The Ultimate Cocktails, Spirits & Wine Blast is coming up Friday, Oct. 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, with a massive tasting opportunity of a plethora of cocktails, Armagnacs, Cognacs, whiskeys, rums, wines, beers and more. Seminars from Steve Olson, gaz regan, Angus Winchester, Richard Patterson and others make this a must-attend for spirit and cocktail fans in the NY area. For all the info including ticket purchasing and schedule, visit www.ultimate-beverage.com. SPECIAL DISCOUNT for NCB Mix readers: For VIP tickets, use FAVIP1015 ($85 instead of $95) and for general admission after 6:30 p.m., use FAREG1015 ($65 instead of $75).
The boys at Bitter Truth have been wowing U.S. bartenders with their range of bitters, and now they’re expanding their product list with SloeBerry BlueGin in partnership with Austrian distiller Hans Reisetbauer. All natural and handmade using fresh sloe berries macerated in Blue Gin created by Reisetbauer, the result is said to be dry, a bit sour, an intense sloe/plum aroma followed by a hint of almond flavor. Will it bring back the Sloe Gin Fizz? For more info, visit Domaine Select imports – www.domaineselect.com.
Two new iPhone/iPad apps are available from the spirit world: from Cognac, there’s Cognac Summit, a virtual initiation into the flavors of the spirit, with a list of cocktails, video demos and a historical timeline. From Diageo, an app for its cocktails site, thebar.com. Like thebar.com, the app boasts an extensive catalog of cocktail recipes supported by the Diageo portfolio of spirits, beer and wine brands.