By Liza B. Zimmerman
What a sommelier likes in a wine and what consumers prefer to drink have historically been pretty far apart, due to differences in personal taste, as well as issues with availability or pricing. But that gap is closing, thanks to a few trends.
Marketing Matters: Barbecue Three Ways
By Matthew Fey
Kansas City is known for its barbecue, and there are plenty of places to indulge in this local specialty. Here’s how three of KC’s most notable eateries each deliver their own unique take on what barbecue means.
1 ½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 oz. TY KU Citrus
1 ½ oz. Fresh house-made sweet & sour
3 Pieces candied ginger
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake gently. Strain over fresh ice into rocks glass. Garnish with 3 pieces of candied ginger.
Francesco LaFranconi, executive director of mixology & spirits education for Southern Wine and Spirits, developed this cocktail for Renaissance Hotels’ Soul of Sake summer cocktail program.
1 oz. White rum
½ oz. Watermelon puree
½ oz. Club soda
4-5 Fresh mint leaves
2 Tablespoons simple syrup
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, combine mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice, muddle. Add rum and watermelon puree, stir to combine. Fill highball glass with crushed ice. Strain cocktail into glass, top off with club soda. Garnish cocktail with mint sprig and lime wedge.
This drink was created for The Fourth in New York by Roger Dagorn, Master Sommelier, beverage director of One Five Hospitality.
Game Changer Ale from Seattle’s Redhook Brewery, will be available at 920 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants beginning July 15.
Cava Seeks to Make a New Name for Itself
Too Much of a Good Thing? Concerns About Craft-Beer Saturation
Growth has been so explosive that the question is inevitable: When, if ever, will the craft craze level off?
Sizzling Fourth of July Drinks
If you missed our roundup of Fourth of July cocktails, it’s worth taking a look now–you may find a great recipe for a summer or special-occasion drink.
TY KU Launches the Soul of Sake with Renaissance Hotels
New Amsterdam in July is unveiling two new vodka flavors: Citron and Coconut. New Amsterdam Citron has a lemon zest aroma and flavors of fresh Meyer lemon, according to the company, while Coconut starts with flavors of creamy, sweet coconut and tropical fruit leading to a soft and mellow finish. The vodkas are both five-times distilled, 35% ABV and 70 proof; both are available for a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
In a small warehouse space on the outskirts of New Haven, CT, the crew from New England Brewery produces some damn fine beer. Their newest release, Weiss Trash Culture, is a Berliner Weiss style soured wheat beer. Coming in at just 6 IBUs and 3.4% ABV, with a tart sourness to it, it is a very sessionable summer beer. Light, yet flavorful, I could see myself downing a few of these on a hot summer day.
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