By Melissa Dowling
When it comes to cocktail garnishes, bartenders tend to reach for the basics–the lemon wedge, lime wheel or orange peel. �But most people don�t use citrus to its maximum� when making garnishes, says M�t� Hartai, beverage director of The Libertine bar in Dallas.
In his session �Sexxy Dranks� at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference on Jan. 18, Hartai explained how the right techniques and tools can help you make the most of even simple garnishes. These are a few of his garnish tips.
Mixing The Grain and The Grape
By Michelle Paolillo Lockett
Wine cocktails have evolved considerably beyond the Mimosa and the Kir Royale, thanks in part to the current interest in mixology. Wine has a broad range of flavors and can bring “an excellent sense of terroir” to some cocktails, according to one bar manager.
Success with wine cocktails starts by creating a truly balanced drink, educating consumers on the nuances of the flavors and pairing these libations to showcase their unique tastes. Here’s what some operators are doing with them.
1 � oz. Silver Tanduay Asian rum
1 � oz. Tart cherry juice
� oz. Lemongrass simple syrup
Combine rum, cherry juice and simple syrup in a mixing glass with ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass with fresh ice and top with ginger ale; garnish with a cherry.
The mixologists at Tanduay created this recipe for Chinese New Year–the Year of the Horse.
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� oz. Ciroc Amaretto vodka
� oz. Ciroc Peach vodka
1� oz. Ginger ale
� oz. Orange juice
Combine ingredients in highball glass with ice. Garnish with orange slice.
The mixologists at Ciroc created this recipe.
MillerCoors Going After Spirits Drinkers Wth New Fortune Brew
MillerCoors is gearing up to unveil its new beer, Miller Fortune, an amber-hued, malty brew designed to appeal to spirits drinkers.
Diageo Acquires Super-Premium Tequila Brand Peligroso
George Dickel No. 1 Foundation Recipe hit shelves in early January. The 91-proof, 45.5% ABV whisky has a clear appearance and an initial aroma that is soft, yet full of raw grain, according to the company, with a creamy and sweet corn flavor. George Dickel No. 1 is available at a suggested retail price of $21.99 for a 750-ml. bottle
Skyy Infusions Vanilla Bean and Georgia Peach
Campari America has unveiled two new flavors for its Skyy vodka brand: Skyy Infusions Vanilla Bean and Skyy Infusions Georgia Peach. These new vodka flavors are both available for a suggested retail price of $18.49 for a 750-ml. bottle.
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