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Wednesday
Aug012012

Personal Sommelier Online (Aug 2012): K&L Home Bar Essentails

By: Chiara ShannonHead Sommelier - K&L Personal Sommelier Service

As promised in my article "Stirring Things Up"in this month's edition of the K&L Wine News, here's the K&L short list of home bar essentials with notes and tips from our Spirits Buyer David Driscoll. It features the basic booze, mixers, elixers, and accents you need for a fun and functional home bar, with links so you can learn more about each product without spending a fortune. I've also included David's recommended essentail classic cocktail recipes to inspire you.

Be sure to forget to check out the K&L Spirits Journal for more cocktail tips, news, and updates on all things Spirits!

So what are you waiting for? The time has come to release your inner mixologist...

K&L Home Bar Essentials  

Single Malt Scotch:

BenRiach 12 year old Single Malt Whisky ($44.99) - Standard Highland, standard scotch - vanilla, sweet barley, smooth

Glendronach 12 year old Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky ($47.99) - Standard sherry-aged, richer textures, brown sugar and cakebread.

Bruichladdich 10 year old "The Laddie" Islay Single Malt Whisky ($52.99) - Islay whisky, with only a hint of peat on the finish. A great beginner or accessible Island malt

Blended Scotch:

Bank Note Blended Scotch Whisky ($29.99) - Inexpensive and made with 40% actual single malt, compared to things like Johnnie Walker that are much lower percentages and use more grain. Delcious for highballs or Scotch cocktails.

Bourbon:

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon ($19.99) - Mellow, round, delicious.

Old Weller Antique Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($19.99) - Spicer, higher proof, wheated-formula instead of rye (most use around 60% corn and about 30% rye with some barley).

Rye:

Templeton Rye ($36.99) - A small-batch marriage of rye casks with clove and baking spice flavors.

Bulleit Rye Whiskey ($21.99) - Made from the same rye as Templeton, but a much larger batch of casks that results in more mild flavors.

Brandy:

Campo de Encanto Pisco de Peru ($32.99) - 'Acholado' style Picso distilled only once, with nothing added, including preservatives, sugar, or water - just pure, clean spirit. Bottled at proof for use in cocktials.

Park VSOP Cognac ($34.99) - Elegant, round and easy to drink with rich, nutty flavors.

Laird's Straight Bonded "Apple Jack" Brandy ($23.99) - This 100% aged apple brandy is a necessity for anyone creating an authentic bar.

Osocalis Alambic Brandy ($42.99) - A blend of Colombard, Pinot Noir, and other Coastal Callifornia grape varieties, this local Brandy has the finesse and balance of the Old World brandies with more intense fruit.

Gin:

Citadelle Gin from France ($19.99) - An inexpensive, basic bottle if you only want one option

Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 London Dry Gin ($34.99) - The best London dry style gin available.

Ransom Old Tom Oregon Gin ($39.99) - If you want to make sweet vermouth cocktails, the barrel aging smoothes out the spice.

Vodka:

Belvedere Polish Rye Vodka ($19.99) - Delicate and clean with subtle aromas and flavors. For classic and contempory drinks.

Potocki Polish Rye Vodka ($34.99) – A stunning vodka, elegant and pure. 

Tequila:

Tapatia Silver (in stock 8/2) - Balanced and smooth, with subtle spice. Great for mixing.

ArteNOM Seleccion 1414 Reposado Tequila ($44.99) - Nutty, bready, with cinnamon bursts and spicy cloves on the palate.

ArteNOM Seleccion 1146 Anejo Tequila ($49.99) - Incredibly lean for an añejo! Black pepper and fruit on the finish with flavors of toasty vanilla, warm baking spices, and roasted nuts.

Embajador Blanco Mezcal de Oaxaca ($19.99) - Smoky, vibrant, tangy, spicy and clean mezcal. Great value.

Rums:

Ron Abuelo 7 Year Old Panama Rum ($24.99) - A fantastic sipper at a great price.

 Chairman's Reserve Silver Rum ($24.99) - For white rum drinks with lime, a great value.

Batiste Rhum Agricole ($36.99) -  Bright, clean, and distinctive, it mixes exceptionally well with many ingredients

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum Plummer & Wedderburn Pure Pot Still ($29.99) - Navy-strength rum has all of the oily aromatics of a top-class single malt. Makes a mean Mai-Tai.

Absinthe:

La Sorcière Absinthe Supèrieure Verte ($59.99; for those who want to just splash a few drops into cocktails, the 375ml ($35.99) is also available) - The anise really shines with clean and focused flavors. You could even drink it straight!

Liqueurs:

Byrrh Grand Quinquina Aperitif ($19.99) - Based on quinquina bark, which creates a wonderful earthy aroma and a slight balancing bitterness.

Campari ($26.99) - Sometimes Campari and soda is all you need to get the party started!

Cocchi Aperitivo Americano ($18.99) Try it chilled with an orange twist and a splash of soda to enhance its exciting herbal aromas.

Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur ($34.99) - Moderate in alcohol with a nice balance of bitter and sweet, this is great for using up leftover Champagne. Prepare like a traditional aperitivo with Champagne instead of soda on the rocks with an orange twist.  

Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambery ($13.99) - Ideal as an aperitif or in cocktails as needed.  

Dolin Dry Vermouth ($13.99) - Ideal as an aperitif or in cocktails as needed.  

Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambery ($13.99) - Ideal as an aperitif or in cocktails as needed.  

Lillet Blanc ($14.99) - The modern version of Kina Lillet, the essential ingredient in James Bond's famous Vesper Martini. Serve chilled or on the rocks with or without lime twist, or use as needed in a number of classic and revival cocktails.

Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao ($19.99) - A must for the Sidecar, Corpse Revivers, and a number of classic revival cocktails calling for orange liqueur. 

Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violette ($30.99) - With less sugar than Crème de Violette, this integrates seamlessly into cocktails without losing its essence.

Bitters:

Angostura Bitters 10oz ($11.99) – Gentian-based bitter. Absolutely essential.

Peychaud Bitters 10oz ($6.99) –Lighter and more floral than Angustura, a must for the Sazerac.

Sweeteners 

Small Hand Foods Gum Syrup ($9.99) - Essential for those spirit-driven revival cocktails like Sazeracs, Old-Fashioneds and Juleps to achieve the right balance and a smooth mouthfeel. 

Small Hand Foods Pineapple Gum Syrup ($10.99) - Adds viscosity and texture, for Pisco Punch.

 Orgeat Syrup ($15.99) - Made from almonds and apricots according to a pre-prohibition recipe for revival coctkails. If the recipe calls for it, there is no substitute.

Misc:

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries ($15.99) - These cherries will enhance your cocktail significantly; you cannot compromise here. Try them in a Manhattan and you will know what we're talking about.

Driscoll’s Essential Cocktails

Negroni - equal parts gin, Campari, vermouth - stir

Manhattan - 2 oz whiskey, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters - stir

Sidecar - 1 1/2 oz brandy, 3/4 oz orange, 3/4 oz lemon juice - shake

Aviation - 2 oz gin, 1 oz luxardo, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1/4 oz Crème de Violette - shake

Pisco Punch - 2 oz. Pisco, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 3/4 oz pineapple gum - shake

Mai Tai - 1 1/2 oz Jamaican rum, 1/2 orange liqueur, 1/2 orgeat, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice - shake

Sazerac - 2 oz rye whiskey, 2 dashes Peychauds bitters, 1/2 oz gum syrup, dash of absinthe

Single Village Fix (margarita variation) - 1 1/2 oz mezcal, 1 oz pineapple gum syrup, 3/4 oz lime juice - shake

 

Happy Shaking!

 -Chiara

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Top 10 Spirits To Start 2011

So you've got your tickets to Thursday's cocktail class with Jennifer Colliau, and you've already imagined what the Evite will look like for your first soiree of 2011, but is your bar stocked? K&L's spirits buyers, David Driscoll and David Othenin-Girard, have been working furiously over the past year to build an incredible spirits selection that includes exclusive whiskey bottlings, oak-aged Gin and a wide variety of specialty liquors, liqueurs and cordials to help you up your home mixology game. Visit our Spirits Journal for up-to-the-minute information on our newest booze. In the meantime, here are our picks for the Top 10 Spirits to start 2011. 

10. Firelit Blue Bottle Coffee Liqueur (750ml) A new release from the Bay Area's own St. George Spirits made with Blue Bottle coffee and Chardonnay-based brandy. Pure roasted coffee aromas and flavors that will make any pick-me-up cocktail sublime. And lets not even talk about White Russians.

9. Zubrowska Bison Grass Vodka from Poland (750ml $22.99) A stunningly smooth vodka particularly suited to citrus-based cocktails or the Polish favorite, Tatanka, an unfiltered apple juice. More characterful than your average clear spirit, but less overtly flavored than other vodka, this has notes of vanilla and chamomile.

8. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (750ml $31.99) This liqueur, made with elderflower blossoms gathered in the Alpine countryside by an army of Frenchman on bikes, adds distinctive character to any cocktail. Simply elegant with Brut Champagne or sparkling wine, and heady in the Montparnasse with Laird's Apple Brandy, lemon juice and a splash of Sauvignon Blanc. 

7. Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 year old Rum (750ml $34.99) A top-notch, full-bodied Guatemalan Rum that's good for sipping or mixing, when the recipe calls for something dark and slightly spicy. 

6. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml $19.99) A fantastic price! This sticky-toffee flavored Bourbon might make your Manhattans start singing New York New York with a Southern twang.

5. Ardbeg Uigedail Traditional Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky ($58.99) Pronounced Oog-a-dal, this smoky, tangy Whisky isn't something you'll want to mix into a cocktail, but something you'll want to sit and contemplate in front of the fire.

4. Rusty Blade "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Barrel-Aged Gin (750ml $59.99) A cask strength gin made and bottled just for K&L by Davorin Kuchan of Old World Spriits. Aged for 13 months, its still got some of the juniper and citrus character, but now those notes are framed by baking spices. Add a little water to proof it down for drinking straight, or add it to a cocktail that calls for an Old Tom gin.

3. One Barrel Rum from Belize (750ml $13.99) Aromatic, smooth, and with a hint of tropical hibiscus to it, this Rum is the perfect mixer and priced accordingly.

2. Lagavulin 16 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml $64.99) This special Islay malt sells for about $100 elsewhere, but is just $64.99 here at K&L. Dry upfront, with a sweet sherried character on the peaty finish. 

1. Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond (750ml $19.99) A Pennsylvania-style Rye that you'll find in any decent bartender's speedrack. 100-proof and wonderfully spicy, this makes a wicked Sazerac. 

Leah Greenstein

Wednesday
Dec152010

Spice Up Your Christmas: Eggnog Recipe

Yesterday we posted about what K&L employees bring to holiday parties, and Melissa Lavrinc Smith, who works in our Redwood City store, mentioned her "legendary eggnog." After a little prodding, Melissa agreed to share her recipe so that you, too, could be legendary among friends. (And being known for eggnog is better than being known for a martini or mojito since it's a seasonal cocktail and you won't be stuck making the same thing party after party.) But first, a little about eggnog.

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