Just in time for the official start of the season next week, the Cheers National Wine Panel recommends some of their favorite wines for summer. These selections include some brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine’s suggested retail price.
Scene: Florida Ritz Goes Local With Jack Dusty
By Amy Sherman
The Ritz Carlton Sarasota’s new concept Jack Dusty, which opened in January, can be described in two words: local and casual. The theme is nautical, fitting the Florida waterfront setting, and the drinks menu features a large selection of rums and specialty cocktails.
3 oz. Purity vodka
1 Sugar cube
Muddle bittered sugar cube*, add vodka and muddle again. Add ice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Garnish with peach skin and sour cherry.
* Place a cocktail napkin with a sugar cube on top over an old-fashioned (rocks) glass. Simultaneously drip peach and Angostura bitters onto the sugar cube until they bleed into the napkin. When liquid is all absorbed into the napkin, drop sugar cube into glass and wipe the rim of the glass with the bitters-soaked napkin and discard.
The mixologists at Purity vodka submitted this recipe.
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A new wave of energetic California winemakers is pushing stylistic boundaries.
Documentary Hey Bartender! Opens
Hey Bartender!, a new documentary on bartending in the era of the craft cocktails, opened on June 14.
Pernod Ricard USA announced the introduction of Pike Creek Small Batch Whisky. Aged in American oak Bourbon barrels and finished in port barrels, the Canadian whisky has a nose of sweet dried fruits, with an underlying peppery spice and subtle toffee note, according to the company. The 80-proof Pike Creek is available for a suggested retail price of $31.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Malibu Cocktail Cans and Pouches
Malibu recently announced the addition of two new flavors to its 1.75-liter premixed cocktail pouches, and the release of 200-ml. Malibu cocktail cans. The 5% ABV cans come in three flavors: pineapple, cranberry and cola. The new cocktail pouches are Blue Hawaiian and Pina Colada Light (75 calories per serving).
I was surprised to see the 2012 Miraval Rosé advertised on sale at a local shop. After all, the wine-made at the Provence estate of movie star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-sold out in hours when the first 6,000 bottles were released in March. So of course I had to buy a bottle.
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