Monday Mixer: Ron Barceló’s Imperial Basic Bill Is Anything But

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Sophisticated and sweet, Ron Barceló improves upon the classic Basic Bill cocktail by incorporating its Imperial variant to the mix, taking it from #basic to #onanewlevel.  

Barceló Imperial’s hints of toffee, roasted nut, spice and vanilla complements the citrusy taste of the Grand Marnier®, the sweetness of Dubonnet® Rouge Vermouth and adds a kick to the bitters.

The next time a bartender tries to hand you this “bill,” don’t be basic and add Barceló Imperial.

Basic Bill
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ oz. Barceló Imperial Rum
  2. ½ oz. Dubonnet® Rouge Vermouth
  3. ½ oz. Grand Marnier®
  4. 2 Dashes Bitters
Instructions
  1. In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients, shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
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Wine Wednesday: Kora Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Here in the Bay Area we are finally having a wonderful, sunny weekend, so that meant to me that a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc was a must! I’m a TCM Wine Club member and in my most recent shipment, I received a bottle of Kora Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and I’m so happy it was included!

This is a perfect Sauvignon Blanc…crisp with flavors of pear and apple. It’s fruity, but not overly fruity in the sense that you would think it’s a dessert wine. I’m absolutely loving it and if the taste wasn’t the best selling point, the price is only $14, which basically means it’s a perfect wine! I’m irked that only one bottle was included in my shipment because I’m going to have to hunt it down myself. 

Remember that winter weather doesn’t mean you need to stick close to the fireplace and enjoy a glass of red…take advantage of the sun and pretend summer is closer than it actually is!

Tipsy Tuesday: A Golden Easter with Ron Barceló

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This year, Ron Barceló delivers the sovereign of all golden eggs in the form of its Easter-inspired cocktail, the Imperial Highball

Perfect for brunch and egg hunt watching, this springtime sipping cocktail gives imbibers a royal taste with the combination of Barceló Imperial Rum, orange curacao, fresh lime juice, Dashes Angostura® Bitters and ginger beer.

Imperial Highball
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ oz. Barceló Imperial Rum
  2. ½ oz. Orange Curacao
  3. ¼ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  4. 2 Dashes Angostura® Bitters
  5. 2 oz. Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. Build in a highball glass and fill with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and an orange slice.
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Festive Friday: Mexican Blues Remedy – Persea Martini

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Got the Mexican blues? Well that’s nothing a little tequila and avocados can’t fix…together!

 Seaspice, Miami’s stunning riverside dining destination introduces Persea Martini. Displaying a keen sense of balance by expert mixologist Atilla Kocsis using Baron tequila, fresh avocado, pineapple juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and garnished with fresh black pepper, the result is a melodious Mexican medley (mmm for short) for the taste buds.

Persea Martini
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Ingredients
  1. 1 spoon of avocado
  2. ¾ simple syrup
  3. ¾ lemon juice
  4. 1oz pineapple juice
  5. 1.5oz Baron Silver Tequila
  6. Fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in the order listed above into the shaker on the rocks.
  2. Shake vigorously until the avocado liquefies.
  3. Pour mix into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with fresh black pepper.
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Wine Wednesday: Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

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Sunday was the Golden Globes and high time for cocktails in our house. Since the celebs were drinking bubbly, we figured we needed to join in as well and I’m so glad we did with our bottle of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

This is not your average bottle of sparkling wine (champagne as we usually call it). It’s a light blush color and a bit sweeter than what you would expect. It had the perfect amount of bubbles and had a rather smooth finish. 

“Our Blanc de Noirs is predominantly made from hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes, the hallmarks of which are a vibrant red fruit character. A portion of the Pinot Noir is left for 24 hours in contact with the grape skins, producing a light rosé color with enhanced Pinot Noir flavors of red berry, floral notes and light vanilla silkiness. Vin Gris is then added to this lightly Pinot Noir tinted blend to achieve the creamy palate and rosy hue dominant in this wine.

This blush sparkler has bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, lively bubbles and a persistent finish.”

The description sums it up perfectly. The vanilla made it sweet, but was subtle enough not to overpower the other flavors. This bottle retails for around $23 and is perfect for a special occasion or for staying in on a Sunday evening and watching an awards show!