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Monday, May 9, 2016

Square One Cucumber Vodka

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Square One Cucumber Vodka Cocktail
"Aromatherapy"


Cool as a Cucumber describes this awesome Organic Vodka. The folks at Square One Spirits have out done themselves by distilling fresh organic cucumbers directly into their organic vodka. The result is a super cool and refreshing vodka that is great in cocktails. One of our favorite cocktails to use this vodka in is Aromatherapy. This cocktail combines the cooling cucumber flavors with aromatics and bitters to bring your taste buds on a spa day they won't soon forget. 

Chad the Tie Guy's Drink of the Week: This cocktail is amazing for the simple fact that it really uses some cool ingredients that most people would not normally think of putting together. The aromatic rose water and orange bitters give this drink such wonderful aromas that make you want to sit and smell it all day. I think cocktails like this highlight the healthy side of imbibing that can be enjoyed after a lovely yoga session without any regrets. Enjoy!

Cocktail Recipe:
"Aromatherapy"
The fresh aroma and taste of Square One Cucumber, lemon juice, rose water and high quality ginger ale will have your senses singing with each sip.

2 oz. Square One Cucumber
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup
3 drops of Orange Bitters
Splash of Rose Water
Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Combine all ingredients (except soda) with ice in a cocktail tin. Shake and pour into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Top with soda.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Getting Ready for the Kentucky Derby

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Mighty Mint Julep

Kentucky Derby time is here again and on Saturday, May 7th the race will begin. No true race fan would be caught dead without a cold Mint Julep in their hand when that happens. The traditional Mint Julep is simply fresh mint, sugar, water and of course good Kentucky Bourbon. We have made it even simpler (and no sore wrists from muddling mint) by using Sonoma Syrup Co's Mint Infused Simple Syrup which provides fresh mint flavors with a sweet silky taste. When this is shaken over ice with good Bourbon, it is like being right in the front seats at the derby its self.

Cocktail Recipe:
"Mighty Mint Julep"
3 oz. Redemption High Rye Bourbon (good Kentucky Bourbon that won't break the bank)
1 oz. Sonoma Syrup Co Mint Infused Simple Syrup
Fresh Mint (for garnish)
Crushed Ice

Add all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice cold glass or a traditional stainless steel mint julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

Food Pairings: Enjoy this Kentucky cocktail with our Santa Fe Barbecue Brown Rice Chips dipped in our Jersey General Mango Salsa and one of our Fresh Made Chocolate Chips Cookies for dessert!

Items in italics are available at the Market at White Horse Wine & Spirits

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Class


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Pappy Van Winkle is the poster child for BUCKET LIST BOURBONS. It has been around since 1893 and is so hard to get that it sells out almost as soon as it comes into stores. Legions of adoring fans usually know before retailers do, exactly when it will be arriving. Since most large stores only receive a single bottle per year, most people are left reading about it instead of tasting it. This scarcity and high demand often drive retailers to jack up the price as much as fifty times what they bought it for.

Here at White Horse Wine and Spirits we operate with a different mentality. Instead of jacking up the cost and only letting one lucky soul enjoy this luscious libation, we choose to offer a class so that more people get to enjoy this treat. After tasting this almost impossible to find bourbon, you can then decide for yourself if it is really what everyone hypes it up to be.

If you would like to see what all the fuss is about and cross these bourbons off your bucket list, join us on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm. We will be opening the Van Winkle 10 year, Van Winkle 12 year, Pappy Van Winkle 20 year and our own Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. These bourbons will be specially paired up with fresh handmade food from our own Market at White Horse Wine and Spirits. Class spots fill up fast, so sign up in store or online at www.whitehorsewine.com (under the class tab). Classbooks are only $40 and will reserve you a seat in this limited 12 person class.

If you can't make this class, keep your eyes open because we will be offering another one in the Fall. Cheers!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dogfish Head Belgian Tripel

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Dogfish Head, Belgian Tripel

April 16th, 2016 is RECORD STORE DAY (started in 2007) and Dogfish Head is the official beer. "What is Record Store Day?" you ask. It is a national day to support indie music stores around the country. In honor of this, Dogfish Head has released a new beer called Beer to Drink Music To. Dogfish Heads liquid tribute to Record Store Day, Beer To Drink Music To, was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. The ingredients are inspired by some of our favorite tunes: Orange Peel {Orange Crush by REM} Peppercorns {Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles}, Candi Sugar {Sugar On My Tongue by Talking Heads}, and Cardamom {Mock Song by Phish}. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music. “The enjoyment of a beautiful beer with an amazing album at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience,” -Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione

Chad the Tie Guy's Drink of the Week: Belgian Tripels are a great style of beer for everybody to try because they are light in body but bold in flavor. These beers are very easy drinking, despite their high alcohol content (9%). If you really want to experience the full flavors of this beer, serve it cool but not cold and put it in a wine glass (or a belgian tulip glass if you have it). This is a must have for enjoying a warm Spring day of yard work!

Style: Belgian Tripel
Alcohol Content: 9%
IBUs: 30


Food Pairings: Enjoy this beer after shopping at your favorite local record store with our Surfer Sandwich made with our curried mango chicken salad and organic field greens on a fresh multigrain roll.

Items in italics are available at the Market at White Horse Wine & Spirits

Monday, March 28, 2016

Gobelsburg, Dry Rose

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Gobelsburg, Dry Rose

Easter is coming up this weekend and that gives us an excuse to talk about one of our favorite topics in the wine world: DRY ROSE! This category of wine is often misunderstood because consumers have been conditioned to think that everything that is pink is sweet. Not only are most pink (or rose) wines dry, but they are very popular around the world. This trend is slowly catching on in the United States as wine geeks like us champion the awesomeness of dry roses to customers. Most of the dry rose wines start arriving in the US around this time and pair extremely well with the usual Easter dinner foods.

Chad the Tie Guy's Drink of the Week: I love dry rose wines, but this one blew me away. The combination of indigenous Austrian grapes (Zweigelt and St. Laurent) give this wine super aromatics of rose petal, cherry and strawberry with a really clean finish. This is one of those wines that just disappears from the glass. If you try one dry rose this year, make it this one!

Grape Varietals:  Zweigelt and St. Laurent

Wine Region: Osterreich, Austria

Alcohol Content: 12%

White Horse Wine Color Code System:       DRY ROSE WINE      

Food Pairings: Try this wine with our Montchevre Goat Cheese on a fresh baguette with salty black olives and marinated roasted red peppers.

Items in italics are available at the Market at White Horse Wine & Spirits

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ciders for Wine Lovers


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Ciders for Wine Lovers

Now that Spring is here and the weather is beautiful, it is time to spend more time outside. One of the most refreshing but little understood categories of beverages is ciders. Much like the Rieslings of the wine world, most people assume that all ciders are sweet. In fact, most ciders are made in a dry style with a super complex flavor that will amaze white wine lovers of Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. 

One of our favorite producers is Farnum Hill out of Vermont. These guys are not just cider makers who buy apple juice (like most of the big cider makers). These are apple farmers who use their ancient apple groves to produce ciders of exceptional quality that are well balanced and dry. If your in the mood to enjoy a Spring evening with a good drink, then pick up a bottle of Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider.

Chad the Tie Guy's Drink of the Week: I love farmhouse ciders because this is the original style of cider simply made from fresh pressed apples and natural wild yeast (used to ferment the sweet apple juice). These ciders are not overly syrupy and sweet like the newer ciders can be but are very easy drinking with a hint of sweetness. This makes the cider taste, well like fresh apples that are juicy but not overly sweet. Think of this as a liquid apple with a little bit of a buzz as a bonus. Enjoy with the gorgeous Spring weather!

Food Pairings: This pairs well with soft cheeses (such as goat cheese) drizzles with fresh honey and topped with toasted salty almond. Try this with a slow cooker pork and sauerkraut topped with crisp apple slices for a real sweet and sour treat!

Cocktail Ideas:
Basic Recipe (aka Kick it Up a Notch): Combine 6oz of Cider with 1oz other flavor
Some Classic Examples:
     Apple Blossom= 6oz Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider + 1oz Elderflower Liqueur
     Irish Apple= 6oz Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider + 1 oz Irish Whiskey 
     Apple Pie= 6oz Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider + 1oz Fireball
     Carmel Apple= 6oz Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider + 1oz Caramel Vodka

Monday, March 7, 2016

Drink of the Week: Ballast Point Artisanal Cocktails




Ballast Point Artisanal Cocktail Cans

As Spring approaches I want to spend more time outside with a delicious drink! If you are a brave explorer who enjoys testing the fabulous flavors of the global culture, then join us on this weekly exploration. These posts will cover everything from the latest cocktail craze to the wonderful world of wine.

Chad the Tie Guy's Drink of the Week: We want to spend more time outside at picnic spots and less time making craft cocktails. That definitely does not mean we want to resort to the overly sweet and artificially flavored premade cocktails that have been available in stores for years. Now with the craft cocktail movement we are seeing more premade cocktails with natural ingredients that we would use to make cocktails at home. These spirits are of high quality spirits and no weird chemical preservatives. 
These cans contain nothing but the best spirits made from scratch at Ballast Points distillery in San Diego, California and mixed with their made on premise mixers (bloody mary mix and homemade sodas). A great way to drink easily without having to make and transport everything to your next awesome picnic!

Ballast Point Cocktail:

FUGU BLOODY MARY 

Like the venomous namesake fish this Fugu Bloody Mary packs a sting. We’ve combined our signature Fugu Vodka with our award-winning Bloody Mary mix, featuring ripe tomatoes, exotic spices and a heavy dose of pepper, to make a spicy cocktail that is dangerously drinkable.

ALC. BY VOL. 10% 

Food Pairings: This cocktails spicy bite goes well with our Market's General Sandwich for your next picnic (18 month aged Prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, vine ripened tomato, house made basil pesto, & field greens on a panini roll).
This Rum & Ginger is like none you’ve ever tasted. We blend our Three Sheets White Rum, crafted from pure cane sugar, with our fresh and spicy house-made ginger beer to create a robust yet balanced craft cocktail. It’s a storm of flavor that is sure to warm your pallet.
ALC. BY VOL. 7% 
Food Pairings: This cocktails rich spice palate really shine with our Market's Surfer Sandwich (The Market's curried mango chicken salad with organic field greens on a multigrain roll).

Three Sheets Rum & Cola 
This cocktail instantly transports you to the tropics. Our smooth Three Sheets White Rum crafted from pure cane sugar blends with earthy cardamom in our house-made cola to create a uniquely exotic yet inviting flavor. The mix of sweet and spice will have you feeling the waves wherever you may be.

ALC. BY VOL. 7% 

Food Pairings: This cocktails sweet and spicy flavor really pop with our Market's Boxer Sandwich (Prosciutto di parma, sweet soppressata, sharp provolone, hot goathorn peppers, arugula, and stone ground mustard on a panini roll).