The International Wine Competition held March 18-20 at the Downtown Holiday Inn to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times had 3824 Wines entered which represented 916 Wineries – 26 countries!
I just wanted to point out and congratulate our local wineries and commend how well they did. We often do not realize what a prize we have right here in our backyard! The Finger Lakes may not have won “Best of Show”, however, 21 New York wines received Double Gold, 40 received Gold, 314 received Silver and 158 received Bronze.
One particular wine we would like to highlight is the Heron Hill Semi Sweet Riesling. Out of 1275 white wines entered, this delicious Riesling took a Double Gold. A smooth wine with notes of pear and ripe melon joined with subtle aromas of white flowers and honey. It pairs well with New York State sharp cheddar cheeses or a creamy Brie along with peach chutney. Or serve it with a peach or pear sorbet for dessert.
We carry many of the Heron Hill wines with award winning taste that are easy on the wallet – enjoy!
As we approach warmer weather, summer cocktails start making their seasonal way to our patios. Bikinis After Dark, Rum & Coke, and our beloved Daiquiris – all Rum based concoctions.
While reading “Market Watch”, specifically their “Mixology” article, they talk about the quality, variety and versatility of today’s rum market and how it has risen in the past two decades. “The amount of growth in rum’s diversity has been breathtaking,” says Carlton Grooms, director of operations for Papa’s Pilar Rum, a brand that launched in 2013 and pays tribute to Ernest Hemingway.
Just to tell the Papa’s Pilar Rum / Ernest Heming way connection – let’s check in to see what Americancocktail.com says….
“Ernest “Papa” Hemingway is among the greatest American authors of the 20th century. But he was much more than that. Hemingway’s passion for life was legendary, as was his international celebrity as an avid outdoorsman, adventurer and big game hunter. The Caribbean was his favorite playground and rum his spirit of choice. For generations of American men, Hemingway was a man to be emulated.”
Rum has images of pirate adventures and wild beach drinks with umbrellas and a tropical tiki bar. Rum cocktails can be light, tropical, layered or complex which also adds to their popularity.
With unaged and aged variants that range vastly in flavors and textures, there’s a rum for everybody and every cocktail. There are vegetal, citrus and crisp rums, dry, spicy, sweet or fruity – similar to how vodkas range in taste – Rums range in even more directions adding the very spicy to the mix.
Grooms adds, “Unlike Bourbon distillers, who are limited by laws regulating how the spirit must be made – rum producers have more freedom. With rum, there aren’t strict rules. As long as it’s made from sugarcane, it’s rum. From there, we’re free to use our own creativity.”
Different cocktail styles will vary depending on the taste preferences of the drinker. For a fruiter, tiki-style cocktail, try mixing some of the coconut or fruit flavored rums and add some pineapple juice.
BIKINIS AFTER DARK
Adapted from Diane Corcoran of Three Dots and a Dash
4 pineapple chunks, plus additional for garnish
1 ounce agricole rum
1 ounce dark Jamaican rum
1/2 ounce 151 proof rum
1 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored) syrup
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Lightly char pineapple under a broiler, just until slightly darkened.
Put one chunk in each glass, and muddle to release juices. Add crushed ice.
In a shaker, combine the rest of the ingredients over ice. Shake for 10 seconds.
Strain into the glasses. Garnish with additional pineapple.
In honor of our MARCH MADNESS MINIATURE promo – we thought we would explore the history around the miniature liquor bottles.
Of course, our first research comes from WIKIPEDIA. The definition of these clever “party in your pocket” size beverages is: “A miniature is a small bottle of a spirit, liqueur or other alcoholic beverage. Their contents, typically 50ml, are intended to comprise an individual serving.”
Sometimes referred to as “Airplane bottles”, they serve as gifts, favors, samples or give-aways for people to try a spirit before purchasing the full size. You can find them in hotel mini-bars, on trains as well as planes, where full size products are not practical.
They are also popular at parties where hosts display a full array of different minis and your guests choose what they prefer. Always fun and no one feels like they have to commit to a full size drink they are not interested in.
Ebay, Pinterest and Etsy are full of “Collectable” Minis, clever creations, favors, and gifts. They even dress their mini bottles up in mini sombreros and shawls.
You can bring your own minis on planes as long as they fit into your quart size zip lock bag. One bag per person. You are not supposed to take them out to enjoy on the plane though. Ugh – isn’t that the reason you “carry them on”? NO! From the TSA: “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
In my online research – I did not really find any explanation of the history behind the mini. We all assume that the airline industry started them to serve individual drinks aboard the plane, so let’s just go with that. They are handy and some come in plastic bottles, making them easy to carry along to concerts, picnics and sporting events.
March Mini Madness all month at Colonial Liquor – $1 on selected minis! (includes tax). ENJOY
SHOP LOCAL – for Honeoye Falls / Mendon / Lima – it means helping your neighbor. It’s not just a saying but a way of life style here. Not only do we promote each other as businesses – we are all friends and acquaintances. Very much “Smalltown USA”… we all know each other by first name.
A very unique owner – young Bradley Miller. A resent graduate from HF-L, his business sense is way beyond his years! Ahead of the game on social media advertising, Bradley has taken the aging lanes into the present time, teaming up with other local businesses to offer fun entertainment for the family as well as the adults. Located at 126 W. Main St, Honeoye Falls, right next to Dipper Dan’s. Give them a call at 585 624-2990 – or better yet, stop in for a beer (full bar available) and a lane!
HONEOYE FALLS DISTILLERY
Opening last fall, Scott and Dana brew one batch at a time of Vodka, Gin and Moonshine using locally grown malts and ryes – and I mean grown literally right in their back yard. Colonial Liquor carries their “brew” and you can enjoy a cocktail locally at The Rabbit Room, Flaherty’s, Fanatics, The Brewery, Cosmos, The Cottage Hotel, Upper Deck, American Hotel – and yes, Miller Lanes! They also have their own tasting room, the Farmacy, which they affectionately call their “craft speakeasy”. The Farmacy offers a rotating menu of “properly constructed classics and innovative creations with culinary focus.” – that is straight from their website. Their cocktail menu is unique in that it insists on purely New York State ingredients. A special Honeoye Falls experience right here on Main Street! Located at 168 West Main Street – 585 624-1700
RUCK’S PIZZA KITCHEN
One day it was there, the next there was a sign “CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS” – Leaving us all wondering, “what do I feed the kids after practice”???? No worries, Joe Ruck will soon be opening Rucks Pizza Kitchen next to Colonial Liquor. With his other location in Lima, Joe offers the best homemade pizzas in the area. Just as before, you can go in for a huge slice of delicious, gooey pizza as well as wings, subs, salads and entrees. Keep an eye out for the grand opening celebration.
Several new bourbons and whiskeys are on the shelves at Colonial Liquor. Come on down and check them out.
Angel’s Envy ($46.99 / 750 ml) – Finished in a ruby port cask. 86 proof.
Cold Spell Mint ($16.88 / Liter, $13.88 / 750) – Interesting blend of mints and whiskey. 70 proof.
E. H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch ($37.95 / 750) – Top-rated, multiple award winner. 100 proof.
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon ($39.99, 750 ml) – Named for master distiller Jimmy Russell who distilled almost every drop of Wild Turkey. Limited supply. 90 proof.
New items from Knob Creek, Weller, Black Button and more.
Holiday tasting event at The Rabbit Room on Thursday, December 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Over 30 items to sample including Baileys Irish Cream, Prosecco, Bourbon, Scotch, red and white wine. No charge event to be held upstairs I the Lower Mill Gallery. The Rabbit Room will be serving dinner, reservation required, 582-1830.