This season, holiday spirit begins in the glass. From aromatic, brown-spirit-based cocktails tinged with cinnamon and nutmeg, rich nogs and creamy flips, to warming sips made with hot chocolate, mulled wine or spiced cider, seasonal drinks are sure to put guests in a festive mood. Here’s how to attract patrons with traditional favorites, as well as those that give a nod to current cocktail ingredient trends.
Cheers Tasting: Chocolate Beers
It’s been 20 years since the late, great Whitbread Brewery in Great Britain introduced its Fuggles Chocolate Ale. Craft brewers today splurge on the finest chocolate, and many are experimenting with dark-roasted cocoa nibs and cocoa powder as well as confectionary dark chocolate and natural chocolate extracts. Here’s a roundup of this year’s batch of chocolate-infused beers.
Darden Looking to Attract More Millennials
Blue Moon Unveiling Beer/Wine Hybrid Product
Improving Bacteria Elimination Systems
New Announcements and Study from ProWein
Absolut Tune is the latest flavor available from Absolut Vokda. Tune brings together white wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and vodka. The bottle features an outer sleeve that tears away to reveal a black and gold corked bottle. Meant to be enjoyed in a champagne flute, Tune is available for a suggested retail price of $31.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
New California Still Wine
Pernod Ricard USA announced the introduction of its first Californian still wine, Deadbolt, a blend of red varietals. Deadbolt combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah from California, along with other components, to create a wine available for a suggested retail price of $15.99 per bottle.
New Candy Cane Flavor
Burnett’s Candy Cane Vodka is now available as a seasonal flavored vodka. A first-of-its-kind, Candy Cane is the 29th flavor in Burnett’s vodka portfolio and is available through the end of December. The new flavor is available for a suggested price of $9.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Beer dinners are very popular these days, but a poorly planned one will go over like the proverbial lead balloon. Here, then, are a few handy hints for the beer dinner novice…
A Memorable Meal in Southern France
Usually the chef de cuisine leads a restaurant, particularly a Michelin-starred establishment. So it’s interesting to see what unfolds when two equally talented chefs take even billing at an elegant restaurant…
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