By Lucy Saunders
Single-hop beers feature the flavor of just one hop cultivar, to showcase the specific bittering and aromatics achieved. That contrasts with traditional brewing technique, in which a brewer uses one set of hops for bittering the beer during the boil, and later adds another blend of hops for aromatics-typically during fermentation and aging. Served on draft, single-hop beers sparkle with herbal, fruit and spice character, ranging from citrus and tropical fruit to berries, lemongrass and more.
Scene: New York’s Pouring Ribbons
By Liza B. Zimmerman
The location may be somewhat hidden, above a liquor store on New York’s once-dodgy Avenue B in the East Village-a spot that had previously housed a rocker bar called White Noise. But the welcome from the gent manning the door and drinks selection at Pouring Ribbons are all pretty straightforward: This is a serious cocktail bar.
3 oz. Pineapple vanilla-infused Purity vodka
1/2 oz. Chambord
Bar spoon of Pineapple juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake hard. Double strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with vanilla vodka-infused pineapple.
This drink was sent to us by the mixologists at Purity Vodka.
2 oz. Caliche Rum
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Cane syrup (preferred) or simple syrup
1 Fresh strawberry
Muddle a strawberry lightly. Add rum, lime juice, syrup, ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a strawberry.
The mixologists at Caliche submitted this recipe.
Don Q Coco Cooler
2½ oz. Don Q Coco rum
1 oz. Don Q Cristal rum
1 oz. Coconut water
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Fill tall glass with crushed ice. Add rums and coconut water to glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
The mixologists at Don Q contributed this recipe.
CHEERS ON: Wine Values from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon
The Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southeast France has long been proactive in producing accessible and affordable varietal wines in restaurant-friendly volumes. Recent wine law changes have broadened the area’s winemakers’ options in terms of the variety of wines they can produce and still label according to French varietal laws.
Cheers 2013 Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes
Cinco de Mayo is finally here, a time to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. Here are a few recipes for drinks to help you get your Cinco on.
A Bar Sprint in a Cocktail-Crazed City
Pernod Ricard announced a new line of breakfast-inspired liqueurs, Mama Walker’s. Available in maple bacon, blueberry pancake and glazed donut, the liqueurs are 70 proof and available for a suggested retail price of $12.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light Strawberry Daiquiri
The latest from Bacardi is the Classic Cocktails Light Strawberry Daiquiri. Made from natural strawberry flavor, lime juice and Bacardi Superior rum, the product is under 95 calories per serving and available for a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here’s a shoutout for the Tequila Express in the beautiful Mexican city of Guadalajara. I went in March with my sister-in-law, and it was a blast. The train “aims to resurrect, preserve and spread the cultural heritage of Jalisco,” according the department of tourism. But really, it’s all about fun. And tequila.
Cooking with Bitters
Bitters have balanced and enriched our cocktails over years. Whether you use the classic Angostura or the full range of obscure Peruvian bitters, a few of these balanced little drops can push most cocktails into drinks nirvana. The same goes for food.
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