Posted on | January 29, 2013
Written by | BevNetwork
|IT’S OK TO GET KINKY
This time of year, kinky is cool. Kinky Liqueur—a fruity, 34-proof fusion of super-premium vodka and exotic fruit flavors including mango, blood orange and passion fruit—has “date night” written all over it. Suggest an easy cocktail of Kinky Bubbles (4 oz. Kinky, 1 oz. Prosecco) or a Kinky-tini (1 oz. Kinky, 1 oz. vodka, 3 oz. cranberry juice).
SRP $19.99/750ml, $1.49/50ml
|SPICE IS NICE IN NEW LOW-CAL MALIBU ISLAND SPICE
Bracing for flavored-vodka boredom to kick in? Get rum-antic! Malibu Island Spiced—the first lower-calorie, spiced rum option on the market—may be the perfect diversion. It combines Caribbean rum and coconut liqueur with light spices, smoked vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of natural, zero-calorie Truvia sweetener. “Nearly half of spiced rum drinkers are women,” notes Brand Director Lisa McCann “But most spiced rum brands communication is directed to men.” Malibu Island Spiced has the women covered, she says, serving up “sweetness and strength without packing on the calories.” 60 proof.
|PATRÓN PUTS TEQUILA ON THE V-DAY RADAR
Chocolates and flowers are all well and good, but Patrón Tequila has put together an affordable yet luxurious Valentine’s Day gift to remember. The heart-shaped set contains one 375ml bottle each of Patrón Silver and Patrón XO Cafe Dark (the cocoa coffee liqueur)—plus a convenient recipe for combining both to create a delicious Espresso Cocoa Martini. With SRP under under $40, it’s a sure couple-pleaser.
|SALIZÀ: HEARTWARMING AMARETTO FROM VENICE
Looking for love in unusual places? How about Salizá Amaretto, whose neck tag recounts a Venetian legend…. Near Piazza San Marco, set into an archway, there is a red stone in the shape of a heart. It is said that when lovers touch it together, they will love each other for ever after. Made by Bepi Tosolini using crushed almonds (not extract), the liqueur’s final blend includes sugar, caramel (for color) and a kiss of aged brandy. 56 proof.
|NOT YOUR USUAL BLOODY VALENTINE
If there is one thing bartenders agree on, it’s that better ingredients yield better drinks. But better mixology need not always be from scratch. The concentrated Bloody Mary seasonings from Seattle-based Demitri’s are packed with flavor (not just heat) and kick the average Bloody Mary up a notch or ten. An 8 oz. bottle (SRP $7.95) makes four pitchers; and the bacon rim salt (4 oz., $7.95) is almost too good to limit to cocktails. Multiple varieties, sizes and wholesale pricing available.