Back in the Spring Break feature in Issue 10 of Mutineer Magazine, we highlighted airlines that were featuring their own unique cocktail menu on board the planes. Now it seems we have one more to add to the list.
Starting today, Continental Airlines will be extending its line of specialty beverages with the addition of Stirrings Mojito, Stirrings Pomegranate Martini, and Red Bull Energy Drink. The Mojito will be served with Bacardi Light rum on ice, while the Pomegranate Martini will be served with SKYY Vodka on ice. Both cocktails will be available for sale in economy class, by credit card only, for $9. See the full post »
Beer • Spirits • Wine
The study from AlixPartners includes lots of epic graphs, like the one seen here, which clearly explains everything…
Global Business-Advisory Firm AlixPartners conducted a poll of 1,000 consumers in February 2010 as part of a study to gauge the consumer market for fine beverages. The report isn’t encouraging, saying that about 20% of non-alcoholic beverage companies and 35% of alcoholic beverage companies are in danger of going under over the next two years. That isn’t good news for sure, though it seems to be something of a misleading statistic given the ambiguity of it. See the full post »
According to the recently released 2010 Liquor Handbook, the Beverage Information Group found that total spirits consumption rose 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2010. This gain marks the twelfth consecutive year of advances for the industry, although this rate of expansion has slowed.
“Due to the economic environment, we have seen a ‘trading down effect’ with more consumption in lower-priced tiers,” says Eric Schmidt, manager of information services for the Beverage Information Group, Norwalk, Conn. “As a result, we are seeing heavy price fighting and couponing taking place in order for suppliers to maintain growth and share.” See the full post »
On June 23rd, hundreds of fine beverage enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet the distillers, brand owners and importers of some of the finest independent spirits in the world at the 2010 NYC INDY Spirits Expo. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of small batch, unique artisanal spirits from around the world. See the full post »
Food • Spirits
Every once in awhile, we randomly stumble upon fine beverage discoveries too epic to ignore. We call these moments “FTW” (For The Win) and feel the need to share them with the world.
We can’t take credit for creating the recipe, but we wanted to share a recipe for boozy Popsicles that has gotten us all giddy like school children on summer break at a pool party. See the full post »
Tequila Herradura has announced the launch of its exclusive “Buy-the-Barrel” program, which is giving tequila lovers the opportunity to order their very own Herradura Double Barrel Reposado with personalized labels — including your name, the bottle number and the bottling date.
Price per barrel is roughly $10,000 and includes approximately 240 personalized bottles of specially crafted tequila aged for an extra month in a hand-picked barrel. After bottling, the barrel itself is then varnished, branded and shipped to its owner with a framed certificate of ownership.
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Let’s be honest with each other. There are just some days where no matter how hard you try to find motivation, it can be very hard to focus on work. And we can all agree that there is no greater tool than the Internet for faking productivity and procrastinating the tasks at hand. Viral videos are most definitely a weakness of mine and, lucky for me, I can write-off watching fine beverage videos as “research and development” for the blog. (Or at least that is what I keep telling myself).
My newest online video addiction is Combier USA’s collection of “Shaker Faces” – a series of videos capturing the cocktail shaking techniques of some of the country’s most well-known mixologists. See the full post »
Vodka perplexes me. It is one of the only liquors, that I know of, that can be distilled with a variety of ingredients. I have tried pure grain vodka, potato vodka, pure apple vodka and many other not-so-pure forms of vodka (oh hello, college parties).
Purists prefer their vodka to be made from rye. Wheat is another common ingredient used to produce vodka. And some even use corn or molasses. For the gluten intolerant, potato versions are available. But when other ingredients get involved, things get epic. See the full post »