New York, Part Three:

The New York Bar Show

 

I recently attended the 2008 New York Bar Show to get a taste of some new products in the market. This year, the show was held at the Javits Center on W 34th, and featured brands from all over the world.

 

Not surprisingly, the show was dominated by vodkas (There had to be at least 20), each trying to stand out in the crowd. But it was the unconventional new brands that captured my interest. Castries Peanut Rum Cream, a blend of roasted peanuts, cream, and aged rum, sounded intriguing, but I was skeptical about how it would taste. I ended up being more-than-pleasantly surprised by the product (which is distilled in St. Lucia) and found myself imagining a delicious dessert drink—The Peanut Butter Cup:

 

 The Peanut Butter Cup

 

2 oz. Castries Peanut Rum Cream

1 oz. Stoli Vanil Vodka

1 oz. Hiram Walker Crème de Cacao

 

Shake vigorously over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

 

Leblon Cachaca was another product that caught my eye since Cachaca seems to be all the rage right now. I’m finding it on every new cocktail menu in classics like the Caipirinha, as well as replacing more traditional ingredients in drinks like the Baybreeze, Mojito, and Margarita. Try their twist on a Cosmo:

 

Cosmopolitan Caipirinha

 

1 ½ oz. Cachaca

½ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

1 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

Splash Simple Syrup

 

Shake vigorously over ice and strain into a frosted martini glass. Garnish with a raspberry.

 

Noticeably missing from the show: Absinthes (surprisingly, there was just one), and new-flavored liqueurs (no St. Germain or anything of the like). Ah, well, maybe next year…

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2 responses to “New York, Part Three:

  1. Pingback: Peanut Butter Liquor | Forkful of News

  2. I just tried this at the Indy Spirits Expo and loved its unique flavor! I was able to find out a little more history on this “peanut punch” and featured it on my food blog Hartley Confections. Check it out here:

    http://hartleyconfections.com/2009/06/26/peanut-butter-cocktails-yes-please/

    I also linked to your photo. Great pic!

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