The nights are getting longer and the evenings cooler. Its that wonderful period between Summer and the start of Fall – what we call “Fummer.”
There is still time to enjoy a cocktail hour out on the porch, the deck or the stoop.
Here are some new and some classic spirit suggestions for your enjoyment. Hurry and try them before FUMMER ends and it’s chilly!
There are a lot of small distilleries opening up across America, including Kiki’s production facility located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
The best of these “craft” distilleries are focusing on clear liquors like gin and vodka. Kiki has done a great job with their nicely- made vodka.
Vodka is a neutral distilled spirit so while it should have a good aroma, it should complement what it is mixed with, meaning it will have a very subtle taste profile and a soft mouth feel.
Different distillation materials provide vodka’s characteristics, and they should not be completely distilled out of the product.
Kiki vodka is clear with a slight citrus nose — a smooth, clean and crisp spirit with citrus notes on the back. It’s a great martini vodka – it will provide the balance and
It’s a great martini vodka – it will provide the balance with no harsh burn or aftertastes. Kiki has what it takes to be a good vodka crafted from 100%American, GMO free corn.
Kiki vodka is crafted from 100%American, GMO-free corn, blended with very pure filtered water and then certain minerals are reintroduced to the water to create flavor and balance.
Kiki is packaged in tall slender bottles with a beautiful robin’s egg blue label which is striking both in looks and size. Try it!
For more on Kiki Vodka visit: http://www.kikivodka.com/
KetelOne Arnold Palmer
Ketal One Vodka is a classic premium vodka crafted from wheat in the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands, This vodka is filtered over loose charcoal and rests in tile lined tanks until ready.
The vodka is clear in color with sweet lemony notes on the nose. It is soft and smooth across the palate with peppery notes up front and a light citrus finish.
It’s extremely clean and dry, designed to enhance the flavor of cocktails, and not make them. This is why it has been a top selling, premium vodka for decades.
Golf Legend Arnold Palmer was a fan of Ketel One.
Palmer passed away about a year ago, but his legacy lives on through the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation which supports efforts to address needs in child and family health, the environment, and the community.
As did Mr. Palmer himself, Arnie’s Army believes that making a positive change in the life of a child is the most significant thing you can do.
To further this effort Ketel One is making a donation of $100,000 to Arnie’s Army to honor and continue Mr. Palmer’s legacy. It is also promoting the cause through an Arnold Palmer branded bottle, that is available in stores now.Why not celebrate the season with Arnold Palmer’s favorite drink: Ketel One on the rocks with a twist was Arnold’s favorite drink!
The Arnold Palmer is a mixture of iced tea and lemonade, but why not add some Ketel One?!
Recipe: The Ketel One Tee Time!
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
1.5 oz. Freshly brewed iced tea
1.5 oz. Fresh lemonade
- Combine Ketel One Vodka, freshly brewed iced tea and fresh lemonade in a Collins glass over ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
For more on the Ketel One Arnold Palmer bottle, visit: https://www.ketelone.com/arniesarmy/
We recently enjoyed a lovely outing on the rooftop of the Library Hotel sponsored by Angel’s Envy where the distillery presented its limited edition Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels.
We are super big fans of Angel’s Envy Bourbon and are happy to note that the company recently opened a new production distillery on the old Distillers Row in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
Here the company is producing its traditional Bourbon Whiskey along with more limited bottlings of Rye and the Cask Strength whiskey.
The Cask Strength starts as Angel’s Envy bourbon aged 7 years in new oak barrels. Only a handful of these barrels are selected for further finishing in old Port wine casks. The result is an exceptionally smooth and flavorful whiskey.
Only about 8,000 bottles of this spirit were produced in 2017, with a suggested retail price of about $200 per bottle.
The resulting whiskey is 124.5 proof, a level which differs from year to year as the whiskey is made from a very few, hand selected barrels.
This spirit has rich coppery color, with a rich smoky, leathery nose. The palate is complex with subtle cherry and citrus notes and a toasty finish with vanilla and stone fruit notes.
Savor it with just a drop of water or with one “rock”
In addition to the cask whiskey finished in port barrels, the company’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks after aging in new American oak for about 6 years, and the Rye is finished in Caribbean rum casks, resulting in an immensely complex whiskey.
While we always enjoyed the bourbon, we loved the Rye which blended the normal spicy notes with a degree of sweetness from the residual rum in the casks.
For more on Angel’s Envy and a tour of their new Louisville distillery visit: www.angelsenvy.com