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The Find – February 2016

Posted on  | January 21, 2016   Bookmark and Share
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Special Valentines Edition 

This month, known for its frigid cold (and for 29 whole days this year!), is also home to Valentine’s Day. Couples of all types, ages and interests make good use of February 14th to exchange gifts—often including wine and spirits, meaning retailers should be ready to make their gifting dreams come true, if not their romantic ones.

For wine, RED is the obvious way to go. For a smooth, fruit-powered sipper, Apothic Crush is back for a seasonal turn. Feeling varietal? Garnet wines put their namesake red gemstone front and center. Big-red lovers will find plenty of structure in Penfolds Bin 389 (aka Baby Grange) in a handsome red box.

Then there’s bubbly. Nicolas Feuillatte’s “D’Luscious” is a classy Champagne with a vivid pink hue and a touch of sweetness. And if someone is looking for a wine for chocolate, Banfi’s “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’Acqui—a bottled freak show, being a fully sweet red sparkler—will make Romeo (or Juliet) look like a genius (make sure the chocolate’s dark).

 

In the spirit realm, sensuous cocktails are on the calendar, whether whipped up by home mixologists or enjoyed at the local craft cocktail destination. Some examples for V-Day 2016…

 

Figs…the timeless aphfrodisiac

 

 Fig & Kisses

2 oz Figenza Fig Vodka

2 oz Champagne or Prosecco

Muddled Raspberries

Add ingredients in order in a Champagne flute. Garnish with a raspberry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep it simple, light and a bit mysterious 

 

Ty Ku Sweet Kiss

2 oz Ty Ku Coconut Saké

Muddled Strawberries

Combine, strain and garnish with strawberry. (Ty Ku Coconut has the added bonus of an especially silky texture.)

 

 

 

 

 

 Think vodka can’t be sexy? Try This

 

Amour Rouge

1 oz Grey Goose Vodka

1 oz Pineau des Charentes

½ oz Crème de Cassis

2 tsp Lemon juice

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 small cluster red currants

Lemon twist

Fill a shaker with ice and all liquids. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with twist and currants.

 

Organic: now that’s sexy, circa 2016 

 

From Prairie with Love

1½ oz Prairie Organic Vodka

1½ oz Pomegranate juice

Squeeze of fresh Lemon juice

Mint leaf

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaf.

 

 

 

 A sparkling cocktail for two (or more?)

 

Pomegranate Cava Martini

1 Lemon, juiced

Twists from lemon peel

1 cup Pomegranate juice

1 cup Orange Liqueur

1/3 cup Pomegranate seeds

2 cups Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava

Stir first four ingredients in a pitcher with ice. Add pomegranate seeds to glasses, fill halfway with cocktail and top with Cava. Garnish with rosemary.


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