By Kelly A. Magyarics
Thanks to its vast terrain of varied microclimates and an adventurous spirit that inspires experimentation with both local and well-known grapes, South America is producing some exceptional wines. And the wines are a terrific value, though many oenophiles now focus on the high quality.
1½ oz. Tequila
¼ oz. Triple sec
1 can of Stiegl Grapefruit Radler *
Wedge of lime
*If not available, can use equal parts grapefruit soda and lager.
Fill a bulb pilsner glass with ice. Run the wedge of lime around the rim of the glass and dip in sugar for a sugar rim (optional). Pour the tequila, Triple Sec, and radler over ice and enjoy!
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Baileys has announced a new addition to its portfolio: Vanilla Cinnamon. The new liqueur has a distinct flavor profile of warm vanilla with a strong, smooth finish of cinnamon spices, the company says, and it blends well with any base spirit for a delicious mixed shot or cocktail. Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon will be available nationwide as of September for a suggest price of $21 per 750-ml. bottle.
Prairie Organic Gin, Cucumber-Flavored Vodka
Phillips Distilling Company has expanded its Prairie Organic portfolio of spirits with Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Cucumber-Flavored Organic Vodka. The company, which produces the Prairie Organic line in partnership with a co-op of more than 900 Minnesota farmers, describes the gin as light and refreshing, with herbal fragrances of mint and sage. The new vodka is handcrafted from a blend of cucumber essential oils, according to the company, and has an invigorating, clean finish. Both are priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. bottle.
San Francisco is a divine food and drinks town, but it has surprisingly few Spanish restaurants. Michael Chiarello’s new concept Croqueta is a welcome addition on that front.
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