Spirits

Mezcal Tasting Tonight

From 6-8 pm tonight, the wine store will be sampling Del Maguey Vida single village Mezcal straight and as a smoky way to perk up a margarita.  a perfect spirit to pair with barbecue, the smoky flavor is intense. Join us to discover and learn cousin this fascinating liquor.

Smoky Margarita recipe

1 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

1 oz Tequila

1 oz Triple Sec

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, strain into cocktail glass and float 1/4 oz Mezcal on top.

 

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Spring Cocktail Series

It’s time again for our annual cocktail series!  Every Friday from now until mid-May, stop by the wine store from 6-8pm and sample a different cocktail using spirits from our carefully curated selection.  Schedule so far below:

April 13:  Blackwell Rum in a Goldeneye cocktail

April 20:  Del Maguey Mezcal in a Margarita cocktail

April 27:  Breuckelen Gin in a special cocktail

Saturday, May 19:  Macchu Pisco mixed in Chilcanos, a special concoction of ginger ale, lime and pisco discovered in Peru by our friends at hearthandtable

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McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix Now In Gallons!

If you’re hosting brunch this weekend or just tired of running out of bloody mary mix every Sunday, McClure’s has just the solution. Swing by Provisions to pick up your gallon of McClure’s famous bloody mary mix (only $19.99). Made with McClure’s signature spicy pickle brine, fresh cucumber juice, their secret blend of herbs, and just the right amount of garlic, McClure’s Bloody Mary mix is a lip-smacking libation enjoyable anytime.

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Giftey Whiskeys

We’ve received our allocation of small batch and cult whiskeys and are happy to offer them to you on a first come, first served basis.  In stock now:

Breuckelen Distilling

’77’ Whiskey
$59 – 2 bottles left
Distilled from 100% New York grain consisting of 90% rye and 10% corn, they aged it in a new American oak barrel for over 1 year, the longest so far from this local distillery that just began distilling in the summer of 2010.  Thanks to the ‘angel’s share’ of evaporation, the barrel only yielded 169 bottles and we’re proud to say we were able to get 12 of them.

Van Winkle

‘Old Rip Van Winkle” 10 yr bourbon
$39 – SOLD OUT

Special Reserve 12 yr Bourbon
$68 – SOLD OUT

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon 15yr
$95 – SOLD OUT

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon 20yr
$135 – SOLD OUT

Buffalo Trace

Colonel E.H. Taylor Sour Mash Bourbon 9 year
$65 – 8 bottles left

Buffalo Trace distillery has recreated a sour mash bourbon based on the historic practices of legendary distiller Colonel E.H. Taylor.  To read more about this limited edition 9-year old bourbon whiskey, click here.

Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond 100 proof
$25.50 – SOLD OUT

It’s in, it’s out, it’s in again. It’s OUT . . .

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Dark´n´Stormy Cocktail Tasting Tonight

Tonight´s cocktail tasting from 6-8pm to debut Blackwell Rum, a fine Jamaican rum from the founder of Island Records, has been on the schedule for a month now.  Who knew our tasting of Dark ´n´Stormies with the rum and Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup would be so apropos this weekend?  If you´re stuck in Brooklyn and battening the hatches, come join us and ´throw one down the hatch.

The recipe we´re using is from Morris Kitchen´s website.  They´ve got all sorts of good recipes there!

Dark ´n´ Stormy Cocktail by Kari Morris

serves 1

2 oz dark rum

½ oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup

1 oz lime

3 oz seltzer water

Pour seltzer, syrup and lime over ice.  Stir and let drink settle-  Slowly add rum on top.  Serve over ice in a highball glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Brooklyn Liquor & Cocktail Tastings

The whole month of August we’ll be celebrating the ‘left behinds’.  Yes, you unsung heroes who don’t get to summer in the Hamptons or call in for summer Fridays.  You’re welcome at the Greene Grape wine store every Friday in August from 6-8pm to sample a different summer cocktail.  Your tippling ticket:

August 5 – Tito’s Vodka
August 12 –  Junipero Gin & The Stand Syrups (Lime Raspberry Rickey, anyone?)
August 19 – Summer Sparklers feat. St. Germain and Aperol
August 26 – Blackwell Rum & Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup

BONUS! September 2 – Breuckelen Distilling Whiskey & Gin

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Kings County Bourbon

We always keep our eye out for interesting spirits around Father’s Day so when we had the opportunity to be one of the first retail stores to carry Kings County Distillery’s 200ml Bourbons ($25), previously available only at the distillery, we took it, spirit untasted.  We think it would make a fun gift for dad alone or paired with a 200ml bottle of their Moonshine ($22.50), which is the unaged version of the bourbon.

Time in small oak casks turns the distillery’s award-winning moonshine (‘Best in Category’ for corn whiskey at the Craft Spirits Conference) into an aged spirit described as “sweet, with a balanced oak flavor,” plus “notes of clove, cinnamon, and caramel.”   And remember, all this magic happens in a 350 square foot distillery in Williamsburg making this a truly hip flask.

We were only allocated 4 cases (48 bottles) of Kings County Distillery’s Bourbon, so if you want to reserve one for dad (or yourself!), call us at (718) 797-9463.

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Weekend Tastings

From 6-8pm at the wine store, come try Benoit Gautier Vouvray 2008 ($14), which the NY Times called “balanced and pleasing with spicy citrus flavors” in giving it the same two and a half stars as wines twice the price.  What the Times  tasting panel described as “more than a touch of sweetness” we find to be just a hint making it the perfect wine to transition from spring to summer.  In Mike’s words “definitely a winner at $14” and a marvelously affordable introduction to the Loire Valley’s expression of the Chenin Blanc grape.  Laura from the cheese counter will select a cheese to pair.

On Saturday from 2-4 pm at Provisions we’ll sample Naif’s African hot sauces with a demo by Naif herself!  Come try 3 traditional hot sauces from North Africa. They are hot but have a great balance of flavor.  Great to serve on couscous, rice, meat, fish, vegetables.  Sounds like you’ll need the touch of sweetness in that Vouvray to cut the heat!

Finally on Saturday from 5-7 pm you can sample Violette Royale cocktails at the wine store made with Rothman + Winter Creme de Violette.

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Bitter Truth Traveler’s Cocktail Set

NY Mag’s Shop-A-Matic picked the Bitter Truth Traveler’s Set of bitters as a ‘must have’ for Spring. We agree that spring is the best time to start practicing your mixology skills for summer cocktail season and with the traveler’s set, you’re well-stocked.

The Bitter Truth Traveler’s Set includes 5 different kinds of bitters: celery, orange, creole, old-time aromatic & Jerry Thomas. Perfect for any globetrotting mixologist because they can be put in your carry on luggage! Available at the wine store, 765 Fulton between South Oxford and South Portland.

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A Great Feckin Whiskey

Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, the wine store got in a case of Feckin Irish Whiskey ($26).  Feckin blends the highest quality Irish malt and grain whiskey that has been distilled in traditional copper pot stills.

Unpeated, it has smooth, gentle and sweet malty notes with aromatic infusions of heather, cane sugar, a whisp of smoke and a dollop of sweet honey molasses.

Don’t forget to toast to your health in gaelic when you raise your glass:  Sláinte!

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