Posted on | June 21, 2011
Written by | Alia Akkam
For dads craving the smooth stuff, look no further than the new release of Auchentoshan Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky. He’s sure to be impressed by this limited-edition 1998 vintage–there are only 750 bottles available in the U.S–triple distilled and matured in sherry casks.
Bartenders are falling for Figenza, the vodka made with real Mediterranean figs. In a recent episode of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, even Morimoto used it in his fig and sake martini creation. To inspire experimental home mixologists, the brand launched its drink-of-the-month campaign, featuring libations such as the “Lychee Figtini” and “Sunny Peach” with gin, kiwi puree,cranberry juice and sour mix.
Customers don’t have to forego their summer vacation plans just to buy wine. Great Wines Under $20, the new book (Krause Publications) from auctioneer, appraiser and historian Elyse Luray, guides readers through this biggest–and attractive–segment of the wine market.
Synonymous with luxurious wine and amaros, Italy may soon be known for its vodka, too. A quartet of Italian tastemakers–Arrigo Cipriani of the renowned Harry’s Bar, Lapo Elkann of FIAT and two Friulian master distillers, Marco Fantinel andFrancesco Cosulich–introduce I Spirit Vodka. Fivetimes-distilled, it’s made with white grapes and grains from the Friuli region, along with water from the Dolomites.
This month, Jill DeGroff, aka King Cocktail’s wife, releases Series II of Lush Life: Â Portraits From the Bar, a collection of whimsical illustrations, recipes and saloon tales dedicated to “Cocktailians Around the World.”
|WEST COAST PARTY
San Diego is ramping up its reputation as a mixology haven with the third annual San Diego Spirits Festival, June 25th and 26th, set on Port Pavilion Pier on Broadway. The brainchild of Liz Edwards, the festival is jam-packed with tastings, seminars, cocktail competitions and, of course, glitzy VIP after-parties.