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Posts Tagged ‘Signature Cocktails’

Summer, here we come! With your destination beach wedding right around the corner this is a fun chance to designate yourself as a modern mixologist and test drive some signature cocktails for your bridal soiree. Below are two of my favorite exotic, mouthwatering cocktail recipes. Cheers!

Charbay Mojito
1 oz. fresh lime
1 oz. fresh simple syrup
15 fresh mint leaves
2.5 oz. Charbay Tahitian Vanilla Bean Rum
2.5 oz. Club soda

In a mixing glass, muddle mint, lime and sugar with vigor; add ice, rum, club soda and stir well.

Charbay Summer Breeze
2 oz. CHARBAY Meyer Lemon Vodka
3 oz. Orange juice
1/2 oz. Pineapple juice

Fill a 12 oz. Collins glass with ice; mix all ingredients and garnish with a lemon wheel

About Autumn Millhouse

Autumn Millhouse is a local travel writer, international trekker and self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic”. Author of the hugely popular Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, she is currently working on two books with similar themes dealing with travel and romance. In Calistoga, her book is available at Copperfield Book Store, Solage Spa, Castello di Amorosa and Sterling Winery. Check out her blog at www.romanticnapavalleybook.com.

 
Cool down with Kilo Kai

Cool down with Kilo Kai

Wedding libations conjure up visions of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and predictable bar offerings. With the advent of Mad Men, the new mixologist craze, and retro, signature cocktails being offered at weddings (Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons served up hand mixed whiskey sours at his), it was only a matter of  time before rum saw it’s day in the sun. Enter  Kilo Kai Spiced Rum, which gives a little kick to your typical tropical cocktail and nudges an entire class of of rank and file rums to the side. Light years ahead of the Captain Morgans-esque spiced rums, Kilo Kai is a premium, spiced sipping rum with notes of vanilla and anise, and is as good straight as it is mixed.

Everyone knows that weddings are unofficially graded by your guests on a sliding scale of points, rooted in innovation, food quality and of course, what is served at the bar (kind of like ice skating at the Olympics). Your guests need to be feted, cosseted and walk away feeling that they celebrated something special that day. And nothing says ‘special day’ like a signature cocktail.

When you contemplate your signature cocktail on W-day or pre-events, consider the road less traveled when it comes to rum. A stand out cocktail that delights the palate and leaves behind a memory – like an early evening breeze on a secret island.

Kilo Kai is a honeymoon in a glass.

Recipes

Kilo Crush

Ingredients
1 ½ parts Kilo Kai

10 fresh mint leaves

¾ part simple syrup

½ part fresh pineapple juice

½ part fresh lime juice

Directions
Shake Kilo Kai, mint leaves, simple syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a pineapple spear and a mint leaf.

Kilo Kai Punch

Ingredients

2 ½ parts Kilo Kai

1 part lemon juice

½ part grenadine syrup

Club Soda

Directions
Mix Kilo Kai, lemon juice and grenadine in shaker with ice. Pour into glass and top with club soda. Garnish with orange and lemon slices.

Tasting Notes

Kilo Kai is spiced rum blended with the unique flavors and scents of the Caribbean.  The complexity arises in the flavors of anise, vanilla, banana, cherry, nutmeg and orange peels that linger harmoniously on the palate.  Kilo Kai is crafted with 1 year old and 3 year old rums for a smooth blend that delicately balances the integrity of both the rum and the spices.  Kilo Kai is the perfect rum for aficionados and novices alike because its complexity and unique blend of flavors allows it to be mixed in a favorite cocktail or enjoyed straight.  Kilo Kai is a premium spiced rum designed with the insight of bartenders and aficionados and crafted by a third generation Master Blender.

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