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Rita Azar illustrates adult beverages and popsicles in 360 Magazine

Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice Pops

Drake’s Organic Spirits announced today that its Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice freeze-and-eat adult pops are outselling established national vodka and tequila brands in California, according to sales numbers from Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States.

Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice are handheld ice pops that feature 15% ABV and only 80 calories each. Spiked Ice is available in four flavors: Mango Rum Punch, Vodka Lemonade, Watermelon Martini and Classic Mojito. Award-winning all-organic, ultra-premium vodka and white rum makes up Drake’s Organic Spirits. As a result, they contain no artificial colors or flavors and freeze with twice the ABV as other brands.

“We know consumers care about the ingredients that go into the products they’re eating and drinking.”  No state is as committed to organic products and sustainability than California. In California, 90% of households buy organic on a regular basis. Drake’s Organic Spirits commits to producing spirits made with the highest quality organic, non-GMO ingredients. These are better for the body and planet,” said Drake’s Founder and CEO Mark Anderson.

Drake’s Organic Spirits is the first and only spirit line in the world to be certified USDA organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. As a result, the five certifications ensure a cleaner drinking option that comes only from the highest quality organic ingredients.

Drake’s Organic Premium Vodka was awarded Double Gold and Drake’s Organic White Rum received Gold at the most recent Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention & Exposition in Orlando, FL. The judges are industry experts who blind taste-test each spirit. Therefore, the most prestigious in the industry recognizes and respects Drake’s Organic White Rum.

Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice, Organic Vodka, Organic White Rum, Organic Spiced Rum and Organic Mixes are available at hundreds of locations throughout California including select Ralphs, Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, Albertsons, Vons and Target stores. However, if you would like a complete list of locations offering Drake’s products, click HERE.

About Drake’s Organic Spirits

In 2017 Minneapolis-based Drake’s Organic Spirits launched.  Drake’s sources the highest quality USDA organic and non-GMO Project Verified ingredients to create a line of ultra-premium spirits and mixers. The Drake’s spirit line currently consists of Drake’s Organic Vodka, Drake’s Organic White Rum and Drake’s Organic Spiced Rum. Organic cane sugar, rather than grain, which produces a smooth, clean aftertaste, makes up Drake’s Organic Spirits.  Drake’s Spirits are all 12-times distilled, creating an ultra-premium hand-crafted spirit at a price that beats the leading premium brands.  Drake’s recently began producing bulk sanitizer to meet the need for cleaner, safer environments.

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JAJA TEQUILA

With Summer upon us, there is nothing better than soaking up the sun with a drink in hand. That’s why JAJA Tequila, co-owned by The Chainsmokers, developed four easy AND delicious cocktail recipes for you to enjoy whether you’re barbequing or hanging poolside.

The Cosmonaut 

Adapted from the classic Sasha Petraske cocktail by Liquor Lab NY

1.5 oz JAJA Blanco

.75 oz Lemon Juice

1 bar spoonful Raspberry Jam

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with an orange. 

Cucumber Basil Margarita

By Liquor Lab NY

1.5 oz JAJA Blanco

.5 oz Lime

.5 oz Cucumber Juice

.75 oz Opal Basil syrup

Shake JAJA Blanco with Lime Juice, Cucumber Juice (or muddled cucumber) with ice to chill. Pour over ice or serve neat.

Grapefruit Tequila Spritzer 

1.5 oz JAJA Reposado Tequila

1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice

Top with lime soda

Sparkling water

Cucumber slices and rosemary to garnish 

JAJA Mule

1.5 oz JAJA Añejo

.75 oz Lime Juice

.25 oz Simple Syrup

Top with Ginger Beer

Candied Ginger

Serve over ice. Garnish with candied ginger and lime!

St German, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, libations, cocktail, drinks, bartender

St-Germain Moment Du Jour

The St-Germain Moment Du Jour – an Instagram-based initiative aimed towards helping people differentiate weekdays from weekends during social distancing. For the series, St-Germain is teaming up with global artisans and bartenders to share creative tips and tricks for elevating weekend rituals. In advance of Mother’s Day weekend, we wanted to share a few specially curated tips for celebrating mom – with elegant cocktails to pair.

Vegas pop art artist Koa Paden @koapaden will share a tip on how to pamper your mom with a well-deserved escape beyond your four walls by painting your dream vacation destination, while sipping on the tropical and refreshing Paint Your Escape cocktail created by Brooklyn Bartender Brian Evans. Made with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice, and coconut sorbet (among other delicious ingredients), it’s the perfect staycation drink for a special Sunday toast to Mom.  

As the second tip in advance of Mother’s Day weekend, New York-based food blogger Ewa Ko @nom_life will share a tip on how to make an ordinary evening special for your significant other or your mom by making a new cocktail to enjoy at home and getting all dressed up, even if there’s nowhere to go. Throw on an outfit you were excited to wear, break out the fancy glassware and mix up the Madame in Rouge cocktail created by Miami’s own Danilo Dacha Bozovc, a swanky mixture of pomegranate, lemon, and St-Germain. Voila! You’ve got yourself a special Moment Du Jour. 

The St-Germain Moment Du Jour #5 (Scheduled To Go Live On Thursday, May 7)
Paint Your Escape 
Created by Brooklyn Mixologist Brian Evans 

¾  parts / 20mL ST-GERMAIN® Elderflower Liqueur 
¾ parts  / 20mL Bombay Sapphire®  Dry Gin
1 part / 30mL Pineapple Juice
4 parts / 15mL Lime Juice
3 scoops of coconut sorbet or gelato
Top with sparkling wine
Lime wheel and lime zest for garnish

The St-Germain Moment Du Jour #6 (Scheduled To Go Live On Friday, May 8)
Madame in Rouge 
Created by Miami Mixologist Danilo Dacha Bozovc 

1 part /30 mL  BACARDÍ® Ocho   
3/4 part  / 20 mL ST-GERMAIN® Elderflower Liqueur 
1/2 part  /15 mL  Pomegranate Juice 
½ part / 15 mL   Fresh Lemon Juice 
¼ parts / 7  mL Simple syrup (1.5:1 sugar to water) 
2 parts / 60 ml champagne 

*Pour all ingredients except the champagne into a shaker. Shake the cocktail hard. Pour the champagne into a chilled coupe glass and double strain the cocktail into the chilled coup glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

COVID HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS

While social distancing measures mean we can’t travel, that doesn’t mean we can bring the spirit of our favorite destinations to our own homes. The chefs at Brisas Hotel Group, a leading Mexican hotel brand renowned for their local hospitality, have shared some of their favorite drinks inspired by the flavors and history of Mexico. For an added touch, stream the live beach cam feed from Brisas’ luxurious NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun.

Red Fruit Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 3 strawberries (medium sized)
  • 2 blackberries
  • 2 raspberries
  • 5 mammoth basil leaves
  • 4 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce of natural syrup or 3 sachets of refined sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Soda
  • White Rum

Instructions:

  1. Combine the fruits, basil, sugar and a dash of lemon juice in a mortar and begin grinding it with a pestle while adding in the cranberry juice.
  2. Put it in a cocktail shaker with your favorite type of white rum and shake.  
  3. Serve in a high ball glass over ice.
  4. Top it off with some lemon soda and garnish with a fresh sliced strawberry.

Tepache Pina Colada

Ingredients for the Tepache:

Tepache is a great drink on its own so this recipe is for 5 liters so you can have a carafe ready for enjoyment. Tepache is a traditional Mexican drink that dates to Pre-Columbian Mexico and was popular amongst the Nahua people of central Mexico.

Ingredients for the Tepache:

  • 4 pieces of pineapple peels
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon bark
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 5 liters of water
  • 500 grams of unrefined sugar (preferably piloncillo)

Instructions for Tepache:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and let sit for three days. Then strain and add ice to have a home-made tepache.

Instructions for Tepache Pina Colada:

  1. Combine 3 ounces of the tepache, with an ounce of pineapple juice, with 2 tablespoons of grated coconut and your favorite rum.
  2. Serve in a margarita class and garnish with a fresh slice of pineapple.

Donaji

Ingredients:

  • Worm salt
  • 2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 3 ounces of espadin mezcal
  • 2 ounces of grenadine syrup

Instructions:

  1. Moisten the edges of the glass with lemon juice and frost with worm salt
  2. Mix the lemon juice, orange juice and the mezcal
  3. Take your glass and add the grenadine syrup to first then pour in the mezcal mixture
  4. Add ice and mix before drinking
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Coronavirus and Alcohol: What Are People Drinking During the Outbreak?

Crazy times. Surreal. Uncertainty. These are some ways we describe the Coronavirus outbreak and the consequences. But what about…

What we’re drinking and how that has changed.

According to Seriouslysmoked.com, a cooking and BBQ website compiled more than 200,000 tweets from the last 30 days and analyzed their contents using keywords, phrases, and hashtags.

Their findings will surprise you.

Surge in Sales

Perhaps the scars of Prohibition still run deep. An overriding theme in the collected data was panic buying and stockpiling. The figures tell a dramatic story.

Alcohol sales ending the week of March 21 surged 55 percent.

Teasing those numbers reveals some shocking but not altogether unpredictable trends that SeriouslySmoked.com noted.

The volume of 1.75 liter-sized bottles sold increased dramatically.

Cheaper and more affordable brands saw significant upticks.

Half-bottles and luxury brands, not so much.

The latter makes sense given the uncertain economic situation. Many who didn’t have a liquor budget are probably reconsidering it now.

However, it’s essential to put these data in perspective. Many restaurants aren’t open for dine-in customers. The wine you’d enjoy with your steak entree, you’re now consuming at home. That’s evident when you look at the meteoric rise of online sales.

Wine.com, for example, saw a 200 percent increase during this same time.

What Else Are People Buying—or Not Buying?

SeriouslySmoked.com uncovered some other trends that the industry statistics support. Unlike in Europe, Americans reserve their sparklers for celebrations. The pandemic has hit that continent hard too. 

Consequently, Champagne says have taken a nosedive.

However, it’s probably not too much of a stretch to guess that Champagne will recover just fine when we all start painting the town red when all of this is behind us.

Interestingly, alcohol products that have seen slow declines are now enjoying something of a comeback, such as port and other fortified spirits.

Tequila and gin have also seen sales spikes, but that’s not all. Canned and packaged beverages are enjoying a similar surge.

Canned wine, for example, wasn’t a serious thing in the beginning. Now, with the outbreak, think again. The situation is fueling sales that rival its rise in popularity over recent years.

Boxed wine?

Yup. And probably for many of the same reasons of economy and getting more for your buck.

What else has changed?

The Industry Reinvents Itself

The unprecedented events have spurred many forces in the industry to reinvent themselves in innovative ways…

Restaurants and bars are sharing cocktail recipes as acts of solidarity to get through the crisis. Some are holding virtual tastings. We’re having virtual happy hours out of our homes.

Individuals are also reaching out to their favorite wineries and joining wine clubs in droves.

That’s especially significant given that most tasting rooms are closed. Cancellations of wine tours continue to grow with an uncertain future. The looming collapse of the summer tourist season weighs heavily on countless wineries.

Napa Valley visitor traffic brings $2.23 billion to the economy, according to the 2018 Economic Impact Report.

Luckily, e-commerce sales are surging with direct-to-consumer purchases, as SeriouslySmoked.com discovered too. Early figures show that online traffic has exceeded pre-pandemic volumes in some cases.

So there is hope that the industry will recover. But then what will happen?

Lingering Questions

The fact remains that the road ahead is uncertain, but likely has lots of twists and turns along its path. The questions that the industry and consumers ponder loom large.

Will wineries, breweries, and distilleries recover?

Will restaurants and bars open their doors again?

What is the future of online sales and its impact on brick-and-mortar stores?

One thing is clear from the data collected by SeriouslySmoked.com. Everyone is living in the moment. It’s hard to plan because the situation literally changes every day.

There are also some good takeaway messages from the responses of consumers and the industry.

We are supporting each other in a myriad of ways. The prospect of our favorite watering hole closing or hole-in-the-wall restaurant forever has given us pause.

Sure, we’ve adapted. The industry will survive too. It just might look a bit different on the other side. In the meantime, enjoy that new tipple that you’ve discovered. And support your local businesses.

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WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS

THE WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS RELEASES ITS EXTENDED 51-100 LIST 2019 AS A PREVIEW TO NEXT WEEK’S BIG AWARDS

The World’s 50 Best Bars has just unveiled the 2019 list of bars ranked from 51 to 100, ahead of its annual awards, which is taking place next week on 3rd October in London.

  • 14 bars that didn’t appear last year feature in the extended list
  • The list includes bars from 26 cities across 20 countries
  • USA leads with 9 bars, of which four are located in New York
  • Asia is represented by 11 bars across six countries
  • Highest new entry in the 51-100 list is Tayēr + Elementary (No.52) in London
  • South and Central America are represented by four bars across three countries
  • The UK is represented by seven bars – six in London and one in Edinburgh

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 51-100 list showcases bars from 26 cities across 20 different countries and this year contains 14 new entries from around the globe. One of these bars will be named the Campari One To Watch, which tips a bar likely to break into the list in the future, at next week’s ceremony.

The USA leads the 51-100 list with nine bars featured; four are based in New York City, two in San Francisco and Chicago and one in Miami. Big Apple favourite The Clover Club is a new entry at No.100 on the highly coveted ranking.

The list features 11 establishments from Asia, with Hong Kong and Japan leading the way with three bars each. Thailand and Singapore both have two bars on the list, and South Korea’s Charles H also features at No.83.

Among the 14 new bars to enter the 51-100 list, the UK’s Tayēr + Elementary debuts highest at No.52 with other prominent new entries including London’s Scarfes Bar (No.55) and Siete Negronis (No.69) in Santiago, Chile.

Among the seven inclusions from the UK, six are based in London, including Oriole (No.64), Satan’s Whiskers (No.78), Donovan Bar (No.87) and The Gibson (No.97), while Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons completes the UK’s offering at No.77.

Representative of the growing cocktail scenes in both Spain and Latin America, five bars in these regions feature in the 51-100 list. Spain’s second city, Barcelona, boasts two bars including Two Schmucks (No.57) and the well-established Dry Martini (No.74). The list also features two bars from São Paulo, Brazil: SubAstor (No.51) and Frank Bar (No.96); while Mexico City’s Hanky Panky places at No.65.

Australia has four bars on the 51-100 list this year with Bulletin Place leading the pack at No.66, while Black Pearl (No.80) places as Melbourne’s only entry.

Baccano leads Italy’s entries at No.70 ahead of fellow Rome bar Drink Kong (No.82) and Milan’s Nottingham Forest (No.86).

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Ahead of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony returning to London’s Roundhouse on 3rd October, we’re excited to be able to share the 51-100 list. It is a true reflection of some of the key emerging trends in the industry, as well as the extraordinary talent of the bartenders. This year’s 51-100 list includes a number of returning favourites, but it is also great to see a wide range of new entries from across the globe. It really showcases the diversity and ever evolving quality of the world’s leading bars.”

The best way to follow the build-up to the announcement of the 2019 list and individual awards is via The World’s 50 Best Bars digital channels:
Website:www.worlds50bestbars.com
Twitter:@50BestBars
Instagram:@50BestBars
Facebook:www.facebook.com/50BestBars/
#Worlds50BestBars

Fresh Craft Cocktails

Pink Sangre

Rose infused citrus spritz with mango chunks and crushed wild berries and sweetened with passionfruit puree and agave. Shaken and strained, and garnished with a lemon wheel.

The Heirloom Pear

Green pears and marinate in white wine. Add mint, 2oz green apple puree. Shake over ice, strain, topped with prosecco. Pour in kedem Chablis and garnished fresh pear heart.

Refreshing craft cocktails from new Upper West Side hot spot Arba. With a Mediterranean-focused menu and variety of kosher and gluten free offerings, Abra fashions seven signature cocktails with flavors of apricot, fig, lavender and pomegranate each with different vitamins and various health benefits.