled with pumpkin-y goodness, a warming mulled cider or a cinnamon-infused aperitif, Privateer Rum serves up Halloween-themed drinks that are sure to please any house guest.

Founded by Andrew Cabot, the direct descendant of 18th century American patriot/privateer/rum-maker of the same name, Privateer is crafted in small batches modeled after the techniques used to create fine Cognac and whiskies. As the American rum resurgence kicks into high gear, Privateer is leading the charge to reinvigorate the New England rum tradition (where it all started) and doing so without the additives or sweeteners found in traditional rums.

Pumpkin Eater
2oz Privateer Silver Rum
1oz Orange Juice
1oz Honey
1 Spoonful Pumpkin Puree
1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and give a shake.  Serve on the rocks, garnish with grated cinnamon (optional).

Privateer & Mulled Cider
1oz Privateer Silver Rum
1oz Privateer Amber Rum
6oz Mulled Cider

Combine rum in a hot mug and top with mulled hot cider.
Cinnamon stick garnish is optional.
To mull your cider: place one quart of cider on the stove with 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 allspice and half an orange.  Bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes and strain.

Ghoulish Punch
2 Parts Privateer Silver Rum
2 Parts Mulled Local Apple Cider
1 Part Fresh Citrus
1 Part Maple Syrup
½ Part Cynar

Combine in a punch bowl with ice.
Garnish seasonally with sliced citrus or apples.
To mull your cider, place one quart of cider on the stove with 6 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 6 allspice and half an orange.
Bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes and strain.

2 Parts Cinnamon Infused Privateer Silver Rum
1 Part Fresh Lemon
1 Part Maple Syrup
1 Dash of Bitters

Combine in cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Place 4 sticks of cinnamon in bottle of rum for approximately 24 hours.

Privateer Amber Palmetto
2oz Privateer Amber Rum
1oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4oz Santa Maria Al Monte
1 Dash Angostura Orange Biters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until chilled and diluted. 
Serve up in a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wyoming Whiskey Captures Silver

The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the more prestigious spirits events in the country, so it is with understandable pride that Wyoming Whiskey shared this recent press release:

In September we entered our soon-to-be-released Single Barrel Bourbon into the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. This is a product we are extremely proud of, and it turns out we aren’t the only ones who think it is pretty incredible. This last week, it was announced that our Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded a Silver medal. We are humbled to win this award in the popular bourbon category and will make it available to the State of Wyoming, in limited quantities, beginning November 3.

And remember, every drop of bourbon in these award-winning bottles is made from Wyoming ingredients. Every drop.

A Taste of Fall at Alchemy Bottle Shop

Nothing says fall like spices, pumpkins, and bourbon, and this week's tasting Oakland's Alchemy Bottle Shop has them all! Join them this Saturday Oct. 18th from 1-4pm as they host a sampling of some favorites from the T. Edwards Wines' portfolio.

Here's a sneak peak at what they'll be tasting:
Roundhouse Gin

Based in Boulder, CO, Roundhouse Spirits is an independent craft distillery using natural and primarily organic ingredients. Their gin is outstanding, with a soft, creamy base topped with fresh juniper, light citrus, and lots of unique florals (think green tea, lavender, hibiscus, and chamomile blossoms).
Tatoosh Bourbon

Located in Seattle, WA, Tatoosh is making some honest "small batch" bourbon using quality Pacific Northwest ingredients. Aged for 3 years in full-sized barrels, this bourbon is very different from it's feisty Kentucky relatives. Smooth and light, with rounded edges and soft layers of vanilla, toffee, apples, and a hint of chocolate.
Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial

While the idea of a pumpkin based liqueur may sound odd, one sip of this will change your mind! Made all naturally by roasting locally grown pumpkins, marrying them with Roundhouse Gin, then adding additional spices including clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Production is super limited, this stuff won't be around for long!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Daily Pour

Tahoe Moonshine Distillery - Jug Dealer Rum

The smooth, toasted vanilla and oak flavors of Jug Dealer Rum create a distinctive taste. The base of this spirit is California Dreamin' Rum that is aged in a #4 char oak barrel with vanilla beans. It is great for sippin' or in Tahoe Moonshine's favorite drink: "Dark and Stormy".

Dark 'n' Stormy
2 oz. Jug Dealer Rum
6 oz. Ginger Brew
1 c. Ice

Drinking Music: Traff the Wiz

It's Friday. Throw your hands up with "Hey" from Traff the Wiz.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Miami Grand Tasting Only 2 Days Away

Miami's Craft Spirits Festival is set to kick off at the Cruz Building in Coconut Grove, beginning at 7 pm on Thursday, October 9th.

This year’s festival will focus  on celebrating and educating the public about not only craft spirits but craft cocktails as well. More than 30 exhibitors will be showcasing over 100 distinct spirits, and attendees will enjoy unlimited samples plus inspired hors d’oeuvres from some of the best chefs in Miami.

Grand Tasting tickets are available for $75 and include admission from 7-11pm. A very limited number of tickets are available to the public. 

In addition to the Grand Tasting, festival events are being hosted nightly. This evening, the Craft Spirits Festival is thrilled to announce the launch of DINNER & DRANKS - a series of cocktail-paired dining experiences. The inaugural D & D will be it will be at FINKA Table & Tap on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8pm, and will feature High West cocktail pairings by Head Bar Chef Eddie Fuentes and incredible fusion cuisine by Eileen & Jon Andrade.

Wednesday, Tito's Handmade Vodka will be hosting Tito's Taurus Takeover at The Taurus on 3540 Main Highway. In support of breast cancer awareness month, a $20 donation at the door to local charity Liga Contra El Cancerat will get you Tito's Vodka Cocktails from 7 until 9 pm.

For more information on the CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL event schedules and other items visit the web site at

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