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Prep for Port Day – Part III

Prep for Port Day charges forward at Cocktail Culture (too much alliteration? nahhhhh!) with a variation to a cocktail recipe that consumer just cannot get enough of – the Cosmopolitan.

But before I get to the recipe, let me just say a few things about celebrating Port Day today. There is a great EventBrite website where you can find a slew of Port Day tastings, cocktails, and educational seminars happening nationwide. And, even as I begin writing this at 9 am, there is a wild flurry of #PortDay conversations happening on Twitter and blogs. But if you are interested more in finding use for a bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve at home, I’ll get back to the Cosmo recipe at hand.

Adding Sandeman Founders Reserve to this cocktail may deprive the drink of its primarily pink hue, but what it may lack in color is made up for with flavor. Here’s the recipe so you can try this winner of a cocktail recipe for yourself:

Sandeman Cosmo

  • 1 oz. Founders Reserve Porto
  • 2 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • .5 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a chilled martini glass.

Also, please feel free to go back to find more Port recipes in Parts I and II of this series.

Cheers and Happy #PortDay to you!

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Got Warm Weather Recipes to Share?

Yesterday afternoon, I came across a Tweet from Bar Business that sparked my attention:

“Got any fun warm weather cocktail recipes to share? Tell us and we’ll post them on our Mixology page!”

I’m happy that a selection of Hiram Walker recipes were able to help answer the call for BarBiz, as most of us are starting to get summer, vacations, and Memorial Day drinking plans on the brain.

Here’s one to whet your appetite, but to see more Hiram cocktails, along with a plethora of other recipes, visit the Mixology page at BarBizMag.com. Enjoy!

White Peach Sangria

  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 1 1/4 cups Malibu Mango
  • 1 1/4 cups Hiram Walker White Peach Schnaaps
  • 12 lemon squeezes
  • 12 lime squeezes
  • 12 orange squeezes
  • 2 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda

Combine ingredients in a punch bowl 3/4 full of ice. Makes multiple servings.

– SJ

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Summer Sips with Beefeater Summer Edition Gin

Summer struck New York City the first week of June with the official launch of Beefeater’s Summer Edition Gin.  Cocktail enthusiasts, bartenders, and bloggers gathered at the Ace Hotel for Fish, Chips, n’ Sips, a welcomed celebration of the latest creation from Master Distiller Desmond Payne.


London’s own Jamie Gordon created a cocktail menu for the evening’s enjoyment that can be summed up as light and refreshing. Both Gordon and Spirits Ambassador Simon Ford were on hand to introduce the product and talk about the airy and sip-able gin and the accompanying recipes. The English Summer Collins appeared to be the clear-cut winner among the masses; here’s the recipe to try this gem of a cocktail at home.

English Summer Collins:

An English Summer Collins is perfect for a summer afternoon.

1½ parts Beefeater® Summer Edition
½ part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
¼ part Matilde Cassis
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ part Simple Syrup
Top with Club Soda

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a mint sprig.

There were, of course, more delicious treats served up from bartenders at two stations of the Ace Hotel, but I’m going to tease you all and share them in another post! ; )


Simple, short, and brings the people out in masses, (just like a London Summer – 4 days, max, says Ford!) the Beefeater Summer launch event encouraged people to use Twitter to share their experiences with the gin cocktails. The tweets were displayed in real time on a projection screen, ensuring oohs, aahs, and giggles when your own familiar avatar appeared – retweeted – right before your eyes.

Look, ma, I'm on TV! Well, sort of.

Fish, Chips, n’ Sips was a welcomed introduction for many to the Beefeater family, who had much success last year with the Beefeater 24 launch. The limited edition product, only available in a 750 ml bottle, boasts many of the same botanicals as Beefeater’s traditional London Dry gin, along with the additions of elderflower, black currant, and hibiscus. Its light flavor profile pairs deliciously with quality tonic water, fresh fruit juices, and floral essences. Be sure to get your hands on some before this gin fades as quickly as that London summer.

– SJ

Jamie Gordon (left) and Simon Ford discuss key tools to survive a London summer: A Gin and Tonic, and an Umbrella.


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If you think it’s hot here…

CIMG3590(The title of this post was taken from a sign in front of a missionary I passed on the Streetcar this afternoon—hilarious!)

For those of you who haven’t been following my footsteps on Twitter, I arrived in New Orleans yesterday for the Tales of the Cocktail festival. My trip didn’t start so well, after listening to the lady sitting next to me on the plane verbally assault our fellow travelers about their “flight etiquette” for a half an hour straight.

But things changed dramatically for the better once I was safely within the French Quarter limits. I’m staying at the Hotel Monteleone, a New Orleans landmark with a rich history. I’m so glad to be in the middle of all the action this year (last year we stayed in a hotel just outside the French Quarter).

In the evening, Beefeater Gin put on an amazing welcome reception which featured fantastic Beefeater & Beefeater 24 cocktails (like Lambeth Lemonade & Montford Spritz). They had outrageous actors in British garb, tasty food (though I did pass on the pig—I don’t like looking my food in the eye), and some fabulous attendees. Audrey Saunders, Dan Warner, and Blair Reynolds were just a few of the many bartenders slinging delicious gin cocktails for a packed house. Mr. & Mrs. Cocktail got up to say a few words and welcome everyone to Tales, and Mr. Desmond Payne (master distiller of Beefeater and Beefeater 24) even graced us with a few fine words about the work he’s been doing on creating and promoting the new Beefeater 24. Great fun was had by all—but I’m having a hell of a time trying to upload pictures at the moment so you’ll have to wait to see the proof!

Update: I think I’ve got this photo thing figured out now-here are a few:



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