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Drink Spotlight: Fresh Craft Co. Mango Citrus Wine Cocktail



Mango Citrus

A bright, vibrant and luscious concoction of crisp white wine, infused with the natural flavors of juicy mango, natural citrus and a spritz of bubbles.



Pair with creamy cheeses, smoky black bean salsa or teriyaki chicken wings.


Grape Wine, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Carbon Dioxide, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfur Dioxide

Contents: 250 ml / 8.5 fl oz.
ALC: 6.5% by vol.





Calories...140 | Total Fat...0mg | Sodium...10mg | Total Carbohydrates...12g | Sugars...11g | Protein...Less than 1g


About the company

Fresh, Fizzy Flavor Anytime, Anywhere


Get ready to flavor the moment.



Company: Fresh Craft Co.
Brand: Mango Citrus Wine Cocktail
Origin: U.S
Category: Wine
Packaging: 250ml can
Claims: Contains natural flavors, 6.5% alcohol content.
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: http://www.freshcraftco.com/






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Industry News: emoji-inspired Cocktail Recipes for National Melon Day 8/14



While emoji have become a part of daily communication for millions of people, many don't understand how to use these expressive icons. Like emoji, Midori, The Original Melon Liqueur, is often misunderstood - many consumers don't know about its infusion of premium Japanese melons (like the one on the emoji keyboard - or how to creatively cocktail with our vibrant green liqueur - and we're out to fix that!

In recognition of *National Melon Day (8/14)*, we worked with Emojipedia.org founder and emoji expert, Jeremy Burge, to develop an interactive quiz to challenge consumers' perceptions of the most popular, but misunderstood emoji. And the results are pretty surprising!

Take a look at a few of the results from our quiz and rethink your cocktail this *National Melon Day* with one of our emoji-inspired recipes

"Look of Triumph" - 90% of respondents didn't know this actually expresses "victory."

"Savoring Delicious Food" - 79% of those who responded didn't guess that this emoji represented tasting something yummy!

"Tears of Joy" - 50% didn't realize this expression is happy! P.S. it was also the 2015 Word of the Year.

Midori EmojitoMidori Melon Mint CoolerMidori Melon Oasis





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Drink Spotlight: Vampt



VAMPT is a new global beverage born from unique global ingredients and infused with premium citrus spirits. For the young and connected global believers.



Natural, sustainable and socially responsible global market determined ingredients like; Argentinian Black Tea, Bolivian Coca Leaves, American Cucumber, China Green Tea, Brazilian Guarani and Korean Ginseng.

INFUSED with Triple Distilled Premium Citrus Spirits (6.3% alc.) and hints of Mexican Blue Agave Nectar and Peruvian Sugar Cane Juice.

VAMPT Facts:
   We are not an energy drink
   It’s naturally enhances your day & night and NATURALIZES YOUR SENSES™



Company: Vampt
Brand:  Vampt
Slogan:  Drink. Love. Repeat
Origin: Canada
Category:  Cocktail
Packaging:  250ml
Claims:  Naturally infused cocktail, triple distilled premium citrus spirits
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website:  http://www.vampt.com/Drink.Love.Repeat.html



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Recipe Spotlight: Cruzan Rum Halloween Cocktails


Today we bring you a few more delicious cocktail recipes to get you ready for Halloween.

Cruzan® Dead Man’s Mai Tai
1 part Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
1/2 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
1 1/2 part Fresh Sour Mix
1/4 part Orgeat Syrup
Dash of Orange Bitters
Float of Cruzan® Black Strap Rum + Lime Squeeze
Method: Combine the Aged Light Rum, Mango Rum, triple sec, fresh sour, orgeat syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into iced 14 oz glass. Top with a lime squeeze and a float of Black Strap Rum and garnish with a cherry.
Cruzan® Dark as Night
1 part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
1/4 part Falernum Syrup
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
6 parts Cider
Method: Combine Black Strap, falernum syrup and fresh lime juice in a mixing glass. Pour cider into a rocks glass and slowly float mixture over top of the cider. Finish with fresh grated nutmeg and a lime or orange peel.
Cruzan® Pumpkin Toddy
1 1/2 part Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum
1/2 part Cruzan® Vanilla Rum
3 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Filling
4 parts Hot Water
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mug and stir until fully combined. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of vanilla rum on the top to finish.  

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. www.cruzanrum.com

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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Cocktail Recipe Spotlight: Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider



If you are looking for some holiday cocktail recipes for Halloween let us introduce you to Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider. Created by top mixologist Larry Piaskowy of San Fransisco, CA, Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider is a seasonally-inspired cocktail combining the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden's with the flavors of fall - perfect for autumn and any "grown up" Halloween celebrations!

Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider
Created by Larry Piaskowy (San Francisco, CA)
2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar

¾ part Pumpkin Puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)


1. Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass.
2. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved.
3. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice.
4. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass.
5. Top with dry hard cider.
6. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.




About Basil Hayden
In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke 'the rules' by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. A Maryland transplant unafraid to stand out amidst the residing establishment, Basil conjectured that the spicy flavor of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery's standard bourbon. And much to the chagrin of the traditionalist set, Basil was right. His recipe was a masterpiece, resulting in a unique, singular small batch bourbon whiskey that was blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper, slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.

Artfully aged at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden's® is as novel and delectable a bourbon whiskey as it was when the master distiller rolled out his first barrel over 200 years ago. Marked by a rich cascade of aromas and flavors, Basil Hayden's® is still a small batch bourbon, but with broader appeal. And just as it was in 1796, the only 'rule' to enjoying our Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is that it should be done responsibly.  Read More






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Bully Boy Distillers Releases The Bottled Old Fashioned


Boston’s Premier Craft Distillery Releases First Ever

Limited-Edition Seasonal Recipe


Boston, MA; September 29, 2015 – Bully Boy Distillers today announces the launch of The Old Fashioned, a new take on the classic cocktail. As longtime fans of the iconic libation, the Willis brothers behind Bully Boy have applied their craft spirit artistry and love of whiskey to what they respectfully consider to be the best Old Fashioned recipe—not too sweet, not too dry and with enough bitters to create perfect harmony in a glass—available now as a seasonal release.


“In concept, the Old Fashioned is easy to make but we’ve found that they’re actually hard to make well,” said Dave Willis, co-founder of Bully Boy Distillers. “It’s difficult to achieve that perfect ratio of whiskey, sugar and bitters, but that’s exactly what we’ve done with the Bully Boy Old Fashioned. By releasing a bottled version of the quintessential craft cocktail, we’re hoping to give drink enthusiasts a simple, no-fuss way to serve or enjoy a perfectly delicious Old Fashioned.”

Using Bully Boy’s award-winning American Straight Whiskey as the base, the Old Fashioned is hand crafted

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mari Winter – Riesling-Mate-Drink – Join the Lama!






Mari is a natural invigorating wine cocktail made from German Riesling white wine and Yerba maté. With your support, we want to develop Mari Winter by combining Riesling, Yerba maté and some winterly ingredients which we will share with you as supporter.

The combination of Riesling and Yerba Maté results in a very unique flavor - and makes every party an unforgettable experience.



The best nights begin with a Llama.

Mari is a naturally invigorating wine cocktail. The blend of South American Mate, German Riesling and a shot of syrup creates a truly unique taste. The natural stimulating properties of Mate will ensure that your celebration can continue long into the night.





Mari Holunder is infused with elderflower syrup. Its sweet taste adds to the perfect blend of Riesling and Yerba maté and makes it a perfect refreshing summer cocktail, best served chilled.

Mari Ingwer combines the spicy taste of ginger with Riesling and Yerba maté. It is our aromatic, even slightly spicy counterpart to the Mari Holunder. For whom Mari Holunder is too sweet, here is the answer!



Create Mari Winter together.

We were often asked: when do you guys come up with a winter edition? Well, first we wanted to focus on our summer drink - Mari Holunder. Then we added Mari Ingwer. Now the time is perfect for Mari Winter. During this Crowdfunding campaign, we will experiment with different ingredients to create a truly unique winter taste, perfect when it is cold and chilly outside.

Find yourself a nice warm place, open a bottle of Mari Winter and you can truly relax. For your friends, family and colleagues it is a perfect Christmas present.





The Mari Winter will have a slightly higher alcohol content with 7-9% abv. and you can drink it either cool or hot.



Our rewards for you.


Have a special Mari just for you!

At special prices during the campaign, create your own packages with Mari Holunder, Mari Ginger and Mari Winter!





3 bottles of Mari Winter - Three bottles of the new exclusive Mari Winter at a special price - this set will only be available during our crowdfunding campaign. It is perfect if you want to be the first to taste Mari Winter!

12 bottles with a choice of Mari Holunder and Mari Ingwer - only 25 Early Llama Specials available. Or order 12 bottles of Mari Holunder, Mari Ingwer or Mari Winter.

Organizing a big christmas party? Get our brandnew 5 liter Magnum bottle of Mari Winter.

Do you own a pub, a restaurant or a bar? For the Mari Pub Llama, we will send you48 bottles of any flavor of Mari.

Do you own a wine shop, a grocery store or are you planning a big event? As a reseller, you will receive 684 bottles (1/2 europallet) of any flavor of Mari.



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Recipe Spotlight: Cruzan Rum Cocktail Recipe – Sip and Celebrate National Rum Day



August 16th marks National Rum Day - a great excuse for spirit lovers to kick back and celebrate... with a fine rum!

Now that summer is at its peak, I wanted to invite you to try something a bit different to celebrate the occasion - a premium Cruzan sipping rum, which can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks - just like your other favorite barrel aged spirits. Cruzan Single Barrel is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and have the same complex and full-bodied taste that is found in whiskey, but as a spirit distilled from cane molasses, this rum has sweeter nuances combined with a depth of flavor that you may find unexpected in a rum.



Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

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• Color: Deep amber
• Aroma: Rich aroma with hints of dried fruit, wood and light, sweet bakery notes
• Taste: Balanced blend of caramel sweetness and oak, with a warm, buttery finish
• Proof: 80



Cruzan® Coconut Old Fashioned

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2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
1/2 part Rich Simple Syrup
3 dashes of Bitters
Coconut Water Ice Cubes (recipe to follow)


Cut a wide swath of orange peel and lightly press it in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add rum, syrup and bitters. Now drop in a few coconut water ice cubes and stir gently.

Coconut Water Ice Cubes:
Pour a can of coconut water (strain the pulp out first, if needed) in an ice cube tray – the bigger the cube tray the better – and freeze for several hours.




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Recipe Spotlight: Q Drinks Ginger Beer Margarita and Sparkling Paloma Recipe



This Friday, July 24 is National Tequila Day!

Q Drinks, the line of hand-crafted, premium sodas are crafted to be mixed with the finest spirits, and in this case, your favorite tequila! Q Drinks are refreshing without being overly sweet, making them the perfect ingredient to add to or top off tequila-based cocktails.



Q Ginger Beer Margarita

• 3 oz Q Ginger Beer
• 1.5 oz reposado tequila
• 0.5 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 0.5 oz organic agave nectar
• Coarse salt for lining rim
• Lime wedge, for garnish

Line a small serving glass with fresh lime juice and dip in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar and lime juice to a large glass or cocktail shaker with 1/2 cup of ice and stir vigorously. Pour liquid into a serving glass with a few ice cubes. Top with Q Ginger Beer and stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge.



Sparkling Paloma

• 6 oz Q Grapefruit
• 2 oz tequila
• Juice of half a lime
• Lime wedge, for garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice, squeeze in the half of lime, pour in the tequila, top with the Q Grapefruit and garnish with the lime. If you want to get extra fancy, add a dash of orange bitters or rim the glass with salt.






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Company Spotlight: Cocktail Crate



Cocktail Crate is a revolution, bringing the high quality ingredients, creative tasty recipes, and handmade approach of "craft" products to cocktail mixers.

We believe that quality cocktails shouldn’t cost a fortune or be difficult to make. That’s why we meticulously handcraft each Cocktail Crate mixer from fresh, carefully selected ingredients. We take pride in what we make so that you can take pride in what you drink.

Cocktail Crate was founded in 2012 by 24 year old cocktail lover, Alex Abbott Boyd. Only 1 year out of college, Alex was motivated by a desire to make and sell a product he could be truly passionate about. The first batches were paid for with $5000 raised through crowd funding website Kickstarter. Initially, each bottle was handmade and labeled by Alex in his home borough of Queens and deliveries were made to local stores via the NYC subway. Today, Alex is excited to be working seemingly non-stop to bring the mixers to more and more people who appreciate a really good cocktail!

Cocktail Crate mixers are made with passion from the highest quality ingredients. We source ingredients from other small, independent, and family owned businesses who share our values and passion for high quality, sustainable food production. We invite you to check out where our ingredients come from and the passionate people who produce them.




Company: Cocktail Crate
Brand: Cocktail Crate
Origin: USA
Category: Cocktail
Packaging: 375ml (12 fl oz) bottles
Claims: meticulously handcrafted from fresh, carefully selected ingredients
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $12
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: cocktailcrate.com







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