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Moët & Chandon c/o Virgil Abloh Limited-Edition Nectar Imperial Rosé
Moët & Chandon $59.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

One of today’s most celebrated creative visionaries, Virgil Abloh, founder of fashion house Off-White, will debut an exclusive collection of custom-designed bottles of Moët’s iconic Nectar Impérial Rosé, currently the top-selling rosé Champagne in the U.S.

The limited-edition collection marks the designer’s first-ever liquor brand collaboration. Over the last year, Abloh has worked alongside the House of Moët & Chandon to develop a radical all-white take on its classic gold-labeled rosé. Each bottle bares the designer’s signature “DO NOT DROP” styling while showcasing the Champagne’s prominence and collectors-edition designation.

Beginning in October, Abloh will unveil a limited number of 3L jeroboam bottles, exclusively for friends and family, along with 750ml “ready-to-wear” bottles available in select cities and nationwide via Clos19.com.

Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé pleases the senses with its refined and sophisticated richness and distinguishes itself by its extravagant fruitiness, its density on the palate and crisp finish which surprises and delights. Currently the #1 selling rosé Champagne in the U.S., Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé has been the champagne of choice of lovers of demi-secs since its introduction in 2004.

Available October 1 in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angelese, Miami and New York. Available nationwide October 15 through the holidays.

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Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic Water
Fever-Tree $5.99/200ml 4-pack, $3.99/500 ml SRP at time of publishing

New Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic Water uses a blend of clementines, limes and bitter oranges plus their signature natural quinine to create a perfectly balanced and refreshing mixer, created specifically to complement Patrón Tequila.

Citrus Tonic Water flavors have been carefully selected to balance out the sweet and peppery notes of Patrón Silver Tequila to create a delicious, refreshing long drink. This highly carbonated tonic water has small, perfectly carbonated bubbles that produces a smooth-tasting drink and supports the fuller mouth feel of tequila at the same time.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Sweet citrus notes

Taste: A citrus blend of tangerine, bitter orange and lime balanced with the gentle bitterness of quinine

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Gran Patrón Smoky
The Patrón Spirits Company $199/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Gran Patrón Smoky honors traditional production methods dating back hundreds of years. Like all Patrón Tequila, the process for Gran Patrón Smoky begins with the highest-quality, 100 percent Weber Blue Agave. To create the distinctively smoky aroma and taste of this extraordinary tequila, the heart of the agave plant, the piña, is roasted in underground stone pits at the Patrón Hacienda distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The cooked agave is then slowly crushed with a volcanic stone tahona wheel before the juice and agave fibers are placed together in pine wood fermenters and then distilled in small-capacity copper pot stills.

Gran Patrón Smoky is characterized by its aroma of artichoke, pepper, spices, and hints of sweet citrus. It has a smooth and sweet taste, with very distinctive smoked agave and citrus notes, and a long peppery finish.

50.5% ABV

Tasting Notes

Nose: Smoked agave, pepper, citrus & spices

Taste: Smooth, smoked agave, sweet, cooked agave, citrus and pepper

Finish: Long, smoked agave

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Jim Beam Repeal Batch
Jim Beam $17.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Jim Beam's latest release, Repeal Batch, is a limited-edition, a non-chill filtered, 86-proof Kentucky bourbon celebrates the 85th anniversary of Prohibition's repeal (December 5, 1933) and the perseverance James B. Beam put into rebuilding the Jim Beam distillery in 1933.

Jim Beam Repeal Batch is aged four years, similar to Jim Beam Bourbon, however this unique liquid is non-chill filtered, resulting in a bourbon with fuller mouthfeel and tasting notes that include char, oak and caramelized tones. It has a light amber color, with an aroma that carries oaky notes, balanced with light vanilla and a hint of brown spice.

Best served neat, on the rocks or in a signature drink, such as the Whiskey Punch Cocktail, which includes bourbon, Italian vermouth, pineapple syrup and lemon juice.

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Dos Equis x MITS
Dos Equis / Heineken $24.99/case 12-oz. cans SRP at time of publishing

In connection with the recently launched "Keep it Interesante" campaign from Dos Equis, the beer has partnered with popular streetwear and lifestyle brand MITS, creators of the Mexico is the Shit jacket.

The partnership will bring to life a series of pop-up shops and events specially curated by MITS featuring emerging Mexican talent, streetwear designers, visual artists, and music artists.

The program will also come to life on social media, in sponsored content, on-premise merchandising, and with a special edition Dos Equis & MITS can.

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Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
Proper No. Twelve / Eire Born Spirits $29.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Proper No. Twelve’s 40% ABV triple distilled Irish Whiskey is an ultra-smooth blend with hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood for a rich complexity.

Founder Conor McGregor and his team searched for a place and people that shared the same passion for Ireland and its whiskey. He found this at the oldest whiskey distillery on the Isle of Ireland, and with his master distiller created a unique and special blend for Proper No. Twelve. Through much trial and error, they worked together to create a blend of sweet Irish grain and single malt Irish whiskey. The result is a smooth, balanced whiskey with hints of vanilla, honey-like sweetness and toasted wood.

First responders are the unsung heroes who act with valour and answer the call of duty every day for those in need. Proper No. Twelve has committed to donate $5 for every case sold to local first responder organizations and charities, up to $1 million annually. The organizations/charities will be identified for each state and country around the world and donations will go directly to specific states and countries where sales take place.

Proximo Spirits has been named the global distribution partner for Proper No. Twelve.

Books
Batched & Bottled: Cocktails to Make Ahead
Noel Venning, Max Venning $16.50 for hardcover at time of publishing

Sick of standing in the corner making cocktails while everyone else is having fun? Fed up of having to buy loads of expensive spirits and bitters? Just want to pour a delicious cocktail any time, any place? Batched & Bottled features 50 of the best recipes for batched and bottled cocktails—cocktails you can pre-make and bottle, and either pour straight over ice or leave to mature for an hour, a month or even a year.

From Negronis and Manhattans to more complex concoctions you can infuse with botanicals or fermented ingredients, these recipes follow the seasons and range from simple, stir-through mixes to more elaborate drinks that require kitchen prep.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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[Preorder] Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion
Maggie Hoffman $19.99 for hardcover at time of publishing

A hip, accessible guide to batch cocktail-making for entertaining, with 65 recipes that can be made hours—or weeks!—ahead of time. 

As anyone who has hosted a dinner party knows, cocktail hour is the most fun part of the evening for guests—but the most stressful for whomever is in charge of keeping the drinks flowing. The solution, though, is simple: batch it!

In this fun collection, Maggie Hoffman offers 65 delicious and creative cocktails that you don't have to stir or shake to order; rather, they are designed to stay fresh when made ahead and served out of a pitcher. Recipes such as Tongue in Cheek (gin, Meyer lemon, thyme, Cocchi Rosa), Friendly Fires (mezcal, chile vodka, watermelon, lime), Birds & Bees Punch (rum, cucumber, green tea, lemon), and even alcohol-free options are organized by flavor profile—herbal, boozy, bitter, fruity and tart, and so on—to make choosing and whipping up a perfect pitcher of cocktails a total breeze.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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Punch Bowls and Pitcher Drinks
Jeanne Kelley, Sarah Tenaglia $12.36 for hardcover at time of publishing

Stir up delicious, fit-for-a-crowd cocktails!

Find inspiration in fresh fruit, smoky spices, and potent spirits, and mix a bowl or pitcher of punch for any occasion or season. Whether it's a drink served in champagne flutes at a holiday party or in Mason jars and paper cups in the backyard, you'll take cocktail hour to a whole new level with every one of these drinks:

• CLASSIC COCKTAILS, such as Pimm’s Punch
• SANGRIAS AND CHAMPAGNE-BASED PUNCHES, such as Meyer Lemon Drop Champagne Punch
• TROPICAL DRINKS, such as Kumquat-Tangerine Smash
• HEIGHT OF SUMMER, such as Watermelon-Tequila Punch
• FIRESIDE COCKTAILS, such as Aztec Chocolate Punch
• NONALCOHOLIC PUNCHES, such as Mixed Berry Lemonade

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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[Preorder] Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita
Tim Federle $10.53 for hardcover at time of publishing

Tim Federle's Tequila Mockingbird has become one of the world's bestselling cocktail books and resonated with bartenders and book clubs everywhere. 

Now in this much anticipated follow-up, Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita, Federle has shaken up 49 all-new, all-delicious drink recipes paired with his trademark puns and clever commentary on more of history's most beloved books, as well as bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. 

Cocktails include:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey Goose
  • The Handmaid's Ale
  • Little Soused on the Prairie
  • Tender Is the Nightcap
  • A Room With Vermouth
  • Go Get a Scotch, Man
  • As I Lay Drinking

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit
Clay Risen $15.48 for hardcover at time of publishing

Organized in an A-to-Z directory by distillery, then brand, this second edition of American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye features more than 330 whiskeys, including more than 120 new entries.

Each section includes a brief history of the maker, along with its location, followed by a full account of each bottling, including details on age, proof, nose, color, body, palate, price, as well as an overall rating. A comprehensive primer provides a short history of the spirit, how it’s made, and how to enjoy it, including tips on organizing tasting sessions.

Also included are a glossary of terms, a selection of top whiskeys by value and ratings, a handy checklist, and two helpful indexes. With this book, choosing from among the many whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes made in America has never been easier.

Available in hardcover format here.

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Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey
Fred Minnick $17.00 for hardcover at time of publishing

Once and for all, America learns the likely inventor of its beloved bourbon. Bourbon is not just alcohol—this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history. From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America.

In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick traces bourbon's entire history, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers setting up stills and making distilled spirits in the New World through today's booming resurgence. He also lays out in expert detail the critical role this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political history of the nation—from Congress passing whiskey-protection laws to consumers standing in long lines just for a glimpse of a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle—complemented by more than 100 illustrations and photos.

Most importantly, Minnick explores the mystery of who most likely created the sweet corn liquor we now know as bourbon. He studies the men who've been championed as its inventors over time—from Daniel Boone's cousin to Baptist minister Elijah Craig—and, based on new research and never-before-seen documentation, answers the question of who deserves the credit.

Available for Kindle and in audiobook, MP3 CD and hardcover formats here.

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[Preorder] Hacking Whiskey
Aaron Goldfarb $13.52 for hardcover at time of publishing

This is not your ordinary whiskey book, it’s a collection of ingenious ideas and shortcuts to help you temper your whiskey to greatness. Aaron Goldfarb, a whiskey geek (and writer), is reporting from the field, where he’s gathered tips, recipes, and insider secrets about the weird yet delightful ways in which whiskey is being used today.

Things like making cheap homemade blends that taste fancy, infusing whiskey with marijuana smoke, adding it to infinity bottles, and doing bone marrow luge shots, to name a few. So get your hands wet and take him up on the challenge of upgrading your whiskey (just don’t forget to brag about it online).

Preorder the hardcover here.

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Handcrafted Cocktails
Molly Wellmann $16.32 for hardcover at time of publishing

Featured in People's "6 Cocktails for Day Drinking—That Won't Make You Sleepy Later," Handcrafted Cocktails helps you create the perfect cocktail, any time! Enjoy classic cocktails in true pre-Prohibition style—throughout the day! Inside you'll find more than 100 recipes for the perfect brunch cocktails, refreshing afternoon cocktails and invigorating happy hour drinks, plus dinner cocktails perfect for pairing with meals, and relaxing nightcaps.

Each cocktail recipe is carefully crafted to create the perfect balance of the sweet, the sour, the bitter and the spirit, producing a delicious drink every time. The secret is using fresh, house-made mixers. You'll find complete instructions for making your own simple syrups, bitters, liqueurs and cordials using unique ingredients such as cardamom, cilantro, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, five-spice and more.

Plus you'll learn the fascinating histories of classic pre-Prohibition cocktails such as the very vintage Sherry Cobbler and the silky smooth Ramos Gin Fizz and try some new Prohibition-inspired cocktails such as the Kitty Burke and Bees in Kilts. Give these great cocktails a taste—you're sure to discover your new favorite drink.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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Collabor&tion Mistelle Barrel Finish Cask Strength Bourbon
The Bardstown Bourbon Company $124.99/750ml at time of publishing

Collabor&tion is the culmination of nearly two years of work between the Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.

Two deluxe expressions of very fine 10-year-old straight bourbon whiskey finished for 18 months. Collabor&tion Mistelle Barrel Finish Cask Strength Bourbon is finished in Muscat Mistelle barrels and bottled at 94 proof.

"A Mistelle barrel is a unique vessel. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences. The whiskey exiting these barrels is pure joy.” – Brandon O’Daniel, Head Distiller, Copper & Kings

The bourbon used to produce Collabor&tion was distilled in Indiana in 2006 by Lawrenceburg Distillers and is made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.

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Cleveland Whiskey Underground Select Bourbons
Cleveland Whiskey $48.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Named “Whiskey Distillery Innovator of the Year,” Cleveland Whiskey has won more than 60 medals at competitions around the world, including 22 gold and double gold awards. Their process allows for the creation of unique finishes with woods that include black cherry and apple, limited runs of coffee infusions, plus local craft beer and maple syrup barrel-aged bourbons.

For generations, oak has been used to age spirits simply because it has the right pore structure to hold liquid. It’s hard, if not impossible, to make a barrel out of black cherry, hickory, or honey locust that doesn’t leak like a sieve. And yet there are so many untapped flavor profiles that can come from these woods.

Cleveland Whiskey technology captures those flavors, letting creativity and innovation shine in their Underground Select series of bourbons featuring innovative finishes:

Apple Wood (90 proof): Light and airy body. A tender sweetness with notes of baking spice backstopped by an almost tart finish.

Black Cherry Wood (94 proof): Rich texture and well rounded. Light flavor from the cherry wood with a slightly tart, slightly sweet spice note.

Hickory Wood (94 proof): The hickory wood imparts noticeable, but not overbearing smoky undertones. Toffee, spice, and vanilla round out the palate.

Honey Locust Wood (90 proof): Unique, silky mouth feel. The honey locust wood imparts a very light, almost floral taste profile. Soft and elegant.

Sugar Maple Wood (92 proof): Rich and robust color. Medium to full bodied mouth feel. Subtle sweet maple, vanilla and caramel undertones.

 

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New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
New Riff Distilling $39.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

New Riff Distilling’s core bourbon expression is a genuinely high-rye, full bodied whiskey offering savory, spicy character. Building upon America’s 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act—already the highest quality standard for aged spirits in the world—New Riff Bourbon is bottled in bond without chill filtration.

Featuring a mash bill of non-GMO grains at 65% corn,30% rye, and 5% malted barley, it represents a new riff on Kentucky’s most hallowed whiskey traditions. Aged four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels, there are no shortcuts taken in our production. All New Riff whiskeys are made with the full sour mash Kentucky Regimen; all carry an age statement, and are always bottled without chill filtration.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Butterscotch rounding into fresh oak, with hints of vanilla and rye spice.

Taste: Broad, fulsome mouthfeel, leading to a sweeter vanilla accent, before a gathering of rye spices—clove, cinnamon, mint, dark berry—into the finish.

Finish: Long, rye-led finish, with brambly red-black fruits amid white pepper and clove.

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1776 Straight Bourbon
James E. Pepper Distilling Co. $49.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

The Pepper family brand of whiskey is an iconic Kentucky whiskey brand initially produced during the American Revolution and continued through 1958. The family built and operated two main distilleries: first founding the site that today hosts the Woodford Reserve Distillery, and later the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington. In the late 1950s, the bourbon industry hit hard times, and both the brand and distillery in Lexington were abandoned for over half a century.

In 2008 the brand was relaunched by whiskey entrepreneur Amir Peay. A decade-long campaign of thorough historical research and collection of historic materials was used to retell the lost story of this iconic American whiskey brand and to distill new stocks of "Pepper" whiskey. To initiate the relaunch of the brand, partnerships with existing distilleries were formed. Today the whiskey sold under the 1776 line of whiskeys was distilled years ago in collaboration with the historic Lawrenceburg Distillery in Indiana.

1776 Straight Bourbon is made with a mash bill of over 38 percent rye. This 100-proof bourbon is not chill-filtered. Characterized by rich bourbon sweetness and rye spice with aromas and notes of vanilla, honey, cloves and chocolate.

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Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition
Bulleit Bourbon $24.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition is a series of four unique tattoo designs on the iconic Bulleit bottle. These collectible bottles were created in partnership with some of the country's top tattoo artists whose work is inspired by the frontier spirit and culture of the cities they live in. The collaborations mark the first time the Bulleit Bourbon bottle has been altered, transforming the frontier-inspired bottles into collectible pieces of modern art. Each bottle includes a hangtag featuring a scannable QR code to access an interactive Augmented Reality experience, bringing each artist's design to life digitally. An excellent way to add some edge to your back bar and catch the eyes of guests.

Participating artists include Shawn Barber of Los Angeles, Jess Mascetti of New York, Thomas Hooperof Austin, Texas, and Jason Kundell of Portland, Ore.Each artist is known for their unique style of ink and innovative flair—the same spirit Bulleit embodies through its modern approach to making whiskey. The limited release tattoo bottles will be available for purchase in each artist's respective state beginning in August and select bottles will be available nationwide.

Inside each Tattoo Edition bottle is the same award-winning, high-rye Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that 21+ consumers are encouraged to responsibility enjoy neat, on the rocks, beside an ice-cold beer or in a classic cocktail. Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition carries a suggested retail price of $24.99 and can be found at your local retailer.

For more information on Frontier Works and the limited release Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition bottles, follow Bulleit on Instagram @Bulleit and check out the hashtag #FrontierWorks.

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Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Rabbit Hole Distillery $49.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Rabbit Hole Distillery bourbon and rye whiskeys are 100% Kentucky made, crafted to create a unique drinking experience. The brand produced their first barrel the same way they'll produce every barrel: from their own mix of carefully selected grains, the mash fermented at ideal temperatures to preserve exactly the flavors and aromas they’re aiming for, then distilled without compromise.

Bourbon is an act of faith. The barrel builds a strong foundation of vanilla and wood. Atop that, Rabbit Hole bet on an unorthodox, four-grain mash promising spice and honey and a fresh apple breeze.

When they first poked the thief into the darkness of the barrel, their faith was rewarded: a whiskey of remarkable maturity and self-possession, with spice on the front and custard in the finish.

Proof: 95

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 10% malted wheat, 10% honey malted barley, 10% malted barley

Learn more here.

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Elijah Craig Small Batch
Elijah Craig Small Batch $29.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

The signature bourbon bearing the name of Rev. Elijah Craig, a bourbon pioneer who is credited with being the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels.

Long before the term "small batch" even existed, Elijah Craig Master Distillers were hand selecting just the right number of barrels to make the brand's whiskeys. This expertise and attention to detail give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right balance of rich flavor and full body. Each small batch carries a signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor, a combination that belongs in any bourbon fan’s regular rotation.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint

Taste: Smooth and warm; pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg

Finish: Long, sweet, and slightly toasty

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Four Roses 2018 Limited Edition Small Batch
Four Roses $89.99/740ml SRP at time of publishing

Only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary bourbon recipes then mingles them by hand to create their family of award-winning brands. Artistry such as this is how Four Roses survived Prohibition, The Great Depression, two World Wars, and 40 years of exile from the US, only to be named American Whisky Distiller of the Year for 2011, 2012 and 2013—three years in a row—by Whisky Magazine. Handcrafting this way may be a bit more time consuming, but one sip, and you’ll no doubt agree, it’s worth the extra effort.

If you’ve ever wanted proof that mingling bourbons is an art unto itself, you’ll find it in the perfectly balanced 2018 release of Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon. Four original and limited bourbon recipes have been expertly selected by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott at the peak of maturation to create this very mellow and perfectly balanced bourbon. You can enjoy it best straight up, on the rocks or simply with a splash. 90 proof (45% ABV).

Tasting Notes

Nose: Mellow spice, rich fruit, hints of sweet oak and caramel

Taste: Mellow, ripened red berries, dried spice, well-balanced, rich

Finish: Soft, smooth and pleasantly long

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Angel's Envy Port Finish
Angel's Envy $49.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. The distillery guides each batch’s conditioning, blending their handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.

It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While Angel's Envy loses about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after they’re done is truly worthy of envy.

Once it’s deemed ready, the brand finishes their bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Angel's Envy's port finishing process lasts between three to 6 months, depending on taste.

They use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance.

Tasting Notes

Nose: You’ll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup and toasted nuts

Taste: Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate

Finish: Clean and lingering sweetness with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades

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Blood Oath Pact No. 4
Lux Row Distillers $99.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

This rare whiskey shall never again be made. Every batch of Blood Oath from Lux Row Distillers is the undertaking of one man—John Rempe—a student of both bourbon and science.

This Bourbon connoisseur has one goal in mind—to seek out Bourbons rare and wonderful, famous and forgotten, then bottle them in combinations previously unimagined for a lucky few. Loose lips never tasted something so special.

Blood Oath Pact 4 is a masterful union of three well-bred bourbons. The first, an extra-aged-12-year-old bourbon. The second, a rich 10-year-old-bourbon. The third, a 9-year-old bourbon finished in toasted barrels. 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Caramel and strong oak, backed up with rich vanilla and chocolate

Taste: Rich caramel, honey and spicy oak, followed with smooth vanilla and warm chocolate undertones from the toasted barrels

Finish: Robust spice followed by ultra-smooth finish, with lasting caramel, vanilla and oak

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Maker's Mark Private Select
Maker's Mark $69.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Beginning as fully matured Maker’s Mark at cask strength, expressions of Private Select are created by adding 10 custom finishing staves to each barrel and finishing them in our limestone cellar to extract more flavor. The 10 finishing staves can be any combination of five flavor profiles chosen especially for this program.

With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker’s.® Maker’s Mark Private Select® is available in select markets and also at the distillery.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Notes of oak, vanilla and smoky charcoal

Taste: Varies based on combination of stave types

Finish: Longer on the front of the palate with no roughness or bitterness

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Coopers’ Craft
Coopers’ Craft $29.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

From start to finish, making Coopers’ Craft focuses on the fine art of gentle bourbon. Decades of knowledge gained about the role of the barrel in creating fine bourbons have gone into making Coopers’ Craft a most gentle, approachable bourbon.

Coopers' Craft is bottled at 82.2 proof for a gentle flavor profile that is well-balanced through the finish. Bourbon aficionados and newcomers alike will appreciate this remarkably smooth and inviting bourbon. It is equally comfortable neat, on the rocks, with a simple mixer, or in a classic cocktail.

Bourbon is only as good as the barrel in which it rests. That’s why Cooper's Craft American white oak barrels are raised by hand at their own historic cooperage in Louisville. The Coopers’ Craft barrel undergoes a proprietary toasting and char process before heading to the distillery where the bourbon will age in the barrel until it matures to optimum flavor.

After aging, when Coopers’ Craft is removed from the barrels, it passes through the brand's unique Beech and Birch charcoal-filter finishing process, which refines the bourbon until the soft Oak character is revealed. This additional step results in the one-of-a-kind gentle character of Coopers’ Craft bourbon.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Light toasted and fresh oak character mingle with baked apple sweetness and a creamy citrus custard

Taste: A true sipping bourbon with soft lemon custard and baked apple notes layered over a bed of toasted and fresh oak character seasoned with a light dusting of spice

Finish: Rich and smooth with lingering hints of fruit

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Booker's 2018-01 Kathleen's Batch
Booker's $69.99-74.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Each small batch Booker's Master Distiller Fred Noe picks has a different story to tell. Barrel placement, aging, proof and other factors make each release unique and rare.

Booker’s “Kathleen’s Batch” was selected by Fred Noe, Kathleen and the Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable. The batch is made up of barrels from five production dates aged in several different locations within three warehouses. The breakdown of the barrel locations is as follows:

  • 4% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
  • 6% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse F
  • 3% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse F
  • 19% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 30% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 13% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 25% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse H

Kathleen’s description of the nose is that it presents notes of leather and floral honey. Fred notes some caramel and vanilla as he always does in Booker’s. Fred knows his Dad always strived for those aromas in the nose of each batch of his namesake bourbon. Together, Fred and Kathleen taste rich butterscotch, brown sugar, dried cherries and a little allspice. The finish is a nice balance of toasted oak with caramel and brown sugar. As one of our Booker’s Roundtable members put it best, this batch is just like Kathleen herself: “strong, sweet, rich and delightful.”

Tasting Notes

Nose: Robust vanilla and caramel notes; slightly smoky

Taste: Deep and complex flavors of vanilla, nuts and oak

Finish: Long and full; perfect for easygoing sipping

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Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Old Forester $60/750ml SRP at time of publishing

In crafting 1920, Old Forester was able to spend time thinking about the legacy of Owsley Brown I and what was an incredibly unique era in our country’s history: Prohibition. 1920 Prohibition Style bourbon is a toast to the innovative and enduring spirit of Old Forester.

This 115-proof expression is the third release in the Old Forester Whiskey Row series and celebrates the brand’s continued distillation during Prohibition. For 13 years, the production, transport and sale of alcohol was strictly prohibited. However, Old Forester was granted a permit to continue distilling on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. The 115-proof expression represents a barrel sample that company president Owsley Brown I would have batched at the beginning of Prohibition.

Tasting Notes

Nose: An intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness

Taste: Dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar

Finish: Tart apple crispness gives way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness

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Northern Hospitality with The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club
Andrew Volk, Briana Volk $19.49 for hardcover at time of publishing

Craft cocktails, Scandinavian-inspired food, and everything good about colder climates: In Portland, Maine, Andrew and Briana Volk welcome guests into their restaurant like it’s an extension of their home. It's here, in the James Beard-nominated Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, that they create innovative cocktails like Lunar Phases (an award-winning riff on the gin and tonic) and the Norseman (a Scandinavian old-fashioned of sorts, with aquavit). They've also perfected the classics behind the bar, from the Pimm’s Cup to hot buttered rum.

After the drinks, Northern Hospitality moves on to food inspired by both Portland and Scandinavia. The bar snacks are addictive—green chile popcorn and smoked trout deviled eggs are just the beginning. Smorgasbords feature gravlax, homemade pretzels, and fresh cider pickles. On a cold northern day, Swedish meatballs with spaetzle and nutmeg cream are sure to warm you up. Or go further from the known and try the clams with absinthe and bottarga. 

Features on ice fishing, shucking oysters, how to build a bonfire, and après-ski provide a sense of place and an experience as unique as the club itself.

With Northern Hospitality, celebrate the seasons the way those in the north do: with the warmth, fun, and a sense of wonder.

Foreword by living legend Jeffrey Morgenthaler!

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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I'm Just Here for the Drinks
Sother Teague $16.50 for hardcover at time of publishing

Sother Teague, one of New York’s most knowledgeable bartenders and Wine Enthusiast's Mixologist of the Year (2017), presents a brief history of both classic and lesser-known spirits with modern-day wit and old-school bar wisdom, accompanied by easy-to-mix drink recipes you’ll soon commit to memory.

Better than bellying up to some of the world’s best bars with a veteran bartender, this series of essays and conversations on all things alcohol aims to reveal how the joy of drinking changed both history and culture—and will likely inspire you to make a little history of your own. After all, no retelling of a great caper or revolutionary event ever started with the phrase, “So a bunch of guys are all eating salad…”

This hardcover collection of timeless tips, insight from industry pros and 100-plus recipes is more than just a cocktail book: It’s a manifesto for living a more spirited life.

Available in hardcover format here.

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Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald $23.13 for hardcover at time of publishing

Death & Co is the most important, influential, and oft-imitated bar to emerge from the contemporary craft cocktail movement. Since its opening in 2006, Death & Co has been a must-visit destination for serious drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts, and the winner of every major industry award—including America’s Best Cocktail Bar and Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail convention. Boasting a supremely talented and creative bar staff—the best in the industry—Death & Co is also the birthplace of some of the modern era’s most iconic drinks, such as the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned, Naked and Famous, and the Conference. 

Destined to become a definitive reference on craft cocktails, Death & Co features more than 500 of the bar’s most innovative and sought-after cocktails. But more than just a collection of recipes, Death & Co is also a complete cocktail education, with information on the theory and philosophy of drink making, a complete guide to buying and using spirits, and step-by-step instructions for mastering key bartending techniques. Filled with beautiful, evocative photography; illustrative charts and infographics; and colorful essays about the characters who fill the bar each night; Death & Co—like its namesake bar—is bold, elegant, and setting the pace for mixologists around the world.

We'd be surprised if you don't already have a copy of this book. But if you don't, what are you waiting for?

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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[Preorder] Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, David Kaplan $40 preorder for hardcover at time of publishing

From the authors of the best-selling and genre-defining cocktail book Death & CoCocktail Codex is a comprehensive primer on the craft of mixing drinks that employs the authors' unique "root cocktails" approach to give drink-makers of every level the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails.

"There are only six cocktails." So say Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, the visionaries behind the seminal craft cocktail bar Death & Co. In Cocktail Codex, these experts reveal for the first time their surprisingly simple approach to mastering cocktails: the "root recipes," six easily identifiable (and memorizable!) templates that encompass all cocktails: the Old Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whisky Highball and Flip.

Once you understand the hows and whys of each "family," you'll understand why some cocktails work and others don't, when to shake and when to stir, what you can omit and what you can substitute when you're missing ingredients, why you like the drinks you do, and what sorts of drinks you should turn to—or invent—if you want to try something new.

Preorder your copy for Kindle and hardcover here.

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The American Craft Beer Cookbook
John Holl $7.23 for paperback at time of publishing

There's a revolution going on in the beer world. The food you eat should be just as delicious as the beer you drink and award-winning beer journalist John Holl captures the best of the brewery and brewpub menus in his latest book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook. The 155 recipes cover breakfast to dessert, with vegetarian and gluten free options along with soups, seafood and more.

The recipes were contributed by breweries, brewpubs and other beer lovers across the United States. You'll love the new twists on traditional favorites, such as Slow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as unexpected recipes like Crawfish Bordelaise, Roasted Pheasant,Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas, and Pineapple Brown Sugar Pale Ale Cupcakes.

It is a celebration of craft beer, food, and the people behind it. Photography by Lara Ferroni.

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

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The Beer Bible
Jeff Alworth $15.42 for paperback at time of publishing

Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and sour and wild ales—The Beer Bible covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, sub-styles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Infographic charts throughout make understanding the connection between styles and families immediately understandable.

The book is written for passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true geeks, who will find new information on every page.

Winner of a 2016 IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Award.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover and paperback formats here.

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Boulevard Brewing Co. Tequila Barrel Lime Gose
A traditional German-style sour beer, barrel aged and infused with sea salt, coriander and lime peel. | Boulevard Brewing Co. $9.99 SRP for 6-pack of 12-oz. bottles at time of publishing

A traditional German-style sour beer, infused with sea salt, coriander and lime peel, goes on holiday to the home of the blue agave, sunny Mexico. The aroma offers assertive notes of oak, vanilla, caramelized banana, and coconut. A malty sweetness is balanced by tart lime and hints of lively tequila, tapering to a slightly salty finish. ¡Arriba!

Boulevard Brewing Co. recommends serving Tequila Barrel Lime Gose in a tulip glass.

Pairs well with guacamole, tacos al pastor and chicken flautas.

Quick Glance

ABV: 4.2%

IBU: 11

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21st Amendment Brewery El Sully
21st Amendment Brewery $10.49 SRP 6-pack of 12-oz. cans at time of publishing

El Sully is a refreshing, sessionable Mexican-style lager that pairs well with fish tacos, burritos and ceviche.

From 21st Amendment Brewery:

Con el sol en los ojos, no veíamos bien, pero tú estas más cerca de él en este momento que la mayoría de la gente tendrá la suerte de estar.

Wait, sorry about that.

The sun was in our eyes and we did not get a good look, but you are closer to him right now than most will ever have the good fortune to be. Who is El Sully? Grab a can of this Mexican-Style lager, head to the nearest beach, even if it’s imagined, and perhaps he’ll come to you.

El Sully (the beer) is available in six packs and our Summer Variety 15 pack. El Sully (the legend) is a little harder to find.

Pairs with: pasta salads, ceviche, tacos, burritos and being outdoors

Pairs BEST with: fish tacos at a beachside location, with a slice of lime on the rim of your beer

Quick Glance

Hops: Magnum, Northern Brewer

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna and Flaked Maize

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 19

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Death Before Disco Porter
Left Hand Brewing Co. $9.99 SRP for 6-pack of 12-oz. cans at time of publishing

A porter may not be the first thing that leaps to mind when considering beer styles to enjoy during the hotter months of the year. Many people tend to think of lighter, crisper beers when temperatures are high.

However, a smooth, medium-bodied porter reminiscent of a somewhat sweet, mild iced coffee can be every bit as refreshing as a pilsner.

Death by Disco by Left Hand Brewing is a porter that can easily transition your guests from summer to fall.

Quick Glance

Hops: Cascade, Centennial

Malts: Carafa, Chocolate, Crystal, Munich, Pale 2-row

ABV: 6%

IBU: 24

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Shipyard Brewing Co. Finder New England IPA
Shipyard Brewing Co. $11.99 SRP for 4-pack of 16-oz. cans at time of publishing

Finder from Shipyard Brewing Co. is the result of our ongoing search for new and innovative ways to brew the most flavorful styles of beer.

This mouthwatering New England Style IPA has a creamy mouthfeel. The Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a drinkable, juicy ale with flavors of grapefruit, orange peel and lemongrass. Finder finishes with a slight bitterness and notes of tropical sweetness. 

Quick Glance

Hops: Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado

Malts: Golden Promise, Rolled Oats, Flaked Wheat, Cara Pils

Yeast: London III

ABV: 7%

IBU: 55

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Odell Brewing Co. Cloud Catcher
Odell Brewing Co. $13.99 SRP for 6-pack of cans at time of publishing

Odell Brewing Co. has released their newest limited-edition beer and it’s sure to become a sought-after brew in short order. Cloud Catcher is an India Pale Ale. However, it’s not just any India Pale Ale: it’s a substyle called a Milkshake IPA.

A Milkshake IPA is a variant of a New England IPA that’s developing a curious and loyal following. A New England IPA is characterized by aromas of juicy hops, a hazy appearance, and more subdued bitterness. A Milkshake IPA takes all of that and puts an intriguing spin on it: milk sugars (a.k.a. lactose) are added. It’s the lactose that imbues Odell Brewing Co.’s Cloud Catcher with a velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Milk sugars also give this IPA a full body.

Cloud Catcher is a 6.8% ABV Milkshake IPA with 47 IBU available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12-oz. cans and on draught.

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New Belgium Mural Agua Fresca Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company & Cervecería Primus $8.49 SRP for 6-pack at time of publishing

Two breweries, two countries, one goal: To brew a revolutionary new beer style in the spirit of international collaboration. Meet Mural Agua Fresca Ale, an innovative new concept in craft beer that merges the tradition of Mexico’s refreshing agua fresca drinks with the ingenuity and craftsmanship of two breweries: New Belgium and Mexico City’s premiere craft brewery, Cervecería Primus. And it all started with a trip to Tijuana.

For the uninitiated, agua fresca is a ubiquitous fruit-based drink often found pouring out of jugs at street food stalls across Mexico. Spanish for “fresh waters,” agua fresca can feature a wide array of exotic and tropical fruits and ingredients, from watermelon to lime to specialty grains and spices.

For Mural, the New Belgium R&D team worked with Primus to develop a slightly boozier (but still highly refreshing) version of the traditional beverage, featuring watermelon, lime, hibiscus and agave.

Clocking in at an easy 4.2% ABV and 11 IBU, it’s not just an easy drinker, Mural is a drinkable work of art. Settling of sediment may occur as Mural is unfiltered in the agua fresca tradition.

Books
[Preorder] The Aviary Cocktail Book (Reserve Edition)
Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Micah Melton $135 for preorder at time of publishing

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, the creators and owners of Alinea in Chicago, have teamed up with Allen and Sarah Hemberger, an artist duo from California, to make an extraordinary cookbook for their cocktail bar The Aviary.

Achatz and Kokonas have wanted to create a book for the Aviary since they first opened their iconic bar. However, they didn't want to create just another recipe book. Instead, their goal was to craft something that was every bit as seminal and inspiring as cookbooks from chefs like Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller.

Follow this link to preorder the Reserve Edition of The Aviary Cocktail Book. The Reserve Edition of this highly anticipated book comes signed by creators Chef Grant Achatz, Micah Melton, Nick Kokonas, and Sarah and Allen Hemberger, and is packaged in a custom-designed slipcase. Books are expected to ship October of this year.

Learn more about this book's journey from concept to reality here.

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[Preorder] The Aviary Cocktail Book (Standard Edition)
Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Micah Melton $85 for preorder at time of publishing

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, the creators and owners of Alinea in Chicago, have teamed up with Allen and Sarah Hemberger, an artist duo from California, to make an extraordinary cookbook for their cocktail bar The Aviary.

Achatz and Kokonas have wanted to create a book for the Aviary since they first opened their iconic bar. However, they didn't want to create just another recipe book. Instead, their goal was to craft something that was every bit as seminal and inspiring as cookbooks from chefs like Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller.

Follow this link to preorder the Standard Edition of The Aviary Cocktail Book. Books are expected to ship October of this year.

Learn more about this book's journey from concept to reality here.

Books
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine
Madeline Puckette, Justin Hammack $20 for paperback at time of publishing

Red or white? Cabernet or merlot? Light or bold? What to pair with food? Drinking great wine isn’t hard, but finding great wine does require a deeper understanding of the fundamentals.
 
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will help you make sense of it all in a unique infographic wine book. Designed by the creators of WineFolly.com, which has won Wine Blogger of the Year from the International Wine & Spirits Competition, this book combines sleek, modern information design with data visualization and gives readers pragmatic answers to all their wine questions, including:

   •  Detailed taste profiles of popular and under-the-radar wines.
   •  A guide to pairing food and wine.
   •  A wine-region section with detailed maps.
   •  Practical tips and tricks for serving wine.
   •  Methods for tasting wine and identifying flavors.

Packed with information and encouragement, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will empower your decision-making with practical knowledge and give you confidence at the table.

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

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The Wine Bible
Karen MacNeil $16.96 for paperback at time of publishing

Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of The Wine Bible, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “A guide that has all the answers” (Bobby Flay), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing” (Kevin Zraly).

Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research.

For this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”

Available for Kindle and in hardcover and paperback formats here.

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What to Drink with What You Eat
Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page $19.36 for hardcover at time of publishing

Prepared by a James Beard Award-winning author team, "What to Drink with What You Eat" provides the most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled—complete with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America. Contains 70 full-color photos

Winner:

  • 2007 IACP Cookbook of the Year Award 
  • 2007 IACP Cookbook Award for Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits 
  • 2006 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award 
  • 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award—U.S. for Best Book on Matching Food and Wine

Available for Kindle and in hardcover and paperback formats here.

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Gin Lambrusco Cocktail
Beautiful Booze

Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze has said that semi-sparkling wine Lambrusco is the ideal summertime drink, and we agree. Some people may turn their nose up at Lambrusco, thinking it's a cheap and cloyingly sweet wine. However, there are several producers taking Lambrusco in different directions. Yes, some are sweet and light-bodied, but there are also dry, crisp and savory versions. Experiment with Lambrusco with this cocktail. Cheers!

Gin Lambrusco Cocktail

Recipe and image courtesy of Beautiful Booze

  • 2 oz. Aviation Gin
  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • ½ oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1½  oz. Lambrusco to float
  • Thyme to garnish

In a shaker add gin, lime, simple syrup, and ½ cup of ice. Shake mixture. Fill serving glass with the rest of the ice. Strain mixture into serving glass. Using the back of a spoon, pour Lambrusco slowly near the side of the serving glass.

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Blackberry Wine Slushy
Beautiful Booze

This slushy is another excellent solution to leftover wine. It works with any red wine but if you have opened and unsold wine behind the bar this is a great use for it. We've been experiencing quite a heatwave this summer, so help your guests cool off with this sexy, sophisticated slushy from Beautiful Booze. Cheers!

Blackberry Wine Slushy

Recipe and image courtesy of Beautiful Booze

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 5 Blackberries
  • 1 oz. Orange juice
  • 4 oz. Red wine
  • 1 tsp. Agave
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Blackberries to garnish

Add vodka, blackberries, orange juice, red wine, agave and ice to a blender. Blend, then pour into serving glass. Garnish with blackberries.

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Watermelon Wine Margarita
Beautiful Booze

One of the risks inherent to putting wine on your menu is that not every opened bottle will end up being purchased. Rather than toss out leftover red wine, however, you can use it to make this refreshing, summery Margarita created by Beautiful Booze. Waste not, want not!

Watermelon Wine Margarita

Recipe and image courtesy of Beautiful Booze

  • 1.5 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Red wine
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 oz. Watermelon juice (see recipe below*)
  • ½ oz. Orange juice
  • ½ oz. Lime juice
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Sugar rim to garnish

In a cocktail shaker add tequila, wine syrup, watermelon juice, Grand Marnier, lime juice and ½ cup of ice. Shake until mixed and chilled. Add ½ cup of ice to serving glass. Strain mixture into serving glass. Garnish with sugar rim.

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Red Wine Syrup and Watermelon Margarita
Beautiful Booze

If you're looking for the perfect hot weather cocktail—and who isn't right now?—look no further than this creative Margarita by Beautiful Booze featuring red wine syrup combined with watermelon.

From Beautiful Booze:

"The red wine syrup adds a buttery sweetness to the drink which balances out the tequila!"

Red Wine Syrup and Watermelon Margarita

Recipe and image courtesy of Beautiful Booze

  • 1.5 oz. Tequila
  • 2 Tbsps. Red wine syrup (See recipe below*)
  • 3 oz. Watermelon juice (see recipe below*)
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ Lime, juiced
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Slice of lime to garnish
  • Sugar rim to garnish

In a cocktail shaker add tequila, wine syrup, watermelon juice, Grand Marnier, lime juice and ½ cup of ice. Shake until mixed and chilled. Add ½ cup of ice to serving glass. Strain mixture into serving glass. Garnish with lime slice and sugar rim.

For Red wine syrup:

  • 4 oz. Red wine (Beautiful Booze used Malbec in the cocktail pictured)
  • 2 Tbsps. Sugar

In a saucepan combine red wine and sugar. Let boil until sugar dissolves. Let mixture cool.

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2016 Seven Springs Gamay Noir
Evening Landing Vineyards $35/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Evening Landing Vineyards is proud to farm some of the oldest Gamay Noir vines in North America. The combination of Evening Landing's volcanic soils and the Gamay grape matched with a traditional Beaujolaise approach in the cellar make this wine their most drinkable bottling from the entire vineyard.

Two plantings of Gamay sit at the base of Seven Springs at 350 feet in elevation. One acre of old vines, planted on their own roots in 1983, lends to the finished wine spice and a savory undercurrent. Two acres of Gamay planted in 2003 contribute exuberant aromatics and a lively texture.

The 2016 Seven Springs Gamay Noir underwent native yeast, whole bunch intracellular (maceration carbonique) fermentation in sealed concrete vats. The grapes were pressed after 10 days and raised in fully neutral cooperage for 8 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering.

Gamay Noir is a "cousin" to Pinot Noir. Innovative winemakers in Oregon have made this varietal their own, helping it to become an on-trend wine perfect for sipping in the summer. Your guests will appreciate you helping them to find their next favorite wine.

From the Winemaker

Varietal: Gamay Noir

Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills

Cooperage: 8 months, neutral French oak

ABV: 12.5%

To learn more, click here.

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2016 Syncline Subduction Red
Syncline Wine Cellars $22/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Located in Lyle, Washington (situated in the famed Columbia Gorge AVA), Syncline Wine Cellars was founded by James Mantone. Described by Paul Zitarelli as Columbia Gorge's "head mad scientist," Mantone recently won the 2018 Washington Wine Award for Winemaker of the Year.

Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, Subduction Red is Syncline's answer to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine. A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own; yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole.

This charming, ruby colored wine exhibits black raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors. The bright, fresh finish, juicy mid-palate and excellent length provides a wine that is compatible with many foods and occasions.

Subduction Red is more an exploration of the Columbia Valley than a representation of any one varietal or vineyard. The grapes are sourced from throughout Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain and Yakima Valley, all from vineyards with which Syncline has long term contracts. What is important lies in what each site contributes to the overall blend.

The fruit was hand harvested, transported to the winery in the early morning and de-stemmed directly into fermenters with no crushing. Un-inoculated fermentation was in both open top fermenters with manual pigeage as well as closed top concrete Nomblot cube tanks with pump overs. It was pressed at dryness and barreled in French oak barrels and in Nomblot tanks. Bottled in 11 months.

From the Winemaker

Varietals: 40% Syrah / 20% Grenache / 15% Mourvedre / 14% Cinsault / 11% Carignan

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Vineyards: 74% Horse Heaven Hills, 12% Red Mountain, 7% Columbia Valley, 5% Columbia Gorge, 2% Yakima Valley

ABV: 14.0%

To learn more, click here.

2015 Subduction Red pictured.

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2016 Carhartt Estate Grenache
Carhartt Vineyard $38/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Yes, wine from Carhartt the clothing company!

This mouth-watering 100% Estate Grenache is a favorite at Carhartt Vineyard for its absolute drinkability, with or without food. Co-winemaker Brooke Carhartt refers to it as “Pinot-esque,” with its lighter body, pretty mouthfeel, and softer tannins. A beautiful match with appetizers, a mixed cheese plate, small plate “tapas,” or any variety of lighter style entrees, such as grilled shrimp or fish, seared Ahi tuna, baked chicken, and countless veggie dishes. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The great part of Grenache as a variety is that the wine made from the grape changes dramatically depending on where it is grown. Although generally grown in warmer climates of the world, you can drink medium bodied styles like Carhartt's (situated in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley in California), to heavier bodied, spicy versions from the Priorat region of Spain. The world of Grenache is large!

From the Winemaker

Nose: Rainier cherry, dried rose petal, chai spice, vanilla bean

Flavor: Elderberry tea, red mulberry, citrus rind, medium tannin, and fresh acidity

Aging Potential: From now through 2025

Composition: 100% Grenache Noir

Cooperage: 17 months, oak (25% new)

ABV: 13.8%

To learn more, click here.

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Grey Goose Honey Deuce
Grey Goose

Not only is the Honey Deuce the official cocktail of the U.S. Open championships tournament, it's the ideal sipper for National Lemonade Day. Cheers!

Grey Goose Honey Deuce

Recipe and image courtesy of Grey Goose

  • 1.25 oz. Grey Goose® Vodka
  • 3.0 oz. Fresh lemonade                                                       
  • 0.5 oz. Raspberry liqueur                                             
  • Frozen honeydew melon ball skewer to garnish

Chill Collins glass by placing in refrigerator/freezer or by filling with ice water for 5 minutes. Remove glass from refrigerator/freezer, and fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer beforehand, then, to create melon balls, use melon baller). Cheers!

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BACARDÍ Limonade
BACARDÍ

Fresh and tart, lemonade is combined with BACARDÍ Limón for a truly refreshing drink. This is the (un)official cocktail of summer and it's perfect for National Lemonade Day. Cheers!

BACARDÍ Limonade

Recipe and image courtesy of BACARDÍ

  • 1 part BACARDÍ Limón
  • 3 parts lemonade

Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Berry Lemonade Mule
Smirnoff

This refreshing cocktail leverages the popularity of the Moscow Mule—from the originators themselves—and National Lemonade Day. Cheers!

Berry Lemonade Mule

Recipe and image courtesy of Smirnoff

Raspberry and Lemon for Garnish

In a cocktail mixer, combine the Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Berry Lemonade, Smirnoff No. 21 vodka, and lemonade. Add ice and shake. Pour over ice into a Mule mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and lemon.

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Boozy Very Berry Lemonade Pops
Smirnoff

Looking for a fun and tempting way for your guests to beat the heat? Look no further than these boozy popsicles featuring Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer!

Boozy Very Berry Lemonade Pops

Recipe and image courtesy of Smirnoff

In a large measuring cup, combine the Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Berry Lemonade, triple sec, and lemonade. Stir together. Carefully pour 3 ounces into popsicle mold. Add 1 to 2 raspberries to the mold, making sure to keep it below the "max fill" line. Freeze overnight and enjoy! Recipe makes 6 pops.

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Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Berry Lemonade
Smirnoff $8.99/6-pack SRP at time of publishing

Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Berry Lemonade is a light, crisp, and bubbly combination of sweet berries and lemonade flavor. Oh so summery! Only 90 calories and zero sugar.

SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is best served chilled in the 12 oz. slimline cans or in a glass on the rocks with a fruit garnish.

Learn more about Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzers here.

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Captain Morgan Apple Smash
Captain Morgan $15.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Captain Morgan Apple Smash (750ml, 30% ABV) blends Captain Morgan Caribbean rum with a burst of green apple flavor that is sure to be a favorite amongst the crew.

This tastes delicious as a chilled shot, a mixed shot, or simply mixed with club soda for a fresh tasting cocktail. For the captain’s gluten-intolerant crew members, you will be happy to know that apple smash is gluten free.

Find this unique scratch and sniff bottle today!

Books
Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
Simon Sinek, David Mead and Peter Docker $13.59 for paperback at time of publishing

Start with Why has led millions of readers to rethink everything they do—in their personal lives, their careers and their organizations.
 
Now Find Your Why picks up where Start with Why left off. It shows you how to apply Simon Sinek’s powerful insights so that you can find more inspiration at work—and in turn inspire those around you.

From the author:
 
I believe fulfillment is a right and not a privilege. We are all entitled to wake up in the morning inspired to go to work, feel safe when we’re there and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. Achieving that fulfillment starts with understanding exactly WHY we do what we do. 
 
As Start with Why has spread around the world, countless readers have asked me the same question: How can I apply Start With Why to my career, team, company or nonprofit? Along with two of my colleagues, Peter Docker and David Mead, I created this hands-on, step-by-step guide to help you find your WHY. 

With detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process, Find Your Why can help you address many important concerns, including:

  • What if my WHY sounds just like my competitor’s?
  • Can I have more than one WHY?
  • If my work doesn’t match my WHY, what should I do?
  • What if my team can’t agree on our WHY?

Whether you've just started your first job, are leading a team, or are CEO of your own company, the exercises in this book will help guide you on a path to long-term success and fulfillment, for both you and your colleagues. 
 
Thank you for joining us as we work together to build a world in which more people start with WHY.
 
Inspire on!

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Simon Sinek $11.69 for paperback at time of publishing

In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on Start with Why—the third most popular TED video of all time.
 
Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? 
 
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with why. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the why behind it.  
 
Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way—and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

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