Posted on | February 23, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|HOT STUFF: EVAN WILLIAMS CINNAMON RESERVE
The flavor parade in spirits continues. Riding momentum from its honey (2009) and cherry (2010) versions, Heaven Hill Distilleries has added Cinnamon Reserve to its Evan Williams Bourbon-based flavored liqueur line. Available in 750ml and 50ml sizes, the new 70-proof release is being supported with an array of promotional materials including: shelf talkers, case cards, 50ml counter unit, T-shirts and shot glasses. Heaven Hill executives expect sales to be “red hot,” naturally. SRP: $14.99/750ml.
|AT KOI, IT’S ALL IN THE BUBBLE
It’s natural to think of mixology as chemistry, but how about physics? The Manhattan Japanese restaurant Koi has introduced a twist on the saké bomb. The Koi Saké Bubble features a solid saké “sphere,” which is slowly dipped into a glass of beer using a small serving spoon, then taken together as a shot. The gummy-like sphere, which is made with Koi’s own brand of medium-dry premier Junmai Daiginjo saké and peppered with edible gold flakes, pops in your mouth and releases its delicious liquid center. $10, only at Koi.
|ELIXIR SUPPLIES FLOWER POWER
Concentrated ingredients are among a mixologist’s best friends. Elixir Floral Infusions are handcrafted from real flower extracts and a touch of pure cane sugar to deliver potent aromatics and flavors to enliven mixed drinks, whether the base is bubbly, vodka, gin, bourbon, rum or even tequila. Might have to share them with the chef, who could use them in vinaigrettes, sauces or desserts. Four varieties: Rose, Lavender, Orchid (with mango and jasmine) and Hibiscus. SRP: $12.95/9oz. and $19.95/17.5oz.; wholesale pricing available.
|LITTLE BLACK DRESSES ACCESSORIZES (WITH FLAVOR!)
True to its namesake, Little Black Dress Vodka is designed specifically to capture the essence of what women want in a cocktail: fuss-free, burn-free flavor (but easy on the calorie count). In addition to its classic offering, LBDV’s three new 65 proof, all-natural flavors—Pineapple Honey, Blueberry Pomegranate and Black Cherry-Vanilla— are only 90 calories per 1.5 oz. On top of being geared toward women, the entire brand has been developed by women; and a charitable partnership with Dress for Success Worldwide provides another tie-in with the female target audience. SRP: $13.99.
|BEAM RELEASES COURVOISIER “C”
Having already stretched the Cognac category with its lower-alcohol Courvoisier Rosé, Beam has just introduced C by Courvoisier, an intense, 80 proof, small-batch Cognac specially selected from 50 winegrowers in the Fin Bois Cru. It went through a double-barrel aging process to produce a smooth, full-bodied taste experience with a smooth finish. Hints of carnation, orange peel, clove and toast are framed by bold wood notes. SRP: $34.99.