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4 Halloween Themed Cocktails

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Ghoul-AidWanting to make some Halloween inspired cocktails? Look no further.

Ghoul-Aid

1 part Canadian Club Classic 12
3-4 parts Cranberry juice
Splash of Grenadine

Add ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

DonQ Screamer

1 1/2 oz. DonQ Añejo rum
3/4 oz. orange curacao liqueur
2 oz. sour mix
1 orange wedge
Sugar and cinnamon mixture

In a cocktail shaker, add rum, orange liqueur, sour mix and ice. Shake vigorously. Rim a martini glass with the orange wedge and then dip in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with an orange peel twist.

The Obituary Cocktail

2 oz. Bluecoat Gin
1/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. Vieux Carre Absinthe

Combine with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Stir then strain into a chilled cocktail glass; no garnish.

The Afterlife

1 1/2 oz. ESPOLÓN Tequila Reposado
1/2 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Chile Piquin-Cinnamon syrup
2 dashes of wormwood bitters

Shake ingredients together and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #6

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Melanie Smith-Martinez of PRESS in St. Helena.

Melanie Smith-Martinez

King Edward’s Punch
by Melanie Smith-Martinez, PRESS

1 3/4 oz. Batavia Arrack
1 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
3/4 oz. Torani Amer
2oz Southeast Asia Guava juice

Rinse glass with Torani Amer. Shake all ingredients and serve over ice with a float of The King’s Ginger Liqueur. Garnish with an Asian pear.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next two days.

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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #5

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Steve Middler of Morimoto in Napa.

Steve Middler

Orenge Yaki (Burnt Orange)
by Steve Middler, Morimoto

3/4 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
3/4 oz. Chateau Montifaud Cognac
2 oz. burnt orange juice
1/4 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
2 egg whites
1 tsp. Szechuan peppercorn
1 tsp. fine sugar

Cut orange in half, place in saute pan and burn. Cool and juice the orange. Strain through cheesecloth. Combine burnt orange juice, The King’s Ginger Liqueur, and Chateau Montifaud Cognac; shake and pour into a martini glass. Add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur gently down side of martini glass so it layers. Whip egg whites, peppercorns and sugar into a foam. Add foam to the top of the drink.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next three days.

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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #4

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Noel Lopreore of Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena.

Noel Lopreore

All The King’s Men
by Noel Lopreore, Farmstead Restaurant

1 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1 oz. Apple-Infused Hardy Cognac*
1/2 oz. Hirsch Bourbon
1/2 oz. Long Meadow Ranch Ranch House Red
1 dash ground clove
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 orange slice

Muddle the orange, cinnamon, clove and wine. Add the bourbon, The King’s Ginger Liqueur and apple-infused Cognac. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a non-chilled martini glass.

*Use any ripe, pink (or red-blush) skinned apple. Slice and core apples. Fill an airtight container half full of apples and fill the whole container with Hardy Cognac. Leave for 2-3 days at room temperature before removing apples.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next four days.

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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #3

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Christopher Kennedy of Bouchon in Yountville.

Christopher Kennedy

Mr. Bailey’s Bender
by Christopher Kennedy, Bouchon

2 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Maraschino Originale Luxardo
Couple of dashes Fees Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water

Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water. Garnish with fresh mint, sage, or rosemary spring.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next five days.

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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #2

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Cory Hancock of Bottega Ristorante in Yountville.

Cory Hancock

The King’s Speech
by Cory Hancock, Bottega Ristorante

1 1/2 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. gingerbread syrup*
1 oz. cider
1/2 oz. Cointreau

Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice and serve.

*Combine 1 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. sugar, 2 TBS. molasses, 1/2 c. cider, 1 c. water, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamond, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/4 tsp. ground clove, 1 tsp. ground ginger, small pinch salt. Bring to a boil, drop heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool and strain.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next six days.

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The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition Cocktail Preview #1

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The King's Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party presented by Chinaco Tequila and Luxardo on November 6 will play host to The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition. Sponsored by The King’s Ginger, the competition will feature eight Napa Valley bartenders who must create an original cocktail highlighting the emphatically ginger liqueur. Today we will highlight the King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition cocktail submission of bartender Matt Jerome of Napa restaurant Angèle.

Matt Jerome

Fallen Apple
by Matt Jerome, Angèle

2 oz. Hirsch Bourbon
1/2 oz. The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1/8 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/4 oz. cinnamon maple syrup
1/4 oz. apple cider syrup
Soda

Combine ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with soda.

Stay tuned as we post the remaining cocktail submissions over the next seven days.

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Does Soda Cause Violence?

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Some people seem to think so and researchers are finding that teens who drink more soda get into more fights and act more aggressively, that excess sugar may affect the brain and lead to violent acts, and that soda drinking may be a marker for poor nutrition, which can influence mood and behavior.

Discovery News reports:

Teenagers who drink lots of soft drinks get into more fights and carry more weapons than their peers who drink less, found a new study.

And while the study couldn’t determine whether soft drinks actually cause violence, the findings add to a growing — yet still controversial — body of research on the effects of nutrition on behavior.

“We were surprised at how large the effect was,” said David Hemenway, director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center in Boston.

“It was maintained even when we controlled for alcohol and tobacco and family stuff like eating dinners together,” he said. “There was a very strong, stable relationship between more soft drinks that people said they drank and more fights with things like pushing and shoving.”

There has long been interest in how diet affects behavior, not just among scientists, but also among legal experts. In a notorious 1979 San Francisco murder trial, lawyers blamed the killer’s actions on his recent switch from a health-food diet to one filled with Coca-Cola and other junk food.

Their argument worked. Instead of a homicide ruling, the defendant was convicted of a lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter. The legal strategy became known as the “Twinkie Defense,” and the precedent raised a number of questions that persist, despite years of research on the subject.

A 2006 study in Norway found that teens who drank lots of soft drinks suffered from worse mental health compared to those who drank fewer. And a study published earlier this year found higher levels of antisocial behavior in American college students who drank the most soda.

For the latest study, Hemenway and colleague Sara Solnick surveyed more than 1,800 students in Boston public schools. During 40-minute sessions that covered a range of topics, kids answered questions about how much non-diet soda they had gulped down in the past seven days, whether they had been violent towards others, and if they had carried around a knife or gun in the previous year.

Nearly 30 percent of respondents reported consuming more than five cans of soda each week, the researchers reported in Injury Prevention. Heavy soda drinkers didn’t seem to get less sleep than anyone else, but they were more likely to have indulged in alcohol and tobacco over the previous month.

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