NEW: Mango Fusion

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Mango and orange-flavored rum imported from Puerto Rico. A fusion of mango and orange juices blended with Puerto Rican light rum. Mix Bacardi Mango Fusion with fresh orange juice for an easy tropical drink.

Now to find out when it will be available…

 

UPDATE: Bacardi’s MANGO Fusion hits stores 1st week in March.  Check your favorite location for tastings!

NEW: Absolut Texas

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Absolut launches its eighth Limited Edition ABSOLUT TEXAS. This is the brand’s first and only state-inspired flavor.

The taste is rich and smooth with notes of fresh cucumber, and a warm spicy character; a flavor inspired by Southwestern cuisine, which is as unique and authentic as Texas. It pairs well with a myriad of ingredients, such as cranberry, cilantro and grapefruit soda.

The bottle artwork has been created in collaboration with internationally renowned contemporary artist Cruz Ortiz from San Antonio. The design features a modern spin on iconic Texas imagery including a cowboy boot against a stylished Texas landscape and his take on the Texas star. The bottle also features Absolut founder Lars Olsson Smith wearing a cowboy hat, marking only the second time in the brand´s history in which Smith´s logo has been altered.

So the first drink I would try is the Heel Spur Martini

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Heel-Spur Martini

2.5 parts Absolut Texas
0.5 part Dolin Blanc Vermouth
2 dashes Celery Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir with ice.
Fine-strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a lemon zest.

What else can we can mix with this?

Valentine’s Ready?!?!!

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$130.97: Dollars spent on average by a person celebrating Valentine’s Day 2013

February 14, 2014 is rapidly approaching.

Flowers? Check.

Candy? Check.

Wine? Wine? WINE?!?!?!?  No worries there are plenty of places to visit and try the latest offerings.  Most of you have a favorite spot to purchase your “liquid courage.” Be it a local Kenwood or Binny’s or that spot around the corner, this weekend you will be bombarded with tasting opportunities galore.

This weekend stop by your favorite Jewel, Ultra Foods, Strack & Van Til’s or CVS (yes CVS) and try out some of the offerings from wines and sparkling wines to Tequila.

Don’t forget to take a look around. This time of the year stores begin to realign their inventory and drastically slashes prices on product didn’t do as well as others.  Example – a local Jewel-Osco recently sold Jack Daniels Winter Jack retail price $16.99, clearance $4.00.  (Really? REALLY? And no one called me?)

Recipes, reviews and new product sightings from the wonderful world wine, spirits and an occasional beer.

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