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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #5: Proud Paloma from Mexico

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 23, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit). As you may know, in support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

With each share I have been including information regarding Smirnoff’s new “Welcome Home” campaign as the company rolls out the welcome mat for the millions of LGBTQIA+ community members and allies expected to travel to New York for Pride celebrations.

Here is my fifth share:

The Proud Paloma from Mexico

1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
1 oz. Jalapeño Simple Syrup
2 oz. Lime Juice
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Kosher Salt (for rim)
1 Grapefruit Wedge Garnish
1 Jalapeño slice Garnishes

Run a lime wedge along the rim of a XYZ glass then flip the glass upside down and dip into salt to create a rim
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Smirnoff, simple syrup and all juices
Shake vigorously
Pour into the salt-rimmed stemless wine glass and add club soda
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slice
Enjoy Responsibly

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Note: Smirnoff continues its longstanding tradition of participating in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30. In partnership with star of Dancing Queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards, the brand is creating a fabulous New York City themed float in the spirit of the Smirnoff ‘Welcome Home” campaign, with Alyssa as the star, dressed as “Lady Liberty.” The bold and inspiring Smirnoff float will be supported by 300 marchers, both members of the community and allies.

 

 

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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #4: The Lychee Lover (from China)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 21, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit). In support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe later, one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

Here is my fourth share, The Lychee Lover (from China)!

Lychee Lover from China

1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
0.5 oz. Lychee Juice
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
A Splash of White Vermouth
1 Raspberry Garnish

Add Smirnoff, both juices and vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into an iced coupe glass
Enjoy Responsibly!

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Note: Smirnoff is creating a unique pop-up experience for media, influencers and consumers 21+ in downtown Manhattan filled with fun, global-themed Pride cocktails. The space will be inspired by a home, featuring six Insta-worthy rooms where Smirnoff will pay homage to – and celebrate – the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as its future. The pop-up will take place Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 283, during which time Queer Eye television personality, hairdresser and web series star, Jonathan Van Ness will make a special appearance as the host. 

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Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. According to Mike Hook, the team at Last Straw Distillery come to the craft of distilling from a variety of different backgrounds, and surprisingly none have had prior experience in the beverage or alcohol business. They are self-taught, and developed their recipes in house, through research, and trial and error, without the use of outside consultants.

Last Straw Distillery Blackstrap Rums are some the few rums in the world actually made from blackstrap molasses rather than sweet molasses. One of the reasons there are so few is because blackstrap is much harder to work with than sweet molasses as the sugar content is lower, and the sugars are harder for the yeast to access. The tradeoff is that blackstrap molasses gives a richer, more robust flavour when it is distilled. It took the Distillery about 6 months (of experimentation) to discover a method to obtain reasonable yields out of blackstrap molasses without sacrificing flavour. The Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum is first aged in ex-bourbon barrels then finished in Last Straw’s own Darker Side barrels. The spirit is bottled at 45 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my complete review:

Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

“… The breezes above the glass are interesting. I notice firm impressions of molasses, licorice and treacle accented by fruity orange peel and banana. There is also a light funk reminiscent of Jamaican rum in the air with scents of menthol, baking spice (cinnamon, vanilla and cloves) and some wood spice presenting themselves …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Zombie, and the Time Traveller.

Chimo!

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June Cocktail: The Kingston Breeze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2019

The warm summer days are great for backyard BBQ’s, good times with friends and family, and of course refreshing easy to prepare cocktails.  (Okay I admit that grapefruit wheel in the photograph looks a little intimidating; I’ll be honest and admit I just added a small slice of lime to garnish the servings that I prepare.)

The Kingston Breeze is a recipe sent to me by the good folks at Appleton Rum who also contributed a bottle of Appleton Estate Reserve Rum and another of Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Rum for me to mix my libations. I preferred the recipe with mixed with the Reserve, although it might just be that the idea of spoiling myself with the more elite brand appealed to my ego and thus swayed my opinion.

I guess I’ll have to try both versions a few more times …

Kingston Breeze

1 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum
Q Grapefruit (Soda)
2 Lime Wedges, Squeezed
Ice
Lime Slice or Grapefruit Wheel

Add Appleton Estate Reserve to an Ice-filled glass
Top with Q Grapefruit soda
Squeeze in two lime wedges
Stir gently to mix
Garnish with a citrus wheel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Review: Jawbox Single Estate Classic Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 14, 2019

Gin and Ginger

Jawbox Classic Dry Gin is a single estate spirit made in the heartland of the Ards Peninsula near Belfast Ireland. The folks who make the spirit grow and harvest their own grain on the 300 acre Echlinville Estate. They create their own alcohol and distill their dry gin three times on a in copper pot stills. They use eleven botanicals, Juniper, Coriander, Cassia Quills, Angelica Root, Black Mountain Heather, Lemon Peel, Cardamom, Licorice Root, Grains of Paradise, Orris Root and Cubebs, 3 of which are vapour infused rather than steeped.The spirit is apparently named in honour of one of Belfast’s most enduring legacies, the Belfast kitchen sink, a.k.a. the Jawbox.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Jawbox Single Estate Classic Dry Gin

“… The breezes above the glass bring firm indications of juniper accented by an earthy black licorice note and spicy notes of coriander and cardamom. My first impression is that the use of the word ‘classic’ in the name of the gin is justified …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktails, the Gin and Tonic #3 and the Jawbox swerve on Gin and Ginger-ale.

Chimo!

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