GSN Review: DRNXMYTH Cocktails

In need of a full bar? Hosting a virtual happy hour for your company? Tired of sugary and watered-down mixes? DRNXMYTH offers the ability to order as much as 1 bottle or a whole round of drinks delivered to your door, as well larger setups for corporate events. 

Created by working bartenders using fresh, cold-pressed juices sourced directly from farms in Southern California and without any artificial ingredients or preservatives, DRNXMYTH uses proprietary cocktail tech to deliver chilled, ready-to-drink cocktails. Each bottle equals two servings, making them perfect for sharing.

There are sixteen different drinks available for your event, making DRNXMYTH the largest portfolio of RTD cocktails under one umbrella. 

GSN received samples of the following cocktails created by bartenders from around the country for review:

Rum Punch crafted by Bad Birdy
Bourbon Sour crafted by Jason Yu
Ginger Drop crafted by Richard Allison
Eastside crafted by Saeed ‘Hawk’ House
Classic Margarita crafted by Charity K. Johnston

GSN’s Remarks: The fresh fruit flavor comes through immediately. After reviewing dozens of RTD’s, we can honestly say that DRNXMYTH has cornered the market on freshness. The bottle design is clever and adds a sense of elegance that adds to the experience. As any decent bartender knows, balance is key, and the cocktails we received are all excellent. We opted to pour ours over ice to create a little more softness as the drinks are quite citrus forward. Overall, each had a fresh brightness and balance that we enjoyed. The only oddity was the Rum Punch which had mint which seemed out of place. Overall, though, these are great cocktails for bachelorette parties, wedding receptions, corporate events or even an upscale backyard BBQ. Outside of going to a bar, these are the best ready to drink cocktails you will find on the market. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: DRNXMYTH

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GSN Review: ZIGNUM Mezcal

Rooted in Oaxaca, ZIGNUM is one of the leading Mezcals in Mexico and Mexican duty-free shops. Two ZIGNUM expressions, Reposado and Añejo have added complexity from oak aging beyond the minimum legal requirements. ZIGNUM Reposado is aged in American white oak for a minimum of 8 months, and ZIGNUM Añejo in a combination of French and American oak for a minimum of 18 months.

This year, ZIGNUM is debuting new packaging created by Quaker City Mercantile, best-known for creating Hendrick’s GinThe new ZIGNUM Joven and Reposado labels are inspired by the pre-Hispanic Oaxacan temples. Silver and gold embossing pops from the label’s rich black fabric, referencing the colors of the liquids and paying homage to the region’s heritage. On both labels, central roundels surround a spear hall-marked with an agave, referring to the ZIGNUM distillery’s leading edge in sustainability programs, such as being animal cruelty-free and pioneering agave nursery practices. Detailed geographic patterns flank a “doorway” device, leading to a dark entryway calling to mind the cool, dark, barrel-aging room at the distillery.

The Añejo label also includes the stepped shape, roundel, and metallic detail, which is rose gold in color and almost perfectly matches the liquid within. This label offers additional detail about the liquid itself, including the variety of agave used (Espadín), specifics on the barrel aging (French and American oak), and signature of the master distiller. All three bottles have wooden closures honoring the local tradition of hand-carved alebrijes. An elegant strip seal honors the distillery’s wastewater reclamation programs.

GSN’s Remarks: We had the opportunity to attend an online tasting and educational session with brand ambassador Carolta Montoya who walked us through the various processes and history behind the brand. It’s clear that ZIGNUM is looking for a broader market than many of the traditional mezcals can offer. Each iteration is exceptionally smooth with virtually no smoke, and a fresh and agave forward flavor profile. These are mezcals designed not only for sipping, but eve more so ,for mixing in cocktails. The Joven is the easiest to approach and has the most vegetal character. The Reposado has more character leaning towards caramel and toffee, while the Anejo offers notes of milk chocolate and young tobacco. All are excellent and a great introduction to this increasingly popular spirit. GSN Ratings: Joven A-, Reposado A-, Anjeo A

For more information go to: Zignum Mezcal

 

GSN Event Roundup: Buellton’s Brew Fest @ Home

Every year the Buellton Brew Fest is one of the best beer centric events along the Central Coast of California. With Covid-19 regulations still happening, the Buellton Brew Fest came to you in 2021.

Hosted by Andres Nuño, from Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals and En Fuego Events, Andres has been hosting monthly Virtual Beer Festivals since May. Home to two craft breweries, Firestone Walker and Figueroa Mountain Brewing, and a host of wineries and spirit companies, Buellton is a place where visitors normally come from across the country to savor the region’s year-round sunshine and temperate climate.

This year’s ticket buyers received a variety 13-pack that includes craft beer, tequila, michelada, margaritas and more, from 13 different breweries and spirits companies. Viewers also were able to hear from the companies themselves as they walked you through each tasting and told us more about themselves. You can watch the video as it was shown on May 1st, below.

Brewery and alcohol companies included:
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing (Buellton)
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Buellton)
• Dorwood Distillery (Buellton)
• Ace Cider (Sebastapol)
• Belching Beaver (Oceanside)
• Calidad Beer (Santa Barbara)
• Cayman Jack Margarita (Chicago, IL)
• Cerveceria del Pueblo (Pasadena)
• Hard Frescos (San Francisco)
• SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo)
• SLO Cider (San Luis Obispo)
• Solvang Brewing (Solvang)
• Tio Rodrigo Michelada (San Luis Obispo)

GSN was sent a box of brews, a tasting glass, a baseball cap, a koozie, stickers, coasters, snacks and promo materials. It was great fun to pop open a brew and watch along to the video below. It made for an entertaining afternoon and was almost as good as being there in person. We really enjoyed the southern California style beers which were easily sessionable. It is clear that the various producers of beer, cider and spirits are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their. We recommend visiting Buellton and supporting the community while having fun!

For more information about how to have your products served at the next Buellton Brew Fest,  email info@surfbeerfest.com
 
100% of the proceeds from the event benefited the Buellton Chamber of Commerce.
 
Future events include:
Buellton Brew Fest, May 7, 2022
 

GSN Spirited News: May the 4th Be With You Edition

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits, part of the Anheuser-Busch portfolio, is launching Cutwater Mezcal, its first foray into the mezcal category. The new entry is distilled from 100% Cenizo Agave. To ensure long-term sustainability of the agave supply, Cutwater will plant five baby agave plants for each plant harvested and is establishing an on-premise nursery to cultivate agave plants from seed. The first bottling of Cutwater Mezcal, released earlier this month, is a limited run available at select retailers. It’s at 45% abv and retails for $50 a 750-ml.

French import Citadelle Gin is introducing Jardin d’Été as a permanent addition to the portfolio. The new expression, whose name translates as Summer Garden, is made with the same 19 botanicals used in Citadelle’s flagship gin plus melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest, and orange peel. The additions were inspired by a garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle founder Alexandre Gabriel, at Château de Bonbonnet, Citadelle’s base in southwest France. It is available now in the U.S., bottled at 41.5% abv and priced at $25 a 750-ml. Citadelle Gin is part of Maison Ferrand, which also produces Cognac Ferrand and Plantation Rum.

PaQui Tequila founder John Chappell has launched a new mezcal artesanal called Lejana y Sola. Made in Lachilà, Oaxaca from Espadin agave and wild Cuishe agave, Lejana y Sola retails at $60 a 750-ml. and is distributed in the New York, Florida, and California markets, with online availability reaching 40 states. The brand name translates to “Afar and Alone” and was inspired by the famous Federico Garcia Lorca poem, “Il Cancion del Jinete,” or “The Horseman’s Song.”

Prestige Beverage Group has introduced two new single malt Scotch whisky expressions from Tullibardine to the U.S. Tullibardine Artisan is a non-age-statement malt matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 40%. It will retail for around $30 a 750-ml. The second new release is Tullibardine 12-year-old, a 40% abv whisky matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels, retailing for $45. Both whiskies will be available in 20 states across the U.S.

High West is introducing a limited edition of its Rendezvous Rye, featuring artwork from American artist Ed Mell, who’s renowned for his Western landscapes. This limited edition kicks off High West’s transition of the distillery’s flagship whiskey to a seasonal release. This first seasonal edition retails at $70 a 750-ml. and will be available nationwide by the end of May.

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GSN Review: Stranahan’s Original

Stranahan’s, the American single malt from Colorado’s first distillery since prohibition recently updated its original expression in celebration of the distillery’s 15th anniversary. 
   
Recognizable by new premium packaging, the new Stranahan’s Original boasts an older liquid – a blend of four-year, five-year, six-year and seven-year old American single malts, as a testament to the well-aged stock of whiskeys Stranahan’s has nurtured over the past 15 years. 
 
Since its first release 15 years ago, Stranahan’s has been  pioneering American single malts which can be seen through its annual Snowflake release (one of the rarest releases in American whiskey), the recent Mountain Angel 10 Year Old (the distillery’s oldest and rarest release to date) and core expressions like Sherry Cask and Blue Peak. The refresh of Stranahan’s Original in its core lineup honors this 15 year commitment.
 
GSN’s Remarks: Sweet and semi-maple entry with a lovely and light mouthfeel. As the flavor opens up, there is a journey of peppery brown bread and mild cinnamon. We like the overall new character of the blend, which has a full vista of bass notes, to perky mid-range and bright treble. Perfect served over a large rock, this also works wonders in classic bourbon cocktails. Try it in a Mint Julep, Old-Fashioned or Manhattan. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Stranahans

GSN Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2021 Edition

Heaven Hill Distillery recently announced the release of the spring 2021 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at eight years old. Comprised of barrels produced in spring of 2013, and bottled in spring of 2021, the seventh national release ushers in the latest addition to the series.

Bottled in an ornate decanter, the spring edition denotes a green label, consistent across all spring releases. As was the case for the past editions, this edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled. The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond spring edition is the first 8-year-old of the nationally released series and features Bourbon pulled from three different rickhouses, on different floors, and two different production dates.

Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to a collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. 

GSN’s Remarks: Another winner from the Old Fitzgerald collection. This one has a fruit forward flavor of stewed peaches, apples and light prune. The aging is just right, creating a perfect balance between the sweet and the heat. This is a sipper that to our mind embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality. The finish is long and leaves you begging for just one more sip. Kudos to the master blender for this exquisite spirit. Very well done, and highly recommended. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

GSN Review: Casa Mexico Tequila

Casa México recently unveiled a new logo and branding for its line of tequila. Casa México chose to partner with Savvy Studio, a design studio based in both New York City and Mexico City, to create a new brand identity. The design studio was chosen as it shares a similar U.S.-Mexico background as the Casa México brand and brings a deep understanding of Mexican culture and respect for its heritage. 

The new brand identity is a modern take on traditional Mexican aesthetics and was inspired by vintage labels, signage, and packaging from Mexico. The colors chosen were inspired by the hues of the tequila itself and the artwork was created by modernizing some ancient Mexican forms, typefaces, and figures. Additionally, the use of Mexican historical typefaces paired with Art Deco-styled patterns lends a totally unique, playful, and young look for the spirits. 

Casa México is a small-batch, premium tequila company founded by Mexican-American beverage industry pioneer Eric “Don Buccio” Buccio. Passionate tequila connoisseurs actor Mario Lopez and famed boxer Oscar De La Hoya joined Casa México as partners after being introduced to the tequila. As Mexican-Americans, Lopez and De La Hoya support the commitment to family tradition and further Buccio’s mission to celebrate their collective Mexican heritage through Casa México.

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly sweet, fresh agave forward flavor greets you upon the first sip. Really clean, and at the same time rich with vegetal coloration. The flavor has elements of mint, marshmallow, mild black pepper and slight oak. Really well done, and a great tequila for mixing, shots or enjoying with a meal. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Casa Mexico Tequila

GSN Spirited News: April 27th 2021 Edition

Pasote Tequila has debuted new packaging across its whole line of agave spirits. The new bottles feature the brand’s name on colored labels with Aztec gods and warriors—a black label for Blanco, red for Reposado, and orange for Añejo—as well as a new white band across the bottles’ stoppers. While the bottles and labels have changed the liquid inside remains the same and is still produced from 100% estate grown blue agave. Pasote’s Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo offerings retail for $49-$69, and its Extra-Añejo sells for around $190.

Austin, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery will release Laguna Madre on May 8. The new, limited-edition Texas straight Bourbon is the most ambitious expression Garrison Brothers has produced, the result of four years of aging in white oak barrels followed by four years in French-imported Limousin oak barrels. Only 2,000 bottles will be available nationwide. Each bottle is housed in a display case framed by a photo of its namesake Gulf Coast waters and hand-signed and numbered by master distiller Donnis Todd. Laguna Madre is at 50.5% abv and will retail for $300 a bottle at the distillery and in select outlets nationwide.

Austin, Texas-based Ballotin Whiskey’s latest release is Ballotin Chocolate Peanut Butter Whiskey Cream. Blending the brand’s barrel-aged whiskey with dairy cream, the release elaborates on Ballotin’s previous Chocolate Whiskey Cream and is a permanent addition to the lineup, which also includes Chocolate Mint, Caramel Turtle, and Bourbon Ball, among others. It’s at 17% abv and retails for a suggested $22 a 750-ml. Ballotin Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream is available now across Ballotin’s more than 30 state distribution area.

Jura Whisky has added a new 12-year-old expression to its U.S. portfolio of single malt Scotch expressions. The new offering first matures in ex-Bourbon casks before finishing in Oloroso Sherry casks. It joins Jura’s 12-year-old, Seven Wood, and 18-year-old expressions, and retails for around $50 a 750-ml.

Honkaku Spirits is debuting Takamine Whiskey in the U.S. market. Made at Japan’s Shinozaki Distillery, Takamine is an 8 year-old, 80-proof, 100% barley, koji-fermented whiskey. Koji (aspergillus oryzae) is a mold that grows on grains, breaking the starches into sugars which yeast can then convert into alcohol through fermentation. Koji has been used in Japan for more than 1,200 years to make sake as well as soy sauce, miso, shochu, and other familiar umami-laden Japanese products, according to the company. Aged in virgin American oak and ex-Bourbon casks, Takamine is rolling out now across 15 states, distributed by Winebow and retailing at $99 a 750-ml.

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GSN Review: Deep Eddy Lime

Built on the foundation of the ten-time distilled Original Vodka, the bright, tart flavor of Deep Eddy Lime showcases real lime juice. Citrus is a large part of the success story of Deep Eddy, with Ruby Red building the grapefruit category and Lemon growing its respective category. Deep Eddy Lime now joins the portfolio as a natural fit amongst the expanding flavors.

Deep Eddy Vodka is an All-American, Austin-proud vibe, maintained to this day with the Austin-based brand headquarters, state-of-the-art distillery in Buda, and Deep Eddy Tasting Room in Dripping Springs. In addition to Lime, Deep Eddy Vodka’s portfolio includes Original Vodka, Orange, Peach, Lemon, Ruby Red, Cranberry and Sweet Tea.

GSN’s Remarks: A Gimlet in a bottle. Tart with enough sweetness to create balance. Served on the rocks or shaken with ice, this is ready to go, and quite tasty. We approve. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Deep Eddy Vodka

GSN Review: BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon

Flavored Whiskey brand BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon recently announced award-winning actor, musician and entrepreneur Jamie Foxx as owner. Foxx’s leadership and a redesigned bottle usher in a new era for BSB and its two product offerings, BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon and BSB 103.

“I’ve always lived by the rule that life is short, and you need to go out and do what you want to do. Owning a brand that brings sweet life to the party has always been a goal and with BSB we’re making it happen,” said Foxx. “Before the quarantine I watched bottles of BSB disappear at all my celebrations and knew this was a brand I wanted to bring into the spotlight. Anyone who tries BSB is going to love it just like I do.”

GSN’s Remarks: It does taste like brown sugar and cinnamon toast. In a boozy breakfast cereal kind of way. Very easy going, very mixable and at only 60 proof a near liqueur. We recommend trying this as a shot or add a splash to your next Old-Fashioned for an extra bit of flavor. The BSB 103 ramps up the proof and the heat, but still manages to retain the sweetness and overall flavor. This iteration is perfect for a cocktail float, or a highball. GSN Ratings: BSB Original – B, BSB 103 – B

For more information go to: Brown Sugar Bourbon

GSN Review: Dubliner Irish Whiskies

Distilled in the heart of the Liberties District of Dublin, Dubliner Whiskey isn’t changing what’s inside the bottle. Rather, the brand has debuted a new logo and bottle design that forgoes traditional packaging in favor of an updated contemporary look and feel.

Created by an all-Irish team, Dubliner Whiskey’s new branding and marketing speaks to the new Dublin – a city undergoing a revival spearheaded by Millennials and younger creatives – the next generation of whiskey connoisseurs.  

“As Irish Whiskey continues its growth as the powerhouse category in the US, we wanted to stand out from the crowd with a new eye-catching look” says Martin Peters – QBNA Brand Director. He adds, “the new Dubliner packaging represents not only an attitude and style that reflects our liquid but also connects with what today’s contemporary Dublin is all about, allowing us to reach not only the traditional Whiskey consumer, but other younger imbibers as well —unlocking a whole new consumer base.”

GSN’s Remarks: The Bourbon Cask is simple, with a light maltiness and more caramel than cask. A mixing whiskey that can also work as a simple shot. The subtleties of an Irish are barely there. The Whiskey Liqueur is much more interesting, even though it is a 60 proof spirit. It’s sweeter, more engaging and works quite well as a straight sipper. Again, it’s fairly simple, but the addition of a sweet edge brings it closer to a pre-made cocktail. GSN Ratings: Bourbon Cask B, Whiskey Liqueur B+

For more information go to: The DLD

GSN Review: Mr Black Coffee Amaro

Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, recently announced the US debut of their coffee liqueur – Mr Black Coffee Amaro. This expression is a bitter liqueur inspired by two iconic drinking heritages, Italy’s after-dinner drink tradition, and Australia’s coffee culture.

Crafted with bittersweet Arabica coffee, fourteen carefully selected distillates and macerated fresh native Australian ingredients botanicals sourced locally including Illawarra plum and macadamia, bitter gentian, orange peel, local grapefruit, and toasted coffee also impart a unique flavor.

Boosted by the demand for at-home cocktail making, according to Nielsen’s, sales for coffee liqueurs grew 23.7 percent, with Mr Black ranking as the second fastest-growing liqueur overall on e-retailer Drizly in 2020. Both coffee and amaro have long been prized for their qualities as digestive drinks enjoyed at the end of a meal or in classic cocktails. With their bitterness, herbal complexity, fruit flavors, and subtle sweetness, Amari has turned from being simply known as a traditional Italian aperitif to being firmly embraced from behind the bar to those at home, cementing its place in modern drinking and cocktail culture.

Tom Baker, co-founder of Mr Black notes: “What people might not know about Mr Black, is our coffee roastery is also a world-class gin distillery. Our Co-Founder Philip Moore is Australia’s highest awarded gin distiller, being the only Australian to have won Gold at the London International Wine & Spirits Competition. We make coffee by night and distill botanicals during the day. Our Coffee Amaro is the extension of my love and worship of coffee and Philip’s 30-year botanical obsession”.

GSN’s Remarks: Firmly in both camps of coffee and amaro, the flavor of Mr. Black has a strong and slightly bitter espresso quality along with some more intense herbal flavors that fill out the overall palate. What makes this unique is that it is neither sweet nor overly bitter. The balance makes for a liqueur that can be used equally in cocktails and as an after dinner drink. Mr Black has a lot of possibilities and we approve. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Mr Black Co

GSN Review: Stellum Spirits Whiskies

Stellum Spirits, recently launched its inaugural flagship offerings, including bourbon (blue label), rye (green label), and single barrels, which are all bottled at cask strength. The new brand is produced by Barrell Craft Spirits® (BCS), the award-winning independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum.

The launch of Stellum Spirits is the result of BCS’ years of  innovation in American whiskey. This new project investigates the importance of nuance and micro differentiation in a paired down and minimalist setting. This is whiskey factored down to its most defining essentials, blended and packaged with an eye towards clean lines and definition.

“We wanted to create a brand that brings American Whiskey into the modern age with simple elegant blends and single barrels selected with care and intention,” said Founder Joe Beatrice. “Our whiskeys are created through a rigorous process of study, observation, and experimentation. We are driven by progress, polish and—above all—attention to detail. We will always think critically about how to make our whiskey better.”

Stellum Bourbon is bottled at 114.98 proof (57.49% ABV). Stellum Rye is bottled at 116.24 proof (58.12% ABV).

GSN’s Remarks: As with each spirit from Barrell, these are both stellar examples of whiskeycraft. The bourbon is straightforward and has a lightly sweet edge, but the majority of flavor leans towards oak and char. The body is tight and there are more high notes than low. A standard bearer for a rock solid bourbon. The rye has more of an impact due to the intensity of the spicy grain. A rich and more broad palate of flavor with a hefty body makes this spirit ideal for old school cocktail classics like a Sazerac or a Vieux Carre. We especially enjoy the long and lingering finish which begs for just one more sip. GSN Ratings: Stellum Bourbon A-, Stellum Rye A

For more information go to: Stellum

GSN Spirited News: April 20th 2021 Edition

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Prestige Beverage Group has added two new whiskies—Tullibardine and Highland Queen—to its portfolio. Tullibardine adds a new single malt to Prestige’s range, including a variety of cask-finished whiskies as well as luxury-priced vintage offerings which can date back decades. Highland Queen is a new contender in blended Scotch for Prestige, which will market the brand’s lineup from its entry level to its luxury-priced blends.

Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is releasing Sinister Malt Whiskey in partnership with Foundry Distilling Co. The first release of the collaboration, Sinister Whiskey was inspired by Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout Nitro and was distilled from a similar mashbill. The liquid dates from 2019, when Left Hand stopped short of adding lactose or beginning fermentation and instead shipped the liquid to West Des Moines, Iowa, where Foundry Distilling is located. Aged two years in charred oak barrels, the whiskey is at 47.5% abv. Sinister will be available starting in May in Colorado, Iowa, and other select markets, priced at $60 a 750-ml. The two partners are planning three additional whiskey collaborations.

Denver, Colorado-based Stranahan’s has updated its flagship original release with new packaging and older liquid. The 47% abv single malt whiskey is now a blend of 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old spirits aged in charred American oak barrels. The whiskey’s updated packaging features a new label on the lower half of the bottle as well as a reimagining of Stranahan’s offset yellow label on the top half.

Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky is introducing Scorch, a new limited edition. Matured in heavily charred American ex-Bourbon casks, Ardbeg Scorch is aimed firmly at devotees of smoky Islay malts. It’s bottled at 46% abv and will roll out June 1, retailing at $120 a bottle. 

Casa Noble Tequila has revamped its ultra-premium range, unveiling refined liquid and overhauled packaging for its Single Estate Organic Blanco ($44), Reposado ($50), and Añejo ($55) expressions. The brand’s new packaging features taller, sleeker bottles with a crest featuring Tequila cues like agave, coa harvesting blades, and a barrel. The redesigned brand, part of the Constellation portfolio, is launching nationwide. 

Our/New York, Manhattan’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, backed by Pernod Ricard, has partnered with Rethink Food to create a limited-edition basil-flavored vodka. The 35% abv spirit is distilled from corn and blended with a basil extract made using locally sourced basil by Brooklyn-based urban farm Square Roots. The new vodka is limited to 1,800 bottles that will be available to bars, restaurants, and retailers across New York City by April 22, just in time for Earth Day.

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