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There’s More For Your Tonic Water Than Gin And Vodka.

White. Port. White Port & Tonic!! Fever Tree Tonic to be exact. It seemed like a revelation the first time I tried the two together. I’ve had “Tonics” many different ways. With herbs, Tequila, bitters, Gin and Vodka, of course. But, never the White Port & Tonic. It’s become a favorite of mine. It’s super easy and very tasty. And, with as few as two ingredients, it’s really important that you use the highest quality products. For the Tonic Water, that would be Fever Tree. Fever Tree has taken the cocktail mixer game by the horns. I enjoy a glass of Fever Tree Tonic Water on it’s own with a squeeze of lime. It’s so clean, aromatic, floral, citrusy, crisp and the Quinine is just bitter enough.

Fever Tree uses all natural products. Real ingredients including natural sugarcane and fruit sugars. The Quinine is sourced from the Cinchona Tree. A tree who’s bark yields in the purest form of Quinine. The proprietary “softness” of this Tonic comes from natural, low-mineral spring water. Bitter Orange is the last key ingredient to the Tonic Water. It balances all of the floral notes in the water.

Port is traditionally known as an after dinner drink. White Port however can be had as an aperitif. Adding tonic puts a whole new spin on things. I’m not going to dip into Sommelier territory here but, White Port is a blend of classic white port grape varieties that provide a dry and crisp finish. White port ferments longer than other styles before it is fortified. Fonesca Siroco is full of bold fruit flavors and has a great smoothness. This comes from it’s aging in small oak vats.

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Fonseca Siroco has a light golden hue, full bodied fruit notes with a crisp and dry finish that pairs well with berries and citrus fruits in a tonic cocktail.

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White Post & Tonic with Orange:

1 1/2oz. Fonseca Siroco White Port

Fever Tree Tonic Water

2-3 Orange Quarters

2 Dashes Orange Bitters (Optional)

*Start by cutting a fresh orange in half. Cut some wheels and cut the wheels into quarters. Muddle 2-3 Orange quarters in a rocks glass. Top with White Port, Fever Tree Tonic Water, ice and stir gently.

White Port & Tonic with Blueberry:

2oz. Fonseca Siroco White Port

Fever Tree Tonic Water

4-5 Blueberries

*Muddle Blueberries in s highball glass. Top with White Port and Fever Tree Tonic Water. Stir gently and garnish with blueberries.

Feel free to play around with herbs, other fruits, bitters and other Fever Tree tonic flavors!

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Cheers to enjoying all of the White Port and Tonics!

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Cocktails With Sauza 901 Tequila

We did it! We’ve braved another winter full of snow, those of us from the midwest to the eastcoast. You know what you deserve now, no matter where you are? You deserve some new fresh cocktails with Sauza 901 Tequila. That’s right. Justin Timberlake has a tequila and, it’s pretty great. I first tried the triple distilled, 100% agave tequila a couple of years ago and it’s just as good as I remember. Sauza 901 is super smooth and packs a huge agave punch. Exactly what you want from a good tequila. Black pepper, citrus and spice are the notes that you’ll find in Sauza 901. Truly a fine tequila and an easy sipper. Tequila season, aka “Spring” is [officially] only a few days away!! Let’s celebrate appropriately with some fresh cocktails.

Che Sauza 901:

· 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 2 parts simple syrup

· 1 part fresh lime juice

· 3 mint sprigs

· ½ lime, cut into wedges

· Splash of soda water

Preparation: Muddle two mint sprigs and lime in a mixing glass and then combine all ingredients, excluding soda water. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Nueva Yorker:
· 3 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 2 parts pineapple juice

· 1 part Orange Curacao

· 1 part grenadine

· 1 part lime juice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients. Shake well. Strain and serve over ice in a highball. Garnish with a pineapple spear and lime wheel.

Juan Collins:

· 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 1 part fresh lemon juice

· 1 part simple syrup

· Splash of soda water

· Lemon peel for garnish

· Cherry for garnish
Preparation: Combine all items, excluding the soda water in a mixing glass. Shake well. Serve in a highball glass over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish drink with a lemon peel and a cherry.

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Apartment 901:

2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

1oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

3/4oz. Apricot Liqueur

3/4oz. Lime Juice

4-5 Mint Leaves

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

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Garden T&T:

2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

1/4oz. Honey Syrup or 1 Barspoon of Agave Nectar

Juice of 1 Lime Wedge

Bitters [Bittermens Burlesque Used Here]

Tonic Water

Herbs and Fruit

*A fresh take on a simple tonic. Use whatever herbs and fruit that may be in season. Here we’re using 1 sliced strawberry, 1 grapefruit wedge, a couple of sprigs of thyme and a few mint leaves. This is a built cocktail. Start with muddling herbs in a rocks glass. Add syrup, bitters and remaining ingredients to glass. Stir and enjoy.

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Sauza 901 Fizz:

2 1/2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

4oz. Guava Nectar or Strawberry Puree

1oz. Lime or Lemon Juice

1/2oz. Simple Syrup

1 Egg White

Cream Soda

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus cream soda. Dry shake (without ice) until contents froth. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into highball or fizz glass and top with cream soda.

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Strawberry Fizz

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Cheers to a wonderful spring from Sauza 901 !

 

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Aviation American Gin Cocktails

Friends and fellow cocktailers. Particularly those of you who claim to not like Gin. You’ve been drinking the wrong Gin! Don’t blame your disdain for the juniper spirit on some college night. That excuse is kind of played out now. We get it. You got drunk. It was awful. You’re an adult now. Drink real booze! Really good booze. The saying is totally true, “you get what you pay for”. This is vital when you’re talking about something you’ll be consuming. And, that goes for ALL spirits. When you give Gin another try, start with Aviation American Gin. This is one great spirit. It works great in any Gin cocktail you want to make. Some Gins are flavored with rose, cucumber, lemongrass and many other spices. Aviation American Gin is a well balanced spirit. Aviation has flavors of lavender, cardamom, sarsaparilla is gluten free and GMO free. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Aviation American Gin is bright, crisp, clean and refreshing. One of the best Gins I’ve tasted. A great addition to your home bar. Typically, Gin isn’t sipped neat or on the rocks. But, Aviation Gin makes a great Gin Old Fashioned, Gin and Tonic and the namesake cocktail the Aviation. This Gin tasting offers two cocktails. One classic, the Cloister and one easy original.

The Cloister cocktail is a classic but not well known Gin cocktail that features Yellow Chartreuse. After testing the cocktail, I adjusted the measurements because the Chartreuse overpowers the subtle floral notes of  Aviation Gin.

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The Cloister Cocktail:

2oz. Aviation American Gin

1/2oz. Yellow Chartreuse

3/4oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1/4oz. Lemon Juice

1/4oz. Simple Syrup

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled, double strain and coupe. Garnish with lemon or grapefruit peel. Cheers!

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Peach Southside:

2oz. Aviation American Gin

1oz. Creme de Peche

1/2oz. Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Peach Bitters [Optional]

6 Mint Leaves

Tonic Water

*Add all ingredients (minus tonic water) to shaker and fill with ice. No need to muddle the mint. Tear and throw it in. Shake until chilled. Double strain into rocks glass and top with tonic water (or Prosecco/Sparkling Wine). Garnish with bouquet  of mint. Cheers!

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A sample of Aviation American Gin was provided for this post. All pictures and opinions are my own. Cheers!