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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