Thanksgiving may be over, but if you’re like me you’ve still got a hankering for a taste of cranberry. If so, you’re in luck because the good folks at Caliche Rum came up with this tasty concoction of cranberry, lime and rum topped with bitters. So mix it up, and enjoy your Friday cocktail.
2 oz. Caliche Rum
3/4 oz. lime juice
1 Tbsp. cranberry jam (1 oz. if using cranberry sauce)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
dried cranberries for garnish
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks filled glass and top with the bitters. Add dried cranberries for garnish.
Anchor Distilling Company has recently announced the launch of Nikka Whisky in the United States, becoming the second Japanese whisky label on the market. Two unique expressions will be available: Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old and Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old.
Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old (SRP $69.99) is composed of pure malt whisky blended in vats from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Nikka’s second distillery, Miyagikyo is located in Sendai, northern Honshu. The distillery site is surrounded by mountains and sandwiched between two fresh water rivers, providing excellent humidity and air quality conditions for soft and mild malt. Ripe, sweet aromas such as apple and pear combined with a silky smooth texture on the palate makes Taketsuru a perfect introduction to the Japanese whisky style.
Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old (SRP $129.99) is an expression made at the Yoichi distillery, on the island of Hokkaido. Built in 1934, Yoichi is Nikka’s first and Japan’s most northern distillery. The distinct aroma and body of this whisky is attributed to direct heating distillation, in which pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal – a traditional method that is now rare, even in Scotland. Reminiscent of the Highland style, this rich, peaty and masculine malt offers notes of spice, coffee, caramel and a touch of smoke.
Nikka Whisky can be found throughout the United States.
Filmed and produced by our friends at Small Screen Network on location at Anchor Distilling Company, Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino featuring Francesco Lafranconi discusses Luxardo Apricot Liqueur and teaches you how to make the Lady Whisper Cocktail.
Luxardo Apricot Liqueur won first prize during a competition for a new, innovative Italian liqueur, held in Rome in 1935. This is why the label states “Liquore della Lupa”, Lupa being the female of the wolf and the symbol of Rome. In the Lady Whisper Cocktail, the liqueur provides a well rounded and sweet flavor and a persistent fragrance that combines well with the richness of the rum and rye whiskey.
Johnnie Walker was a traveling man and paying homage to him and his family, Johnnie Walker is releasing the Explorers’ Club Collection beginning with The Spice Road. According to the press release, “From 1820, the Walker family and their agents travelled the world, navigating their way down the famous trade routes: the Spice Road of Europe and Asia; the Royal Route from Europe to Persia; and the Gold Route of the Americas and the Caribbean, in pursuit of adventures bringing both new business and rich experiences.
Their efforts ensured that, by the 1920s, Johnnie Walker had arrived in 120 countries and was being enjoyed on the great railways, luxury ocean liners and early transatlantic flights. Meanwhile, the striking image of the Johnnie Walker Striding Man was becoming an icon all over the world.”
In honor of the Johnnie Walker family and to those who travel today, The Spice Road will be available in duty free stores in Europe, the Middle East and Australia in December. It will be available in duty free stores globally from January 2013 with a recommended retail price of $43.
The second and third releases in the Trade Routes Series – Johnnie Walker The Gold Route and Johnnie Walker The Royal Route will be available in duty free stores in 2013.
About The Spice Road:
“The first release, Johnnie Walker The Spice Road is an evocative expression of the vibrancy, aromas and spices that the Johnnie Walker agents would have discovered in the thriving markets around Asia. It is a whisky of exceptional smoothness and rich flavour, matured in old oak casks for an intense finish inspired by spice markets, but still true to the Johnnie Walker signature style.”
Here at Mutineer HQ, we feel it is our responsibility to support and encourage beverage entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring something new tot he industry, and over at Kickstarter, there are a lot of beverage minded people trying to get their businesses off the ground, so we decided to spotlight some of our favorites. This week we’ve chosen to spotlight Cocktail Crate: Mixers Handcrafted in Queens as our favorite Kickstarter Project. Check out his page to learn more and donate to this exciting new beverage project.
Filmed and produced by our friends at Small Screen Network on location at Anchor Distilling Company, Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino featuring Francesco Lafranconi discusses Luxardo Cherry “Sangue Morlacco” Liqueur and teaches you how to make the Morlacco Julep.
In the area around Padua, Italy, where Luxardo produces its liqueurs and confectionary products, over 22,000 cherry trees line the hillsides. It is from these trees that the famous Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are harvested and the Luxardo Cherry “Sangue Morlacco” Liqueur is made.
As in all products of quality, there is a deep history behind Luxardo Liqueurs. In the case of the Cherry Morlacco Liqueur, the product takes its name from the color of the blood spilled by the famed Morlacco Troops who fought against the Turkish invasion in the late 1700s.
Not only do Luxardo Maraschino Cherries enhance any cocktail, along with their cousin, the Luxardo Cherry Morlacco Liqueur, they provide you with a great story to tell.
From Facebook to Rachel Maddow, you may have heard that legendary Seattle Bartender Murray Stenson needs help with his medical expenses to cover an expensive heart surgery. I have good news for those of you who want to help. There are events around the world being held for Murray in cities like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and even Gosford, AU. I hope you can come out for one of these events, Murray can definitely use your support.
Click here for a list of event dates and locations. There are some pretty choice locations on here.
Calling all Mutineers! There are less than 2 weeks left for the chance to win tickets to the Indy Spirits Expo. To enter, simply follow Mutineer Magazine on Twitter or Facebook and post a message about why you want to attend the Indie Spirits Expo. Winners receive 2 VIP tickets to the San Francisco Indie Spirits Expo on November 14th, 2012
Check out the event at: Indie Spirits Expo
WHERE: Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco