Month: April 2014

Grapefruit ina Coupe – A twist on the classic Gin & Tonic

The “Grapefruit in a Coupe” is a refreshing reprisal of the Gin and Tonic classic, using grapefruit and a splash of fresh lemon juice, without overpowering the subtleties in flavor of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin:

1 part Grapefruit Infused Vermouth Syrup*
0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 part Egg White
Garnish with a twist of Grapefruit

*Grapefruit Infused Vermouth Syrup
1 part Dolin Dry Vermouth
0.5 part Sugar
4 twists Grapefruit
4 twists Lime

Mix Grapefruit Infused Vermouth Syrup ingredients together over low heat until flavors combine and sugar is dissolved. Strain mixture and let cool before using. Add Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grapefruit Infused Vermouth Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, and Egg White to mixing glass. Shake vigorously until mixture is frothy. Pour into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.Image

Why Rye Whiskey has become our best seller?

Bourbon and Scotch may be best-sellers, but why do so many whiskey connoisseurs  increasingly asking for rye whiskey?

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Up until last year, this iconic American spirit was fading into obscurity. We usually stocked just a few old, dusty bottles. Popular ones such a Jack Daniels were being poured with coke, but there has been a extraordinary resurgence of the rye whiskey category, and drinkers now prize its big, spicy, and impetuous flavors. Our suppliers are now struggling to keep up with demand.

Rye has a lot in common with that other American whiskey, bourbon, and the two spirits are usually produced in the same Kentucky distilleries using similar methods. Both are typically made from corn and rye, but the ratio of ingredients is very different. Rye whiskey is made from at least 51%—you guessed it—rye, while bourbon is made from at least 51% corn. The higher percentage of corn makes bourbon sweeter and smoother. (You can easily taste the difference if you make one Manhattan with bourbon and another with rye.) Both spirits are also aged in new, charred, American-oak barrels.

To make things a bit more complicated, Canadian whisky is sometimes also called rye. The distillers to our north use the same grains, but the finished product is usually a smooth blend instead of a straight whiskey.

 Here’s a shot of spelling with your glass of rye. Whisky from Scotland, Canada and Japan is spelled without an “e.” Whiskey from Ireland and the United States is usually spelled with an “e.”


You can’t make a proper Old Fashioned, Sazerac or Manhattan without rye. The spirit also can be paired with club soda or ginger ale, or drunk straight, neat or on the rocks







Wild Turkey Sparkling Tea


An ideal summer punch for your next backyard barbecue.

Ingredients in the Wild Turkey Sparkling Tea Cocktail

  • 4 cups Water
  • 8 Red herbal tea bags (lemon zinger or hibiscus)
  • 2 cups Wild Turkey American Honey
  • Splash of club soda
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Garnish: Cherries

Glass: Tall

How to make the Wild Turkey Sparkling Tea Cocktail

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups of the water. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes and then discard the tea bags. Add the remaining 2 cups of water. Stir in the Wild Turkey American Honey, transfer to a pitcher and chill. Just before serving, add the lemon juice and club soda. Pour the drink into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish each glass with a couple cherries.

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 Cherry Collins Cocktail

The classic Collins gets a black-cherry makeover.


Ingredients in the Cherry Collins Cocktail

Garnish: Cherry

Glass: Highball


How to make the Cherry Collins Cocktail

Add the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to a highball glass filled with ice. Fill with club soda and garnish with a cherry.

Art Gallery in Designer Bottles

Great Design + Good Bottle = Collectable bottles
These two top things were destined to find each other and speak the same common language. If it takes so long to master the liquid inside these amazing bottles and it is surly an art, it makes perfect sense for their container to be in the same league. Now many of the top liquor brands have partnered with top designers to create such amazing collectable bottles.You will find expensive cognac to an less known gins, and some of these collaborations may surprise you.

Louis XIII

Louis XIII

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac & Baccarat ($2,850)

Inspired by a metal flask lost on a French battlefield in 1569 and recovered centuries later, the elaborate decanter for this equally luxe cognac is designed and produced by Baccarat, the French maker of fine crystal. Like the up-to-100-year-old brandy it contains, the bottle melds luxury with just a touch of history.

 Chivas 18 Deisgner Bottle

Chivas 18 Deisgner Bottle

Chivas 18 by Pinnifarina (160)

Who knows style better than Italians? That’s why Chivas Regal asked for special editions of its 18-year-old Scotch whisky from famous car-design and engineering firm Pininfarina, whose talent is behind such classic autos as the Ferrari 330 and the Alfa Romeo Spider. There are three versions, which start at $160 for the metal-and-wood Limited Edition 1 and go all the way up to the $100,000, seven-foot-tall Mascherone.
David Yurman Patron Tequila

Patrón Tequila & David Yurman ($70):
If you love collecting tequila, This one’s for you. For the 2013 holiday season, Patrón enlisted Evan Yurman, chief men’s and timepiece design director for luxury jewelry designer David Yurman, to come up with a special top for its añejo tequila. The reusable stopper is modeled after the handguards of 18th-century Japanese samurai swords, and is made of zinc and gunmetal electroplating with 24-karat gold detail.


Anestasia Vodka & Karim Rashid ($39):

What’s inside the bottle may be a simple, classic vodka, but the company had world-renowned industrial designer and architect Karim Rashid come up with the bottle, which is made from recycled materials and looks like a giant icicle. It’s so stunning, you may never open it.

Nightclub crowd & Bottle service

 ” Grey Goose, Cognac and now tequila hits the clubs! “Image




Do you order Bottle-serviced Grey Goose or cognac in a club – if so you need to watch your back.

You now have competition from high-end tequilas, ranging from decent to delicious, and all designed to attract the nightclub crowd. There are high-end tequilas out here now.    Baron Tequila, a ritzy, certified organic and gluten-free blanco in a stylish bottle, hosted its thumping, DJ-fueled launch party at Butter Midtown in NYC. Distribution is still limited, but you’ll find it at celebrity-studded, Yelper-blocking nightclub 1Oak. Meanwhile, our best seller  high-end tequila Casa Dragones has been hosting see-and-be-seen parties during Coachella, Art Basel and other beautiful-people hotspots.



Those tequilas may all end up looking like first-timers on the dance floor later this year: At the beginning of January, spirits giant Diageo announced it was partnering with Sean “Diddy Combs who just t acquired DeLeon, a super-pricey tequila ($100 to $900, depending on expression) out of Guanajato, Mexico. This agave juice — aged in wine barrels and elaborately packaged with a large sterling silver cap — is already known among fashionistas and rockers. Now Mr. Diddy wants it everywhere: “There is no tequila on the market like DeLeon,” says Combs. “And we are going to make it the No. 1 brand in the world for this category.” It just might work: Diageo and Diddy last teamed up to convert Ciroc from an unknown French vodka to a incredibly successful club staple.




“Black” is the New Black in the Spirit World

Jameson Reserve Reserve Black Label Barrel

Nose: Rich and full, developing into the succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya.

Taste: A burst of flavours combines to produce a creamy, luscious taste experience. The special fruity sweetness from the grain remains consistent, while the waves of vanilla, toasted wood and spices roll through from the pot still whiskey and flame charred barrels.

Finish: An incredibly long finish with fruit and wood spices lingering in perfect proportion, delivering an extremely rich and smooth taste experience.

Now $49.99 at Mel & Rose