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Product Spotlight: Fruitlab Organic Ginger liqueur


FRUITLAB liqueurs add depth and body to cocktails by bringing the flavor of whole fruits

Tasting Notes + Uses

bright + warm with a long, spicy finish
IDEAL WITH vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and beer
What’s Inside
fresh, dry and candied ginger, lemon, cane sugar


Greenbar Collective represents the world’s largest portfolio of organic, handcrafted spirits, including BAR KEEP organic bitters, CRUSOE organic rums, FRUITLAB organic liqueurs, IXÁ organic tequila, SLOW HAND organic whiskey, TRU organic gin and TRU organic vodkas.

But that wasn’t always the case.

When husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew began making spirits in 2004, they used conventional spirits and local, hand-processed produce.

Soon, their unique spirits won many awards. But Melkon and Litty couldn’t take all the credit. They learned their successes also hinged on some silent partners — the farmers who grew their ingredients. Several had moved to organic farming, resulting in more aromatic, flavorful produce…which led to more flavorful, aromatic spirits.

Their minds were made. ORGANICS HELD THE KEY TO BETTER TASTING SPIRITS. Today, Greenbar Collective produces and distributes the world’s biggest portfolio of organic spirits — all made by hand with real ingredients.

The environment also benefits because the company uses lightweight bottles, 100% recycled labels and plants a tree for every bottle sold. Cheers!


Company: Greenbar Collective
Brand: Fruitlab
Slogan: Handcrafted in California
Origin: USA
Category: Liqueur
Packaging: 750ml
Claims: Organic
Variants: Ginger, Jasmine, Hibisicus
Alcohol Volume: 20%
Price: $29.99 USD
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: greenbar.biz





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Product Spotlight: Mezcamaica Hibiscus, Agave & Mezcal Drink


Mezcamaica is a refreshing drink made ​​from mezcal, jamaica water and agave nectar.

It is a drink “ready to drink”, the percentage of alcohol is ideal for a drink that accompanies the food and also as a cocktail option for smooth, natural. and cheerful.

Our product is 100% Mexican, obtaining Matatlán mezcal, Oaxaca, Guerrero jamaica organic agave nectar and Jalisco.

Its formula is perfect for all tastes

The hibiscus adds properties
antioxidants and diuretic
excellent for the body

to be sweetened with agave nectar
Natural contains no sugar or
artificial sweeteners and everything
These involve also gives him honey
a sweet touch very soft

drink is a perfect blend
freshness, taste and tradition, not as
strong as mezcal (10% Alc.
Vol) and saves all its features
no need for preservatives or some
another chemical


Company: Mezcamaica
Brand: Mezcamaica
Origin: Mexico
Category: Alcohol
Packaging:  290ml, 463ml, 946ml
Claims: 100% Natural
Price: $146.94 MXP
Where to Buy: Click Here
Website: mezcamaica.com



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Product Spotlight: Bear Hug Vodka Infusion Cranberry


Inspired by the delicious infused cocktails enjoyed throughout the world, Bear Hug Infusions is a revolutionary new product which combines ultra-premium spirits with real, natural ingredients. Bear Hug Vodka Infusion Cranberry is a tart, subtly sweet spirit created by expertly infusing ripe cranberries with five-times distilled American grain vodka – there are no chemical preservatives, additives or artificial substances. Enjoy it neat, chilled from the bottle, strained into a martini glass, or poured over ice. Add a unique twist to your favorite recipe, or mix the infusions together for a truly creative cocktail!

About the Company

Traveling throughout the world with friends and family is one of our greatest pleasures. No matter where we end up, (even in the back woods) we frequently discover infused cocktails created with local flavors. Bear Hug® Infusions have come from some of the greatest infusions we have found in the West Indies, North & South America and Europe


Some of the remote destinations we have visited have never heard of the term “Mixology” for their local bartender uses the market down the road as a guide. These magnificent infusion cocktails have come from their local fare which includes everything from fresh fruits & vegetables to coffee and cocoa beans.

While the bartender is preparing your drink you can see them squeeze this, muddle that, crush, stir and pour… And then they hand over a drink, hand-made just for you, that drink with all its surroundings tastes like the most wonderful part of your day.

Using fresh ingredients to create a special drink is both their tradition and art. For us these concoctions with natures touch have become our Bear Hug®.

In creating Bear Hug® Infusions we sought to replicate and bottle the infused cocktails we have discovered, and share them with the world. So no matter where you are, grab some friends, raise a glass of Bear Hug® Infusions and toast to every bartender that helped inspire natures infused cocktails.



Company: Innovative Liquors
Brand: Bear Hug Vodka Infusions
Slogan: If it’s not Bear Hug®, it’s not a true infusion.
Origin: USA
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml Bottle
Claims: No Artificial Flavors, Infused, Premium, Kosher
Variants: Vodka Chocolate, Vodka Cranberry, Vodka Espresso, Rum Wild Berry, Rum Mango, Tequila Chili Pepper, Tequila Mango
Alcohol Volume: 21%
Price: $22.99 USD
Where to Buy: Click Here
Website: bearhuginfusions.com



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Product Spotlight: Cruzan Rum Launches the Distiller’s Collection


DEERFIELD, IL, Sep 09, 2013 — This month, Cruzan® Rum unveils the Cruzan® Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums. Comprised of Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and the new Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, the collection stays true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry™ and doesn’t rush the aging process, waiting until each rum is aged to perfection.

The Cruzan Estate Diamond rums were originally created by Hardy Nelthropp, who served as Cruzan Master Distiller from 1959-2007 and bottled the rum to share with his close friends on St. Croix. Each rum is aged between five and 12 years and, like all Cruzan rums, is made from tropical rainwater, high-quality molasses and distilled to be the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“I’m thrilled for Cruzan fans to experience our Distiller’s Collection,” said Gary Nelthropp, President and Master Distiller of Cruzan Rum. “We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our aged rums, and the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy some of my family’s favorite expressions.”

Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum is carefully charcoal filtered and contains subtle vanilla and oak cask flavors, while Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum is expertly crafted to bring out the complex flavor of barrel-aged rum. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, one of the most awarded aged rums on the market, uses a unique blend of vintage rums that have been aged for up to 12 years and bottled one cask at a time. The term “single barrel” refers to the fact that after its initial aging, the rum is picked and blended before it is barreled for a second time in new American oak barrels and slowly aged again. All three rums are equally enjoyable neat, on the rocks or as a base in classic cocktails. Jesse Card, Master Mixologist for Cruzan Rum, created the following recipes to introduce the new collection to cocktail lovers:

Cruzan® Fig Pie
2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
3/4 parts Orange Juice
1/4 parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
1 tablespoon Fig Chutney

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig.

Cruzan® Winter Break
2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum
1 parts Pineapple Juice
1/4 parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea

Method: Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick.

Cruzan® Sidecar
2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
A splash of Lemon Juice

Method: Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional).

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry. For more information, please visit www.CruzanRum.com, www.YouTube.com/CruzanRum, like us on Facebook.com/CruzanRum or follow us on Twitter @CruzanRum.

About Cruzan® Rum

Named for the people of St. Croix (Crucians), Cruzan® Rum is synonymous with the spirit of the island whose unpretentious and authentic lifestyle proves that life — like our rum — is more enjoyable when you embrace The Don’t Hurry™ and sit back, relax and take things one sip at a time. The Nelthropp family, who has called St. Croix home for eight generations and runs the distillery to this day, crafts each of its rums with natural ingredients and a five-column distillation process. Cruzan® also touts one of the cleanest-tasting rums in the industry — a characteristic derived from crafting a spirit with low levels of fusel oils, a by-product of the distillation process which, if not removed, can taint the smell and taste of the rum.

About Beam Inc.
As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.




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Product Spotlight: Iceberg Creme Brulee Flavored Vodka


Crack open your Crème Brûlée for the flavour of this classic dessert in glass, featuring natural cream and toffee flavourings married with the quintessential quality of Iceberg Vodka.


About the Company
Every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of icebergs break off from glaciers and travel south where they melt into the sea. This water is so naturally pure, even the oxygen liberated during the melting process is cleaner than what is naturally found on Earth. After much pondering on how best to leverage this pristine water, we came to the only natural conclusion: vodka. Sure, it might seem a bit extreme to go to such lengths to make vodka, but we recognize that one cannot live on a mediocre martini. Utilizing the purest water this planet has to offer results in the smoothest, best tasting vodka. And that’s worth every last drop.


Company: Iceberg
Brand: Iceberg
Slogan: When Life Hands You Icebergs, Make Vodka
Origin: Canada
Category: Alcohol
Claims: Made with Icebergs
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Alcohol Volume: 35%
Website: iceberg.ca





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Product Spotlight: Maccabee Pineapple Shandy


Maccabee Shandy Pineapple is our latest summer edition to the Shandy range. Shandy is a fun, easy to drink and refreshing malt beverage. Shandy was originally a traditional beer cocktail produced by mixing lager beer with lemon-lime soda.

In 2005, Maccabee Shandy was launched as a Ready-to-Drink spinoff of Maccabee Beer with only 1.9 alc/vol and became an instant success.
Shandy comes in four great natural flavors: Lemon-lime, Peach, Apple and Watermelon with limited editions launched each summer.

Today the Maccabee Shandy brand is the top selling RTD flavored alcoholic beverage in Israel.


About Tempo
Tempo is one of the largest and longest established beverage companies in Israel. The company manufactures and markets a variety of beverages: In the beer segment, the number one Israeli beer brand, Goldstar, the award winning Maccabee beer, and the most popular premium beer Heineken, as well as famous specialties such as Paulaner, Samuel adams, Newcastle and Murphy’s. In the soft drinks industry, Tempo is a franchisee of the Pepsi portfolio with world known brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Seven up & Mirinda. Other brands in the category are Jump and Cider HaGalil. Tempo’s water portfolio covers the entire spectrum: San Pellegrino as the category leader in the super-premium segment, San Benedetto in the premium segment and the locally produced bottled water Aqua nova in the mainstream category. Tempo’s XL is a market leader in the energy drinks category. A fully owned subsidiary, Barkan Winery LTD, is Israel’s second largest winery and produces both Barkan and Segal’s extensive wine portfolio. Finally, as of 2011, Tempo distributes the Pernod portfolio of spirits, Israel’s largest, with the world famous Absolut vodka, Chivas, Jameson and Ballantine’s whiskeys and many others.

The company employs a workforce of about 1,000 employees, and through its national distribution supplies its products directly to about 11,000 customers covering all market segments.


Company: Tempo
Brand: Macabee
Origin: Israel
Category: Flavored Beer
Packaging: 330ml
Alcohol Volume: 1.9%




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Alcohol Spotlight: Tequipal Tequila from Mexico


TEQUIPAL comes from the need required by such as important category developed as is the TEQUILA. Only people with over 50 years of experience in dairy products could dare to handle the agave distillate as one more of their inputs and thus achieve such exquisite product: TEQUIPAL (tequila-friend).


Rehydrated powdered milk, refined sugar, agave distillate, natural conservatives (ALC), emulsifiers, fruit extract, natural flavoring and coloring.


Company: Tequipal
Brand: Tequipal
Origin: Mexico
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml bottle, 200ml sampler pack
Alcohol Volume: 17%
Variants: Coffee, Mango, Strawberry, Coconut
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: tequipal.com




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Alcohol Spotlight: Bookers Bourbon Introduces Its First Roundtable Batch of 2013


Clermont, KY (October 2, 2013) – Booker’s® Bourbon announces the release of its first-ever batch hand-selected by top whiskey experts – Batch No. 2013-6. Twenty-five years after Booker Noe handed out the first bottles of his namesake bourbon to his closest friends and family, Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam Master Distiller and 2013 Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee, is celebrating his father’s legacy with a rare offering. For the first time in the small-batch bourbon’s history, top whiskey experts will collaborate with Fred to help select exclusive batches of Booker’s® Bourbon.

Kicked off in August, Fred is paying homage to his father’s tasting tradition by hosting his own Booker’s® Bourbon Roundtable, consisting of a select group of whiskey advocates, writers and experts. This esteemed group participates in “virtual” tastings and discussions to handpick select batches of bourbon worthy of the Booker’s name. Not since the 1980s, when Booker started sharing his bourbon with his best friends, has such an exclusive group been invited back to the table to take part in this Beam family tradition.

“Nearly three decades ago, Dad would gather his friends around the kitchen table and taste his personal bourbon stash to determine which would become the next batch of Booker’s® Bourbon,” said Noe. “I’m proud to keep that tradition alive. For our first official batch from the Roundtable, we’ve selected a bourbon featuring robust flavors, with notes of strong spices and unique lush cherries. Accompanied with a long finish and a bold proof, it’s a bottle that warrants Dad’s name on the label.”

This year’s Roundtable consists of top whiskey advocates, including, among others:
- Chuck K. Cowdery, Blogger and Author of “Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered – Story of American Whiskey”
- Geoffrey Kleinman, DrinkSpirits.com
- John McCarthy, Spirits Writer
- Jack Robertiello, Spirits Writer and Judge
- Tony Sachs, Blogger, Huffington Post
- F. Paul Pacult, Editor, Spirit Journal & Author, American Still Life

Booker’s® Bourbon is one of the only bourbons bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered, and bottled at its natural proof, which varies from batch to batch, just the way Booker Noe enjoyed his whiskey. Crafted in small batches and aged for six to eight years in charred oak barrels, which are stored in the center of the rack house, Booker’s® Bourbon is hand-selected barrel-by-barrel by Noe to ensure every bottle contains a robust, full-bodied whiskey that has a taste, aroma and proof that matches Booker’s whiskey preference.

Available on shelves in early October, Booker’s® Bourbon Batch No. 2013-6 was selected based on the following characteristics:

• Proof: 126.5
• Age: 7 years
• Nose: Strong spices and hints of cherry and vanilla
• Finish: Long, smooth finish
• Sipping Suggestions: With ice or cut with water

Booker’s® Bourbon is available nationwide for a suggested price of $49.99 for a 750ml bottle. For more information on Booker’s® Bourbon visit www.SmallBatch.com/Bookers.



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Alcohol Spotlight: Laphroaig Announces the Seasonal Return of Triple Wood


Deerfield, IL (October 7, 2013) — Laphroaig®, the world’s #1 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, proudly introduces its latest seasonal expression, Laphroaig® Triple Wood. Just in time for fall, this limited edition whisky returns as a result of high demand from Friends of Laphroaig®, the brand’s distinguished loyalty group that gives members a lifetime lease on a numbered, one square foot plot of land in Islay, Scotland.

Laphroaig® Triple Wood goes through a distinct triple maturation process that includes ex-bourbon barrels, 19thCentury-style quarter casks and specially selected European Oak oloroso sherry casks. This process creates a complex whisky that boasts a rich blend of creamy vanilla and hints of sweet fruit, while retaining the distinctive smoky peat flavor of Laphroaig®.

“We are thrilled that our Friends of Laphroaig® members are just as passionate about their Scotch as we are,” said John Campbell, Laphroaig® Master Distiller. “Triple Wood is the perfect seasonal expression for fall. Its bright gold color and bursts of peat, vanilla and fruit flavors embody the fall season and bring you back to Islay, the land that gives Laphroaig® its unique peaty notes.”

At 96 proof, Laphroaig® Triple Wood is best enjoyed neat, allowing the powerful, yet slightly creamy consistency of the whisky speak for itself. Laphroaig® Triple Wood is available for a limited time nationwide with a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750ml bottle and joins the Laphroaig® portfolio of Scotch whiskies that includes Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, 18-Year-Old, 25-Year-Old, QA Cask and Càirdeas. For more information, please visit www.Laphroaig.com for a product locator, like us onFacebook.com/LaphroaigUSA or follow us @LaphroaigUSA on Twitter. To become a Friend of Laphroaig® and stay up to date on special editions, consumers should look for the code on their next bottle purchase.

About Friends of Laphroaig®

Each bottle of Laphroaig® comes with a gift of friendship. Created by Laphroaig® Master Distiller John Campbell, Friends of Laphroaig® is the distinguished Laphroaig® loyalty group which today boasts over 500,000 members from more than 150 countries. Each Friend of Laphroaig® is given a lifetime lease on a numbered, one square foot plot of land in Islay that runs alongside the important Laphroaig® water source – the Killbride stream. The plot is registered and can be visited in person or via video on the Friends of Laphroaig® website –Laphroaig.com/Friends. Throughout the year, Friends of Laphroaig® from all over the world get together and share photos, tasting notes, Scottish history and more. To become a member of Friends of Laphroaig® consumers can receive a special code with each bottle of Laphroaig® which is then entered online on the Laphroaig® Facebook Page – Facebook.com/LaphroaigUSA or Friends of Laphroaig® website.

About Laphroaig®

Laphroaig® (La-’froyg) literally means “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.” Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig® is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle. The secret to Laphroaig® is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig® a unique peaty taste. It is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns. It’s also the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH Prince Charles. Further demonstrating the whisky’s superior quality, Laphroaig® 18-Year-Old received the Gold Outstanding Award at the 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition, along with Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, and Triple Wood which won the Silver Outstanding Award, making Laphroaig® one of the most celebrated portfolios at this year’s competition.

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit http://www.beamglobal.com and http://www.drinksmart.com.



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Product Spotlight: Lean Vodka


Lean is a smooth natural grain spirit infused with premium herbs and botanicals. Created from the purest spring water and finest quality grains, Lean is the epitome of perfection. With the sophisticated and health conscious drinker in mind, Lean delivers something sensational and new.


The Vodka
Lean Vodka is created via the patented TerrePURE® Process, an ultra-sonic (sound wave) energy driven oxidation and filtration process that refines grain neutral spirits more effectively than traditional multiple distillation, filtering methods or aging in oak barrels. This revolutionary art and science rapidly transforms ordinary distilled spirits into mature tasting, incredibly smooth, ultra premium spirits.


The Blend
Lean uses the strategic selection of herbs and botanicals to create a blend that will resonate with the active minded. The Lean blend creates a special smooth taste and color with fewer calories than ordinary vodka, naturally satisfying the healthy Lean bottle architecture. From the first creamy taste to the smooth finish, the Lean blend penetrates taste buds setting the standard for the new era of vodka drinkers.


Company: Lean Spirits
Brand: Lean Vodka
Origin: USA
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 750ml Bottle
Claims: Low Calorie
Alcohol Volume: ?
Website: leanvodka.com




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