“Get Some!” with Aprydisiac, a blend of apricot juice and French cognac from Marie Brizard. Based on Aphrodite’s elixirs of love from Greek mythology, Aprydisiac can be consumed chilled, straight, on the rocks or mixed into cocktails. The passionate French import is available in 750-, 375- and 200 ml bottles.
In 1650, Dr. Sylvius, a medical researcher, created gin by accident, giving birth to a spirit that has been made in Holland for over 300 years. Now Holland also serves as the distilling grounds for the triple-distilled Leyden gin. It’s an 80-proof gin geared for people who crave a smoother taste. Leyden is available through Luctor Int’l in 750 ml bottles.
Hamilton Beach is busy helping meet the needs of blender-needy operations and now is introducing the model 91450 blender to make blending drinks even easier. The 91450 has three programmed cycles that vary speeds to meet your every frozen and blended drink need.
You have now entered the Martini zone, and R&A Imports wants to help you along the way with Zone vodka, a 50-proof vodka infused with banana, melon, lemon, peach and tangerine flavors. The spirit is imported from Italy and is said to hold a flavor “comparable to drinking fresh fruit.”
Lyons-Magnus makes smoothies a cinch to serve with its line of Lyons Smoothies. The alternative liqui-lunch comes in strawberry, peach, raspberry, tropical fruit and banana. Cartons can be opened and then refrigerated for individual orders, or it can be make in mass quantities.
Waring Commercial is introducing a silencer–not for your gun–but to subdue overbearing blender noises. The Silencer Sound Enclosure fits around standard-sized blenders and muffles out unwanted hullabaloo. The silencer is 11-7/8″L x 11-7/8″ x 20-1/2″ and works with 120- and 140-volt blenders.
Allowing a bottle of wine to get warm during a meal is a no-no, and Glaxa, an insulated wine bottle from La Gioiosa, is offering some help. The wine insulator is made from two glass parts: An insulating gap between the two shells keeps the wine at a premium drinking temperature.
Beverage art nouveau goes a step further with LumiSource, Inc’s funky Rocket Shaker. When upright, it looks like a rocket ready to launch, and it has a built-in removable strainer and a cone -shaped shot glass. The base/shotglass combo comes in metallic gold and cherry red and can be customized with your logo at no extra charge.
Heaven Hill Distilleries wants to be the cock of the walk, and it may be, with the release of its Fighting Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The 103-proof bourbon, complete with a macho fighting cock on its label, will be available in September in 1.75L, 750-, 375-, and 200 ml sizes. A 50 ml bottle is also available for operators who want to try it out first.
Sapporo Draft, a light beer brewed in Japan, will now arrive with a brewery-fresh taste, thanks to a new process that helps minimize oxygen exposure during the brewing process. Sapporo U.S.A. is also rolling out 4.5-ounce mini-cans of Sapporo to allow customers to try the beer. The mini-can is available in six-packs in certain regions and will be available nationwide by the year’s end.
Those hip to the beverage scene know that chai tea latte is where it’s at this summer, which is the reason Oregon Chai is rolling out two new chai latte flavors: Herbal bliss, an herbal tea latte with chamomile, honey, mint, fresh ginger and spices; and Kashmir Green Tea, a green tea latte with almond honey, vanilla bean, ginger, ginseng and spices. Both teas are available in 32-ounce units.
Classic Shaker Co. is allowing operators to choose between the standard shaker and its Signature Model Cocktail Shaker, a limited edition sterling silver or silverplated shaker, with a convenient handle for pouring. Check out the Signature shakers along with the other Classic models at www.cocktailshaker.com.
Lipton Food Service is jumping on the green tea train with the introduction of Lipton Green Tea, a green tea flavored with hints of orange, passionfruit and jasmine. Lipton green tea can be purchased in hot cup-size bags, iced tea brew bags in one- and three-gallon packs and hot tea brew bags in three-gallon packs.
Magnuson Industries offers the latest in controlling dust and other undesirables from flying into your bottles–the Flip Top Dust Cover. As a shot is poured, a cover attached to the end of the pourer opens and as soon as the bottle is upright again, it seals the bottle. The company is also introducing an oversized cork for 1.75 liter, 1/2 gallon bottles and for other oversized bottle necks.