As the Cheers Beverage Conference gears up to make its debut in Dallas Feb. 12-13, here’s a look at the city’s vibrant cocktail culture. Purveyors of craft cocktails in Dallas are introducing Prohibition-era classics to history-challenged twenty-somethings, but also providing sly twists and modern takes on what could be dubbed the liquid arts.
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Black Velvet recently announced the release of its first flavor extension, toasted caramel flavored whisky. The 70-proof Canadian whisky is available in 50-ml. and 750-ml. sizes, the latter of which has a suggested retail price of $12.49.
New Low-Alcohol RTD
Slim Lizzy’s is a new low-calorie, low-alcohol RTD product from Social Blends. Made from orange wine, the product comes in a 9-oz. pouch and 1-liter glass bottle. The pouch is re-sealable and freezable, and comes in three flavors: golden margarita, strawberry daiquiri and cranberry cosmopolitan. The five percent ABV cocktail has a suggested retail price of $1.99 for the pouches and $9.99 for the bottles.
Tuaca recently announced the launch of Tuaca Cinnaster, a combination of Italian brandies, vanilla and citrus with a kick of cinnamon flavor. Cinnaster marks the first line extension for the brand, and is based on a recipe created more than 500 years ago and rediscovered in 1938. Each 70-proof 750-ml. bottle is available for a suggested retail price of $23.99.
On a recent tour of the Marriott CasaMagna Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, the chef called a private dining room on the lower, emplyees-only floor the “closing room.” It was also clearly a chef’s table, without a view of the kitchen, but in the center of the action.
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