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Finlandia Drinks for Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on!  
Finlandia has created a number of exciting and delicious cocktails such as The Finlandia Oaks Lily (Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby) and the Finnish Line to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports. Whether you’re in attendance or at home watching on the big-screen, everyone can be a part of the fun with Finlandia drinks!

The Finlandia Oaks Lily®
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Classic Vodka
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
¼ oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice in glass. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon peel.

The Finnish Line
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
4 oz. Sparkling Grapefruit Water
Grapefruit Slice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Kahlúa Espresso Martini

KAHLÚA INTRODUCES ITS FIRST EVER RTD ESPRESSO STYLE MARTINI: A REINVENTED CLASSIC COCKTAIL IN A CAN, EQUIPPED WITH SMART NITROGEN, WIDGET TECHNOLOGY

Pop, Pour, Sip… the great taste of the classic Espresso Martini cocktail, now in a ready-to-drink can launches with ASMR-Style video

Kahlúa, the number one coffee liqueur in the U.S. and hero ingredient in your favorite cult cocktails, brings consumers the next iteration of a classic with the launch of the Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail.  Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini RTD is a twist on the classic Kahlúa cocktail made with coffee…and in a can. It’s the perfect blend of Kahlúa, coffee and Vodka, complete with the signature creamy foam reminiscent of a just-made Espresso Martini cocktail.

How does it work? The unique can is fitted with a smart nitrogen widget, which forces bubbles to the surface as soon as the can is opened to form the distinctive creamy foam of the classic cocktail. To serve, pour into a glass and enjoy immediately (with a friend, of course). To help illustrate for consumers at-home, Kahlúa tapped in to the trend of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to create the Kahlúa ASMR-tini depicting the pop and foam intensity of the product.

To celebrate the launch, Kahlúa is getting out of the glass and in front of the microphone with an ASMR-tini video to help consumers experience the pop and fizz that goes into every can.

“The launch of the Kahlúa Espresso Martini RTD and our ASMR-tini campaign celebrates a really exciting time for the brand,” said Troy Gorczyca, Kahlúa Brand Director. “As consumers continue to ask for high quality cocktails with added convenience, our take on the Espresso Martini offers an innovative and simple way to enjoy one of our favorite classic cocktails. Plus, it delivers consistent flavor and quality every time you pop and pour.”

The Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini is launching nationwide at select retailers this Spring 2019. The Espresso Martini will be sold in packs of four and each can is 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV).

For more information about Kahlúa, please visit www.kahlua.com and check out Kahlúa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter by following @Kahlua. Kahlúa ASMR-tini video and assets can be found via link here.

About Pernod Ricard USA

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, the world’s no. 2 in wines and spirits. The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión® Tequila; such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek®, Kenwood® Vineyards and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 650 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.responsibility.org.

 

Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka joined with ground-breaking creative, multi-media company Visionaire to celebrate fashion artists Viktor&Rolf’s 25 years of impact on the fashion world on Saturday, September 8 at The Gallery at Cadillac House. The Dutch spirit brand, which is family-made in Schiedam, Holland, helped to mark the opening of the interactive installation, Masterclass, which is dedicated to Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and showcases the provocative Haute Couture and avant-garde designs for which they are renowned.

Joining Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoer at the soiree were Visionaire cofounders Cecelia Dean and James Kaliardos, models Clara McGregor and Coco Rocha, and actor Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) who mixed, mingled and sipped on cocktails provided by Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, including the signature Masterclass (Ketel One Vodka, strawberry, cucumber and lime juice.) DJ Dese provided the evening’s beats as guests toured the exhibit at this SoHo space dedicated to innovation and inspiring creativity.

Photos below by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Founder of Visionaire Cecilia Dean and Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Michiel Huisman and Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

Coco Rocha attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL

Celebrate the Season of Giving With the Perfect Limited Edition Gift From Johnnie Walker Blue Label

LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE HONOURS THE YEAR OF THE DOG

The gifting season is upon us but what to buy for the whisky lover who has everything? In true festive spirit, Johnnie Walker, the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky Brand[1] has released an exquisitely designed limited edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottle that serves as the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.

This year’s luxurious Chinese New Year design is inspired by the precious bond between man and dog, created in collaboration with multi-award winning Taiwanese artist, Page Tsou. In 2018 the Chinese New Year Design will follow the Striding Man around the world as he celebrates with lanterns, fireworks and dancing dragons. Man’s best friend will be woven throughout the design in honour of the Year of the Dog.

Page Tsou, award winning artist said, “It is an honour to have been commissioned to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog bottle. The precious design consists of a total of four dogs all chosen for their special meaning in Asia. This unique design tells the story of Johnnie Walker’s Striding Man and a loyal companion as they journey around the world bringing prosperity and rejoicing in the arrival of the New Year. The design also contains various symbols of wealth and prosperity making this bottle extremely unique and the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.”

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a remarkable Scotch crafted by a small team of 12 expert whisky makers, led by two-time Master Blender of the Year Jim Beveridge[2]. They select extraordinarily rare single malt and grain whiskies, each chosen for their exceptional quality and character.

Only one in 10,000 casks of the perfectly aged rare whiskies maturing in the Johnnie Walker reserves has the richness and flavour to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the result is a Scotch with notes of honey, fresh fruits, rich spice and an unmistakable smokiness.

Commenting on the travel retail exclusive, Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director, Global Travel said “During this celebratory season it’s wonderful to be able to create a one-of-a-kind gift from such an iconic whisky brand. The exquisite design of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle reflects the quality of the whisky within the bottle. It is the ideal gift for travellers to celebrate this special time of year.”

Treat yourself or a special someone to an exclusive this year. Travellers can purchase the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle now in selected duty free stores worldwide, retailing at £175 RRSP for a 1 litre bottle.

[1] The IWSR 2017- based on volume and value data 2016

[2] International Whisky Competition 2015, 2016

Enjoy Johnnie Walker responsibly.

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SMIRNOFF PEPPERMINT TWIST COCKTAIL RECIPES

1.       Winter Whisperer

·         1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

·         .75 oz pomegranate syrup

·         .75 oz fresh lemon juice

·         8 mint leaves

·         2 oz Club Soda

 

2.   Cranberry Pineapple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry

·         1 gallon 100% cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)

·         1 46 oz can pineapple juice

·         3 cups lemon-lime soda

·         3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

·         Sliced oranges, oranges, lemon (optional)

·         Fresh cranberries (optional)

 

3.   Nutcracker

·         1 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

·         .5 oz Amontillado Sherry

·         1 oz organic pear juice

·         1 oz fresh lemon juice

·         1 oz orgeat syrup

 

4.  Chocolate Peppermint Martini – Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling

  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce chocolate liquor
  • 2 ounce cream chocolate sauce & crushed peppermint for garnish

 

5.   Gingerbread Martini – Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling

  • 3 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 3 ounces Irish cream
  • 2 Tablespoons gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces cream
  • Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

 

6.   Holiday Bliss

·         1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

·         .5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila

·         3 oz Rich Chocolate Milk

 

7.   Kissed Caramel Apple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry

  • 1 ½ gallons spiced apple cider
  • 1 12.2 oz bottle caramel syrup
  • 3 cups Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • Sliced apples (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (option)

 

8.  The Original Mule

·         1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

·         Fresh lime juice

·         3 oz. ginger beer

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MILK & HONEY TAPAS

​”If you don’t love this industry [Food and Beverage] then don’t do it … the amount of time is overwhelming.” – Al Rojas 

By Vaughn Lowery

Nearly twenty years ago, Al Rojas received some investment capital from his father (died from cancer 25 years ago) to become a restaurateur. After years of successfully running Santa Barbara’s widely popular Alcazar Tapas Bar, he commenced to sink his teeth into another endeavor – Milk & Honey Tapas [MHT]. This eclectic, snug cafe with curbside dining provides an array of mystical libations and mouth watering snacks for foodies. 

Specialty cocktails are their strong suit; however, the drinks are so intoxicating that you’ll have to taste their menu. After one drink, we were buzzing like busy bees in the hive. Hence, we started with flash-fried kale chips topped with manchego cheese and an order of Prosciutto Bundles stuffed with goat cheese. Yummy. Next up, we ordered PB&J Sliders (sirloin sliders, peanut butter, raspberry jam, Applewood smoked bacon) and Honey Lamb Pops (char broiled lamb chops; teriyaki, honey, butter, shallot, brown sugar sauce) – yes, we licked both our fingers and the bones. One of the most intriguing indigenous dishes we tried was Por-Que Pig?! (pulled pork shoulder, creamed pasilla chiles, garlic cilantro rice, manchego cheese, fresh cilantro, tomato; tomatillo cream sauce). Definitely not one of the most attractive items on the menu, but it sure was the most delightful – we scraped our bowls. For dessert, we received their house funnel cake alongside of a dark cup of coffee. 

Rojas boasts of being a globetrotter (Spain, France, UK, Grenada, Copenhagen, Montreal) and reminds us that his infused assortments were inspired by his travels. Adorning smart specs and possessing a charismatic personality, no wonder his wait staff is equally professional and attentive – his power to lead permeates the air. Something that his father instilled in him, “Treat everyone equally [no matter what their position in life may be].” Moreover, the fun-loving GM and crew kept the dimly lit dinner service packed like a can of sardines. 

In short, this is one of the best tapas and sips we have put our lips on in a long time. In fact, Milk & Honey Tapas rivals some of the top restaurants in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. If you possess an appetite for tangy handcrafted concoctions paired with savory bites, then this place will literally blow your wig back.

#360Recommended #IssaSnack 

http://milknhoneytapas.com

FUN FACTS:

Alcaraz Tapas Bar was established about 18 years ago and it’s Ginspiration Point cocktail was named the Official Drink of Santa Barbara.

Milk & Honey Tapas has been in business for over 11 years to date.
Al Rojas lends his name and support to 

Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) of Santa Barbara: a non-profit which offers family counseling services for victims of domestic violence and addiction.

19 secret local drinks to uncover around the world


Drinking Kvass and then we talk Sloe – 19 local drinks you need to try

What’s your signature drink? Everyone knows vodka, wine, whiskey, beer – but what about feni, amaro, or aragh sagi? A new graphic from JohnSlots offers a shot of knowledge about the drinks from around the world you won’t have tried.
There are more drinks out there than the lager you’ll find on tap at a chain pub. Aperitif to digestif, Anglo-Saxon hero drinks to chasers for beer, you’ll only find a truly unique drinking experience if you’re willing to travel for it.

A new graphic from JohnSlots reveals the international drinks you’re less likely to have heard of, ranging from the rice drink brem from Bali to makgeolli in South Korea – and covering a few more familiar names along the way, like mead (and maybe gløgg).

The infographic offers the ingredients involved in each drink, including everything from spirits and spices to fruit and vegetables. There are flavours like cashew and coconut, dates, carob, or even artichoke, so whatever your taste and wherever you go, there’s bound to be something to tantalise your taste buds.
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As well as the name and flavour of the drink, you can find out a bit about their backgrounds, and how they stand out as a symbol of the local identity. After all, to find the heart of a culture, go straight to the food and drink!

Some of the more curious beverages include:

Patxaran – comprising both coffee and either cinnamon or anise flavours, this Spanish drink has a lot going on. It’s usually served after meals, in theory to to aid digestion.

Akvavit – flavoured with spices and built on spirits (mostly Brännvin), the Swedish drink “akvavit” literally translates as “water of life”, and is often drunk after a traditional song has been sung.

Gløgg – a hot and fruity mulled wine, gløgg is generally served around Halloween and Christmas, often with a Norwegian rice pudding called risgrøt.

Lakka – cloudberries are an amber-coloured fruit similar to raspberries and blackberries. They’re the key ingredient in lakka, a Finnish liqueur.

Jenever – Jenever is the Dutch drink that eventually gave rise to gin. Flavoured with juniper, it comes in two variants: oude (old) and jonge (young), where the former contains at least 15% malt, and the latter less than 15%.

A drink is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a distillate of its culture – these are the drinks you’ll struggle to get outside of the regions where they’re made. They’re made for the locals, and it’s the best way to get a taste of the local heritage.
To see the rest of the unusual drink options and find an curious shot or sipper to try on your next holiday, have a look at the full infographic on the JohnSlots site here.

Black Cow Vodka 


By Ilona Thompson

Vodka is the most popular spirit category around the world, and by a large margin. It has found favor with both genders and reaches across all demographics.

Enter Black Cow, the world’s only super premium vodka made entirely from milk. It was launched in May of 2012, by British dairy farmer Jason Barber and artist, turned commercials director, Paul Archard.

Jason certainly has been creative with getting the most from the milk of his 250-strong herd. The milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make the award-winning “1833” cheddar; whey, which contains the sugars necessary to produce alcohol, is used for this innovative, super premium product. While other vodkas are predominantly grain-based, and fermented using a yeast that converts fructose into alcohol, Black Cow uses a strain that converts the lactose into a type of “milk beer” that is distilled and blended using Barber’s secret method.

It turns out that the inspiration came from the culture of Mongolian, Siberian and Tibetan nomadic tribes, who have been producing alcohol from cow, mare and yak’s milk for generations. In cold, barren climates it is impossible to cultivate crops, so people who live in such environments survive on their livestock. Milk, which is rich in sugar, was the only thing available to make alcohol from. For hundreds of years, milk, collected from the animals, was turned into all sorts of sustenance and, notably, alcoholic drinks, using up every last bit of it. 

All great ideas are born on a napkin at an airport bar or kitchen table. The new business partners, brainstorming at the latter, came up with a plan. Four years later, Black Cow vodka is sold around the world.

This small batch vodka is very bright, vibrant and fresh in character with a soft, rounded, smooth and creamy texture, and a lovely finish. Subtle notes of baking spices, cinnamon and vanilla waft from the glass. It is certainly distinctive; it’s high-quality is ensured by the fact that it is made entirely from the milk of grass-fed cows with no additives or preservatives. Its single ingredient guarantees a unique and subtle flavor profile. The best part? Move over, wine. It is recommended to be enjoyed with cheese.

It’s easy to see how “what grows together, goes together.” In this case, since the origin is identical, milk vodka can work well with cheese. Barber makes 1833 cheddar, which won awards at the World Cheese Fair, utilizing the same milk used to make Black Cow vodka. A pairing made in a cheese-lover’s paradise.

Barber himself is a big fan of the beverage – part of his quest was motivated by personal consumption. “If you want to drink well, do it yourself” philosophy paid off. 

This unique, ultra-smooth vodka has achieved wide critical acclaim, won awards and gathered a host of celebrity followers including the likes of Stephen Fry, Jamie Oliver and Cate Blanchett. Mark Hix, the celebrated British chef, maintains that it makes the world’s best martini.

  • Try it for yourself, and experience how “moo-gnificent” it is.