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Beverage Media
January 2013
FIRST BEACH PLUM LIQUEUR
BORN IN BROOKLYN
As a follow-up to their flagship
American Dry Gin,
Greenhook
Ginsmiths Distillery
has released
the world’s first-ever commercially
produced beach plum gin liqueur.
Founder Steven DeAngelo originally
planned to make a Sloe Gin; but
during research he remembered
the beach plums of his childhood
that grew wild around the nearby
Rockaway Beaches. Long (six
months!) whole-fruit maceration (as
opposed to pressing) yielded a silky liqueur with sour
cherry and juniper notes on the nose, bittersweet fruit
on the palate and a complex, spicy finish. Currently
available in NY; CT and NJ mixologists and liqueur
aficionados will have access in early 2013. SRP $49.99
greenhookgin.com
MALT WHISKIES
FROM JAPAN
DEBUT IN U.S.
San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling
Company—whose portfolio already
boasts 300 specialty products from
nearly 20 countries—is launching
two expressions of the Japanese
whisky brand
Nikka
in the U.S.
Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old
(SRP $129.99) is a rich, peaty,
masculine malt made with
direct heating distillation, in
which pot stills are heated with
finely powdered natural coal—a
traditional method that is now rare
even in Scotland. Taketsuru Pure
Malt 12-
year-old (SRP $69.99), a combo of two pure malt whiskies
from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, features sweet
aromas of apple and pear combined with a silky smooth
texture—a perfect introduction to the Japanese whisky
style.
anchordistilling.com
THE
FIND
THE
FIND
COOLEST COOLER
ON THE BLOCK?
Aiming to add cool to chillin’ drinks, the
ICE Block Cooler
offers a way to keep beverages cold while casting an
attention-grabbing glow. No ice to add, liquid to drip, or
lids to mess with—filled with a thermal freezing gel that
is sealed into the body of the cooler, all you need to do is
prep it in a freezer before using. It holds both cans and
bottles (which need to be pre-chilled). The handle flips
down for table service, and a flip of a switch activates the
internal blue LED lights. Bars can use it for serving chilled
test tube shots; also can be customized with a logo.
SRP $49.99
iceblockcooler.com
CRABBIE’S:
REAL GINGER BEER
(FOR GROWN-UPS)
The top-selling bottled beer in the UK,
Crabbie’s
Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
, has landed in the U.S.
via St. Killian. Now available in 18 states, Crabbie’s (4.8%
ABV) is fermented with fresh ginger and steeped for up to
eight weeks, creating a smooth but zesty beer. It can be
used for classic cocktails like the Dark and Stormy and
the Moscow Mule, but Crabbie’s recommends serving
it chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime. SRP
$9.99/4-pack (11.2 oz.) or $3.99/16.9oz.
stkillian.com
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