Posted on | January 22, 2015
Written by | Sara Kay
GALLO LAUNCHES CRUSH-WORTHY APOTHIC EXTENSION
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, E. & J. Gallo is launching Apothic Crush 2013 as an addition to the Apothic line. A seasonal release following on the heels of Q4’s Apothic Dark, Crush goes in a surprising direction, combining the darkness and structure of Petite Sirah with the subtle and floral aromatics of Pinot Noir. The palate includes chocolate-covered strawberry notes and features the signature Apothic smooth texture. Available February 1st as a national limited edition, at SRP $14.
COLLABORATIVE ROSE LIQUEUR TO BENEFIT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
Speed Rack, an all-female speed-bartending competition created by bar industry leaders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, has been gaining international notoriety since it first kicked off. Now, as the fourth season gets underway around the U.S., the founders of Speed Rack have teamed up with Giffard Liqueurs to launch Speed Rack Black Rose Liqueur, an all-natural Crème de Rose liqueur. Petals of Moroccan Rosa Damascena are macerated in neutral beet spirit to extract their delicate aroma and flavor. Net proceeds will be donated in support of breast cancer awareness and education; available in all Speed Rack competition markets, including NY, NJ, CT, IL, TX, CA, WA & CO, with more to come. SRP $34.99; 40 proof. speed-rack.com
ROMANCE ON THE (Cocktail) MENU
With Valentine’s Day on the calendar, romantic spirits and cocktails will be in vogue all month. Since diamonds are still a girl’s best friend, this Russian Diamond Vodka cocktail is is a good bet to make the holiday memorable.
Pour ingredients into an iced mixing glass. Shake contents and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Spoon on a layer of frothed milk and garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans.
Cognac in the U.S. is red-hot—up 12% in IRI channels in 2014. Premis brings a sexy new twist to the genre, with a VSOP
called Legened, and Premis VS Pink, an eau-de-vie developed by a female chemist and designed to appeal to women with its fruity-floral character. Distibution began in NY and GA; SC, MI & FL being added in 2015 Q1.
Combine Cognac and syrup in a mixing glass with ice; shake and strain over lemon slices into snifter, martini or rocks glass. Garnish with sliced strawberry on a stick.
It seems figs have been making “top ten aphrodisiac” lists forever. Some historians argue that the soft, fleshy fig, not the apple, was the original, true forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. This much is certain: Figenza captures true fig flavor,
making it a mixologist’s go-to for exotic drinks.
Combine ingredients, shake well and serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with lemon.