For this issue, we asked members of the Cheers National Wine Panel to recommend some of their favorite zinfandels. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine’s retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market).
2 oz. Bluecoat American Dry gin
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
Splash of Chambord
Shake all ingredients over ice and serve in martini glass.
Meredith Maciolek of Philadelphia Distilling created this drink.
Santana Strawberry Margarita
2 oz. Espolon Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz Strawberry Puree*
Combine all into mixing glass. Pack with ice and shake vigorously for 15 – 20 seconds. Strain into margarita glass with salt rim. Garnish with lime wedge.
1 pint fresh strawberries stemmed
2 oz simple syrup (add more or less depending on sweetness/tartness of strawberries)
Place strawberries and add simple syrup in blender. Blend ingredients until smooth puree forms.
This recipe was sent to us by Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
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New Malibu Bottle
Malibu, the rum and coconut liqueur, recently unveiled a new bottle design. The logo, typography and bottle design are all new, designed to celebrate Malibu’s spirit, according to the company. The bottle is more slender with higher shoulders, and a half-moon shaped “Malibu” appears over the palm tree logo.
Sometimes a drink is more than a drink. If the cocktail has a classic name, and heritage, it’s often better not to reinvent the wheel. But if it is a new take on some of the same old ingredients, a sexy name never hurts.
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