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Here you can find news and reviews of various events and gatherings related to the alcohol industry. Have any stories, photos, or recipes to share from an event near you? Feel free to email us.

Wall Street Plaza Presents: Rum Fest 7

For those in the Central Florida area, tomorrow is the 7th annual celebration of RumFest in downtown Orlando. What is RumFest? Only an amazing block party 3 hours long complete with live music, unlimited samples of some of the finest rums you can find and plenty of friendly people to interact with. With more rum than ever before, you can expect punches, daiquiris, concoctions, libations and more! Rums from around the world will be showcased, including: Don Q SilverAppleton Estates Jamaican RumBacardi SuperiorBacardi OakHeartMount Gay Eclipse,Ron AbueloJack Flavored RumsSailor JerryBrugalMargaritaville Spiced10 CaneMalibu, and Kraken Black Spiced Rum, just to name a few!

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. For $10 extra you can gain access to the exclusive Red Stripe Terrace where you’ll have access to unlimited bottle of Red Stripe lager, an exclusive special rum punch and an assortment of snacks and munchies all while overlooking the crowd down below at rumfest.

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Events, Rum


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Rum Renaissance Sets Sail

…..Fans of Miami’s week long celebration of rum known as the Rum Renaissance Festival have an all new adventure to plan for this year. In collaboration with Celebrity Cruises, the hosts of Rum Renaissance have put together a week long rum-themed adventure aboard the luxurious Celebrity Summit taking place Nov. 12-19 this year.

“Join noted rum expert Robert Burr, author of the Gifted Rums Guide and host of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival for a unique week-long rum-themed cruise through the Eastern Caribbean islands. Discover the birthplaces of great rums while savoring the best rums of the region with rum seminars, tasting events and VIP excursions to rum distilleries and visitor centers. Rum cruisers will meet members of the International Rum Expert Panel and rum ambassadors from leading rum brands while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow rum enthusiasts from many countries.”

The adventure sets sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico and takes you through Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas before arriving back in San Juan. What can you expect? Not your typical cruise that’s for sure. Guests of the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise will enjoy practically unlimited tastings of rum, through various scheduled distillery tours and VIP tastings. Along the way you can also expect to catch some great deals and bargains on specialty rums as well as have the opportunity to try/buy some rums unavailable to us here in the states. My advice? TAKE ADVANTAGE. To inquire about pricing and secure yourself a spot on this guaranteed-fun ship, visit .

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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Events, Rum


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Tailgate Time: NFL Kickoff Cocktails

After a few months of biting our nails and wondering if we would ever see and end to the infamous “Lockout”, the National Football League makes it’s return this Thursday for it’s opener with the Packers vs Saints followed by it’s usual Sunday lineup packed full of action. With the return of football comes the return of hardcore tailgating. Break out the grills, the annoying team paraphernalia, and of course don’t forget the alcohol. No tailgating experience is complete without a good assortment of finger food and relatively easy to make cocktails. Though it can be fun mixing up that drink with 8-10 hard to find ingredients, the best drinks for tailgating combine simplicity with great taste. The most complicated drink you’ll find at one of my tailgating parties will be a Long Island or one of it’s many variations. So try one of these our this weekend and see if it doesn’t have all your buddies crowning you as “Tailgate King”.

Linebacker Limeade

Six 12 oz Bottles of Corona
One 12 oz can of frozen minute made limeade concentrate.
1/2 a lime.

One of my FAVORITE beer cocktails I got from Rachael Ray. Easy, tasty, and appeals to both beer lovers and those cocktail fans that prefer something a little sweeter. In a large pitcher combine the limeade concentrate with your beer. After the foam settles squeeze the half a lime into the pitcher and stir. Pour into chilled glasses and serve. This makes 6 servings. Of course you could do the math and make an individual portion.

Lynchburg Lemonade (My variation)

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels
2 Oz Simple Syrup
1 Oz Triple Sec
Splash of Club Soda.
2 Slices of Lemon

What would a Tailgate be without whiskey right? This is my variation on a classic. I prefer simple syrup rather than sweet n sour which the original recipe calls for. Also depending on where you’re from some top it off with Lemon Lime soda but I prefer Club soda. It’s your party, so find which works best for you. In a mixing glass muddle your lemon slices, then add in ice, bourbon, simple syrup, and triple sec. Shake, and pour. Top off with your club soda.

The John Daly

3 oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
3 oz Lemonade

This one is as easy as it gets but tastes AMAZING. This adult Arnold Palmer is sure to be a hit at any tailgate. Combine your Vodka and your lemonade of ice and enjoy.

Washington Apple (Shots)

1 Part Whiskey
1 Part Apple Pucker Schnapps
1 Part Cranberry Juice

Always a hit with the girls yet still a nice bite for the fellas thanks to the whiskey. Throw these three in a shaker and pour into shots for a good time.


Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Events, Tailgating


NFL Inspired Cocktails: Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints

…..The National Football League has returned after a breif hiatus in which we were fortunate to have not missed any regular season games. With the return of football comes the return of tailgating and there’s no better sport to tailgate than Football (I’m sure some “Futbol” fans would disagree). Our opening game is less than 24 hours away and should be nothing short of a great kickoff to the season with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers taking on their Super Bowl predecessors the New Orleans Saints. In honor of this kickoff game I present some Packer/Saints inspired tailgating recipes. Enjoy.

Packer Punch 2.0

1 Parts Apple Pucker
1 Parts Bacardi Cherry Rum
4 Parts Lemonade
Club Soda (Optional)

I created a Packer Punch last year for my NFL inspired cocktails, but have since created a second recipe thus the 2.0. As a Bears fan it almost pains me to make something this good for a team I hate but it goes with the territory. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and it’s ready to go. Feel free to add club soda for the “sparkling” effect.

Frozen Tundra Cocktail
(Midori Margarita)

1 oz Midori
1 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
1 Cup of Ice

Add all your ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

New Orleans Hurricane1 oz White rum
1 oz Jamaican dark rum
1 oz Bacardi 151 rum
3 oz Orange Juice
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Crushed ice
Combine all ingredients and shake well. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with various fruit wedges.

Like these recipes? Be sure to check out some of our other NFL Inspired cocktails as well as NCAA College Football inspired recipes. Your favorite team not listed? Don’t worry we’ll be adding recipes to the collection all season, or SUBMIT YOUR OWN TEAM RECIPES!. By the way, have you Liked us yet on Facebook? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR !

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Events, Rum, Tailgating, Tequila


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Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey: Toast To Summer Event

…..Tonight, in 18 Cities across the country Jack Daniels will host a one day only “Toast to Summer” celebrating the recently released Tennessee Honey Liqueur to their portfolio. The event is free however it is private so you will need to RSVP for an invitation. If you haven’t done so already, RSVP at JoinTheSwarm . You can expect a great social atmosphere, and plenty of complimentary Jack Daniels. If JD isn’t you’re thing though the events are being held at a regular bar so you will have the options to drink something else.


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Review: MargaritaFEST 2011

…..It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (for those that don’t know their limit), it was the return of MargaritaFEST to Orlando’s downtown district known as Wall Street Plaza. Was it hot as hell? Yes, after all this is Florida in the month of August with a block party atmosphere which means you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with people. Was it unbearable? Absolutely not, in fact it was a slightly breezy and very overcast day that threatened rain but actually held off until literally minutes after the event ended. If that wasn’t a sign from up above that we were meant to drink and enjoy ourselves I don’t know what was. As advertised their were two full bars, 10-15 booths serving unlimited classic and unique margaritas, and several tequila sampling tables both public and private. Oh and did I mention munchies and some great reggae cover bands? It was definitely a night to remember, and with the help of a bottle of “Last Round” hangover remedy, I was spared a rough Sunday morning. Below are a few of the margarita recipes I liked best. Some I tweaked a bit to my own liking. Cheers!

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 Pomegranate Margarita

  • 2 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Herradrra Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Splash Lime Juice
  • Splash Simple Syrup
Super Fruit Margarita
  • Half a (750 mL) bottle VeeV Açaí Spirit
  • 5 oz 901 Blanco tequila
  • 7 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 5 oz Simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
Classic Milagro Margarita
  • 2 Parts Milagro Silver
  • 3/4 Parts Agave Nectar
  • 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
…..The best thing about a margarita is they are very hard to mess up. You can make them as sweet or as strong as you like. Make them as fruity or as tart as you prefer. These were some of my favorites, feel free to experiment with the basics of a margarita (Tequila, Lime, Sugar) and add in some of your favorites and see where it takes you. Until, next time; Class dismissed.
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Wall Street Plaza Presents: Margarita Fest

…..Tequila fans are in for treat. If you live in the Central Florida area, or perhaps are in town visiting this week at one of the many attractions Orlando has to offer, be sure to come down to Wall Street Plaza where they’ll be throwing the best Margarita party in town celebrating one of their largest block parties known as MARGARITA-FEST. Bottomless Margaritas, tequila tastings, live Reggae music, and a street full of people are sure to be a recipe for fun, lasting memories (embarrassing and not), and a good time. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at, or $25 at the door. In addition there will be high end tequila tastings at the private Tequila Terrace available along with some munchies for an additional $10. Not into the same old boring Margaritas? Don’t worry they’ll have you covered with “ritas” ranging from the classic rita to some strange and unique ones as well. If you haven’t heard of the legendary block parties we have here in Mickey’s town down on Wall Street, then prepare to be amazed as this will amplified by 10.

What: Margarita Fest

When: Saturday, August 6th : 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Wall Street Plaza
19 N Orange Ave, Orlando FL, 32801

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