In the days where just about every person had Pinterest on their phones, and every other commercial uses the word "craft" to describe their product, it becomes more and more difficult to understand. The word Craft is defined in the dictionary as follows, "Denoting or relating to food or drink made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by an individual or a small company." This definition can help us form our opinions when discussing craft liquor. While many trends come and go, and tend to help out the market and introduce new flavors or types of alcohol in the market, I firmly believe the overused word craft has hurt small, local craftsman and taken away from the value of their product in the consumers eye. An example I would like to use would be Tito's Vodka, this is labeled as a craft spirit, it can be bought in bulk, distributed across the united states and it represented by one of the largest distributing companies in America (please don't take this offensively to those of you who buy this product, I myself LOVE this vodka, just not the advertising!). On the other side of the spectrum you have a new corn whiskey, distilled in Baltimore, made from corn from the eastern shore by a father and daughter who have perfected this craft. As someone who is selling these products, although they are different spirits the prices are on two different scales, but when you explain to the consumer that they are both considered craft spirits its hard to explain the difference in price. I firmly also believe that since Tito's is now made in a high volume factory it should no longer be considered craft where as Louthan Distilling's whiskey comes from hand picked corn, and formulated by only two people and their fermenting equipment.
Crushes can go way beyond the average flavor of orange and this summer you should venture out and explore! Flavor vodka, along with different juices can help you create endless options when it comes to a summer crush! Crushes are also great because they can be pre-made for any big summer bash! Below is a recipe, although it comes from Finlandia I prefer to use Three Olives Coconut Water Vodka, Crushes are extremely sweet and Three Olives captures the taste of coconut with out adding tons of sugar!
With summer fast approaching and vacations on the calendar, the stress of how much you can budget for the beach begins. I myself am quite the savvy shopper, especially when it comes to alcohol. Let me begin by saying, the beach is the last place you want to wake up with a headache, so the balance between budget and quality is essential! I always like to take vodka as my go-to vacation liquor because it is so versatile, you can make anything from Bloody's to Screwdrivers to accompany brunch, Fruity drinks or Mules in the afternoon, and in the evening if you're in the mood to party lemon drop shots are always easy and fun! With that being said, remember when buying any type of alcohol, the more you buy the more you save! Happy Vacationing and to everyone heading to the Ocean this weekend for the annual Ravens Roost Convention, Don't forget to stop for supplies before you head down! Go Ravens!
This week I wanted to find out a little bit more about the Black-Eyed Susan, a drink many of us have tried annually at the Preakness, but know nothing more than the fact that its sweet, and $10 and comes in a nice commemorative glass. After doing some research it looks like this drink was born in 1973, to be served quickly and efficiently to the masses during The Preakness Stakes. The recipe has changed a lot over the years from including limes, to replacing rum with rye whiskey, and one year it even included sweet and sour mix! Through my research I found two recipes I would like to share with you. The first is this years recipe from Pimlico, and the second is from a Baltimore recipe book, circa 1985 ( as close to the original I could find.) Let us know what you think, and leave your favorite Black-Eyed Susan Recipe in the Comments below!
2015 Pimlico Recipe
1 and 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz St.Germain
2oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 Orange Juice
Recipe Circa 1985
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Mt. Gay Rum
3/4 oz Cointreau
1 and 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 and 1/2 Oz Pineapple Juice
Hey everyone, Welcome to our new blog! Come here to find all of our favorite recipes, wine finds and any up coming events!
For our first blog I would like to talk about Cinco de Mayo, We have sales* going on tomorrow (5/5/15) but is there ever really a time that you shouldn't have a margarita? I love them in the winter and all summer long, Frozen or on the rocks and always with salt! There is no arguing that margaritas are and have been a staple in our summer drinking habits, but has anyone tried the up and coming Mexican Beer? Through customer recommendations and a little searching of our own we have expanded our Mexican beer beyond Modello and have adopted Victoria, the Budweiser of Mexican beer and our Beers of Mexico 12 packs that have been an annual hit! So on this Cinco de Mayo, try a new flavor margarita and grab an exotic 12 pack and have a great week!
* Natty Boh 30 pks 15.99
Michelob Ultra 30 pks 19.99
Beers of Mexico case $19.99
Jose Cuervo Margarita Ready To Drink 1.75L (All Flavors) $12.99
Sale Ends on Cinco De Mayo
Tasting This Saturday, Multiple Wines (2pm-5pm)