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Cognac Exports Set New Record In Past Year

With brown spirits growing in popularity among U.S. drinkers, cognac posted a ninth year of consecutive growth this past July, according to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, or BNIC. The United States remained the leading market, with 86.5 million bottles shipped during the previous year. “The brown spirits category is growing in the U.S. market,” BNIC President Patrick Raguenaud said in a prepared statement. “The historical presence of cognac and the constant investment by the cognac houses in this market have reinforced the performance of cognac in the U.S.” All of North America recorded shipments of 89.8 million bottles, which translates to an increase of 9.4 percent in volume and 0.2 percent in value. Worldwide exports of the brown spirit have continued their steady rise for a fourth straight year, BNIC reported. A record-setting 205.9 million bottles were shipped between August 2017 and July 2018 with an increase of [...]

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Negroni

Equal parts Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth are combined to create this classic Italian aperitif.

Martini

Dry, dirty, straight up or on the rocks, you can’t go wrong with this time-honored drink that evokes images of elegance.

Daiquiri

Rum, lime juice and simple syrup – that’s it. Don’t even think about making that adult slushy so many people equate to the name “daiquiri.”

Mojito

Fresh mint, fresh limes and rum are sweetened then topped with a splash of club soda for a drink that is ideal for sunny summer weekends – or any other time.

Don Q Island Toddy

Even on warm tropical nights, a mug of fragrantly spiced rum is the perfect way to end the day.

Don Q Añejo Sidecar

This sidecar takes a backseat to no one: Don Q Añejo rum and Cointreau combine to make a simple yet elegant cocktail.

Gosling Ginger Gale

Ginger Ale + Goslings Gold Rum= Ginger Gale which equals light and delicious cruise ship-worthy refreshment.

Gosling Rum Swizzle

Rum, more rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine and bitters. How could it be wrong?

Gosling Dark ‘N Stormy

Black Seal rum and ginger beer: You’ll look forward to the upcoming storm.

Mimosa

Sparkling wine and orange juice isn’t just elegant, it borders on “comfort food.”

Grasshopper

This retro liquid dessert may be just what you need at the end of your meal. Crème de menthe and crème de cacao create a bartender’s version of those classic chocolate mint cookies we order once a year.

Margarita

Start with tequila and lime juice then customize as you please.

Paloma

Grapefruit juice and tequila mixed with sweetened lime juice and club soda are the perfect combination for a refreshing summer drink.

Vodka Gimlet

Vodka, fresh lime juice and a touch of sugar make this ’20s era favorite a winner today.

Moscow Mule

Kick off happy hour with this classic cocktail made of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer.

Tito’s All-Time Favorite

Tito’s, soda water. Enough said.

Tito’s American Mule

A bit of fresh lime juice and a little ginger beer are all that’s necessary to turn a shot of Tito’s into the perfect American Mule.

Manhattan

Whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters topped with an orange peel: Beautiful, classic and delicious.

Sazerac

A New Orleans classic, this drink is made with rye, bitters and a hint of absinthe for a taste and aroma you won’t forget.

Old Fashioned

A little taste of orange and touch of sweetness is added to your favorite whiskey for an “old fashioned” drink that’s always in style.

Rob Roy

You may have just found a new friend in Rob Roy with this drink consisting of Scotch, vermouth and bitters.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Old Fashioned

This classic cocktail is simple to make and easy to drink. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is combined with a spoonful of simple syrup and dashes of Angostura bitters.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Manhattan

You may want to break into a chorus of “I’ll take Manhattan” when you taste this Blanton Bourbon-version of the classic drink. Mixed with Italian vermouth and Angostura bitters, this is definitely an uptown cocktail.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Buffalo Julep

A mint julep is southern heaven, but a Buffalo Julep might as well wear a halo. In this version, mint leaves are muddled with sugar, lots of crushed ice is added and then there’s a healthy helping of Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Kentucky Mule

For those who prefer their bourbon with a few bubbles, this Kentucky Mule will be an easy sipper. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is combined with lime juice and topped with ginger beer.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Millionaire

You don’t need to put on the Ritz as you sip on this extravagant cocktail. Relax and slip into something comfy as you enjoy this Buffalo Trace Millionaire made with E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Absinthe and finished with an egg white, a touch of grenadine and a little lemon juice.

Four Roses Commonwealth Punch

People who live in the Commonwealth of Kentucky don’t always want to waste a summer day making their drinks one glass at a time — they go for the pitcher! Ginger Beer, Chai Tea and bourbon create a sweet tea you won’t soon foget!

Four Roses Classic Manhattan

Small Batch bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters: Perfection!

Hotel Tango John Collins

Hotel Tango is combined with simple syrup and lemon juice to create a whiskey sour that’s then softened with a little club soda to create a refreshing and light cocktail.

Jack Daniels Gentleman’s Sour

A little lemon juice and simple syrup combined with a touch of bitters and a pour of Gentleman Jack are all you need for this twist on a classic.

Jack Daniels Gentleman & Ginger

Keep it simple, gentlemen and gentleladies: Tennessee whiskey and either ginger beer or ginger ale.

Redemption Blinker

Rye whiskey, grapefruit juice and raspberry syrup are the only things in this pretty little cocktail. This is the pink drink for those who want something more substantial than a cosmopolitan.

Redemption Boulevardier

This drink has been around for many years, and for good reason: whiskey, vermouth and red Italian bitters combine to make a drink that will take you back to the days of the speakeasy.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Devil

Wild Turkey is combined with Ancho Reyes Liqueur, watermelon juice, lemon juice and simple syrup to create a devilishly good, sweet yet spicy drink that will cast a new light on the common watermelon.

Wild Turkey Brown Derby

This version of the classic cocktail, named for the eponymous restaurant in Los Angeles, combines grapefruit juice and honey with Wild Turkey bourbon.

Wild Turkey Second Circle

This cocktail of bourbon, maple syrup and ruby port evokes the warmth of a fireplace and the smell of autumn leaves, but don’t be fooled: It’s wonderful any time of year.

Woodford Mint Julep

The traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep is a combination of southern charm and southern fortitude with simple ingredients of bourbon, mint and syrup … and lots of ice.

Woodford Spire

Woodford Reserve calls this cocktail “the newest Kentucky Derby tradition.” Lemonade, cranberry juice and bourbon may be a new alternative to southern sweet tea.

Woodford Off To The Races

A little more complex than many bourbon cocktails, this elegant drink combines Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey with Yellow Chartreuse, sherry and two types of bitters.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Old Fashioned

This classic cocktail is simple to make and easy to drink. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is combined with a spoonful of simple syrup and dashes of Angostura bitters.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Manhattan

You may want to break into a chorus of “I’ll take Manhattan” when you taste this Blanton Bourbon-version of the classic drink. Mixed with Italian vermouth and Angostura bitters, this is definitely an uptown cocktail.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Buffalo Julep

A mint julep is southern heaven, but a Buffalo Julep might as well wear a halo. In this version, mint leaves are muddled with sugar, lots of crushed ice is added and then there’s a healthy helping of Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Kentucky Mule

For those who prefer their bourbon with a few bubbles, this Kentucky Mule will be an easy sipper. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is combined with lime juice and topped with ginger beer.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Millionaire

You don’t need to put on the Ritz as you sip on this extravagant cocktail. Relax and slip into something comfy as you enjoy this Buffalo Trace Millionaire made with E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Absinthe and finished with an egg white, a touch of grenadine and a little lemon juice.

Don Q Island Toddy

Even on warm tropical nights, a mug of fragrantly spiced rum is the perfect way to end the day.

Don Q Añejo Sidecar

This sidecar takes a backseat to no one: Don Q Añejo rum and Cointreau combine to make a simple yet elegant cocktail.

Four Roses Commonwealth Punch

People who live in the Commonwealth of Kentucky don’t always want to waste a summer day making their drinks one glass at a time — they go for the pitcher! Ginger Beer, Chai Tea and bourbon create a sweet tea you won’t soon foget!

Four Roses Classic Manhattan

Small Batch bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters: Perfection!

Gosling Ginger Gale

Ginger Ale + Goslings Gold Rum= Ginger Gale which equals light and delicious cruise ship-worthy refreshment.

Gosling Rum Swizzle

Rum, more rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine and bitters. How could it be wrong?

Gosling Dark ‘N Stormy

Black Seal rum and ginger beer: You’ll look forward to the upcoming storm.

Hotel Tango John Collins

Hotel Tango is combined with simple syrup and lemon juice to create a whiskey sour that’s then softened with a little club soda to create a refreshing and light cocktail.

Jack Daniels Gentleman’s Sour

A little lemon juice and simple syrup combined with a touch of bitters and a pour of Gentleman Jack are all you need for this twist on a classic.

Jack Daniels Gentleman & Ginger

Keep it simple, gentlemen and gentleladies: Tennessee whiskey and either ginger beer or ginger ale.

Redemption Blinker

Rye whiskey, grapefruit juice and raspberry syrup are the only things in this pretty little cocktail. This is the pink drink for those who want something more substantial than a cosmopolitan.

Redemption Boulevardier

This drink has been around for many years, and for good reason: whiskey, vermouth and red Italian bitters combine to make a drink that will take you back to the days of the speakeasy.

All-Time Favorite

Tito’s, soda water. Enough said.

American Mule

A bit of fresh lime juice and a little ginger beer are all that’s necessary to turn a shot of Tito’s into the perfect American Mule.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Devil

Wild Turkey is combined with Ancho Reyes Liqueur, watermelon juice, lemon juice and simple syrup to create a devilishly good, sweet yet spicy drink that will cast a new light on the common watermelon.

Wild Turkey Brown Derby

This version of the classic cocktail, named for the eponymous restaurant in Los Angeles, combines grapefruit juice and honey with Wild Turkey bourbon.

Wild Turkey Second Circle

This cocktail of bourbon, maple syrup and ruby port evokes the warmth of a fireplace and the smell of autumn leaves, but don’t be fooled: It’s wonderful any time of year.

Woodford Mint Julep

The traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep is a combination of southern charm and southern fortitude with simple ingredients of bourbon, mint and syrup … and lots of ice.

Woodford Spire

Woodford Reserve calls this cocktail “the newest Kentucky Derby tradition.” Lemonade, cranberry juice and bourbon may be a new alternative to southern sweet tea.

Woodford Off To The Races

A little more complex than many bourbon cocktails, this elegant drink combines Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey with Yellow Chartreuse, sherry and two types of bitters.

Booze News

Barton 1792 Distillery Earns Medals

BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (Oct. 18, 2018) –– Six spirits from Barton 1792 Distillery won medals at the eighth annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands which has facilities in Bardstown, [...]

OCBA’s Ale-O-Ween Set For Oct. 20

DAYTON — The Ohio Craft Brewers Association will host its second annual Ale-O-Ween beer festival Oct. 20 at the Dayton Steam Plant. Forty Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of seasonal styles and popular [...]