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Pinnacle Vodka Perfect Greyhound Cocktail

The tart flavor of grapefruit is a favorite in cocktails and there are some interesting drinks to be found that celebrate this fruit and they are perfect for any season.

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A Spicy Campari Cocktail?

Monday April 7, 2014

One of the joys of exploring cocktails is to experience all of the unique flavors that are possible and today I have a very, very interesting one for you.

Jose Celebration of Citrus Cocktail

Campari... What do you think of when it comes to a Campari drink? Vermouth, clear soda, some fresh, light fruits, maybe some herbs, but what about a jalapeno pepper? It's true, it is the 'magical' ingredient that makes Brian Hawthorne's Celebration of Citrus cocktail stand out.

Now, before you judge, give this one a try (or at least think about it). The mix is one of Campari, sweet vermouth, orange and grapefruit juices, and a little sparkling wine to top things off. Before all of that, a single slice of  jalapeno is added and if you avoid the majority of the seeds, it is not very spicy at all. It adds a slight vegetal spice that simply finishes off the flavor combination quite interestingly, giving it a unique layer and creating an aperitif that is very pleasing.

You can also find this cocktail on the current menu of The Wayland in New York City.

Get the Celebration of Citrus recipe...

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Where's My Lime?

Friday April 4, 2014

Maybe you have noticed it... a higher priced (or no) lime Margarita, a lemon instead of lime garnish in your favorite drink, or fewer limes at the market. There is currently a lime shortage and it has bartenders and consumers scrounging to fill the gap or pay the price.

Cutting Lime Garnishes

The shortage comes from a number of damaging factors in Mexico's lime production, including weather, disease, and drug cartels. Mexico has fewer limes to sell so the price is going up and this is already effecting bars across the U.S. Some have stopped using limes or at least cut back on the size of garnishes, and some are just paying the higher price, which will impact the cost we pay for drinks. It has been an issue for a few weeks and is predicted to be a long-term problem, though how long is anyone's guess.

Camper English and Lou Bustamante have written in detail about it on Alcademics.com:

What can you do?

  • Skip Lime Cocktails - And that's a lot of drinks. Think about it, how many cocktails are you making that include lime juice? It is one of the most popular mixers because even in small amounts, it is often that finishing touch that marries the other ingredients with each other. Though there are many fine lime cocktails, there are many that do not use lime.
  • Substitute - We've been preaching "Fresh Juice, Fresh Juice, Fresh Juice" for so long that it's difficult to say... there is always that 'other' lime juice. Bottled lime juices leave a lot to be desired and often add far more to the mix than pure lime, but they are available and it's not immediately apparent that this shortage is going to effect the price. Another option (and you will have to experiment a lot) is to use lime liqueurs, syrups, or cordials. Some bartenders are looking to acid phosphates for a solution as well.
  • Wait It Out - As with most things, particularly agriculture, this is not permanent and will probably not last long. Pay the higher prices or skip the lime, either way this will pass and we'll be sipping fresh Margaritas as generously as before (maybe with a higher appreciation).

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2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Results

Wednesday April 2, 2014

The results are in and we have winners in the 2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards

Over the last two months readers have been nominating and voting for their favorite distilled spirits in 10 categories and today I get to announce the winning brands. It is an interesting mix and it is apparent that these brands (some of which are relatively unknown) have a strong following and loyal fans. This may be an indication that they're something to try if you haven't already.

Here are the winners in each of the 10 categories. Follow the links to learn a little more about the brand and find a cocktail selected to highlight each.

Remember, this was based solely on reader participation and I am only the facilitator. If 'your brand' didn't make it, there's always next year. The Readers' Choice Awards typically begin in February and you can keep up to date by subscribing to my weekly newsletter.

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New Cocktail Contest: Fruit Cocktails

Tuesday April 1, 2014

It is April 1st and that means that it is not only April Fool's Day, but also time to announce this month's cocktail contest and it is the easiest one yet. The theme for April's contest is: Fruit Cocktails.

It's true, all your drink needs this month is a little bit of fruit and I don't care how you get it. Fresh fruits, fruit liquors, purees, nectars, sodas, syrups, and anything else that has a fruit flavor can be used. The only thing I ask is that the fruity flavor be a main component in the drink.

It is a very simple challenge and I'm sure that many of you have a number of cocktails that will work. Choose the best of your creations and share them soon. Deadline on this one is Sunday, April 27th.

Submit your fruit cocktail here...

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