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This bitter wine-based aperitif has been made in Italy by the same family for generations. It boasts herbal and citrus notes, with just a hint of sweetness and a drying finish. Stir it with gin and sweet vermouth for a Negroni variant, or on the rocks with sparkling water and an orange twist.
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This new uniquely Californian gin is the brain child of Chef and Culinary TV Personality Marsh Mohktari. He set out to make a one of a kind London Dry style gin that exhibited the wonderful bounties of the great State of California. Using the majestic Gray Whale and its migratory path along the 800+ miles of California coast as a symbol for the diversity of ingredients foraged and farmed from local sources, they capture the essence of both our great state and what drinking gin is all about, having fun! But Marsh isn't just about having a good time. He's committed to helping save our dying oceans and gives a portion of his proceeds to Oceana, an organization committed to protecting the world's oceans. Crafting this gin from grain to bottle, they begin with a base of organic grain. This is fermented and distilled multiple times before gin production begins. The organic base spirit is steeped with Italian and local juniper from Big Sur. Other botanicals are suspended above the spirit during distillation including Sonoma Fir, Santa Cruz Mint, hand harvested Mendocino Coast Kombu, Baja Limes and even some fresh Almonds from the Central Valley. The result is something absolutely delicious and totally unique, but with a balance and familiarity that you'd expect from a great London Dry. The vibrant blue bottle is sure to turn heads, but it's the delicious flavor that's going to turn your glass upside down. Go ahead and pour another, it's for the whales.
Layered with aromas and flavors of rhubarb, cocoa, vanilla, wild cherry bark, and exotic spices. The sweet finish is balanced with hints of oak and a pleasing bitterness from the gentian root and orange oil bitters.
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Pernod's distinctive flavor comes from the distillation of star anise with a number of aromatic herbs and plants. The original Pernod was an absinthe, though because of the controversy that surrounded the drink of Picasso, Baudelaire and Van Gogh, the ingredient responsible for the drink's hallucinatory effect was banned. Now absinthe free, this legendary product has become one of the best-known digestifs available today.
This Pineau picks up aromas that include notes of figs, pears, and nuts. The sugar from the grape must makes this sweet, while the acidity and alcohol never permits it from becoming cloying.
Usually served with an ice cube in a tulip-shaped glass, this is a classic French aperitif, very popular back in the fifties and sixties and enjoying a bit of a comeback, particularly when incorporated into creative cocktails. Other uses for Pineau include basting roasted meats or thickening sauces.
- Classic French aperitif: bitter, refreshing, complex
- Vegetal/cut-grass notes; hints of citrus peel, mint and anise
- Adds earthy, bitter and floral notes to mixed drinks
- Essential for a Blond Negroni
- Lightly sweet with all-natural color
- Oldest gentiane liqueur of the remaining producers