I am beyond excited that my book has officially landed on Amazon (click attached link) in paperback and kindle versions. The hardback version will appear on there shortly and i will receive my copies in the next few weeks.. If you are anxious to get a glimpse, you can read inside the book there. For those who are not able to receive a copy from me in person or by mail with signature and personalized message, please feel free to order a copy or copies.
Swirl, Sip & Savor
Enjoy these fresh summer cocktails available along with many others at Lavish Lounge. These cocktails scream summer and are sooo good. We will have a collection of specialty martinis, margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, and shooters. It looks very promising that we will re-open on June 20th with a new seasonal cocktail menu restrictions per NYS guidelines
2 oz. aged Jamaican rum
Let's have some fun and play a wine game! In looking at how grape varietals develop and form wine throughout the world, we have to consider terroir, climate, soil, region, microclimate, etc... Below are three tasting notes for the most popular and most planted grape varietal in the world - Cabernet Sauvignon. In thinking about those countries and regions, what type of Cab would you expect. One is for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France, one is from Aconcagua Valley, Chile and one is from Coonawarra, Australia .
The grapes that make a particular wine dictate the general structure of that wine and how it will respond to everything the winemaker and viticulturist does to it. If a wine is white, odds are that it came from white grapes; if it is red or pink, that’s because the wine came from red/black grapes. How did it smell? Herbal, Floral, Fruity, Earthy? Whichever, those aromas come mainly from the grapes.
As seen at Lavish Lounge Bar and Restaurant and events/parties by Raise Your Spirits, Inc., below is the cocktail menu used along with step-by-step instructions. Numbers next to ingredient are in ounces. Any questions, please let me know. Enjoy!
Irish Rum Swizzle
1.5 Irish Whiskey, ¾ Dry Vermouth, ¾ Lemon
½ Grenadine, mint sprig & cherry
Add ingredients, crushed ice, swizzle to froth, beer glass
Since we are approaching the romantic season of Valentine's, why not celebrate with some classic cocktails for "her" and "him". Both cocktails featured in this post are appropriate all-year long, but hold a special significance for this day and weekend because they are celebratory in nature and yummy. But first, let's talk a little history of these cocktails, then we will get to the recipes. They are easy to make at home, relatively inexpensive, and just require some shopping and prep work in the kitchen.
Part 2 of this blog post on "Decoding Wine Labels" will be very technical. Many illustrations will be provided to help support the confusing and unique language given to European wine bottles. To begin, let's look at 'indications of origin' in the European Union (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and so on). The E.U. has a system to recognize and protect agricultural products, such as wine, cheese, meats,etc..., that come from specific places so that companies outside these locations can't make products with the same name and thereby confusing consumers. For example -
We browse the shelves of wine stores all the time, not only to find that perfect bottle for dinner or dinner party, but also to see what's new and on sale. More than ever, we are overwhelmed and stymied by the proliferation of wine labels, varietals, countries, blends, regions, etc...Having this much choice is awesome - or paralyzing - depending on your knowledge of varietals, regions, and foreign languages. This is where feeling comfortable interpreting or decoding the info on wine labels comes in.