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Did you know that there is a recognized Holiday almost every day of the year? Ever heard of Peanut Butter day? How about National Sandwich day? Here you can find cocktails and recipe suggestions related to and inspired by these famous and not so famous holidays.

Celebrating National Pina Colada Day

……..With Summer in full swing, there is no better way to fight off the hot and sticky days of July than to cool down with a nice cold and icy drink. In search of the perfect drink, look no further than the Pina Colada, which celebrates it’s national holiday on July 10th. For years The Pina Colada has gained popularity and notoriety all in the same thanks to cheesy songs, over exposure in restaurant bars, and just plain bad bartenders, but for the sake of the classic cocktail we’ll share the proper ways to make one, as well as some delicious spins on the original recipe.
…..Pina Colada is spanish for “Strained Pineapple”, and has a bit of a muddled history. It’s creations dates back to the 1800’s where Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
…..The Pina Colada is then re-introduced in Peurto Rico on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its starstudded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after 3 intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born. But it doesn’t stop there, also laying claim to the invention is the Barrachina Restaurant in Peurto Rico which claims in 1963 that while on a trip to South America, Mr Barrachina met a bartender who he worked with to create a drink containing pineapple juice, condensed milk, coconut creme, and ice in a blender.
…..So obviously it’s questionable history has a lot to do with its various recipes now in circulation. In addition to the various recipes claiming to be the original, there are also several variations that are purposefully different replacing specific ingredients or adding in additional ones. These variations include:

Chi Chi – Substituting the Rum with Vodka
The Miami Vice – Half of a Strawberry Daiquiri poured over a Pina Colada
The Staten Island Ferry – Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice over ice

Today, if you go into 10 bars you will probably taste 10 different recipes, and combine that with the ability to make them at home with “ready to drink” recipes sold at your local package store (I don’t recommend these), and you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here are some of my favorite Pina Colada recipes:

Pina Colada:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices
Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.
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Banana Colada 
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
  • 18 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
Place bananas and pineapple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk, rum and ice and mix until frothy. Garnish with toasted coconut.
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Strawberry Colada (Miamia Vice)
  • 2 oz Frozen Strawberries (Or Strawberry Puree)
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Coconut milk
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/1 Cup of ice
In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a sliced Strawberry.
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Now if this doesn’t keep you busy this weekend than nothing will. Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly. Class Dismissed !

 

 

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Celebrating National Bermuda Day

Memorial day is less than a week away and for those of you who just can’t wait to throw on a bathing suit, catch some sun and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, I’ve got some good news for you. Today is National Bermuda day. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it originated as a British holiday in 1902 celebrating the birthday of Queen Empress Victoria. It was recognized as Empire day, then changed to Commonwealth day, and eventually became known in Bermuda as Bermuda day during a period of civil unrest as a way to bring Bermudians of difference races together in harmony. Much like any holiday, the day includes loads of activities including the Bermuda Heritage Day Parade, a Marathon Derby, Cycling races, marching bands, dancers and of course RUM. What would an island holiday be without rum. If you can’t make it to Bermuda for the festivities and don’t have any celebrations near you don’t worry, you can start your OWN part by enjoying the National Drink of Bermuda; The Dark N Stormy. The Dark n Stormy has a special place in my heart and as far as I’m concerned National Bermuda day happens often in my house. So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy.

Dark N Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

In a tall glass filled with ice add 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and top with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge (optional).

Don’t forget, while there are many great dark rums on the market, if it isn’t Goslings, it isn’t OFFICIALLY a Dark N Stormy. And you thought the only thing cool about Bermuda was that triangle. For more information and great recipes check out GoslingsRum.com. Class Dismissed!

 

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Today is National Irish Coffee Day

Today is National Irish Coffee Day ! Here’s a bit of history courtesy of Wikipedia before we get to the classic recipe below.

…..“The origin of the Irish coffee is highly disputed. According to certain sources the original Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a head chef at Foynes, County Limerick but originally from Castlederg, County Tyrone. Foynes’ port was the precursor to Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland; the coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was Irish coffee. Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport, when he worked with the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to start serving it on November 10, 1952, and worked with the bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out.”

Irish Coffee:
1 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey (Or your favorite Brand)
2 tsp Demerara sugar
Strong black coffee
Extra Thick Whipping cream

Preparation: First thing you’ll need is a warm glass and teaspoon to start. To do this take your glass, place the teaspoon inside, and add boiling water. Empty out hot water then : Add your Whiskey followed by your sugar and stir. Next Add strong black coffee until your cup is about 3/4th’s full. Next add whipping cream over the back of the warm teaspoon to insure the cream floats on the coffee. Enjoy !

 

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Celebrate National Sandwich day with Flor De Cana Rum’s Crustless Cocktails

NEW YORK CITY (NOVEMBER 1, 2010) – The culinary cocktail trend has given the expression “liquid lunch” a whole new meaning. In celebration of National Sandwich Day on November 3, Flor de Caña® rum, the pride of Nicaragua and the rum of choice among America’s top mixologists, is embracing this movement by creating some of the most unique concoctions imaginable – Sandwich Cocktails.

The days when your mother made your favorite PB&J sandwich just the way you liked it—no crust, jelly, and two banana slices—are long gone. Flor de Caña rum has enlisted some of the finest mixologists behind the bar to liquefy three iconic lunchtime favorites into sandwich libations including Peanut Butter & Jelly, a Cheeseburger and the BLT. Yes, it is possible—and it’s the best thing since sliced bread!

“Food-inspired cocktails are a natural fit for Flor de Caña rum as it highlights the brand’s versatility,” says Paul Caffrey, Brand Manager. “The flavor profile of Flor de Caña 7 year old rum complements sweet and savory ingredients; our crustless cocktails reinforce the mixability of Flor de Caña rum, while also having a bit of fun at the same time!”

Trevor Burnett of the Toronto-based cocktail consultancy Tipicular Fixin’s says, “The cheeseburger cocktail I created is well balanced and allows the character of Flor de Caña 7 year old rum to add a complexity to the beef stock reduction that a neutral spirit could never achieve. Notes of dark caramel, burnt toffee, and toasted nuts also create a well-rounded tasting experience, offering the satisfaction of what one might call comfort food in a glass.”

PB&J

Created by Gianfranco, Tippling Bros.

1.5 oz Flor de Caña 7 yr rum
.5 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Vides
.25 oz Strawberry jam
.25 oz Peanut syrup*
1 Egg whte
1 Yellow banana

Shake all ingredients in a boston shaker without ice, then add ice and shake vigorously again.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass that is rimmed with minced salted-peanuts.

Garnish: A banana slice.

*Peanut syrup

1) Combine 2 parts water with 2 parts sugar in a pot
2) Bring sugar water to a boil
3) Add 1 part minced peanuts
4) Simmer for 10 minutes
5) Strain to remove peanut particles

BLT

Created by Niccole Trzaska

1.5 oz of Bacon-infused Flor de Caña 7 yr rum
2 oz Sacramento tomato juice
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Pinch celery salt
Pinch black pepper
Squeeze of lemon juice
Dollop of horseradish
Fresh Cilantro to taste

Pour all ingredients over ice shake and then strain over ice.

Garnish:

One piece of bib lettuce

wrapped around a thick piece of crispy apple wood smoked bacon and an avocado slice. Use a toothpick or skewer to secure with a cherry tomato.

Cheeseburger

Created by Trevor Burnett and Whitney Munro, Tipicular Fixin’s

1 oz Flor de Caña 7 yr rum
2 muddled Roma tomatoes
1 oz Iceberg lettuce water
1 oz Beef (well reduced)
2 tbsp Toasted bread crumbs
1 tsp Dry mustard powder
2 tbsp Aged cheddar
1 large Kosher dill pickle

Salt and pepper to taste

Muddle tomatoes, add ice, and slowly poor lettuce water. Stir rum and beef jus together in stainless shaker. Float rum mixture over ice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Garnish: Cheddar frico and pickle knot.

Garnish instructions:

Heat pan to medium heat, sprinkle in cheddar and use sides of spoon to gather cheese into a circle. Brown and remove from pan to cool on plate.

Mix bread crumbs with dry mustard. Wet rim of glass with pickle juice, dip glass in crumb mixture.

About Flor de Caña® Rum

Celebrating over 115 years of rum production, family-owned Flor de Caña is the most-awarded rum in the world. Flor de Caña premium and super premium rums are the only rums in the world that are 100% aged or “slow-aged,” guaranteeing each age stated on the bottle is the actual age of the rum. Flor de Caña slow-aged rums are never blended with younger vintages to ensure the highest-quality and consistency. Flor de Caña rums are distilled and handcrafted from estate-grown sugar cane at Flor de Caña’s fully self-sustaining facility in Nicaragua. The only rum produced in Nicaragua and the most popular in all of Central America, Flor de Caña offers a diverse selection of aged products, including 4 year old White, Gold and Limon; 5 year old; 7 year old; 12 year old; and 18 year old. They may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a variety of mixed cocktails. Flor de Caña is distributed in the U.S. by Skyy Spirits LLC. http://www.skyyspirits.com.

About Skyy Spirits, LLC

Skyy Spirits, LLC is the US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Gruppo Campari (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM) and the definitive marketer and distributor of super-premium and luxury spirits brands in North America. Launched in 1992 with the introduction of its flagship brand, SKYY® Vodka, Skyy Spirits has grown exponentially, building a portfolio unrivaled in its quality, innovation and style, making it a top choice among distributors, retailers and consumers. Skyy Spirits manages Gruppo Campari’s portfolio in the US of such leading brands as SKYY® Vodka, SKYY90®, SKYY Infusions®, Campari®, Wild Turkey® Straight Kentucky Bourbon, American Honey®, Russell’s Reserve®, Glen Grant® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Cabo Wabo® Tequila, Espolón™ Tequila, Ouzo 12®, X-Rated® Fusion Liqueur® and Jean-Marc XO Vodka®. Skyy Spirits is also the exclusive US distributor of Cutty Sark® Scotch Whisky, The Glenrothes® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Auchentoshan® Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Glen Garioch® Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Flor de Caña® Rum, Carolans Irish Cream®, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey®, Irish Mist® Liqueur, Midori® Melon Liqueur, ZEN Green Tea Liqueur TM, Hibiki® Whisky and The Yamazaki® Single Malt Whisky.

Skyy Spirits was founded and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. More information on the company can be found at www.skyyspirits.com and www.camparigroup.com. Please enjoy Skyy Spirits brands responsibly and in moderation.

Press Release courtesy of Skyy Spirits

 

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Celebrating National Vodka Day !

For those of you unaware, October 4th is National Vodka day, and not everyday at 5 pm contrary to popular belief. For some of you I’m sure there has been  a circle around this day in your calendars for quite some time. Chances are the last time you went out to your favorite drinking establishment, the popular mixing spirit was flowing heavily. Vodka has been the main beneficiary of the popularity that came with the advancement of cocktail mixology over the last two decades. Been to a package store lately? You now have approximately 300 brands to choose from. Here’s a brief history lesson to keep you educated while planning how you will spend this wonderful and highly under rated holiday.

Vodka is the worlds most consumed spirit, accounting for a quarter of worldwide spirits sales. Three billion liters are sold each year. The name “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water. It’s origin can be traced back to Russia and Poland, both of which claim it’s creation. Prior to the mid 1950’s the spirit was rarely consumed outside of Eastern Europe and was originally introduced as a way to combat illness

Vodka is the easiest and cheapest spirit to produce, and with so many competitors in the market companies are constantly working to create the next big thing in the industry, thus the explosion of the flavored vodka market. Chocolate, whipped cream, blueberry, cranberry-lemonade, and cucumber are just some to name a few in a category that is getting larger and stranger everyday. There are even salmon and bacon flavored vodkas going into production as we speak. Soon we’ll be able to have a complete seven course meal completely in liquid form. For all of you anti flavored vodka fanatics, don’t worry, the “odorless”  and “tasteless” neutral spirit is still the main seller. The irony though is that anyone who truly believes vodka is odorless and tasteless isn’t into ultra premium vodkas. With a good vodka, you can taste the complexities that make it differ from one another. While most prefer to drink vodka iced cold, for  tasting purposes it is best served at room temperature.

Enough history lessons, how about some drinks? Below I’ve provided a few of my favorite vodka brands, in no particular order as well as some excellent recipes to get your holiday started.

Ciroc – (France)- $32- Grapes based- 5 times distilled. Nice nose, lemon, lime, citrus, almond, fruity, nutty, pepper, lemon lollipop, crisp, intense, light, pleasant, spicy, long finish.
Stoli Elite (Russia)- $60– Wheat & Rye based- 4 distillations. Freeze filtered. Balanced, smooth, burns, easy drinking, hard to drink, good finish.
Belvedere (Poland)- $35– Gold rye based, artesian well water- 4 distillations. Smooth, clean, light, balanced, anise, pepper, white pepper, grain, intense, vanilla, full bodied, long, silky finish.
Russian Standard (Russia)- $25 – Smooth, sweet finish, rough, clean, intense, exciting, classic.
Van Gogh (The Netherlands)- $28– Wheat, corn & barley- three distillations. Clean, smooth, bitter, complex, spice, fire, biting, rich, intense.
Svedka (Sweden)- $16– Winter wheat based, spring water- 5 distillations. Light, clean, soft, very fine, perky, smooth, crisp, feminine, grain, vanilla, spicy, dusty, peppery, sweet, berries, nutty, peppers, medium bodied, hot finish.
Sobieski (Poland)- $12- Rye based, spring water- 8 times distilled. Subtle, smooth, clean, delicate, almond oil, vanilla, peppery, sweet, anise, mineral, metallic, medium bodied, hot, spicy finish.
Ketel One (The Netherlands)- $26– Wheat based. Clean finish, anise, vegetal, smooth, intense, soft & subtle, neutral, bitter.

Madras

1 1/2 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry
1 oz of Orange Juice
1 Lime wedge
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass over ice. Add the lime wedge and serve

Moscow Mule

2 oz Vodka
2 oz of fresh lime juice
8 oz of Ginger Ale (or Ginger Beer)
Add all ingredients together over ice and serve.

Caipiroska

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 of a lime cut into 4 wedges
2 Teaspoons of sugar
Place the lime wedges at the bottom of an 8 oz glass, pour sugar over top and muddle ingredients. Add ice and pour vodka over ingredients. Serve.

Try some of the Absolut Pitcher recipes here courtesy of Absolut.com. Special thanks toTheFiftyBest.com, a great resource on current vodka brand in the market.

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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Daily Holidays, Vodka

 

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