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The Spirit(s) World -Ginger & Vanilla Fizz

The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley offers this delicious drink by Mixologist Manny Hinojosa-

Ginger & Vanilla Fizz

• 1 1/2 oz. Cazadores Reposado tequila
• 1 oz. The Perfect Purée Ginger Sour blend, thawed
• 1/2 oz. simple syrup
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• 3 slices of cucumber
• Top with cream soda
• cucumber and slice of ginger (garnish)
1. In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice, except cream soda, shake and serve over the rocks. Top with cream soda. Garnish with a cucumber and slice of ginger.

The Perfect Purée has a wide network of some 500 foodservice distributors throughout the country who offer their kitchen and bar staples. Call them for details at 800-556-3707. Go to their website -www.perfectpuree.com -to request complimentary samples using the Sample Request Form. All products are certified Kosher and gluten-free. The line consists of premium frozen purees, concentrates, zests and blends are made from the finest field-ripened fruits and consists of some 40 flavors.



The Spirit(s) World – Molinari Sambuca Extra, VOV & Limoncello cocktails

Visit Tuscany, Capri or Milan with sips of new cocktails from Molinari Sambuca Extra, Limoncello di Capri and VOV!

Tim Cooper creates Volada using VOV, a traditional Italian Zabajone Cream liqueur made from egg yolks, high quality Marsala wine, alcohol and pure vanilla from Madagascar. Created in 1845, VOV came about when confectioner and nougat specialist from Padua, Gian Battista Pezzol, was looking for a way to use leftover yolks from his nougat-making! He mixed them with Marsala, alcohol and sugar for an energy drink, popular at the time. It won a silver medal in  1856. VOV remained prevalent into the 20th century and is still made from the original recipe.


1.5 oz. VOV

1.5 oz. Pineapple juice

.75 oz. Unsweetened almond milk

2 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)

Freshly grated cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain over new ice into a wine glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice & freshly grated cinnamon. This cocktail can also be blended for a frozen version.

Molinari Sambuca Extra is said to be the top-selling liqueur in Italy and the one that started it all. Anise-based, it is blended with wheat alcohol and sugar in a closely guarded, secret formula. Utilizing only ingredients of the utmost quality, Molinari takes pride in the purity and smooth flavor of the liqueur.  

Collins Molinari

2 oz. Molinari Sambuca Extra

1 oz. lemon juice

3 oz. sparkling water

2 oz. fresh cucumber

Muddle the cucumber in a mixing glass, add Molinari Sambuca Extra and the lemon juice. Shake well with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water.

The #1 selling Limoncello in bars and restaurants in Italy, Limoncello di Capri is produced in small batches using only IGP certified lemons grown on the Island of Capri and in the Sorrento Peninsula. Limoncello di Capri says it is one of the few brands of Limoncello produced using only real lemons which are hand-picked then peeled and naturally infused over a four to six day period to create a naturally infused spirit without the addition of coloring, preservatives or additives. The producer says it controls the entire production process including farming, distillation and bottling, ensuring quality control from start to finish.

Capri Spritz

1 oz. Limoncello di Capri

5 oz. Prosecco wine or Champagne

Pour Limoncello di Capri in a flute or martini glass, top with Prosecco wine or Champagne.

The Spirit(s) World – 123 Tequila

David Ravandi, founder of organic, biodynamic 123 Tequila which comes in three styles, 123 Organic Blanco (Uno), 123 Organic Reposado (Dos) and 123 Organic Añejo (Tres) says the tequilas begin their journey to the customer’s glass the juice of roasted Blue Agaves. The tequilas are USDA and EU certified organic, part of the distillery’s emphasis on renewable resources. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used.

The Reposada and Añejo tequilas spend six and 18 months respectively in oak barrels which impart woody notes to the final products. The Blanco is smooth and silky while he Reposado offers agave on the nose and a minty, anise finish. The Añejo has more wood characteristics with hints of tannin and wood oil on the nose. As it opens, hints of chocolate and caramel appear.

Here in the Northeast, it is distributed by Blueprint Spirits in Everett, MA. 123 Organic produces 10,000 cases annually. Prices at retail range from $40 to $55 a bottle.

The Spirit(s) World – DonQ Cristal

Cristal’s smoothness allows substituting it for vodka in numerous popular vodka beverages, says Don Q, which attributes that characteristic to multiple distillations. It’s aged in American wood oak barrels for added smoothness as well. Cristal is clean and refined with its own delicate flavor profile and in the past eight years, has received 20 medals and accolades from various competitions and publications including double gold medal in the white rum category in Madrid last year.
Recipes for many popular cocktails using Don Q Cristal are available at http://donq.com/recipes/


Cocktail Recipes

Telltale Heart
½ part Pernod Absinthe
½ part Crème Yvette
Sugar cube

Hada Verde
2 Parts blanco tequila
1 Part Pernod Absinthe
2 Parts lime juice
¾ Parts simple syrup
muddled fresh rosemary
sea salt

Green Beast
1 Part Absinthe
1 Part lime juice
1 Part simple
4 parts water
Sliced cucumbers
Served over ice