For those of you looking for something beyond wine, I came across a couple of newsy press releases that may be of interest. First, check out these stats on America’s pivot to home cooking. Then, once you’ve decided that you’re one of the cool kids that have jumped on the “experimental” recipe band wagon, sign up for a few at-home craft cocktail courses. Cheers.
What I like about La Marca is that they don’t take themselves so seriously. Yes, this is the Prosecco you see lining the shelves year-round, the one that comes in little “goody-bag” -sized bottles to — what? give away at parties? sneak onto the train? pack in a picnic basket? Answer is, yes, all of the above. The La Marca mark is having a good, fun, sparkly time. Their website is riddled with fun party ideas and — while one can, and many do, drink La Marca on its own — they know that a glass of this stuff is best filled with flavors of the season. In honor of that, let’s enjoy a little Stacy-tail…
There’s not a lot happening in downtown San Jose. Unfortunately it seems like more venues are closing up shop than opening. Even with the “uprising” of the “art district” SoFa — there’s nary a decent place to hang out for any significant amount of time. But bumming around the desolate downtown, I came across a glimmer of hope on First Street when I saw that construction is nearly completed on a new pub, Uproar Brewing.
It’s no secret that I like my wine, but when drinking hard liquor or making a cocktail, vodka is my spirit of choice. I was introduced to Re:Find Distillery when co-owner Monica Villicana kindly sent me a sample of her Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka. (Click the link to read the full review. SPOILER ALERT: It’s awesome). So, when I made my pass through Paso Robles, home to Re:Find Distillery, I had to pop in and see this operation from the inside.
After tasting Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka I wanted to craft my own signature cocktail using the product. It’s not fancy, but it’s a mix of flavors that I particularly enjoy and that I think go well together. I hope you enjoy it as well. Cheers!
Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka Cocktail Recipe
Beer & Cocktails, Booze
Trying to keep my cocktail light, I use diet juice and soda. You can certainly replace these ingredients with equal portions of the non-diet versions.
1.5 ounces Re:Find Barrel Aged Vodka
3 ounces Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice
1/2 can Zevia Black Cherry soda
3 to 4 cubes ice (optional)
In a whiskey glass, use a shot glass to pour one shot Re:Find Barrel Aged Vodka and two Shots cranberry juice into the whiskey glass.
Add ice cubes if desired.
Top with 1/2 can of Zevia Black Cherry soda and use a spoon to stir and combine ingredients.
Squeeze the juice of 1/4 of a lime into the drink. Stir again to combine.
Drop the remaining lime into the glass if desired.