Aperol originated in 1919 in Padova, Italy. It was a product of the Barbieri Brothers who launched the revolutionary idea of an aperitif with an alcohol content of only 11% alcohol. Today Aperol has become a classic apéritif and increasingly popular in cocktail recipes around the world. Bright orange in color it has a unique bitter-sweet taste deriving from a secret recipe that has remained unchanged since its creation. An infusion of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona combined with herbs and roots create a perfectly balanced elixir. Aperol is milder in flavor and half the alcohol content of its Campari cousin.
Together with 3 parts of Prosecco, 2 parts of Aperol and a dash of seltz, Aperol makes the perfect Spritz -the irresistible Italian Aperol Spritz.
The apéritif is still produced according to the original 1860 recipe created by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. According to the company, only one person has access to the formula in its entirety. What is known is that CAMPARI is an infusion of 60 different herbs, spices, gentian and orris root, angostura and cascarilla bark, aromatic botanicals and fruit—primarily lemons and bitter oranges—and alcohol. Its trademark deep red hue was originally obtained using carmine dye, which is derived from cochineal insects. In 2006, the extract was replaced with an alternative coloring.
The 48-proof apéritif has crystalline clarity, a striking crimson hue and a silky, light to medium-weight body. As one would expect, CAMPARI is highly aromatic with a balanced array of bitter earthy aromas and spicy semisweet fragrance. Its complex bouquet is both intriguing and amazingly satisfying. The apéritif quickly fills the mouth with a wondrous blast of warmth that bathes the palate with waves of dry, spicy, slightly bitter herbaceous flavors. As they slowly fade the presence of the bitter citrus makes its way to the forefront. The combined effect is glorious.
An elegant multi-award winning rum, El Dorado 12 Year Old typifies the smooth mellow sweetness of Demerara Rums. Round and full bodied with rich, fruit flavors and spice, this 12yr rum has an elegant, dry finish. Savour it straight, on the rocks or in a classic Mai Tai cocktail.
Silver tequila enthusiasts will genuinely appreciate Espolón Blanco 100% Agave Tequila. Bottled directly from the still, it is a lively spirit with crystalline clarity, a lightweight body and a generous fruity, floral and spicy bouquet. The palate is a fresh, exuberant offering of peppery and spicy flavors that gradually fade to a warm, satisfying finish. It possesses every quality you look for in a great blanco—and a little bit more.
Espolón Tequila is crafted at Destiladora San Nicholas (NOM 1440) through state of the art technology and traditional tequila making techniques. The agaves used in production are cultivated in the estate's rich red soil. After harvesting, the plants are steam baked in stainless steel autoclaves to express their sugar-rich juice. The juice is transferred to a vat where it is allowed to slowly ferment over the course of 18-20 hours. Master distiller Cirilo Oropeza then double distills the fermented wash in stainless steel continuous stills. The entire production and bottling process takes place on the estate. The range is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) and produced without any added chemicals, flavorings or artificial coloring. Espolón Reposado 100% Agave Tequila is aged for 6 months in small American white oak barrels. The reposado has a rich golden hue and a wafting bouquet of fruit, vanilla beans and warm caramel. Its lush, medium-weight body delivers a savory palate of spices, dried herbs and roasted peppers. The finish is long, dry and herbaceous.
American whiskey pioneer Paul Jones, Jr. created Four Roses in Louisville, Kentucky in 1884. During Prohibition, his Frankfort Distilling Company was one of only six distilleries granted permission to produce bourbon for medicinal purposes. After The Repeal, the distillery and Four Roses Bourbon continued to flourish and remained one of the country's bestselling bourbons.
Sagging demand for bourbon in the 1950s eventually forced the company to discontinue its sales here in the states. Nevertheless, its sales remained brisk in the emerging European and Asian markets. In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the brand and reintroduced the famed bourbon into the American market.
Four Roses Single Barrel is made from a mash bill comprised of 60% corn with the remainder being rye and malted barley. It has a deep amber/gold hue, a satiny, medium-weight body and a wafting bouquet laced with the aromas of cinnamon, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla and maple syrup. The whiskey's aromatics make it well worth the price of admission. On the palate, the whiskey delivers waves of dry, delectable flavors, including vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, black cherries and molasses. The long lasting flavors thankfully linger on the palate for a remarkably long time. Sippin' whiskey just doesn't get much better than this.
Located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, Greenhook Ginsmiths is a small, artisan distillery owned and operated by Steven DeAngelo. Their custom made copper alembic still has been specially engineered to work under a Mercury Vacuum, which reduces the atmospheric pressure in the still and allows the spirit to be distilled at a lower temperature, producing a cleaner, more aromatic distillate. Produced with a heady mix of New York State Grown Wheat, Tuscan Juniper, Coriander, Chamomile, Elderflower, Citrus, Thai Blue Ginger, Ceylon Cinnamon, Orris Root, and Elderberry, Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is a crisp, balanced spirit that perfectly complements a variety of cocktails.
Franklin Street Julep
In a julep tin or highball, muddle mint leaves, add ingredients above with crushed iced, stir, add more crushed ice. Garnish with mint leave.
If you're in the market for a spirit that marches to the beat of a different drummer, look no further than Hendrick's Gin, a refreshing, marvelously twisted gin with a unique outlook on things. Self-described as the "world's most peculiar gin," Hendricks exists confidently in a universe of its own making—and we’re all rather fortunate they did.
The brand is produced in the seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire in the south of Scotland. Its individualism to a large degree is the result of skilled craftsmanship. The gin is crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. The distillery's small pot still produces a full-bodied, full-flavored spirit with an oily texture and a juniper-forward character. In contrast, the Carter-Head stills extract the aromas and flavors in the botanicals using alcohol vapors alone, yielding a distinctively lighter, more delicately flavored spirit. Blending the two results in a finished spirit unlike all other entrants.
Another significant point of distinction is the composition of Hendricks' botanical mix, a delightfully eccentric blend of juniper, coriander, citrus, witch hazel, cassia bark, Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber essence. After distillation the spirit is diluted to 88-proof with spring water from the Scottish lowlands.
The result is a refreshing break from convention, a gin without a heady blast of juniper on the nose or palate. Hendricks has a lightweight, oily textured body and a prominent cucumber and floral bouquet with light citrus and juniper notes. Despite being relatively high in alcohol, the gin raises little heat on the palate before slowly fading into a slightly spicy, cucumber-laced finish.
America's fascination with tequilas can be traced back to the early '50s when Hollywood icons Bing Crosby and Phil Harris imported Herradura into the States making it the first tequila puro available in the U.S. To this day the distinguished brand remains one of the category's preeminent brands. Founded in 1870, Tequila Herradura is among only a handful of distillers that produce nothing but 100% agave tequila. Every stage of its production takes place on the Herradura Estate—Hacienda San José del Refugio—in the lowlands of Amatitán. Herradura crafts its tequila using many of the same techniques perfected more than a century ago. Mature, estate-grown blue agaves are baked in clay ovens and then slowly fermented with wild airborne yeasts. Herradura tequilas are double-distilled in large, stainless steel alembic stills and aged in both American and French oak barrels. Herradura Blanco is an excellent example of what great distillers are capable of achieving with a few alembic stills and an estate full of mature blue agaves. It has a straw-colored hue, which is the result of it being aged in oak for 45 days. The tequila has a velvety medium-weight body and a cinnamon, dried herbs and orange peel nose and quickly bathes the palate with spicy, peppery flavors before tapering to an herbal, medium length finish. It makes a marvelous introduction to the joys of sipping silver tequila.
Double Rye! - the most excitable member of the High West family - is dedicated to the cowboy in all of us. An unusual shotgun marriage of two rye whiskies from two different distilleries back east, Double Rye! combines a feisty high rye 2-year-old and a saddle smooth 16-year-old. The younger rye has a mashbill with 95% rye/5% barley malt and the older has a more typical rye mashbill with 53% rye and 37% corn. We think the extra age and increased corn adds just enough caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness to calm the “bite” of the younger rye for a relationship that works. The resulting combination is bold, balanced, complex and perfect for mixing – we like a Double Rye! Manhattan. With a taste profile of cinnamon, clove, anise, eucalyptus buttons, evergreen “gin-like” flavors and a vibrant finish, Double Rye! is absolutely superb for sipping alone or sharing with other cowboys and good-looking strangers. High West is Utah’s first distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. If you find yourself in Old Town Park City, please stop (or ski) by to visit us. We’d love to share our passions with you: the American West, our contemporary Western victuals (pronounced and often mis-spelled “vittles”) and of course, pairing all the above with our greatest passion – superb whiskey.
Nose: Mint, clove, cinnamon, licorice root, pine nuts,and dark chocolate, with a surprising dose of gin botanicals throughout
Taste: Rye spices up front, then menthol, mint, eucalyptus, herbal tea with wildflower honey and all spice
Finish: Cinnamon and mint, gradually sweetening through the finish, with a hint of anise
Thanks to its balance of cinnamon, anise, and honey, High West Double Rye! stands on its own in cocktails, but is great served neat, with a little water, or on the rocks. Its spirited flavor fortifies classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned. We recommend it for most occasions - sipping it in solitude by a campfire, savoring with favorite old friends, or sharing it with a good-looking stranger. -Distiller's Notes
***High West pledges to donate 10% of their after tax profits from the sale of this bottle to the American Prairie Reserve. Be thoughtful and help us protect and preserve America’s natural resources.
Maker's Mark Bourbon, 90-proof, has a soft, supple body and a captivating bouquet of honey, vanilla, spices and fruit. The color is rich with the red hue of aged wood. The palate is loaded with the satisfying flavors of caramel, butter and notes of toasty oak. The whisky has a relaxed and slightly smoky finish.
Here's a world-class whisky that doesn't cost a week's paycheck. While its captivating array of flavors and aromas come alive with a splash of spring water, Maker's Mark is unsurpassed in a Manhattan or any other bourbon based assignment.
Côte des Bars, Champagne, France
This Blanc de Noirs Cuvee is the pillar of Moutard's production as it is a blend of several of the best vintages. The refined, rich nose evokes notes of butter, almond and brioche. A lively, elegant and balanced palate with good mouthfeel. -Winemaker's Notes
Old Grand-Dad has been around forever for a reason. This is the kind of stuff your own grand-dad would have exclaimed, "That'll put hair on your chest!" as you took your first drink. Big and brawny, this bourbon is not for those of faint heart. It gives you a strong whiff of heat with orange peels, cinnamon and clove spices, leather and roasted nuts. It's got a big bite and a nice heft to its body with creamy toffee sweetness combining with rye spiciness for a long warm finish.
Let this air out in your glass for a while or add a little water to soften it up. At 100 proof, this is a perfect bourbon to use for different winter-time cocktails like the Hot Toddy or a Spiked Apple Cider.
***Bottled In Bond means that this bottle of bourbon follows federally regulated production methods. (Hooray for Government sanctioned booze!) That means the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season made by a single distillery. It also must be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under US government supervision for at least 4 years and must be bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume). And finally, the product's label must identify the distillery where it was made and bottled.
salty and savory with lots of umami layers, roasted carob, earth and a tad of sweetness on the end. Pair this robust fella with sesame crusted grilled tuna steak, pork gyoza or mushroom stroganoff.