Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin
Mad of juniper and raw honey. It’s a refreshing gin that is easy – even for gin novices to wrap their heads around. Every element of the gin is preset, well done, clearly identifiable and as an added bonus well balanced. The nose is subtle and understated. A slight sweet and mild juniper note is evident but quiet. The taste is simple and elegant. On the palate it begins with a lot of smoothness, when suddenly a bouquet of almost floral sweetness hits you.
A storied history, Edinburgh was an epicenter of distillation in the 1700’s this gin was launched in 2010 and is distilled with the classic gin botanicals (juniper, coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root) plus the edition of Scottish juniper, pine, heather and milk thistle. With a nod to the art deco style of the 1920’s the simple bottle design is a classic. On the nose it opens up with aromas of walking though a forest on a crisp fall day.
Gin Mare Artisanal gin
Gin mare has long been the reference point for a gin that’s pushed the boundary of what a gin could taste like. They start by distilling many botanicals independently such as rosemary, thyme, olive, basil and a citrus blend of Seville oranges and Lleida lemons. Its savory and unusually but balanced; and made in the small Spanish fishing town of Villanova just outside of Barcelona.
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
“ Sipsmith: where old meets new and the 2 hit it off really quite spectacularly” Sipsmith Sam
The quintessential expression of a classic traditional London dry gin. Bold, complex, and aromatic. Botanicals blended are Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish almonds, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon and Seville oranges.
Dry Line Truro Cape Cod Gin
Named after the juniper producing eastern Red Cedar that is grown here and embodies Yankee ingenuity, from its inventive recipe to the self- taught virtuosity of its distillers. Infused with a selection of Cape Cod Botanicals, including eastern Red Cedar Juniper berries found on the Truro property and angelica root grown by a local farmer, dry line gin is the best of the Cape in a bottle.
Distillery No. 209 Gin, San Francisco
The bouquet is nicely citrus forward with a juniper backstop with a nicely aromatic mix of botanicals. Smooth, citrusy, with the lemon and bergamot providing lighter notes and with the juniper being a bit more restrained. Slightly oily appearance to body (sign of quality) without separating.
Gordon’s Wine Selections
Zenato Alanera Rosso 2012 – A stunning Italian red blend from Verona that shows a full bodied freshness with flavors and aromas of fresh and dried cherries, coffee, tobacco, prunes and sweet spice. Pair with grilled meats and meaty fish.
Priest Ranch Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Always a big hit for summer! Known for high quality sauvignon blanc that showcases notes of papaya, mango with hints of sweet basil and key lime zest. Bright Layered and delicious.
Les Voiles Saint Tropez Rose 2015 – An elegant mouth watering rose that flows with bright citrus and floral notes. Ideal for pairing with sushi, shellfish, and smoked seafood.
RUSTIC SPIRITS MARGARITA
Rustic Spirits Handcrafted Margarita – This is a handmade cocktail bottled by Vytas. It is not too sweet, made with all natural ingredients but with an alcohol content of 23% this makes the prefect balanced Margarita and all you have to do is pour.
It all started with a small bucket and a few limes
Hi, I’m Vytas. I arrived to America from my homeland, Lithuania, with nothing, but my dreams. My quest to create the perfect margarita started almost a ten years ago, when I would spend countless hours in my basement, tweaking my recipe. All ingredients were handcrafted; I even distilled the tequila and the citrus liqueur. All day, every day was spent working on margaritas, thinking about margaritas, and dreaming about margaritas.
My life’s savings went into my business. I started traveling to the agave fields in Mexico regularly to hand pick the plants from which I would distill my tequila. I built a margarita factory, hammering every nail and designing and installing all of the equipment. There’s a room off the back where I sleep, since I make margaritas all day and all night. READ MORE
We showcased this fabulous punch at the Pilgrim Hall Museum Summer Party Fundraiser years ago and ever since our customers have asked for the recipe. This is a fan fave.
- 1 oz. (30ml) White Rum
- 1 oz. (30ml) Dark Rum
- 1/2 oz. (15ml) Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz. (15ml) Grenadine
- 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Orange Juice
- 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pineapple Juice
- Cherries & Pineapple Slices for garnish
Put all the ingredients together into a large drink dispenser or punch bowl and garnish with fresh cherries and pineapple slices.
Jaime Salas our favorite Mixologist and Milagro Brand Ambassador used to join us for a special summer sunset cruise every summer featuring Milagro
- 1.5oz Milagro Reposado
- .5 oz Crème de Casis
- 3 fresh blackberries
- .75oz agave nectar
- 1 oz lemon juice
- .75oz red wine (We love it with Malbec!)
Muddle nectar, lemon juice and berries. Pour rest of ingredients and shake with ice, stain and pour in a red wine glass full of ice. Garnish with blackberries and a lemon twist.
To make a batch for multiple folks multiply the ingredients by number of servings with the exception of blackberries. Take one third of the amount you would use per cocktail per person and throw into a blender with a little water and blend. Then double strain and add to the Sangria “punch”.
Peachy White Sangria
- 4 (750 milliliter) bottles moscato wine
- 4 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite(R))
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 cup peach schnapps
- 2 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced
- 1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, sliced
- 2 mangos – peeled, seeded, and sliced
- 1/2 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
- Stir moscato wine, lemon-lime soda, brandy, peach schnapps, peaches, strawberries, mangos, pineapple chunks, and raspberries together in a large container and chill 8 hours or overnight.
Gordo’s Summer Sangria
- 1.5 gallons of Fruity Red Wine
- 2 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz peach schnapps
- 1 bottle of Spanish cava
- Fresh oranges, strawberries, peaches, lemons and limes
- Couple Dashes of Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and keep chilled for several hours and add Cava right before serving.
Gordon’s Wine Selections
Uppercut Meritage Napa County 2013
Meritage is a term used to describe Bordeaux-style red and white wines that are made in the United States. This selection shows earthy and vanilla notes with some deep cherry, nutmeg, and red raspberry wrapped around medium tannin. Smooth and supple with a persistent finish. Pairs well with an array of meat selections including boar, duck, venison as well as steak & lamb. Best value for under $20
SATRICO BIANCO/LAZIO IGT 2014
SATRICO, AN ANCIENT PRE-ROMAN CITY FROM WHICH THE WINE TAKES IT’S NAME LOCATED THIRTY MILES SOUTH OF ROME. DRY, FRUITY AND AROMATIC ON THE NOSE. SATRICO OFFERS A CLEAN MINERAL CRISPNESS ON THE PALATE AND A LENGTHY FINISH. I LOVE THIS WINE! A TRUE SUMMER SIPPER!
SARDUS PATER TERRE FENICIE VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA 2013
THE NAME REFERS TO THE ISLAND OF SANT ANTICO AND COASTAL AREAS OF THE SOUTHWEST OF SARDINIA. MADE WITH 100% VERMENTINO THAT SHOWS A BRIGHT STRAW YELLOW. A NICE FRESH FINISH ON THE PALATE, WITH AN ATTRACTIVE MINERAL NOTE. PERFECT PAIRING FOR FISH, SHELLFISH AND SEVICHE.
FLEUR DE MER COTES DE PROVENCE 2015
HINTS OF FRESH LEMONS WITH A WATERMELONS RIND KISSED WITH STRAWBERRY. LOVELY! FUN AND FANCY FREE. A SNAPPY MINERAL STREAK GIVES THIS DRY ROSE A NICE ZIP. ENJOY WITH FISH, CHICKEN, PIZZA AND FANCY SALAD.
Fruit + Beer = Delicious vitamins…. with the warm weather approaching we thought we would share with you some fabulous beers to quench your thirst in the heat!
Harpoon Big Squeeze – Sweet with a hint of tartness, UFO Big Squeeze Shandy is perfect for all of your summer adventures!
Harpoon Wannamango – This pale ale brewed with mango begins with a subtle tropical aroma of passion fruit and mango. Golden-copper in color, it has a light body, slight hop bitterness, and malty sweetness, and finishes with a kiss of mango.
Foolproof Queen of the Yahd – Queen is a truly unique IPA brewed with real raspberry. We dumped a stupid amount of American hops into this beer, giving the Queen a gorgeous bouquet of tropical fruit that is complemented by a subtle tartness from raspberry purée. This is a refreshing, delicious, and totally crushable IPA.
Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado –Watermelon Dorado Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon. The result is a refreshing brew that is all summer and no seeds.
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin – Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.
Ballast Point Mango Even Keel – Our Mango Even Keel is the ideal beer for easy drinking. This hoppy, session ale gets a flavor boost from mango, which perfectly plays off the citrusy hop bouquet. With fruit, hops, and a low ABV, this beer truly is on another level.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin –Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of our signature IPA. With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, how could we not try adding some sweet, juicy pineapple? The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.
Dogfish Romantic Chemistry – What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical fruit aroma and a hop-forward finish.
Dogfish Head Fort – An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberry juice. Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on beers like 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout. Fort is an excellent candidate for cellaring. Grab a few bottles, enjoy one now and lay the others down for a few years.
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon – Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.
Epic Lil’ Brainless Raspberries – Lil’ Brainless® Raspberries is an easy drinking canned version of our big, bold 22 oz. bottle of Brainless® Raspberries, crafted especially for those who seek bright, fresh, and real raspberry flavors in a convenient size. We brew exclusively with natural raspberry puree, which give this beer its unique pink color as well as hints of raspberry bubble-gum, sweet fruit jam, and a pleasant dryness that makes this beer perfect for easy going affairs, indoors or out.
Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat – An unfiltered, freshly handcrafted American-style Wheat infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine. The yeast stays in suspension making the ale traditionally cloudy.
Founder’s Blushing Monk – Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more.
Lindeman’s Raspberry Lambic– The appearance of this exceptional beer is matched only by its taste! To make our Framboise, we add raspberry juice to our lambic. That gives it a delicate fruity aroma and a beautiful dark pink color. Framboise is served as an aperitif, but I also use it in cooking. And when I don’t finish the bottle in my preparations, I finish it in my glass.
Lindeman’s Peach Lambic– As its name suggests, Pecheresse is a lambic beer enriched with peach juice. And this fruit lambic is a real peach! It is nice to drink at any time of day. Or on a sunny patio. Personally, I enjoy it with my girlfriends. And what we talk about is of no concern to you.
Stony Creek Brewery Sun Juice Belgian Summer Ale with Orange and Grapefruit – Sun Juice™ is a refreshing Belgian Summer Ale brewed with wheat. Saison yeast produces a silky body while Orange peel, Grapefruit peel, Coriander, and Chamomile impart a spicy and fruity complexity. It’s Summertime, grab yourself some Sun Juice™.
Freemark Abbey Fiftieth Reserve 2013 Spring Mtn.
Super Bowl 50 Commemorative Offering
The only commemorative Super Bowl 50 wine. A stunning Meritage wine made from mostly Merlot, showing opaque depth of red ruby color. Rich, dark fruit aromas of cherry, bay leaf and dried herbs.
On the palate, ripe boysenberry, spicy oak complemented by a milk chocolate nuances. Long supple finish – drink now or enjoy for up to 20 years. Celebrating their 130th anniversary in 2016.Very limited availability. $99.99
Looking for something new? Try these new spins on classic cocktails to mix up any party or gathering.
This is a hibiscus infused liquor that shows complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. Very popular in the Caribbean, Sorel also shows a beautiful hibiscus pink color. Great for mixing with cocktails and adding to recipes. Here are two classic cocktails to blend Sorel with.
The Sorel Manhattan Cocktail
Using a 3 to 1 ratio of whiskey Rye or bourbon to Sorel (substitute for standard sweet vermouth) then add 3 dashes of orange bitters and a mull a cherry. Serve straight up by straining into a martini glass or pour into a rocks glass (dirty ice and all). An impressive cocktail every time.
Sorel Margarita Cocktail
Made the same way as a classic margarita but substitute triple sec/ Cointreau for Sorel hibiscus infused liquor. Also add a bar spoon of orange marmalade preserves for a new twist.
- Rim a double rocks glass with fleur el salt with Ice and set aside.
- In a shaker, add premium tequila and Sorel 3 to 1 ratio
- Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Strain over ice into the double rocks glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge *do not use sour mix in this cocktail
Mandarine Napoléon is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Dating back to the early 1800s, and its roots stemming from the hands of Napoléon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoléon, after the emperor came across chemist Antoine-François de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling. It was not until 1892, after the two had died, that the liqueur was introduced to the public. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
Napoleon Old Fashioned
- 1.5 oz Mandarine Napoléon
- 1.5 oz Bourbon
- Angostura bitters
Put the bitters and orange zest in glass with 2 ice cubes, add Mandarine Napoléon and Bourbon and stir. Add another 2 ice cubes plus product and stir. Repeat this for 4 minutes. Glass: Tumbler Garnish: Orange zest
- .75 oz Mandarine Napoléon
- 1.25 oz Lemon flavored Vodka
- .75 oz Cranberry juice
- .5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Shake all the ingredients withice and fine strain in a chilledglass. Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: Flamed Orange Zest
Pavan is a liqueur made from Muscat grape and a touch of orange blossom in the South of France.
Pavan Mint Julep
- 1 part Pavan Liqueur de France
- 1 part Bourbon
- 1 part Apricot nectar
- 3/4 part Lemon juice
- 1/2 part Cinnamon syrup
- 6-8 Mint leaves
Add all ingredients into a blender for 15 seconds. Strain over crushed ice into a julep tin and garnish with mint.
- 2 parts Pavan Liqueur de France
- 2 parts Silver Tequila
- 1/2 part Fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/4 part Fresh lime juiceGarnish with or without salt. Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
Try one of these fabulous porters to brighten up any cold dreary winter day.
Porter Mayflower Brewing Co.
Mayflower Porter is a rich, complex brew that is smooth and full-flavored. Five varieties of malted barley provide notes of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of smokiness. 100 points Beer Advocate
EuGene Porter Revolution Brewing Co.
A striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt. Eugene is a robust porter named after Eugene V. Debs, an American union leader and activist who led the Pullman Railroad strike in 1894. An assortment of Belgian specialty malts form a complex structure of toasted grain and caramel flavors. Dark chocolate malt makes this porter black as night and infuses it with its distinct intense, chocolate essence. 90 points Beer Advocate
Death By Coconut Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Intense fresh cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin’ “Pass. Dash. Hit.” all winter long. 92 points Beer Advocate
Coconut Porter Maui Brewing Co.
Our CoCoNut PorTeR is a fresh handcrafted robust Porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand-toasted coconut. It begins with a malty-toasted coconut aroma followed by a rich, silky feel with tastes of dark malt, chocolate and hints of coffee. It then finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice to balance the finish.
Early Riser Coffee Porter Boulevard Brewing Co.
At 5.2 ABV and 28 IBU, Early Riser Coffee Porter features a blend of pale, caramel and chocolate malts with just a touch of wheat to form a round, smooth bodied beer with notes of coffee and chocolate that elevate rather than overpowering the beautiful coffee supplied by our friend Vincent. Hopping with Magnum and Bravo is limited to the beginning of the boil to provide just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malt. The coffee is, as it should be, the star of the beer as it shines in the flavor and aroma.
Victory at Sea Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate. 96 points Beer Advocate
Black Marlin Porter Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPA’s. We craft it from a unique blend of roasted and crystallized malts that give it a smooth, chocolaty, caramel profile. Then toss in a healthy dose of American hops to serve up full-bodied flavor worthy of its San Diego roots. 96 Points Beer Advocate
Homework Series Robust Porter Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Dark black with ruby red highlights, this Robust Porter is rich and complex. A blend of UK malts, chocolate rye and Belgian candi sugar provide a sweet chocolate, yet rich earthy quality. Malt forward with an aroma full of roasted malts, toffee and dark fruit, this National Homebrew Competition medal-winner is a great dessert beer or to pair with hearty foods.
Uncle Lumpy’s Vanilla Porter By Woodstock Inn & Brewery
This dark full-bodied porter with black patent and chocolate malts shining through, features a light vanilla aroma and finish. Uncle Lumpy’s Vanilla Porter is the first in the BBC Line up of beers brewed in collaboration with Woodstock Inn & Brewery.
Stone Smoked Porter
When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it’s a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt. 90 Points Beer Advocate