IT’S OK TO
This time of year, kinky is cool.
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,
NOT YOUR USUAL
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
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.
AMARETTO FROM VENICE
Looking for love in unusual places? How
, 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.
SRP $32.99; 56 proof.
ON THE V-DAY RADAR
Chocolates and flowers are all well
and good, but
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.
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.” SRP $16.99;