Books
Craptails: The World's Worst, Weirdest, and Most Disturbing Drinks
Clint Lanier, Derek Hembree $19.95 for hardcover at time of publication

You might have heard of the art of mixology. After all, the trend at any cocktail bar is to focus on drinks that take 20 minutes to make, cost $25 dollars, and need 12 different ingredients. That is mixology.

But truly, anyone can juice a beet and then mix it with a spirit and deem it “art,” but it takes a true artist to make a craptail. You might call those people “crapologists.” You’ll find their creations at any house party on a Sunday, any fraternity get together on a Friday night, and any low-down dirty dive bar on a Wednesday afternoon.

Available for Kindle instantly, and in hardcover and paperback formats here.

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[Pre-Order] Gin Galore: A Journey to the Source of Scotland's Gin
Sean Murphy, Alison Soye $22.95 for hardcover at time of publication

With a stellar cast of 50 unique gins, this book explores the boutique tipples reinvigorating the landscapes of Scottish gin.

Gin can be relatively simply produced, which enables craft gin distilleries across Scotland to create a refreshing range of boutique products, many of which are making some seriously big waves around the world. Did you know, for example, that a Scottish gin has recently been crowned the "World’s Strongest Gin"—taking the title from a Swedish distillery?

There’s no better time to be a gin fan, to get to know Scottish gin and the intriguing stories behind it. This guide will make the perfect companion for gin lovers around the world, as well as gin-loving tourist visitors to Scotland.

Available for pre-order here. September 1, 2019 release date.

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Minimalist Tiki
Matt Pietrek, Carrie Smith $35.00 for hardcover at time of publication

Pulling from Matt Pietrek’s renowned Cocktail Wonk blog and a decade of crafting tiki drinks at home, Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard leads you on a fun and wonky four-part expedition through the critical skills and knowledge needed to achieve tiki mastery on a minimalist scale.

With a firm nod to the classics and a keen eye toward the future, Minimalist Tiki is a tiki book like no other. Learn the core ingredients, equipment, and technique for creating a wide swath of the classic tiki canon without overwhelming your wallet, plus practical advice on expanding your expertise, advanced garnish techniques, and recipe improvisation.

Since rum and tiki are inseparable, Minimalist Tikialso presents the most comprehensive look at rum found in a tiki tome. And with the revival of the tiki movement in full swing, the book also features two dozen world-class bartenders and bars on the forefront of today’s craft tiki movement—including nearly one hundred original recipes plus more than thirty classics.

Hardcover available here.

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Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin
Caorunn / International Beverage Holdings, Ltd. $29.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn expertly infuses 5 locally foraged gin botanicals with 6 traditional botanicals. Artisanal and small batch, beautifully mixing the rugged charm of Speyside with the urban sophistication of modern Scotland.

Foraging is fast becoming a major trend in the world's best bars and restaurants—Caorunn is at the heart of this renaissance. Expertly crafted by our Gin Master, Simon, from handpicked botanicals, Caorunn invites drink connoisseurs to rediscover local ingredients and create truly remarkable drinks.

Foraging reconnects you with the seasons and the bounty of tastes, smells and flavours that nature provides. There’s nothing more exciting than discovering what wild plants are in season and combining them with Caorunn to delicious effect.

Our foragers have unearthed the seasons bounty and collected some of nature's finest ingredients from which the team of drink experts have crafted some delightful unique Caorunn G&Ts and gin cocktails to savor at home and in the best bars.

Wild, foraged botanicals: Rowan berries, bog myrtle, heather, Coul blush apple, dandelion leaf

Traditional botanicals: Juniper berries, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, cassia bark

Quick Notes

Nose: Fresh, floral, citrus, slightly spicy and aromatic

Palate: Clean, crisp, sweet, full bodied and aromatic

Finish: nvigorating, long lasting, refreshing, crisp and slightly drying

41.8% ABV

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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Bruichladdich Distillery $39.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the isle of Islay. This first and only Islay dry gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of the remote Scottish island.

Foraged locally and responsibly by The Botanist's own professional forager. Foraging used to be all we knew. A key interaction between us and the dynamic world in which we learned how to live. Those instincts have gone to sleep in bland days of convenience and blasé consumption. Welcome to an invigorated spirit of inquiry, a sharpening of the eyes. With even the smallest step towards accepting wild, the general environment becomes personal. Any landscape becomes a foodscape.

The Botanist Gin is crafted from 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augmenting 9 berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation: Juniper, apple mint, chamomile, creeping thistle, downy birch, elder, gorse, hawthorn, heather, lady's bedstraw, lemon balm, meadowsweet, mugwort, red clover, spearmint, sweet cicely, bog myrtle, tansy, water mint, white clover, wild thyme, and wood sage.

46% ABV

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LoneWolf Gin
BrewDog Distilling Co. $34.99/750ml SRP at time of publications

Born under a hazy moon, LoneWolf Gin rose from the ferocity of the Scots forest. Lavender and citrus notes run alongside a forage of feral pine needles, but it’s the fierce juniper backbone that stands this gin tall. 

BrewDog set up LoneWolf to go it alone and to run against the pack. To make a difference and to make their spirits differently. To challenge everything that has come before. To make pure craft spirits shaped by the BrewDog community and to put craftsmanship at the heart of the process.

Ingredients: Juniper, Scots pine, fresh grapefruit peel, fresh lemon peel, coriander seed, cardamom, angelica root, orris root, Thai lemongrass, pink peppercorn, kaffir lime leaf, mace, almond, lavender flower

40% ABV

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Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice Gin
Hendrick's Gin $39.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

The longer days and evenings call out for a light and crisp libation, with a playful lightness and wicked crispness.

This new flirtatiously floral incarnation of Hendrick's is perfect for day-casions, such as brunch and enjoying the summertime.

Midsummer Solstice is a small batch, limited edition from Hendrick's Gin. Like a holiday romance or the lifespan of the mayfly, Midsummer Solstice is a poetic expression of temporality;once it's gone, it's gone forever. Like the solstice itself, Midsummer Solstice Gin is fleeting...

Let's celebrate the summer!

43.4% ABV

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Hendrick's Orbium Gin
Hendrick's Gin $42.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Orbium is a reimagining of Hendrick's Gin by their Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie. Instilled with additional extracts of quinine, wormwood and lotus blossom, the result is an oddly exquisite gin that sits roundly on the palate, complementing our beloved cucumber and rose essences.

It is almost certainly not for everyone, nor available forever. Orbium is distilled in exceedingly small batches and has a finite window of existence.

Orbium contains the same distillates as Hendrick's Gin, however, the same remarkable mind that broke conventions by infusing gin with essences of cucumber and rose has now taken gin in an altogether new direction by infusing flavors that are traditionally associated with classic gin libations; quinine found in tonic (Gin & Tonic) and wormwood found in vermouth (Martini cocktail). But it is not yet quite Orbium.

The addition of Lotus Blossom exquisitely balances the overall flavor; but, the trinity of essences together create a complex gin with surprising brightness and a finish that is uncommonly long and perfect for the Martini-obsessed.

Orbium derives from the word 'orb', the plural of Orbis and the Latin for circle. It is inspired by Lesley's description of the liquid's journey. It represents the spherical round taste that Lesley refers to when describing the Hendrick's house style. It is beautifully presented in the same iconic apothecary style bottle that is now synonymous with Hendrick's albeit in a sumptuous dark blue, inspired by the key essence of Blue Lotus Blossom. It also features an 'all seeing eye' on the label as a continuous circle and a reference back to the liquid's rounded character.

43.4% ABV

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Sam Adams Summer Ale
Sam Adams $14.99/12-pack/12-oz. cans SRP at time of publication

Still golden. Still hazy. Still the perfect beer for any summer occasion. Now lighter and brighter. 

This American wheat ale is synonymous with summer. Sam Adams' blend of orange, lemon and lime peels enhances the spicy, citrusy Hallertau Mittelfrüh Noble hops. Grains of paradise accent the crisp wheat character with a subtle spice that finishes clean. Iconic as it is refreshing, Summer Ale is just right for any summer day.

Quick Notes

Malt: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and malted wheat

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Saaz Noble hops

ABV: 5.3%

IBU: 7

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Sam Adams Porch Rocker
Sam Adams $16.99/12-pack/12-oz. cans SRP at time of publication

This tart, refreshing brew is the Sam Adams take on the Bavarian Radler, named for cyclists who inspired it.

Traditionally a mixture of beer and lemonade, the Sam Adams Porch Rocker Radler combines a crisp golden Helles with a blend of real lemons to create a fresh-squeezed flavor, perfect for the long yet fleeting days of summer.

Quick Notes

Malt: Samuel Adams’ two-row pale malt blend

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfreuh Noble Hops

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 8

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Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery $9.99/6-pack/12-oz cans SRP at time of publication

Objectively the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed, SeaQuench Ale is a session sour mash-up of a crisp Kölsch, a salty Gose and a tart Berliner Weiss brewed in sequence with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt. The result? A citrusy-tart union that has captured the attention and hearts of beer, wine and margarita drinkers alike!

After a full year of research and development, the blissfully inefficient SeaQuench Ale hit the mark and the mood we were looking for. With a touch of salt on the tongue and a bit of malt sweetness in the finish, SeaQuench Ale is as unique as it is refreshing.

Boasting amazingly tart and crisp quenching flavors, SeaQuench Ale clocks in at just 4.9% ABV, 140 calories, 9g carbs, 2g protein and 0g fat per 12 oz. serving, a perfect pairing for an active lifestyle.

Quick Notes

Nose: Spiced citrus aromas of lime

Palate: Amazingly tart, refreshing crisp flavors of lime and the deeper slight bitter of black lime, a touch of salt on the tongue, a bit of malt sweetness in the finish

ABV: 4.9%

IBU: 10

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Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery $13.99/12-pack/6-oz. SRP bottles at time of publication

An explosion of fruit in every sip, Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums is an intensely tropical—yet subtlety bitter—pale ale brewed with a combination of dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Dragons & YumYums is a first-of-its-kind collaboration with American rock icons, The Flaming Lips. 

A sensory enveloping experience at the intersection of creative beer paired with creative music, the energy of this union inspired Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne to use ingredients from the beer—dragon fruit and yumberries—as characters in two original songs, The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon and Pouring Beer in Your Ear…making this the first beer with its own theme song!

With dragon fruit and yumberry as the main elements, Wayne transformed them into storyful lyrics in the song like, “Yum Yum and Dragon went out for a drive, but Yum Yum doesn’t have any eyes… Yum Yum and Dragon, they’re happy they’re friends…”

The psychedelic influence of the label artwork, designed by Michael Hacker as part of Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series, was influenced by the legacy of the Flaming Lips and the culinary components in Dragons & YumYums shown through radiating lines, movement of fire, dancing lips, rainbows and bold pink colors.

Quick Notes

Nose: Intensely tropical with piney aromas

Palate: Balanced sweetness with a slightly resinous flavor

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 25

 

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Basic Vodka
Basic Vodka

Made in Wisconsin from locally sourced corn, Basic Vodka is distilled six times to create an impeccable, American-made vodka. The brand’s focus is what’s inside the bottle, not the branding around it. Basic has no impurities, no additives, and no artificial flavors to mask the taste, which other vodkas are known to have. It is the perfect addition to your bar cart, tailgates, and parties.

Basic Vodka embodies the definition of "basic": Simple and not complicated, so able to provide the base or starting point from which something can develop. To this brand, "basic" means nothing but the best.

40% ABV

Gluten free

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Dos Hombres Mezcal Artesanal Joven
Dos Hombres Mezcal $64.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston started Dos Hombres to create a mezcal that they thought was perfect. Their quest was to reach for perfection in aroma, flavor, strength, and smoothness. The result is a unique blend of the finest Espadin agave, hand-selected from the hillsides of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Dos Hombres is the product of multiple generations of proud mezcal producers from the small village of San Luis del Rio, in a remote section of Oaxaca. With the blessing of the rich soil and adequate rainfall, the best agaves in the world are cultivated.

Dos Hombres presents an appealing fragrance and a rich taste that engages the palate, ensuring the distinctive smoothness of the brand.

Serve neat in a snifter or extended glass to allow the mezcal to “awake,” and fully appreciate the flavors and scents of a completely natural experience. Dos Hombres Mezcal is an open invitation to uncover and delight with the richness arising from the legendary craftsmanship of the best Mezcal Masters in Oaxaca.

Because of its smooth flavor, Dos Hombres is enjoyable in any season, with every possible combination.

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Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey
Uncle Nearest $49.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Uncle Nearest 1884 is the proud legacy of the best whiskey maker the world never knew, Tennessee distilling legend, Nearest Green.

Each small batch has its barrels hand-selected by our founders with each blend curated by descendants of Nearest Green. The signature of the descendant who curated each batch is embossed on the back.

Uncle Nearest 1884 joins the award-winning Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey line-up including Uncle Nearest 1820 and Uncle Nearest 1856. Together, these two whiskies have garnered over 40 awards since launching in July 2017, including “World’s Best” by World Whiskies Awards, “Top 5 Whiskies in the World,” by Cigar & Spirits Magazine, “Chairman’s Trophy, Platinum and Double Gold” by SIP Awards and “Best American Whiskey.

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Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old
Glenfiddich $59.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Think a bourbon heart can't hold a single malt soul? Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve delivers the smooth sophistication of Scotland with the sweet kick of Kentucky.

Glenfiddich's Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, waits 14 years as the whisky matures in ex-bourbon American Oak casks. He then finishes the whisky in charred new American Oak barrels supplied by The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky.

The result is a rich, sweet and vibrant single malt that delivers complex flavors of woody spices with ripe summer fruit. It's an expression that will inspire Scotch and bourbon lovers alike to Rethink Whisky.

Quick Notes

Nose: Deep vibrant vanilla notes with hints of citrus, caramalised brown sugar and cinnamon. Baked apple and ripe summer fruits and balanced with the rich oaky aromas.

Palate: Beautifully rich and sweet with layers of creamy toffee, woody spices, candied orange peel and fresh toasted oak.

Finish: Long lasting with lingering sweetness.

43% ABV

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Years Old
Glenmorangie $64.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

12-year-old Port Cask Finish, known as The Quinta Ruban, will now be aged for an additional two years and become a 14-year-old expression. The extra two years of maturation brings out even deeper flavors of Seville orange and dark chocolate for a bolder, velvety whisky. The cask selection and the finishing process remain the same. In addition, the packaging will change from black to green, giving the new 14-year-old whisky better on-shelf stand out for browsing whisky lovers. 

A voluptuously silky spirit, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Years Old is aged first in bourbon casks for smooth, fruity notes. Glenmorangie then finishes this single malt whisky in ruby port casks to create velvety depth.

The Quinta Ruban 14 Years Old port cask finish brings chocolate boldness to Glenmorangie's renowned smooth style. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel, it is savored all over the world.

Quick Notes

Nose: Dark mint chocolate, tangerines and Seville oranges mingle with sandalwood and walnut before giving way to a spicy finish of pepper and nutmeg.

Palate: Mint chocolate and walnuts envelop the palate like velvet, laying the foundations for rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges.

Finish: Long lasting silky aftertaste leaving dark chocolate mints and traces of orange.

46% ABV

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Ardbeg Drum
Ardbeg $139.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

This year’s Limited Edition bottling, Ardbeg Drum, a scrumptious jamboree of flavors and the perfectly peaty excuse for a party.

Inspired by Islay’s rich history of carnivals, this whisky is a bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, rum. In a first for the distillery, the brand has taken Ardbeg single malt from ex-Bourbon casks and rested it awhile in ex-rum casks from the Americas, resulting in…Ardbeg Drum.

Discover a mass of complex flavors as they parade across the palate. Fragrant pine resin and wood smoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple, before lavender, liquorice and vanilla strut into a long, smoky finish—a downright wondrous paradiddle of aromas.

Ardbeg Drum—let the rumbustious revelry begin!

Quick Notes

Nose: Smoked apple and pineapple, ripe banana, fragrant pine resin and subtle woodsmoke. Dry coco powder, cinnamon and ginger spiced dates and ‘floating’ lavender notes.

Palate: Peppery texture, huge smoky palate, oil, tar, creosote, rich dark chocolate. A treasure of spices – clove, liquorice and ginger mingles with smoked vanilla.

Finish: Intense smoke on the finish, more spice with a sweet coffee liqueur finish.

46% ABV

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Oban 14 Year Old Penichillin
Oban

A modern-day classic Scotch cocktail gone frozen to beat the heat.

Oban 14 Year Old Penichillin

Created by Mixologist Eric Ribeiro; Image: Eric Medsker

Combine Oban 14 Year Old, crushed ice, fresh lemon juice, and ginger-honey syrup into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour blender contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with candied ginger.

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Oban 14 Years Old
Oban $61.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Built by brothers Hugh and John Stevenson, Oban whisky is inextricably bound to its environment. The water flows in from a loch three miles away. They barley travels from Speyside. The distillery came first and a town rose up around it.

Oban sits at the portal between the West Highlands and the Hebrides Islands, a location renowned for its temperate climate and rugged beauty.

14 Years Old is characterized by flavors of orange peel, smoke, sea salt, and honey that distinguish this full-bodied highland malt.

Quick Notes

Nose: Fresh oranges, lemons, and pears, with a hint of salt and peat.

Palate: Dried fig, spice, and a smoked malt dryness.

Finish: Long, smooth, and oaky sweet with a grain of salt.

43% ABV

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Wrong Island
Lagavulin

Nobody will mind landing on the wrong island if this cocktail is in abundant supply on it.

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Wrong Island

Created by Mixologist Eric Ribiero; Image: Eric Medsker

Combine Lagavulin 8 Year Old, pineapple sour cordial, fresh lemon juice, and hellfire bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Lagavulin 8 Years Old
Lagavulin $69.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Initially released during Lagavulin's 200th anniversary year and brought back by popular demand, this is a magnificently full-on Lagavulin that is sweet, smoky and warming with a growing smoky pungency.

Quick Notes

Nose: Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon – developing fragrant, tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas.

Palate: A magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect, and charred, with minty, dark chocolate.

Finish: A clean, long and smoky finish – subtle, minted smoke, chocolate tannins and finally warming, leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.

48% ABV

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
Woodford Reserve $34.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Woodford Reserve is proud to announce the release of their newest permanent expression.

Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey is based on historical recipes but influenced by the iconic core Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand.

Woodford Reserve Wheat is made with wheat as the dominant grain, with a mashbill of 52% wheat, followed by malt (21%), corn (18%) and rye (8%).

“After Prohibition, the federal government permitted four styles of American straight whiskey, each with a different majority grain—bourbon, rye, wheat and malt,” renowned Master Distiller Chris Morris said. “Woodford Reserve now has all four whiskeys as part of its permanent family of brands—Woodford Bourbon, Woodford Rye, Woodford Malt and now Woodford Wheat.”

Quick Notes

Nose: Aromatic spiced (cinnamon and cedar) and cooked fruit (apple, pear, banana) mingle with a delicate floral character sweetened with light vanilla bean and brown sugar notes

Palate: Spicy applesauce and toasted coconut notes enliven an earthy mint and cocoa nib mix

Finish: Dry, subtle cocoa nibs and lingering apple peel

90.4 Proof

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Fired Up Margarita
IGC Hospitality

An enticing Margarita with bright citrus notes and a smoked salt rim.

Fired Up Margarita

Recipe by Cleo in NY, NY; Image: Jenna Murray/IGC Hospitality

  • 1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco
  • 0.5 oz. Yuzu liqueur
  • 0.6 oz. Lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. Cucumber juice
  • 0.5 oz. Agave
  • Smoked salt rim
  • Dehydrated blood orange wheel to garnish

Dip a rocks glass in lime juice, then smoked salt. Add all ingredients except salt to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the prepared glass.

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Rosérita
IGC Hospitality

Give the guests what they want—a cocktail with refreshing rosé and premium tequila!

Rosérita

Recipe by Refinery Rooftop; Image: Jenna Murray/IGC Hospitality

  • 1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco
  • 1.5 oz. Rosé
  • 0.5 oz. Cointreau
  • 0.75 oz. Lemon juice
  • Lime wheel to garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a prepared glass over ice.

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Hibisco Disco
IGC Hospitality

An edible flower and edible glitter add to the sophistication and elegance of this mezcal cocktail.

Hibisco Disco

Recipe by Trademark Taste+Grind; Image: Jenna Murray/IGC Hospitality

  • 2 oz. Ilegal Mezcal
  • 0.75 oz. Cherry Hibiscus Syrup (See note)
  • 0.75 oz. Lime spritz
  • Orange flower water
  • Edible flowers to garnish
  • Edible glitter to garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Decorate with edible flowers and glitter!

For the Cherry Hibiscus Syrup:

Steep Hibiscus Tea in simple syrup overnight (longer for a sweeter flavor). Mix with an equal amount of Cherry Heering.

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Wild Leaf Green Tea
Wild Leaf / American Fermentation Company $9.99/6-pack/12-oz. bottles SRP at time of publication

Wild Leaf Craft Hard Tea is a new premium craft hard iced tea made from select tea leaves from the wild rainforest.

The Green Tea with Apple & Honey expression is bright and flavorful green tea brewed and blended with a touch of real apples and honey

Available in 12-oz. bottles, 16-oz. cans, and draft.

4.5% ABV

130 Calories

11g Sugars

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Wild Leaf Black Tea
Wild Leaf / American Fermentation Company $9.99/6-pack/12-oz. bottles SRP at time of publication

Wild Leaf Craft Hard Tea is a new premium craft hard iced tea made from select tea leaves from the wild rainforest.

The Black Tea with Lemon & Honeysuckle expression is a crisp and refreshing brewed black tea blended with a touch of real lemon and honeysuckle.

Available in 12-oz. bottles, 16-oz. cans, and draft.

4.5% ABV

130 Calories

11g Sugars

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La Berceuse
Absinthia's Bottled Spirits

This cocktail is named after a Van Gogh painting. While Van Gogh was an absintheure, note that it was not the absinthe that caused any of his famous shenanigans, nor did it cause him to cut off his ear.

La Berceuse

Recipe and image courtesy of Absinthia

Muddle strawberries and agave nectar. Add the juice of one-half lemon, spirits and ice. Shake and strain into a tall, ice-filled glass and top with seltzer.

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Absinthia Organic Absinthe Superieure
Absinthia's Bottled Spirits $37.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Absinthia is carefully crafted using certified organic and biodynamic grapes from California, and certified organic herbs—fresh wormwood (artemesia absinthium), star anise, fennel seed, and coriander seed—from an organic farm in Oregon.

Absinthia absinthe is smooth, drinkable, and elegant. Because it's made with fresh wormwood, this Swiss-style blanche has a natural sweetness and is delicious neat, on the rocks, with a splash of cold water, or in a cocktail.

Absinthia Organic Absinthe is available for distribution and is perfect for your bar, restaurant, hotel, or bottle shop. 

Traditional flavor. West Coast ingredients. Certified organic. 100% Woman owned. Absinthia Organic Absinthe Superieure.

55% ABV

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Nosotros Tequila Reposado
Nosotros Tequila $45.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Nosotros Tequila aged their award-winning formula in french oak barrels for 11 months giving it a smooth, vanilla aroma finished by a balanced honey-cinnamon twist. You’ll love it on the rocks.

Nosotros Tequila is a small-batch tequila brand that harmonizes the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica with the rebel spirit of Mexico, joining them under the California sun. Created with a vision to bring people together, the name Nosotros comes from enjoying premium tequila with family, friends, and loved ones.

40% ABV

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Nosotros Tequila Blanco
Nosotros Tequila $37.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Nosotros Tequila is a small-batch tequila brand that harmonizes the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica with the rebel spirit of Mexico, joining them under the California sun. Created with a vision to bring people together, the name Nosotros comes from enjoying premium tequila with family, friends, and loved ones.

Their award-winning juice is the result of blending two agave regions to create a taste profile that is both complex and delicious.

Highland agaves give Nosotros Blanco its sweet and citrus introduction, while lowland agaves bring an herbal finish, truly one of a kind.

40% ABV

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Don Julio Reposado Double Cask Tequila Lagavulin Aged Edition
Don Julio Tequila $64.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Created by Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa in collaboration with the Lagavulin Distillery Manager, Colin Gordon, this limited edition, innovative tequila is inspired by Don Julio Gonzalez’s creative spirit and passion to take the art of tequila making to new heights.

Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Double Cask is a unique, rich and nuanced expression of the brand's traditional Reposado, now finished in casks that previously held Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

40% ABV

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Pineapple Mojito
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Not much screams "SUMMER!" like cocktails made with pineapple, like this creative Mojito variation.

Pineapple Mojito

Recipe by Ashley Thomas, West Coast Sailor Jerry Ambassador; Image: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Muddle pineapple, mint and sugar in the bottom of a shaker. Add ice, lime, Sailor Jerry, and shake well. Pour into glass and top with ice, lime and mint.

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Champagne Mojito
Flor de Caña

Elevate the classic Mojito and take it an entirely new direction with aged rum and a Champagne float.

Champagne Mojito

Recipe by Charlotte Voisey; Image: Flor de Caña

  • 2 parts Flor de Caña 7
  • ¾ parts Simple syrup
  • 1 part Fresh lime juice
  • 6-8 Loose mint leaves
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Champagne to top

Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain up into a coupe or flute glass. Top with 1 oz. Champagne. Garnish with a mint leaf.

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St-Germain Parisian Daiquiri
St-Germain

National Mojito Day is July 11 but just three days later is Bastille Day. This French holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille, an act considered by some to be the catalyst for the French Revolution.

St-Germain Parisian Daiquiri

Recipe and image courtesy of St-Germain

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Fine-strain into a coupette glass.

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BACARDÍ Pomegranate Mojito
BACARDÍ

Just one part pomegranate syrup takes the traditional Mojito to new heights.

BACARDÍ Pomegranate Mojito

Recipe and image courtesy of BACARDÍ

  • 1 ½ parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum
  • 1 part Liber & Co. Pomegranate Syrup
  • ¼ part Fresh lime juice and sugar
  • 1 part Club soda to top
  • 9 Mint leaves (1 to garnish)

Gently muddle green mint leaves with the grenadine in a mason jar. Add the rocks mix, BACARDÍ Superior rum, and ice, and shake for 5 seconds. Top with club soda and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

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BRUM, A World Rum
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Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distiller, producers of Ocean Organic Vodka, have introduced a new luxury rum created by using world-sourced aged expressions crafted in the solera-blend style.

"We search artisan cellars around the world and individually select elegant rums that have been aging 4 to 12+ years," states Bill Scott, Master Distiller. "They represent a multitude of styles and are selected based on character, profile and quality. We bring the assortment back to Hawaii, blend them together along with rum spirits distilled at our facility and place them into recommissioned bourbon barrels spiked with hand-charred Kiawe staves from retired Kiawe trees on our 80-acre farm."

Permitted to age an additional 1 to 2-plus years, Bill Scott routinely reviews BRUM for aroma, taste and consistency. BRUM is characterized by a deep, rich buttery rum flavor and balanced by its time in seasoned oak barrels. The flavor isn't woody, it's just perfectly mature with nods to tropical fruits and a slight sweetness, yielding to a silky-smooth warmness all the way down for a delicious one-of-a-kind rum experience not seen before in the aged rum market.

40.0% ABV

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Mount Gay Rum

A well-made Mojito is always refreshing on a hot summer day. This riff builds on that refreshing quality with pear.

Pear Mojito

Recipe and image courtesy of Mount Gay Rum

  • 1.5 oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
  • 0.75 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1.0 oz. Ambient pear puree
  • 11 Fresh mint leaves
  • Club soda to top

In a highball glass, lightly press on mint leaves with muddler. Add Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum and other ingredients, except club soda. Add ice, transfer to a shaker, and shake. Add club soda and pour back in highball glass. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
Mount Gay Rum $29.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

The latest from Master Blender Allen Smith, Black Barrel is a small batch, handcrafted blend from Mount Gay made of matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates. In a process called finishing, the blended rum is then matured for a second time in deeply charred bourbon oak barrels. This unique process releases spicy aromas that are at once balanced, and bold.

Quick Notes

Nose: Complex notes of spice, toasted wood, followed by fruit

Palate: Bold spice balanced with oaky vanilla and sweet caramel

Finish: Warm medium body with long finish

43.0% ABV

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Your guests won't want your Fourth of July party or the summer to end after their first sip of this tropical rye cocktail.

Basil Hayden's Endless Summer

Recipe by Amy Probasco; Image courtesy of Basil Hayden's

Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass with ice. Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with pineapple wedge and skewered candied ginger.

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Cocktails with a Twist
Kara Newman $13.99 for hardcover at time of publication

For anyone looking to expand their palate and discover a new favorite go-to drink, this inventive cocktail book is just the thing. Each chapter is based on a classic (like the Manhattan), but inside the unique gatefolds, readers will discover numerous riffs (like swapping Irish whiskey for rye to make a Blackthorn, or substituting amaro for vermouth to make a Black Manhattan).

More than 100 variations on 21 modern classic cocktail recipes are accompanied by helpful tips on keeping a well-stocked bar, garnishing drinks, and throwing a party. With bold coloring and a foil cover, Cocktails with a Twist is a handsome addition to any home bar. And with 21 gatefolds, with classic recipes and intriguing variants, this is a cocktail book unlike any other.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover format here.

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Bursting Bubbles
Robert Walters $19.95 for paperback at time of publication

The rise and rise of a group of artisanal producers in Champagne over the last 20 years has challenged everything we thought we knew about this famous region.

In Bursting Bubbles, Robert Walters takes us on a journey to visit these great growers. Along the way, he reveals a secret history of Champagne and dispels many of the myths that still persist about this celebrated wine style.

Controversial and groundbreaking, Bursting Bubbles will change the way you think about Champagne.

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

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Doctor's Orders
Chris Edwards, Dave Tregenza $8.98 for hardcover at time of publication

Cocktails were first created as medicinal tonics, and today the best drinks still have the power to soothe and restore. In Doctor's Orders, you'll find classic cocktails and new concoctions to cure whatever ails you, whether it's a broken heart or just a serious case of the Mondays.

Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza prescribe restorative elixirs such as the Apple a Day and delicious potions like the Jungle Fever. Make a visit to the Peach Therapist, give yourself some Thirst Aid, and remedy any hangover with Tiger's Milk, a twist on the tried and true Bloody Mary. Chapters include Remedies, packed with vitamins and antioxidants; sweet and indulgent Mood Lifters; and Fixer Uppers to put a pep in your step.

With recipes to create your own syrups, infused spirits and garnishes, as well as tips for perfect presentation, this book is just what the doctor ordered.

Available in hardcover format here.

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Combining coconut water, crème de cacao and premium tequila, this cocktail truly captures the spirit of the islands.

La Isla Espiritu

Recipe and image courtesy of Volcán De Mi Tierra

Stir with ice and strain into a low-ball glass with a large cube of ice.  Shave dark chocolate over the ice cube and garnish with a fresh flower.

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Volcán De Mi Tierra

Independence Day and National Tequila Day have a few things in common: they both take place in summer, they both require refreshing drinks, and they're both exciting bar holidays. This reinvigorating Collins combines tequila, grapefruit and a great time.

Grapefruit Collins

Recipe and image courtesy of Volcán De Mi Tierra

  • 2 oz. Volcán De Mi Tierra Blanco
  • 0.75 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. 1:1 Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Soda water to top
  • Grapefruit wedge to garnish

Shake tequila, lemon juice, simple syrup and grapefruit juice with ice.  Strain into a double rocks glass over a large cube of ice.  Top with soda water, and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

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Volcán De Mi Tierra

This refreshing tequila cocktail is at once citrusy, tropical and exotic.

Thai Paloma

Recipe courtesy of Bluebird London; Image: Volcán De Mi Tierra

  • 1.5 oz. Volcán De Mi Tierra Blanco
  • 1.5 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. Coconut nectar
  • 2 Kafir lime leaves
  • 1 spray Thai chili tincture
  • Kafir lime leaf to garnish
  • Edible orchid to garnish

Dry muddle 2 kafir leaves in the bottom of a shaker. Add all ingredients except Thai chili tincture. In a Collins glass, spray Thai chili tincture. Rub rim of glass with lemon and salt. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a single kafir lime leaf and an edible orchid. Surround Collins glass with cedar chips; set chips aflame immediately before serving.

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Volcán De Mi Tierra

Simple to make and easy to drink, this cocktail can do double duty for Fourth of July and National Tequila Day (July 24).

Mazuma

Recipe courtesy of Bathtub Gin; Image: Volcán De Mi Tierra

  • 1.5 oz. Volcán De Mi Tierra Blanco
  • 0.5 oz. Aperol
  • 0.75 oz. Guava puree
  • 0.75 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.25 oz. Agave
  • 1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
  • Half-moon grapefruit slice to garnish

Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously with ice for about 5 seconds. Fill footed Collins glass with ice cubes. Strain cocktail in footed Collins glass. Slice grapefruit into a half-moon and fit in the top of the glass for garnish.

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Smirnoff $8.99/6-pack/12-oz. slim cans SRP at time of publication

In addition to brand-new rosé flavors—Pink Apple Rosé, Strawberry Rosé and White Peach Rosé—Smirnoff has introduced Smirnoff Seltzer Piña Colada flavor to its portfolio.

Smirnoff Seltzer Piña Colada is a tropical explosion of ripe, fresh pineapple and rich, creamy coconut ideal for summer.

4.5% ABV

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Smirnoff $15.99/12-pack/12-oz. slim cans SRP at time of publication

Smirnoff Seltzer is expanding the beloved wine flavor into the seltzer category, adding to the brand’s current Raspberry Rosé offering with three more tasty options including Pink Apple Rosé, White Peach Rosé and Strawberry Rosé that are only 90 calories each, and contain zero sugar and one (fun) carb.

12 fl. oz. Can Average Analysis

Calories: 90

Carbohydrates: 1g

Protein: 0g

Fat: 0