OF THE AISLE
This year’s election will soon be history,
but the politics go on… Still trumpeting
the political spirit are
Each starts with a “bi-partisan”
blend: the bourbon combines whiskies
from 2002 ’04 and ’08; and the rye
gets a dash of bourbon. Then, using a
Dual Cask” process, the blends are
sequestered for a few months in French
oak wine barriques, which presumably
lets them come to agreement. Bottled
at 90 proof. Currently in NY, NJ, PA,
CT, IL, DC, MD and DE. SRP: $42-$46
THE GROWN-UP TREATMENT
High season for frozen drinks may be winding down, but New Yorkers have reason to
consider them year-round.
Kelvin Slush Co.
a food truck that has been serving up
all-natural slushes made with signature fruit purées and mix-ins like fresh basil and
chopped mint, is now reinventing the frozen cocktail via on-premise partnerships.
At Williamsburg’s Café de La Esquina, Kelvin’s virgin “Citrus Pomegranate” gets
customized with tequila or vodka. Other spots featuring Kelvin Slush frozen drinks
include Berry Park, Thompson LES Hotel, Coffeeshop and Gansevoort Park Hotel
Rooftop. The Kelvin team has worked with mixologist Eben Klemm on recipes, and
encourages unique recipe development with each partner.
After shaking up the category
with its Rosé, Beam has launched
white-hot Moscato—another lighter
proof) spirit designed
to attract more drinkers
to Cognac. The Moscato
adds pear, peach and
floral aromatics and
flavors; a touch of honey
and smooth texture
provide a round,
Serve it chilled, on
the rocks or mixed in
cocktails. SRP: $25
cider sibling of Samuel
introduced the Cider
House Collection, using
heirloom apples from
both the Italian Alps
and Normandy, France.
the ice ciders of Québec,
is sweet but not cloying, with caramel,
toffee and vanilla notes.
modeled after English farmouse ciders,
is more wine-like, with a refreshing apple
character and lingering notes of wood.
Each is oak-aged, in 750ml cork-finished
bottles, with 10% ABV and SRP $15
Available in MA, CT, RI, VT, MN, OR,
WA and CA.
Joining the ranks of creepy-ish spirits,
LA-based Itsko Imports has introduced
Pumpkin Face Rum
just in time for
Halloween. The Dominican rum comes
in three versions—White (SRP $30),
Reserve ($40) and Aged 23 Years
$60). The jack-o-lantern packaging by
features pewter medallions
in each topper, and the reserve and
aged rums are coated with organic
coloring. Now in CA, TX, MI, GA, CO, TN,
IL, NV, WI, MN.
Strawberry Fields Cocktail at Berry Park