Walking into the Fu Kun Wu lounge via the almost secret backdoor was pretty thrilling in and of itself. We do love a speakeasy feel. Upon entering, however, we felt transported to someplace in the Orient, circa 1930s. Seated at a rough hewn wood table, facing interesting metal work in a dark little corner surrounded by a plethora of apothecary paraphernalia (including lots of bottles and drawers begging to be opened), we knew we were in for something interesting.
Perusing the cocktail menu proved our instincts correct. How can you turn down a Radiant Flower billed as “Schisandra berry (a digestion, circulation and sexual tonic), white peony root (radiance) and gin tincture shaken with lemon and mint” which insists it “quiets the spirit and calms the heart”? Or the Kava Kolada which claims to have “euphoria inducing, anxiety reducing” …
Vino Solo, a product of KDM Partners (wine importer and producer) was introduced into the market this month. It’s a customizable, single-serving solution for wine.
It’s a bottle (187 ml), cap, and “flute” for drinking purposes, all rolled into one little package. It boasts more than just convenience: it’s one-sixth the weight of glass and is recyclable, making it perfect for planes, trains, and sporting events.
What wines can you get in these handy little packages? Sky’s the limit, apparently. The company is marketing these as having small case minimums, so you just might find your favorite Washington Cabernet alongside the mega-huge wineries of Napa Valley.
For more information, visit www.vinosolo.com
If you’ve been keeping up with HBO’s Entourage, you have undoubtedly heard of Tequila Avion. The tequila has enjoyed a lot of exposure from the series, and it turns out they didn’t even have to pay for it.
See, Kenny Dichter of Avion grew up with Doug Ellin, the creator of the HBO series. They met in elementary school, and have remained friends for the last 35 years. The intended release of Tequila Avion coincided with a situation on the show where one of the characters (Turtle) needed a new business. On the show, his Limo service had failed, and Avion fit the bill for a new profession just perfectly.
The show is a powerful platform, and there has been a big demand for the libation ever since. The buzz around Twitter started as “hey, does this stuff really exist?” and has …
November 2nd is the Mexican holiday of El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is celebrated in conjunction with the Catholic All Souls Day, and is the day that Mexicans all over the world pray for and remember their dead relatives. Unlike Halloween, the idea behind the Day of the Dead isn’t scary (or centered around candy), its a celebration of food and drink and is full of color, humor and happiness.
The holiday is really a two day event, the first day is in observance of children and infants who have died, the second is for adults. Today is the day for adults, so we thought we would offer up some tasty libations you can drink in remembrance, or just in general celebration of life!
(Green Fairy variation)
1 oz black sambuca
1 oz water
juice of one whole lemon
We stopped by Sound Spirits yesterday to have a chat with Steven Stone about his newest creation, Ebb and Flow Gin.
With the Ebb and Flow Vodka doing well in retail outlets as well as local bar and restaurants, Steven decided to go forward with his newest creation and further the Sound Spirits family.
Due to arrive in the market around Christmas time, we got a chance to try the gin before it hits the shelves. Fans of Steven’s vodka will be happy with the gin, it has the same aromatic and complex characteristics of the vodka, and the telltale juniper blends well with them. While we (of course) have not had a chance to try it out in a cocktail or two, we imagine that it would be a good gin to use as it would be more complex that your …