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Roca Patron Anejo: Spirit Review + Cocktail

Today we’re going to focus on an Añejo Tequila; Roca Patron. Patron is a well known brand. Known for crafting some of the world’s best Tequila. Roca Patron is handcrafted using the Tahona process which provides a super smooth, sophisticated and complex flavor profile. Roca Patron Añejo is aged for 14 months in used Bourbon barrels.  The aging gives the Añejo a medium gold, straw hue and provides notes of raisins, grapefruit, spice, ginger, citrus and a peppery crisp finish. Roca translates to “rock”, referring to the Tahona stone that is used to press the 100% Weber Blue Agave. The newer line of Roca Tequilas from Patron are bottled at a higher proof. Roca ranges from 84 to 90 whereas the traditional Patron rounds off at 80 proof.

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The aroma is of 100% Weber Blue Agave that has been pressed by a two-ton volcanic stone tahona (I can smell the process!) You get a mellow aroma with hints of vanilla, agave, fruits and spices. This is the kind of Tequila that deserves to be sipped. I know I don’t need to mention that you should only be drinking 100% Agave Tequilas, right? Stay far away from the mixtos. Roca Patron is for a spirits’ connoisseur. This ultra-premium Añejo is definitely well balanced, beautiful and still approachable to Tequila drinkers who are new to Añejos.

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For any real Tequila lover, Roca Patron Añejo is a must for your home bar.

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I wouldn’t normally use an Añejo like this in a cocktail but, Roca is so versatile and complex, it can stand up to bold flavors in a simple drink.

Roca Smash:

2oz. Roca Patron Añejo

1oz. Lime Juice

3/4oz. Agave Nectar

2-3 Pineapple Chunks (Muddled)

4-5 Mint Leaves

*Muddle Pineapple and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice or into a coupe glass. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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!Salud¡ Tequila lovers!

 

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Spirit Review: Brugal 1888

I love rum just as much as the next pirate. Well, just as much as the next girl. Anything better than a tiki cocktail or a mojito? Maybe. The odds are slim however, the one spirit that I do like to sip is rum. It’s easy to take rum for granted with all of the ornamentation and sometimes blue colors. So, when you find a good one, you should savor it.

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We’ve got a good one here with Brugal 1888. A great one actually. This is a real quality rum.

Brugal is a rum from the the Dominican Republic with over 125 years of history. The unique characteristic of the Brugal rums is the dryness. The distilling process of Brugal yields it’s clean, dry and smooth taste. The 1888 on the other hand does have some sweetness on the palate. It’s very smooth with a bold velvety mouth feel and some spice on the finish. The 1888 is aged for 6 to 8 years in White American Oak casks and finished in Sherry Oak casks for 2 to 4 years. This Double-Wood aging gives the 1888 it’s distinctive smooth flavor. Some may think Brugal 1888 is the “rum for whiskey lovers” (Brugal). I don’t completely disagree but, I believe Brugal 1888 is a rum for rum lovers. It’s easy to appreciate.

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Brugal 1888 is a dark amber in color with many complex aromas on the nose. There’s a lot of spice with hints of cinnamon and cocoa, roasted and dried fruits. On the palate, 1888 is warm, smooth and full bodied. You get the light sweetness and spice up front with a long finish. This is a rum to be sipped and used in a select few cocktails. Try a pairing with some chocolates and almonds. This is a rum you want in your arsenal.

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For the cocktail, we’re making the spin on my favorite New Orleans style sour; the Sidecar. A New Orleans sour consists of a base spirit, citrus (lemon) and a orange liqueur. That’s the base of a New Orleans sour. The Outrigger is the lesser know rum answer to the Sidecar. Brugal 1888 works perfectly in this cocktail. You may use the French proportions of 1:1:1. I prefer 2:1:1.

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The Outrigger:

2oz. Brugal 1888 Rum

1oz. Triple Sec [Such as Cointreau]

1oz. Lemon Juice

*A sugared rim here is optional. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or wheel.

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Cheers and enjoy Brugal 1888!

Two Tequila Cocktails For Your Next Beach Trip

Is National Tequila Day over?? Yes. However, it TEQUILA SEASON!!! We should not only sip responsibly but, also accordingly. Summer cocktails are about what’s in season. Well, all cocktails should be about what’s in season. During the warmer months, we want light and refreshing cocktails. This is when I like to bring in fresh fruits, herbs, tinctures and bitters. And, Tequila. Of course. How about a nice Reposado? The aged agave spirit is so versatile. You get the warmth and depth of a good aged spirit without losing the bright and crisp notes of agave.

For today’s cocktails, I’ll be using Hornitos Reposado Tequila. It’s versatile, wonderful served neat and holds it’s own in cocktails. For this particular post, I’m blogging from the beach. Oh yes. The beach! On the road from North Carolina to South Carolina, there’s all kinds of fresh produce on the roadside from local farmers. We probably passed 2 million watermelons and 4 million peaches. So, what do I pick up on the way? Rainier Cherries, Cilantro (the non-infected variety) and Pineapple. Duh. I’ve got my Hornitos and I’m ready to cocktail by the pool/beach!

Cherry Blossom:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Lillet Blanc

3/4oz. Lemon Juice

1/4oz. Agave Nectar

3 Rainier Cherries

*Muddle pitted cherries in your cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy.

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We’re about to smash and shake it up with this next cocktail. Smash cocktails are some of my favorites. I kind of have a thing for crushed ice. Smashes are typically made with Bourbon or Whiskey but, we make our own rules around here…

Pineapple Cilantro Smash:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

2oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

1oz. Lime Juice

1/4oz. Agave Nectar

Hefty Pinch of Cilantro

3 Dashes Jalapeño Tincture [Or a muddled jalapeño ring if you’d like]

*Tear some cilantro off the bunch (stems and all if you’d like) and muddle in your cocktail shaker to release the flavors. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Give the mix a hard shake and strain into a rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with cilantro.

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A fresh cocktail like this puts fish tacos on the brain. Enjoy the rest of Tequila Season with Hornitos Reposado Tequila!!

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Toast Mom With Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

Yes, you read that correctly. Spiced Honey Tequila. You haven’t had any like this before. Still keeping it clean, crisp and 100% agave, Hornitos is taking on Spring with fresh flavors. This is quite innovative for a Tequila, wouldn’t you say? Hornitos Spiced Honey has light floral notes, hints of vanilla and a nice “spiced” finish on the palate. With all of these subtleties, the agave is still present. This is a well crafted and unique take on Tequila. We see honey whiskey and spiced rum often but, Tequila? No!

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Mothers are so important to us,right? Don’t you want to cook her a nice meal? Maybe get her a nice gift. Why not hook Mom up with some  Hornitos Spiced Honey signature cocktails this weekend to celebrate her and to celebrate Spring? Here’s a few recipes to help get you started.

Mom’s Honey Tea Cooler

2 Parts Hornitos® Spiced Honey

½ Part Lemon Juice

½ Part Agave

4 Parts Black Tea

Lemon Wheel

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Hornitos Spiced Honey Sour

2oz. Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

1oz. Lemon Juice

3/4oz. Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters [Optional]

1 Egg White [Optional]

*Add all ingredients to shaker. If using egg whites, dry shake (without ice) for about 25 seconds until whites are “frothy”. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into coupe or rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with thin lemon wheel.

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And, because it’s Spring, we must have a long cocktail or a “highball”. It’s only right. And, your Mom will love it!

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Hornitos Spiced Honey Highball

1 1/2oz. Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

1/2oz. Applejack

1/2oz. Licor 43

1oz. Lemon Juice

Ginger Beer

Aromatic Bitters

*This is a built cocktail. Fill your highball glass about half way with crushed ice. Add all ingredients minus ginger beer and bitters. Add more crushed ice and top with ginger beer and bitters. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Cheers!

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A variation of this highball is the Hotnitos “Spiced Honey Ball”.

Spiced Honey Ball

· 1 part Hornitos® Spiced Honey

· 3 parts Ginger Ale

· 2 dashes of Angostura® Bitters

Preparation: Build over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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8 Cocktails For Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo is falling on a Tuesday this year. And, of course, the preceding weekend is the Kentucky Derby. But! It’s tequila season!!! Don’t let a Tuesday get in the way of your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I have 8 cocktails for you to make over the weekend, to incorporate into your happy hour at home and beyond. You should be making these cocktails all spring with fresh ingredients and a fine Tequila live Avion. These Reposado cocktails will carry you into the summer.

First up is the Thai Basil Smash, Really simple to make with subtle complexities. The Absinthe and Basil pair really will in the cocktail together.

Thai Basil Smash:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila [Or Avion Silver]

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1oz. Simple Syrup

1 Barspoon Absinthe

4 or 5 Large Thai Basil Leaves

*Muddle basil in your shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a small Thai Basil Bouquet.

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This next cocktails is for the big kids. We’re not messing around here. Just sweet enough, smokey and slightly bitter.

Smoke & Fire:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

1oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1/2oz. Lime Juice

1/2oz. Agave Syrup

1/2oz. Campari

2 Dashes Jalapeño Tincture

1 Pinch Maldon Salt [Or other flakey sea salt]

Smoked Paprika

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus paprika. Fill with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a few shakes of smoked paprika.

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**For the jalapeño tincture, place 1 split pepper (with seeds) in to 1 cup of vodka. Let sit for 1 week. Remove pepper after a week and place the tincture into a bottle with a dasher/dropper.

Tiki Margarita:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Orgeat

3/4oz. Fresh Lime Juice

*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

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Border Frappe

Created by NYC mixologist Esteban Ordóñez

2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver

3/4 oz. Lime juice

1 tbsp. Black currant jam

Blackberry and lime wheel for garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker, shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a Collins or highball glass. Garnish with blackberry and a lime wheel.

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Mile High
Created by NYC mixologist Esteban Ordóñez
2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1/2 oz. Agave nectar
1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
2 Jalapeños wheels
Pineapple wedge or lime wheel for garnish

Lightly muddle jalapeño wheels and agave nectar in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a large rocks glass that has been rimmed with a mixture of chili powder and salt. Garnish with a lime wheel or pineapple wedge.

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Avión (PO) Loma
Created by Mixologist Justin Dano of Pounds and Ounces in New York City
1.5 oz. Avión Silver
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 Slivers Muddled Jalapeño
Soda Water
Ancho Chile Salt, Jalapeño, and Grilled Lemon Wedge for garnish

Combine all ingredients and shake. Salt rim of glass with chile salt. Pour contents of shaker into glass and top with soda. Garnish with grilled lemon and jalapeño.

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Spicy Sage Margarita
Created by Mixologist Justin Dano of Pounds and Ounces in New York City
2 oz. Avión Silver
3/4 oz. Jalapeño-Infused Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Sage Leaves
1 Sage Leaf and Salt for garnish

Muddle sage in a shaker. Add all ingredients. Shake. Double strain. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage leaf.

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Avión Paloma
Created by Tequila Avión
2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
Splash of club soda
Grapefruit slice for garnish

Build ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and stir to chill. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Enjoy these cocktails for your Cinco de Mayo celebration and all the way through Spring. Cheers!

 

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How Well Do You Know Your Orange Liqueur?

Orange liqueur. We all know it well, But, how well do you know Mandarine Napoléon? Mandarine Napoléon is comprised of the finest mandarine oranges and 10 year old aged cognac. As you may be guessing, Mandarine Napoléon does refer to Napoléon Bonaparte. The orange liqueur was custom made for Napoléon by chemist Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy and not released to the public until after both of their deaths. This spirit is very unique. Not only because it’s the perfect blend of mandarines and cognac, but also because of it’s hue. Most distilled orange liqueurs are clear in color. Mandarine has an “aged” amber tone with hints of orange. Mandarine is distilled in Belgium where it was created in Arnold Holstein pot stills. Just a “stones throw away” from where Napoléon was defeated. Oh the irony! Enough about the history, how does it taste?

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As we’ve already noted, the color is an amber tone with hints of orange. Mandarine is surprisingly quiet on the nose but there are hints of fresh mandarine oranges. The aroma isn’t bright and crisp but rather suddle and smooth with hints of  spice. On the palate, Mandarine is smooth and sweet with a burst of orange up front followed by spice and even a tinge of licorice. At 76 proof, Mandarine is an easy sipper over ice.

For the first cocktail, I wanted to play on the spice notes found in Mandarine Napoléon. Mixing spiced rum and scotch we have the Emporer cocktail.

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1oz. Spiced Rum

1oz. Scotch

3/4oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

*Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir until chilled. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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Aged Margarita:

2 1/2oz. Anejo Tequila

1 1/2oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/4oz. Agave Syrup

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into double rocks glass over fresh ice.

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The Perfect Sidecar:

2oz. Cognac

1oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1oz. Lemon Juice

*Add all contents to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Cheers!

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Cocktails With Element [Shrub]

What is a shrub? Maybe you’ve heard of them before but have been hesitatnt to try the drinking vinegar. Shrubs are typically a fruit based, sweetened vinegar that in modern times are added to cocktails. They date back to the colonial era ( probably older than that, I’m no shrub historian). The process of making a shrub can take a little time. Chopping, peeling and/or juicing fruit, letting said fruit sit with sugar then mixing with vinegar. We’re all about homemade goods here at FoodieTails. But, sometimes it’s so good to have a quality made product so that we can skip all the fuss. And, Element Shub[s] are quality, handmade products. The four flavors are Honeydew-Jalapeno,  Lemon-Mint, Blueberry-Rosemary and Chai-Pear.

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As the story goes, Charlie created these wonderful, flavorful shrubs for his pregnant wife. Obviously, she couldn’t drink alcohol at the time. How many great mocktails have you had? Me? I can’t think of any. So, to help “accomidate” his wife’s craving for a great mocktail came the concept for Element [Shrub]. A concept that I really love. Having studied the sciences in college, I spent plenty of time (too much time) with the periodic table. I could have used some of these shrubs! The good thing about Element is that all you need to add is club soda, your spirit of choice and you’ve got cocktails made easy!!

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Made with locally sourced products, the Blueberry-Rosemary and Chai-Pear are my two favorites. The BR is a great sipper for this upcoming Spring season. But, while we’re still clinging to Winter, snow and all, the Chai-Pear shrub is what we should all be drinking. right now. Amazing spiced flavors. It truly tastes like christmas in a bottle. All of the shrubs pack a real punch in flavor. They are full bodied with a smooth mouth feel. You won’t be disappointed.

Berry Fizz:

2oz. Blueberry-Rosemary Shrub

2oz. Blackberry-Rosemary Infused Vodka

1/4oz. Lemon Juice

1 Egg White

Club Soda

*Add all ingrendients to shaker minus club soda. Dry shake (without ice) until frothy. Add ice and shake vigirously. Double strain into fizz or highball glass. Add club soda from a high pour to creat a nice foamy head on the cocktail. Cheers!

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Winter Pear:

1 1/2oz. Chai Pear Shrub

2oz. Irish Whiskey

2-3 Pieces Diced Pear

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

*Muddle diced pear in shaker, add remaining ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Double strain into coupe glass. This shrub works just as well in a highball with bourbon, club soda and ginger ale.

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Honeydew-Jalapeno Mojito

2oz. Honeydew-Jalapeno Shrub

2oz. Light Rum [Cruzan Used Here]

Basil, Mint, Lime

Club Soda

*When you first open the jalapeno shrub, the aroma will be strong. Almost as if the jalapenos have been pickled. Don’t let this put you off. The spice is amazing!

*Muddle a few basil and mint leaves lightly in a highball glass. Add squeeze of lime juice (from about 1 wedge). Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with mint and basil sprig.

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Lemon-Mint Refresher:

2oz. Lemon-Mint Shrub

2oz. Gin

2 Cucumber Wheels

Club Soda

*A no-brainer here. Muddle 2 cucumber wheels in a rocks glass or shaker. Fill glass with remaining ingredients and stir. I prefer to shake and strain. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon wheel and/or mint sprig. Cheers!

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Mezcal Mai Tai

My girl Dani (HomeBarGirl) and I want to take Tiki to new places. She featured a whole month of tiki over on her site. I bounced this idea off of her about a Tequila Mai Tai which then developed into the Mezcal Mai Tai. I was thinking smoke. The smokey notes would compliment the tropical, fruity flavors of a Mai Tai amazingly, I thought. I was correct. All of the elements of the traditional Mai Tai are here. The only thing is, I only have blue curacao. So, I had to use another orange liqueur (not the first time). Other than that, there’s Orgeat. Lime and a float of Myers Dark Rum. It’s probably time that I invest in a good quality Orange Curacao. As of late, I’ve been going through a little tiki obsession, particularly with Rum and Orgeat. Though I haven’t featured any real tiki drinks here on the blog, my little black [cocktail] book is full of tiki creations. I’m even thinking about investing in some mugs. Who knew they were so cheap?!

I’m anticipating having a summer full of tiki (don’t hold me to that). First, we must to our research. Other than the millions of ingredients that can go into one drink (ie. The Zombie Cocktail and so many others), what do we know about tiki? What should I blend? What should I shake? A stirred tiki cocktail? These questions must be answered before we embark on our tiki journey and attempt to take it to new heights. I feel some clarifications coming on…

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Mezcal Mai Tai:

2oz. Mezcal

1/2oz. Orgeat

1/2oz. Orange Curacao

1oz. Lime Juice

~1 1/2oz. Myers Dark Rum

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus Dark Rum and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Float about 1 1/2oz. of Myers (or other) dark rum. Garnish with pineapple or lime wheel.

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails With Vita Coco

Now that all of the hullabaloo of the Super Bowl is over, you can get back to your significant other. You know, your honey, your Valentine. They want cocktails and they want them now! Most of us have been on the new year “health kick”. And, you can stick to that with this Valentine cocktail with Vita Coco Coconut Water. The healthiest of waters, Vita Coco is 100% pure from the coconut to the bottle. Though you’ll be having chocolate, when you make this cocktail with Vita Coco, you’ll feel like you’re doing something healthy for your loved one.

The cocktail is the “Hearts Afire Swizzle”. Because, the “Sweetheart Swizzle” would have been too cliche, you know? To keep things light and fresh on V-Day, the swizzle contains Vita Coco, Avion Reposado Tequila, Falernum and Aperol. The flavors all work well together. The coconut water plays well with the falernum and brings a little tropical feel to the cocktail. In the midst of the snow storm, think about whisking your Valentine away to a tropical island (or maybe Brazil) with warm breezes and this cocktail.

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The last thing you want to do on any holiday/gathering/date (unless we’re talking a small number of guests) is play bartender. The good thing about a swizzle is that you can make it right in the glass. Quick and easy.

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Hearts Afire Swizzle:

1 1/2oz. Vita Coco Coconut Water

1 1/2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Lime Juice

3/4oz. Aperol

3/4oz. Falernum

1 Barspoon Agave [Optional depending on desired sweetness]

*Fill a fizz or highball glass with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and swizzle or stir to chill. Garnish with blood orange wheel or lime twist. Cheers!

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Here’s more coconut goodness from Vita Coco:

Pomegranate Sweethearts

This pomegranate-based cocktail serves as a natural libido booster with the added benefit of mint for a natural breath freshener to ensure all your Valentine’s Day bases are covered.

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water
  • 2 cups Fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp. Fresh lime juice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Be My Valentine

Add a spark to your special night with this sparkling wine coconut cocktail.

Makes 1 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. Elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz. Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water
  • 3 oz. Sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine Elderflower liquor and Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Pour into a champagne glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Coconuts For You

Go coconuts over your Valentine with this coconut cranberry cocktail, blasting with vitamin C and A, both proven to heat things up in the bedroom.

Makes 1 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water
  • 1 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Dash of cranberry juice
  • Lime for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Pour into a Hi-Ball glass and garnish with a lime.

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And, more from Avion Tequila. Your love wants Avion on V-Day. Trust me.

Winter Love Punch

Created by Mixologist Justin Dano of Pounds and Ounces in New York City

1 1/2 oz. Avión Reposado

1/4 oz. Lime Juice

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1/4 oz. Grenadine

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

3/4 oz. Pomegranate Juice

1 tsp. All Spice

1 sprig Thyme for garnish

Combine all ingredients into a shaker excluding the all spice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice. Sprinkle all

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Heart’s Desire

2 oz. Avión Reposado

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

4 One-Inch Cubes Fresh Watermelon

Squeeze Agave Nectar

Muddle watermelon with agave nectar in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously with ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish as desired.

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Cheers to you and your Valentine from Vita Coco and Avion Tequila!

 

 

 

 

 

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Spirit Review: Banks 7 Golden Age Rum

When you first open a bottle of Banks 7 Golden Age Rum, you’re in for a pleasant experience. Sweet spice aromas of blended rums fill your nose. Those distinct aromas from Jamaican and Barbados style rums are what greet you first. You can gather the complexities of this rum even before tasting. Banks 7 is a blen of 23 different rums from 8 distilleries from 7 different orinigs. A truly unique and one of a kind rum. The 7 origins are listed on the beautiful, sophisticated bottle. Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Guatemala, Panama and Java.

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From Trinidad, there are hints of blackstrap molasses. This gives the rum so much character. After all, most rums are made from molasses.

From Jamaica comes pot-stilled rums. Jamaican rums are famous for their distinct aromatic flavor. They brought those aromatics to Banks 7. The pot-stilled rum brings a “bite” to Banks 7.

From Guyana comes the earthy and tropical notes which you get on the forefront of your palate. We may not all be familiar with Guyana style rums, but it brings some depth to Banks 7.

From Barbados comes the zest of Barbados style rums. Adding to the brightness of Banks 7.

From Guatemala comes the sugar cane. The sugar cane yields a toasted nut flavor to the rum. The toasted nut characteristics pair well with the aged flavors.

From Panama comes the dry notes you get from aged rums. It blends well with the woodsy notes in the rum.

From Java comes Batavia Arrack which lends spice. Arrack is a distilled spirit made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers, sugar cane, grain (red rice) or fruit depending on it’s country of origin. The spirit is sometimes blended and then aged and filtered.

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The bottle is “sophisticated” and sleek with all of the 7 origins stenciled on the lower half and a beautiful purple label covering the upper half.

As far as cocktails go, this rum lends it’s self to the possibilities of many. Classic or original. The first one is an original. Mixing some banana infused rum and apricot brandy, I wanted to play on the tropical notes in Banks 7.

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The “7 Origins” Cocktail:

1 1/2oz. Banks 7 Golden Age Rum

3/4oz. Apricot Liqueur

3/4oz. Lime Juice

1/2oz. Banana Infused Rum

1/2oz. Simple Syrup [Or Demerara Syrup]

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into chilled coupe or over fresh ice.

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The “Airmail” Cocktail:

1 1/2oz. Banks 7 Rum

3/4oz. Honey Syrup [1 Part Honey : 1 Part Water]

3/4oz. Lime Juice

2 Fresh Pineapple Chunks

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Sparkling Wine

*Start by muddling 2 small chunks of pineapple in your shaker to release juice. Add remaining ingredients minus sparkling wine. Fill shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into champagne flute or fizz glass. Top with sparkling lime and garnish with lime twist.

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Cheers from Banks Rum!