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Basil Hayden’s Artist Cocktail Leaves You Speechless!!

Basil Haydens Artist Cocktail 194x300 Basil Haydens Artist Cocktail Leaves You Speechless!!On April 24th, throw on your flapper dress or your finest suit and get inspired by classic Hollywood glamour as you celebrate the DVD release of this year’s best picture, The Artist! The 1920’s Hollywood inspired film marked the return of romance and made it clear that some things are better left unsaid. But star Penelope Ann Miller couldn’t keep quiet about her love affair with Basil Hayden’s! So take a cue from Penelope and make Basil Hayden’s Your Whiskey!

Bail Hayden’s Golden Age (created by Brian Gastaldi)
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3 Dash Bitters
1 Tablespoon Dark Fruit Preserves such as Plum, Black Cherry or Currant
½ part of Orange Juice

PREPARATION:
1. Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass
2. Shake glass vigorously to a ten count and strain into a martini glass
3. Garnish with an Orange twist

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Crystal Head Vodka Cocktails: The Heads Up, Cranium, Pure-tini & Crystal Driver

Crystal Head Vodka1 logo 199x300 Crystal Head Vodka Cocktails: The Heads Up, Cranium, Pure tini & Crystal DriverCompiled By Matt Goldstein

The Crystal Head Vodka is one of the best vodka’s in the world.  Check out these great vodka cocktails from Crystal Head mixologists.  First, Try the ‘Heads Up,’ when you ask a bartender to give you a ‘Heads Up’, it’s Crystal Head, 7UP with a splash of bar lime over crushed ice.  Another favorite is the ‘Cranium’.  The Cranium is Crystal Head Vodka and cranberry topped with club soda over crushed ice.  Crushed ice is perfect in the Crystal Head shot glasses as there is not much room for full sized ice.

Another favorite Crystal Head drink is the ‘Pure-Tini.’  It’s a simple martini, garnished with little olives on a fancy little toothpick.  Pure: because of the pure spirit Crystal Head Vodka.

Dan’s (Aykroyd) favorite way to drink it is, as he calls it, the ‘Crystal Driver.’  Crystal Head and fresh squeezed orange or tangerine juice poured over it.  Dan says it should look like your adding an egg over it.  Don’t mix or stir.

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Skyy 90 Vodka is No Pie in the Vodka Sky!

Skyy 90 Vodka 115x300 Skyy 90 Vodka is No Pie in the Vodka Sky!100% Distilled

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

According to Skyy Vodka, the Skyy 90 is the world’s first 100% distillate vodka, it’s also bottles at 90 proof as opposed to regular Skyy Vodka which is 80 proof.  Skyy vodka designed this vodka to “deliver exceptional purity.”  It might distilled and pure, but it’s just not that good.  Charcoal filtered and made with amber winter wheat, the Skyy 90 is designed to deliver the a “more luxurious martini.”  The world’s most advanced distillery is still missing the mark on a martini vodka.  We taste all of our martini’s with the in and out style so there is as little vermouth as possible and the Skyy Vodka martini just seems a bit average.  A bit smooth and lacking bite with character, there seems to be a lack of flavor.  Perhaps the vodka is overly distilled and the impurities in vodka are necessary to be there in minimal amounts.  Either way, the $25 million research and development that went into this vodka was a complete waste.  After all, even if it is good, or better than average, which it’s not, the money, research and perfect distillation are creating nothing exceptional in Skyy 90 vodka.

 

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Wine Pairings, Gambling and Casino Games

wine glass pic Wine Pairings, Gambling and Casino GamesWhen you think of playing casino games, you usually think of someone having a martini, some vodka, or the old standby of beer.  However, there are many that prefer a good glass of wine while they are playing at the casino.  Let’s take a look at a few wine pairings while playing at the casino.

A wine that is frequently enjoyed by casino guests is the Carneros Chardonnay by Rombauer Vineyards.  This classic win is one that is frequently served at Station Casinos in  Las Vegas.  Another very popular wine comes from the Napa Valley and is the 2005 Conn Creek Anthology.  While this is a solid wine to enjoy at the tables, it is also often enjoyed with a good steak.

Of course, some of you prefer to play US casinos online and save the expense of going to the casino.  For you, try the Gaja Sito Moresco made by Langhe Rosso.  It has a nice fruity taste, but is also elegant and provides a solid balance.

Now, there are other wine lovers out there that have a little bit more of a refined pallet.  Those of you that fall into this category would be wise to inquire with the casino host about any premium or specialty wines that the property may offer.  The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas provides the ultimate in choice for patrons of the Aureole restaurant.  They have over 10,000 bottles of brand from all over the world on the premises.  In addition they have won the Wine Spectators Award for the last 12 years straight.

Some of you probably are wondering why someone would want to drink wine while playing casino games at a casino.  First, those players want to relax and have a good time.  Also, they are not looking to get hammered at the table.  Next, they like to enjoy the experience and a plain beer or shot of whiskey is more like something you would do at home or at the bar, not while gambling.  Others find that they feel a bit more sophisticated drinking wine over other drinks.

Hopefully some of the examples of wines above will give you an idea of some of the choices you can run across when playing at a casino.  For more information about the wines a property has to offer, contact your casino host.  If they don’t have the information, they will know who you will need to ask.  Good luck to you at the tables.

 

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Chambord Vodka French Martini & Parisian Cosmo

Chambord Vodka Parisian Cosmo 175x300 Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Chambord Vodka French Martini & Parisian CosmoClose the Show with a Knockout Cocktail

If you are planning a date this Valentine’s Day, make it perfect, right down to the cocktail.  Chambord Flavored Vodka enlisted New York City-based relationship expert Dr. Jane Greer, and her husband and partner in practice, Dr. Marc Snowman, to taste four new cocktails and provide their impressions on which cocktails are date night right.  “Chambord Flavored Vodka is the World’s Most Romantic Vodka,” said Dr. Jane. “It is perfect in so many cocktails that can add that touch of romance to any date, Valentine’s Day or
not.”

The French Martini

Dr. Jane says: “This cocktail is so smooth and scrumptious, perfect for the
couple who likes Ballroom Dancing.  I can see something very elegant – like
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – floating across the dance floor.”

1 1Ž2 oz. Chambord Flavored Vodka
1Ž2 oz. Chambord Liqueur
2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with
raspberries.

The Parisian Cosmo

“I love this drink so much. It’s light and refreshing and I can definitely
see it in a pitcher or by the beach.  Think Group Date Activity if you enjoy
this cocktail,” Greer said.  Marc Snowman added: “If you are having a
Cupid’s Cocktail Party, this drink is a winner.”

1Ž2 oz. Chambord Flavored Vodka
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1Ž2 oz. Sour Mix

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a
lemon twist.

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About Dr. Greer:

Dr. Jane Greer is a nationally renowned relationship expert, marriage and
family therapist, blogger, author, and radio host. She is creator of SHRINK
WRAP, a media commentary on what we can learn from the trials and triumphs
of celebrity relationships as seen in Psychology Today, Huffington Post,
Metro, and on The Daily Buzz nationally syndicated morning show.

She is a regular contributor to Galtime, and her “Doctor On Call” radio show
features the popular call-in segment “Let’s Talk Sex,” airing the last
Tuesday of each month @HealthyLife.net. Dr. Greer’s newest book, What About
Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship, is available
nationwide.

About Dr. Snowman:
Marc Snowman is a Psychotherapist in Manhattan, New York, who specializes in
marriage and family counseling. In addition, his area of expertise is
working with children and adolescents..

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L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!

LChaim Kosher Vodka from Israel L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!Triple Distilled in Small Batches: L’Chaim to Life!

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

When a friend of ours invited us over for a New Years Day feast of the traditional Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut, we thought it would be funny to bring over a kosher vodka from Israel to pair it with and it was a hit.  The L’Chaim Kosher Vodka from Israel is a process and recipe is based on a formula handed down through several generations of European and Russian Jews.  L’chaim sources its own spring water shunning any filtering and de-mineralization treatments.  Many vodka’s go out of their way to brag about their pure water and filtration processes and proclaim how much better it makes the vodka, however, we are not so sure.  L’Chaim Vodka is triple distilled in Or Akiva on Israel’s coastal plain.  A small batch vodka, L’Chaim is a solid buy for about $22 if you can find it on sale.

L’Chaim Vodka Tasting Notes:

Smooth, spicy and flavorful with a good enough bite and a little complexity.  We tried L’Chaim Vodka straight, on the rocks and in an orange martini style cocktail and enjoyed all three.  Basically, we just squeezed a couple of very small oranges into the vodka put what was left of the oranges in the very.  Very simple to make and very good, not too much sugar or syrups or anything else needed.  This is a solid vodka.

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LChaim Kosher Vodka Poster L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!From L’Chaim Vodka:

L’CHAIM is a message of unity and inclusiveness, The theme TO LIFE is a compelling concept. L’Chaim brings together all people from everywhere regardless of social, political, cultural, economic or religious backgrounds. Enjoy L’CHAIM branded products and celebrate life. L’CHAIM!

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Great Holiday Cocktails: The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush

Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Coktail1 289x300 Great Holiday Cocktails: The Domaine de Canton Gold RushA Canton & Bourbon Cocktail Easy to Mix for any Party!

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Domaine de Canton is simply one of the best liqueurs in the world.  Canton is a ginger based Cognac dating back to the days of the French Colonization of Indo China.  Canton is a small batch liqueur made with French eaux de vie using  XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only.  Made with ginger root from Vietnam, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng.  For the Domaine de Canton Gold Rush cocktail, take the Domaine de Canton, some Kentucky Straight Bourbon and lemon juice.  Easy work.  Not only is this one of the easiest cocktails to make, it’s one of the best.  Not too sweet, not too sour, with a full body mouth feel, we are in love with this cocktail.  The lemon perfectly tones down the bourbon and Canton together and makes both spirits in the drink a perfect combination.  The tiny sour kick at the end gives this cocktail one of our highest recommendations.  We love it because it’s easy to make, but we are in love with it because it’s just so good!  Not to mention, it’s a low calorie cocktail, relatively speaking.  For this cocktail, we used the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, inexpensive and good enough to drink straight, but excellent for any cocktail.  FYI, Buffalo Trace makes many of the world’s finest Bourbons such as Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and many other award winning whiskeys.

The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Cocktail:

1.5 parts Domaine de Canton Liqeuer

1 parts Kentucky Straight Bourbon

½ parts lemon juice

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass…

We are literally drinking this cocktail right now and going to mix another immediately after we post this article….

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Vodka’s To Avoid: New Amsterdam Vodka & Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka

New Amsterdam Vodka Bottle 218x300 Vodka’s To Avoid: New Amsterdam Vodka & Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored VodkaBelow Average Vodkas for their Price Range

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

These aren’t the most expensive vodkas but its all relative, no?  The New Amsterdam Vodka for about $14 is just way below average, even for the low price.  There are much better vodka’s in this price range such as Tangueray Sterling Vodka, 42 Below Vodka, Koenig Idaho Potato Vodka, Pinnacle Vodka, Rokk Vodka, and Svedka Vodka to name a few.  New Amsterdam is harsh, flavorless and just plain bad.  Not every vodka has to be smooth but New Amsterdam Vodka just doesn’t make the cut.  Distilled five times, New Amsterdam Vodka is “so smooth you can drink it straight” according to the company.  We drank New Amsterdam straight just like we do all our vodkas, but we wouldn’t even waste our money on this vodka for a mixer.  There are better vodkas for this price.  New Amsterdam Vodka is a mixer only vodka.

The new flavored vodka craze is taking over the shelves in your local liquor store in case you haven’t noticed.  About 10 different vodkas have about 10 different flavors available from Whipped Cream to Birthday cake to grape, lemon, raspberry and a million different kind of flavor combinations that can be imagined.  It’s a bit annoying because we’d prefer straight vodka or a straight martini but hey, the people want what they want.  And greedy evil liquor corporations have an obligation to make money of the peoples flavored vodka needs.  We recently tried the Whipped Cream Flavored vodka from Smirnoff and it wasn’t too bad, but it just didn’t taste like whipped cream.  The Smirnoff Whipped Cream tasted more like vanilla actually.  We made some great cocktails though, such as the Orange Creamsicle, just mix 1 part vodka with 3.5 parts orange soda.  Also, we made a vanilla cola cocktail and the mix is the same, 1 part vodka and 3.5 parts cola.  Smirnoff Whipped Cream isn’t bad, just don’t expect a whipped cream flavor.

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Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion Cocktails

woodford reserve candy cane infusion cocktail Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion CocktailsWell-crafted holiday parties include well-crafted cocktails.  And while there are always the classics, a signature drink and a well-paired appetizer can separate your party from the rest.  We’ve assembled some of our favorite Woodford Reserve cocktails and some tasty bites that will have people talking until next holiday season.  Check out these great holiday cocktails, but these mixed drinks can be used for any occasion.  The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon cocktails featuring the Holiday Spice, the Bourbon Ball and the Candy Cane infusion are easy to make and holiday tasty.

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WOODFORD RESERVE HOLIDAY SPICE

1 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Coffee liqueur
Heavy shake of Cayenne
Heavy shake of Cinnamon
Heavy splash of Half and half
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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woodford reserve holiday cocktails 257x300 Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion CocktailsWOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON BALL

2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. White créme de cacao
¼ oz. Hazelnut liqueur
Stir well with cracked ice,
then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a rolled chocolate curl.

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WOODFORD RESERVE CANDY CANE INFUSION

1 liter Woodford Reserve®
3 Candy canes
Recipe Ideas
Serve 2 oz. candy cane infusion in cordial glass or chilled martini glass.
Pour 2 oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot chocolate.
Garnish with whipped cream and a candy cane.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with eggnog and stir.
Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with cola and stir.
Drizzle 1 T. candy cane infusion over 2 scoops vanilla ice cream.
Garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

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Victoria Secret Chambord Vodka Martini Cocktails: Raspberry Bombshell & Dream Angel Martini

Raspberry Bombshell Cocktail Victoria Secret Chambord Vodka Martini Cocktails: Raspberry Bombshell & Dream Angel MartiniAs some of the world’s top models prepare to hit the catwalk for The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in NYC on November 9, 2011, Chambord Liqueur is also preparing for its part! This year, Chambord is the official sponsor of the show’s legendary After Party, which will be held at the new, downtown Dream Hotel!  The show when it airs on CBS on Tuesday, November 29th at 10/9C, and here are two must-try cocktails, which Chambord will be pouring at the event.  The Raspberry Bombshell and the Dream Angel Martini are sparkly pink cocktails, a seductive accessory.  Mix them up at home and you can imbibe just like the beautiful Angels of Victoria’s Secret, Chambord style.

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Raspberry Bombshell

0.75 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka

0.75 oz Chambord

2 oz Lemonade

1 oz Cranberry juice

Squeeze of lemon

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a black raspberry.

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Dream Angel Martini

1.5 oz Chambord Vodka

0.5 oz Chambord

3 oz Pineapple Juice

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with black raspberries.

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