The Intoxicologist

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Screech Daiquiri: Interesting Twist for a Classic

Newfoundland has something to holler about; Screech Rum. With fall in full swing and the weather doing its fair share of keeping our bones chilled, it is time to reach for a bottle of warming rum. Screech is “The Taste of Legends.” While this rum is no longer bottled at such a staggering proof so as to make anyone yelp or “screech” from the burning sensation trailing down their throat, it does have quite the warming effect needed to take the chill down a notch. Sip Screech neat, on the rocks or yes, in a cocktail. Try my version of the Screech Daiquiri for an interesting twist on an old favorite. The color is vibrant and deep and the taste is most pleasantly unusual.

Screech Daiquiri
2 ounces Screech Rum
1 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Bar Syrup

Combine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for ten to fifteen seconds. Strain into a well chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

For my review of Screech Rum please click on Newfoundland’s Legendary Favorite Rum – the Proof is in the Screech at The Intoxicologist is In.

Cozumel Cosmo: Fresh Ideas for Tequila

Looking to expand your tequila experience beyond the shot or margarita? Agavero is the tequila encounter you are searching for. Agavero is smooth and delicately rich on the palate. It has the perfect balance of tequila and agave nectar with the lilt of Damiana flowers. Agavero may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails that are only limited by your imagination. Try my Cozumel Cosmo below.

Cozumel Cosmo
1 ounce Agavero
2 ounces Vodka (try Ketel One)
3/4 ounce Pom Pomegranate Juice
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce PAMA Liqueur

Combine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for ten to fifteen seconds. Strain into a well chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

For more recipes and a full review of Agavero Tequila go to
Agavero Tequila: Inspiring Cocktails beyond the Shot & Margarita at The Intoxicologist is In.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Exquisite Cocktails from Double Cross Luxury Vodka

Created in the foothills of the Slovakian Tatra Mountains, this seven times distilled, seven times filtered luxury vodka uses diamond-dust micro-filters in the process. According to the technique of Master Distiller, Dr. Jan Krak, diamond dust is the ultimate filter. The unique contour and sub-micro dimension of diamond dust create a micro-filter of unparalleled filtration capability. The result is exceptionally pure luxury vodka with hints of white pepper and lemon zest. Spirits expert Paul Pacult gave Double Cross Vodka a rating of four stars and it received the Gold Medal for taste at this year’s San Francisco Spirits Competition.

Interesting cocktails are what interest me. Double Cross Vodka positively traveled into extraordinary territory with their array of appealing cocktails. Each innovative creation entices the imagination and tempts the palate. I look forward to indulging my palate with the Double Cross Luxury Vodka.

An example of one out of the ordinary cocktail from the
Double Cross Vodka website:

Double Vision
3 ounces Double Cross
1/2 ounce Tuaca Liqueur
1 ounce Passion Fruit Juice
1/2 bar spoon Fennel Seed

In clear mixing glass, muddle the fennel seeds with the fruit juice and Tuaca. Add ice and Double Cross. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon and lime twists.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Aperol: Setting the Standard Since 1919

Aperol, introduced in Padua, Italy in 1919, set modern day standards ahead of its time by creating a spirit with a lower alcohol content of just 11%. The trendy and easily adaptable Aperol inspired an aperitif that went on to become the signature drink of Italy; the Aperol Spritz. Even today, the Aperol Spritz continues to thrive as a classic among cocktail drinkers the world over. In a cocktail world spinning with new infusions and creations released on the market every day, a classic which has stood the test of time like Aperol should not be overlooked.

Aperol is a dark orange Italian aperitif with a sweet orange flavor. It is made from a blend of base spirit, rhubarb, chinchona, genziana and of course the best kept secret of combination herbs. Aperol is now produced by the Campari Company.

While the Aperol Spritz is the clear-cut traditional Aperol cocktail to experiment with, there are of course recipe creations to please the palate.

Aperol Spritz
2 oz Prosecco
1 oz Aperol
Splash of Soda Water

Serve over ice, garnished with an orange slice.

Aperol Royal
3 oz Spumante Brut
1 oz chilled Aperol

Pour chilled Aperol into a champagne flute. Top off with chilled Spumante Brut.

Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum: Newest Addition to Captain Morgan Family

Parrot Bay Key Lime is just one new addition to the growing Captain Morgan family. Parrot Bay is already known as a rich quality white rum perfect for all delicious exotic cocktail blends. From talk out and about this latest Key Lime flavor is lightly sweet and crisp making it an excellent mixer whether you lean toward the tropical or traditional cocktail.

My first thought for this flavor is of course the
Key Lime Cocktail. While I have not had the opportunity to test out the new Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum flavor, my Intoxicologist brain is already starting to muddle over the possibilities. My original recipe calls for vanilla vodka and Licor 43. Now that there is Key Lime Rum it’s time to whip out the cocktail shaker and start tweaking the recipe. Maybe add in some KeKe Liqueur as well?

What about the classic twist on a Gin & Tonic. Frequently I change things up and switch to Rum & Tonic using one shot of white rum and one shot of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with a squeeze of a half a lime topped off with diet tonic water. Why not exchange simple white rum for the new Parrot Pay Key Lime Rum for added Key Lime Flavor? Layering of flavor in a cocktail excites the taste buds.

Certainly there is only one way to be sure on any of these cocktail recipe musings. I must wait it out and then get my hands on a bottle of Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum!

Pinky Vodka: Amaze Me

I found something interesting today developed by champion Scandinavian wine tasters. Meet Pinky. The introduction to “The World’s Most Beautiful Vodka” through the eyes of the official website is sufficient temptation to lead me in search of this charming vodka. Pinky’s beauty is said to be more than superficial. Five times distilled from pure glacial water and Swedish winter wheat is only the beginning. Violets, rose petals and ten other botanicals are hand blended to create Pinky. The pink hue delicately balances with the name.

The website says, “prepare to be amazed.” I would love to be amazed as Pinky seems to be a marvelous addition to the vodka family with its delicate blend. Below is just one of the many recipes I found and would love to sample. If you have tried Pinky, drop me a line and tell me what you think.

Naked Pinky Cosmo
1 part Pinky
Splash of cranberry juice
2 squeezes of lime
Splash of simple syrup

Stir over ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Baileys with a Hint of Coffee Continues Roll-Out

Baileys with a hint of Coffee continues the tradition of smooth tasting Baileys affectionately mingled with the rich, roasted flavor of coffee. This flavor release followed in the footsteps of Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate and Baileys with a hint of Caramel from preceding years. Baileys with a hint of Coffee was available exclusively in World Duty Free stores beginning in late February with expanded roll-outs in April. Apparently this flavor has done exceedingly well as its market expansion grows. If it is not available where you are, look for it online.

As soon as I acquire this delightful treat, I will be sure to let you know what I think and possibly new recipe concoctions as well. However, with Baileys reputation of quality and the flavor of coffee combined, there really is no doubt this is a wonderful addition to the Baileys family. Two recipe suggestions from the official Baileys website are listed below.

Relax into the evening with friends, sipping Baileys with a hint of Coffee blended with ice and letting the gossip unfurl.

Baileys Blended
Step 1: Drop 2 large ice cubes into your blender (that’s 2 per person)
Step 2: Add 50 ml of Baileys with a hint of Coffee per person
Step 3: Blend until completely smooth
Step 4: Pour into your tall glasses

Unwind with friends as the sun sets on another day and the light taste of cold-shaken Baileys with a hint of Coffee floats over your tongue.

Baileys Shaken
Step 1: Fill a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice
Step 2: Pour 50ml of Baileys with a hint of Coffee per person
Step 3: Shake vigorously
Step 4: Strain into Martini glasses
Step 5: Garnish with a dusting of chocolate or cocoa powder

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Boulard Calvados Bartender Competition

Calling all professional bartenders and mixologists! Boulard Calvados, the number one selling Calvados worldwide, is pleased to announce the BOULARD CALVADOS BARTENDER COMPETITION. Bartenders & mixologists are cordially invited to come out, test their skills and vie for the title of NUMBER ONE RATED CALVADOS MIXOLOGIST!

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Caribbean trip for two, and $500 cash prizes will be awarded to the second and third place winners. Winning cocktails will be announced to the press and incorporated into a Boulard advertising campaign.

RSVP to by October 15th to secure your spot in the competition!

Date: Oct 20, 2008 (Mon)
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Complimentary (trade only)

Club 230 Fifth230 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY

For more information: Palm Bay International

Corby to Represent Absolut Vodka in Canada

Sep 29, 2008 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Corby Distilleries has entered into an agreement with Pernod Ricard providing Corby the exclusive right to represent Absolut vodka in Canada effective October 1, 2008 for the next five years to September 30, 2013.

As part of this agreement, Corby will also receive the exclusive right to represent Plymouth gin and Level vodka.

Con Constandis, CEO of Corby's, said: "I am very excited about adding an iconic brand like Absolut vodka to the Corby portfolio and even more pleased that we have been able to leverage our successful track record and relationship to secure a long-term deal. We had been seeking to add a global brand, particularly in the premium vodka segment, but were constrained by our size and resources, so the opportunity to represent Absolut vodka in Canada fits perfectly with our strategy."

OVAL Vodka to Release Luxury Swarovski Bottle in Super-Premium Limited Edition

With cutting-edge design and saturated in 7000 Swarovski crystals, a brand new limited edition version of the award winning OVAL vodka bottle will be released this April in the UK. Costing a staggering £3,500, the OVAL Swarovski Crystal bottle will be available to buy in exclusive London night clubs such as Embassy, Dolce, Amika, Maya, Tramp, Maddox, and Chinawhite.

From this month, the stunning bottle will be presented on the back bars of the named clubs, displayed on a new invention The Glorifier, which is a rotating LCD display unit, highlighting the glittering Swarovski Crystals to create a sparkling, avant-garde display. The OVAL team will also be attending selected evenings to offer samples and to explain the OVAL Swarovski story.

Rui Amorim, the Brand Manager of OVAL Vodka UK, said: "The interest in the Trade has been absolutely fantastic! We are having to see over 150 bars, just to see which ones fit the OVAL Vodka profile."

Finger Lakes Wine Center Jazzes Sonnenberg’s Harvest Wine Celebration

Art, wine, and jazz come together for an unforgettable day in Historic Canandaigua of the Finger Lakes.

Canandaigua, NY, September 30, 2008 --(PR.COM)-- The second annual Harvest Wine Celebration is set for Saturday, October 11, from 2-4 pm at the Finger Lakes Wine tasting room in Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens. The event is held as a fund raiser for the Finger Lakes Wine Center kitchen project.

The event is presented by Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company. Enjoy wine tasting from Dr. Frank’s Vinifera and Heron Hill Wineries. Wines can be also be purchased at the Finger Lakes Wine Center by the glass, bottle or case. Cases can also be ordered just in time for the holidays. Music from the instrumental jazz group Four on the Floor Quartet is scheduled with Hors d’oeuvres from the Lumberyard Grille. There is also be a silent auction for an original painting from local artist Pat Rini Rohrer and framed by Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame.

“Many people help with putting this day of fun together,” Doug Kane says, marketing director of Sonnenberg. “RGE assisted with the lighting for this event and Uncork New York helped with marketing.” The Harvest Wine Celebration also marks the closing of another successful season at Sonnenberg.

Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens is a state owned historic park operated by a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Finger Lakes Wine Center, featuring an “Abundance” of vintages from more than 40 partner wineries throughout the region, is located within the grounds next to the gift shop.

There will also be a raffle of a Finger Lakes Gift Basket with goodies ranging from candles, soaps, chocolates and other regional made products. Funds raised will benefit the Finger Lakes Wine Center Kitchen. Space is limited for the event, reserved tickets can be purchased by calling 585-394-4922. Advanced registration is $15 per person (pre-paid credit card reservations accepted by phone), or $20 at the door.

Contact Information
Finger Lakes Copywriting
Don Stevens
Doug Kane