Mount Gay Trident
by David Wondrich Neptune’s trident holds the center of the Barbadian flag, as is fitting for an island with such a long and rich maritime history. For this dessert drink, I combined Mount Gay Eclipse rum, coffee liqueur and, instead of cream, sweetened condensed milk. It might be a bit sticky on its own, but it makes for a rich, creamy and utterly irresistible cocktail (note: only use a brand that contains nothing more than milk and sugar).
1 ½ oz Mount Gay Rum Extra Old
½ oz Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
Add ingredients to a shaker and shake well with cracked ice. Strain into chilled glass and grate nutmeg over the top.
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01.05.2012 | Brian Kropf
State lawmakers in Ohio have recently approved a measure that will allow production breweries to offer tastings and sell beers by the glass in their tasting room, much like is done at wineries. The new law will take effect in March.
If breweries wish to hold tastings before then, they are required to get a second permit which costs an additional $3,906 above their manufacturing license. In contrast, wineries pay $76 per year for their annual license and they aren’t required to pay for a second permit for a tasting room.
The tasting room issue was an amendment to a bill focused on micro-distilleries. Under the new law, the state will allow the opening of more micro-distilleries, of which there are currently only three, as long as they produce under 10,000 gallons per year.
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12.26.2011 | Brian Kropf
From Thrillist: This master creation from an award-winning Napa mixologist takes two weeks to make (yawn), and combines apple brandy, The King’s Ginger, lemon juice, sweet vermouth, egg white, grenadine, maraschino, Genever-style gin, an apple crisp garnish, and five drops of a gingersnap spice tincture that needs to spend 14 days being shaken in a jar with 151 and mixed spice, at which point it emerges ready to murder anyone who plays “Wannabe” ever again.
This cocktail, created by lead bartender Michael Jack Pazdon of Napa Valley’s Solbar at Solage in Calistoga was the winning cocktail of Mutineer Magazine’s The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition held November 6th. For those that missed this incredible event, learn how to make it yourself or take a trip up to Michelin-starred Solbar and have it be made by the master himself.
Be sure to check out Issue 22 of Mutineer Magazine for a full recap of The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition.
People prepare to place the body of a toxic liquor victim onto a truck outside a hospital in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata, India, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Bootleg liquor laced with toxic methanol killed scores of people and sickened dozens more who bought the illegal brew at small shops in eastern India, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Police in India have arrested ten people on suspicion of producing and distributing illegal moonshine that is responsible for killing upwards of 200 people and injuring hundreds more. Those injured were mostly manual laborers that purchased the liquor for around 20 cents for a half liter, which is around a third of the price of state-sanctioned alcohol. The drink, which is believed to have been mixed with methanol, can induce comas, cause blindness or death if consumed in high doses and it is estimated that one or two people across India die from tainted liquor every week.
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12.16.2011 | Brian Kropf
Dedicated to giving back this holiday season, iconic spirit brand Grand Marnier has partnered with three charitable organizations to help raise funds for their individual causes. World Wildlife Fund, one of the world’s largest nature conservation programs; WaterAid America, dedicated to transforming lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest countries; and Cool Earth, an organization that helps indigenous communities halt deforestation one village at a time, will participate in an extraordinary holiday program – The Grand Giving Tree.
Live now on Grand Marnier’s Facebook page, The Grand Giving Tree Facebook application will allow users to select a holiday ornament representing their organization of choice and place it on a virtual holiday tree. The organization with the most ornaments by December 31st will receive a $10,000 donation. The giving will not stop there. Grand Marnier acknowledges the significance of the causes featured and will award a secondary amount to each of the remaining two organizations. In addition, all users who hang an ornament on the tree can enter to win $1,000 for themselves to spread holiday cheer to their family and friends.
“We are so excited to be partnering with such amazing organizations,” said Pamela Broyles, Marketing Manager for Marnier Lapostolle Inc. “The holidays should be about giving, and we are honored to be able to contribute to these deserving causes.”
Recognizing the importance of social media in our digital world, Grand Marnier is tapping into an audience of millions and encouraging them to give back in a non-traditional way.
“By utilizing a hugely popular platform like Facebook, The Grand Giving Tree will bring people together through social networking and the power of goodwill,” concluded Broyles.
This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Spencer Cocktail. According to Robert Hess, this is“Another drink from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, and one that isn’t seen hardly at all as far as I can tell. Apricot Brandy can be a bit of a challenging ingredient to understand when used in a recipe like this, since it could either mean a true brandy distilled from Apricot juice, or it could also mean a sweet liqueur flavored with apricot flesh and seeds. We are going to assume that it is the liqueur “
The Spencer Cocktail
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy
dash Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters
1 dash orange juice
stir with ice
strain into a cocktail glass
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12.06.2011 | Brian Kropf
Jack Daniel’s has launched the “Operation Ride Home” campaign and with a significant $101,000.000 contribution to the legendary 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, KY in an effort to help reunite Soldiers and their families this holiday season. An excerpt from the press release reads:
The famed distillery has joined forces with the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Campbell that will work with military officials at the installation to identify soldiers and families with particular needs and financial assistance for travel from the base to their homes throughout the U.S. this holiday season.
In honor of the decorated 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Jack Daniel’s has donated $101,000 to launch the campaign and is encouraging its friends to visit www.JDOperationRideHome.com and contribute what they can to assist in the effort. The Armed Services YMCA will be purchasing plane tickets and providing pre-paid debit cards for gas, lodging and food for soldiers and their families to travel to their family homes. The 101st Airborne Division has members serving from all over the U.S. and has been on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“There are so many enlisted soldiers with families who would love to go to their homes for the holidays, but just don’t have the means to do it,” said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller. “These heroes have been serving our country on multiple deployments overseas and we just want to do what we can to help reunite them with their families during this special season. After all, it’s not what is under the Christmas tree, but who is around it.”