Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sophisticated Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Avión

…..Some Americans use Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) as an excuse to shoot lesser quality tequila with salt and limes to mask poor flavor. What people don’t realize is that one of Mexico’s great sources of cultural pride comes from their fine sipping tequilas, which can be enjoyed neatly like a fine scotch. This Cinco de Mayo, follow the true Mexican tradition of good taste with Tequila Avión, a smooth new tequila that won gold and double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year. This tequila is produced with only the finest blue Weber agave found in the highest regions of Jalisco, Mexico. Higher elevation creates more stress on the plant which in turn leads to more depth and character in the tequila. To mark this occasion, raise your glass with the best tequila Mexico has to offer and celebrate by sipping on an Tequila Avión Blood Orange Margarita.


* 1½ oz. Tequila Avión
* ¾ oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur
* 1 oz. Blood Orange Juice
* ½ oz. Fresh Sour Mix

Recipe and Image are courtesy of representatives for Avion Tequila. Be sure to check back with us through out the week as we will be featuring several recipes and featured brands for Cinco De Mayo. As always don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook.


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Spring Fever: Spring Cocktail Recipes

The sun is shining, the snow is melting (hopefully), and the green grass that has alluded you for months is starting to show again. That’s right, Spring is finally here. For those of you up north, the transition from Winter to Spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Having spent 18 years of my life in the North before moving to the scorching South, it’s ironic that I now anticipate the transition from Summer to Fall more than anything. But now is the time for you to put away the procrastinations of Winter and complete your Spring cleaning, filing of taxes, and planning your Summer vacations or stay-cations. After all is said and done, you’ll want to treat yourself to a deliciously refreshing cocktail on your patio, porch, or whatever relaxing spot you’ve made for yourself. Here are a few excellent cocktails to help you usher in the essence of Spring:

Lynchburg Lemonade
1 oz Jack Daniels
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda (Try the new Citrus Blast Product!)

Add all ingredients except the soda into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled collins glass and top off with 7 up. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge.

Spiked Arnold Palmer (The John Daly) – Great for Making Pitchers
2 Oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 Oz Lemonade (Preferably home made)
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Rum Ting Cocktail
2 oz Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum
Juice of one half a lime
4 oz Ting Grapefruit Soda (Hard to find so substitute with other grapefruit sodas if you must)

Pour your rum into a tall glass filled with ice. Add in Lime juice and top with your soda and that’s it! Tasty, refreshing, perfect for spring and summer.

Red Berry Blast (Created by the Professional Drinker)
1.5 oz Ciroc Red Berry
3 oz Lemonade
1 oz Lemon Lime Soda
.25 oz Grenadine

Add your Vodka and Lemonade into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with your Sprite and then add in a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a lime wheel

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in 4th of July, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey


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Press Release: Introducing Effen Cucumber Vodka

Deerfield, Ill. – – Tapping into the cucumber cocktail trend, EFFEN® Vodka is launching its newest flavor option, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. Inspired by the essence of freshly harvested vine ripened cucumbers, this new vodka further embodies EFFEN’s smooth, clean, crisp taste that vodka lovers have come to expect from the brand.

Delicate yet distinctive, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka offers a refreshing twist for your next cocktail, including the classic Bloody Mary. It is crisp and clean, pairing well with melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon and provides a unique twist on traditional martinis.

“When we decided to expand the EFFEN line, we searched for a flavor that fit the modern character and Super Premium nature of our brand,” said Kim Washington, Senior Director, Vodkas for Beam Global Spirits & Wine. “Cucumber is one of the most exciting flavors being used in today’s top bars and high-end restaurants, making it the perfect fit for the EFFEN line. It’s unique, but not unapproachable.”

EFFEN Cucumber Vodka is made using natural ingredients and premium spirits distilled from wheat, rendering a crisp, clean cucumber flavor without the use of sugar or artificial flavors. The vodka is made using a “continuous distillation” process in which the liquid is circulated in giant stainless steel columns many times.

“The crisp flavor of the cucumber and the smoothness of EFFEN’s Super Premium vodka have been married perfectly in this modern, balanced spirit,” said David Nepove, National President of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild. “EFFEN Cucumber Vodka adds an unexpected layer of flavor to your favorite cocktails.” To demonstrate its versatility and unique flavor, EFFEN recommends the below EFFEN Cucumber cocktails:

EFFEN® Cucumber Bloody Mary

2 parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
2 Basil Leaves, torn
4 parts Tomato Juice
¾ part Bloody Mary Seasoning

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Pour into a serving glass with ice and garnish with a lime wheel and fresh basil leaf.

EFFEN® Cucumber Coconut Palm (created by David Nepove)

1½ parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
1½ parts Coconut Water
1 Small Kiwi or Half of a Large Kiwi, peeled
¾ parts Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients, squeezing or muddling the kiwi, into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice.

EFFEN Vodka is a Super Premium vodka whose name means smooth, even and balanced in Dutch. It is made from 100% premium wheat, which results in a silky, smooth liquid and the best vodka you can buy. As the only vodka made by bartenders for bartenders, EFFEN Vodka’s bottle design features a non-slip sleeve that is carefully affixed to each bottle by hand. In addition to EFFEN Vodka, the brand line also features EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka, EFFEN® Dutch Raspberry Vodka and now, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. At 75 proof, EFFEN Cucumber Vodka will be available nationwide in March with a suggested retail price of $29.99 for a 750 ml bottle. For more information on EFFEN Vodka, please go to About EFFEN® Vodka Acquired by Beam Global in June 2009 from the Sazerac Company, the super-premium EFFEN Vodka rounded out the company’s vodka portfolio. As the only vodka created by the industry, for the industry, EFFEN offers not only a world-class liquid but a sleek, form-meets-function design. The EFFEN line includes EFFEN® Vodka, EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka, EFFEN® Dutch Raspberry Vodka and now, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. EFFEN is sold worldwide and is available in 50ml, 375ml, 750ml and 1.75L bottles.

Press release provided courtesy of Beam Global Spirits & Wine


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Cocktail of The Week: Mexican Orchard

This weeks featured cocktail recipe comes to us from the Camarena family. After recently getting my hand on a bottle of both the silver and reposado tequilas from the Camarena family I tried (and tried) several cocktails that were suggested on their website, as well as a few of my own. I thought one of the more tasty ones I came across was the Mexican Orchard. With Spring finally here and Summer just around the corner, this makes for a delicious drink to cool off with on a beautiful hot and sunny day.



Mexican Orchard

1 ½ oz. Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
½ oz. Apple Liqueur
2 oz. Lime Juice or sour mix
1 oz. Lemon lime soda

Be sure to visit Camarena Tequila
for more great cocktail suggestions.