Month: August 2013

Whipped Cocktail for coffee lovers

Tequila Wipped -Coffee-Kahlua-Shake


What you need:
– 1 1/2 oz · Coroazon Tequila Anejo
– 1 oz · Kahlua
– 1/2 oz · Godiva Dark
– 1 oz · Espresso
– 1/4 oz · Simple Syrup
Garnish with caramel whipped cream

Put all the ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into a martini or special glass


– 8 oz · Heavy Cream
– 2 oz · Light Caramel
– 5 · drops of Vanilla Extract

Start by placing the heavy cream, caramel and vanilla extract in a bowl then with an electric hand blender beat the cream until it reaches medium peaks or mix all the ingredients with a bar spoon then pour the mixture into an ISI whipped cream siphon/canister.
Now sit back and enjoy!

Mojito Parisien – Mixology with St. Germain Elderflower


Mojito Parisien
2 parts White Light Rum
1 part St-Germain
1 part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
10 fresh Mint Leaves
option Add Club Soda (to taste)


Method: Lightly muddle mint in Collins glass. Add other ingredients. Half fill glass with crushed ice and stir. Fill to brim with more crushed ice and stir again. Garnish with lime wedge.
Sip. Talk. Dance. Repeat.





details:  St. Germain is made by infusing a base spirit with hand-picked, wild elderflower blossoms that grow in the French countryside.  Men scour the hillsides of France to forage and harvest enough blossoms to produce a year’s supply of St. Germain.  After the flowers are picked, the blossoms are delivered to the distillery on a bicycle.  Speed is crucial to preserving the freshness and flavor of these fragile blossoms, so they are immediately macerated to capture the freshest flavor. This daily maceration is successively added together every day during the 4–6 week harvest period, which accounts for the annual production of St-Germain.

notes: The nose is fragrant with hints of pear, and the delicate palate has accents of tropical fruits, but… it’s more complicated than that.  Sipping on St. Germain is like sucking the sweet nectar of honeysuckle, and then chewing on candied grapefruit peel.  The experience is delicate with a sweet bitterness that rounds out the blossom flavors.  To put it simply: it’s delicious.  So much love goes into every bottle and it really shows.

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What are the different sweetness levels of Champagne?

What are the different sweetness levels of Champagne?
This question is one that we get asked most often at our shop. More precisely, customers often ask us, “Is this Champagne dry?” or “Is it a Brut?”
The stylistic breakdown is not the most natural one. Most often people always get Extra Dry and Dry mixed up.


Below you will find an easy analysis of the 6 styles of Champagne and what you can pair them with:
Extra Brut / Brut Zero/ Zero Dosage :
Residual sugar = 0-6g/liter
Extra Brut = Bone dry, seriously harsh, like 0% body fat.
Pairing: Fresh oysters, caviar, shellfish
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Residual sugar = 5-15 g/liter
Brut = Dry A category you’ll most often see in wine shops and restaurants.
Pairing: Very Food friendly , versatile and with a little more “flesh” than zero dosage champagnes.


Extra Dry /Extra Sec:
Residual sugar=12-20g/liter
Extra Dry = Medium Dry
Is this unclear? YES. You would think that this would come before Brut, but NO..
Got it? Don’t worry, you will not encounter this style too often, especially in the US market.

Sec /Dry:
Residual sugar=17-35 g/liter
Sec/Dry = Medium Sweet.
This style of champagne that is often not something you will encounter in the United States, however there are delicious wines being produced in this style.


Residual sugar = 35-50g/liter residual sugar
Demi-Sec = Sweet
Due to the incredibly high levels of acidity found in Champagne, this sweetness is never syrupy or unctuous, but rather delicate and almost ethereal in nature.
Pairing: these sweet treasures with blue veined cheeses or Asian inspired (less sweet) desserts like the Tiramesu or Triple Berry cake.

Residual sugar = 50+ g/liter
This style of Champagne is rarely produced today. Often difficult to find in the United States, although there are probably some killer old vintages hanging out in the cellars of Champagne just begging to be discovered!

Grand Marnier GM Titanium


The House of Marnier Lapostolle is pleased to declared the release of GM Titanium:

This striking new blend of wild tropical orange essence and Asian Calamansi citrus with a dash of spices, rounded out by the fine, smooth Cognac for which Grand Marnier is known.

 Grand Marnier or “GM” Titanium exemplifies Marnier Lapostolle’s commitment to modernization through new products of the highest quality inspired by the company’s legacy and created in the tradition of workmanship and indulgence. The blend of citrus flavors and spices combined with Cognac makes GM Titanium a truly unique product in the spirits landscape. The bold, new expression contains no sugar, so the flavor is a smooth, contemporary addition to the Marnier Lapostolle family, allowing the distinctive spices to take center stage on the palate. Rich mahogany in color, GM Titanium has a bold, spicy aroma with a hint of orange that creates a lively, perfectly balanced experience. GM Titanium’s bottle shares its shape with the iconic Grand Marnier bottle however transformed through new, sleek metallic pack and a prominent silkscreened label that glows in nightclub lighting. The flavor is complex and impactful, but not overwhelming, making it extremely versatile: enjoyable neat, on the rocks or in cocktails ranging from simple to complex. GM Titanium’s signature cocktails include “The Titan” – a refreshing mix of GM Titanium and cranberry juice cocktail – and “The Rebel,” which pairs GM Titanium with pineapple juice and a dash of bitters. “GM Titanium will be one of the first ever ultra-premium flavored Cognacs to be launched in the United States,” says Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle. “We believe it will intrigue the consumer who seeks something completely new and different, providing a meaningful, upscale alternative to traditional Cognac offerings.   


Now available at Mel and Rose – $49.99