The Tasting Panel magazine

JULY 2011

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 88 of 120

HOT-WEATHER COCKTAILS ARE COOLER THAN EVER, AS WE FOUND WHEN SPIRITS BRANDS JOINED US UNDER THE SUN AT OUR MOST RECENT SPEED TASTING FOR SOME VERY CONVINCING Poolside DRAGON BLEU: Roaring Success Created from a blend of wheat, barley and rye, Dragon Bleu is a French-produced vodka with simple smoothness and a flavor lineup that’s getting tongues wagging and palates watering. Dragon’s Rose and Ginger expressions are true-to-flavor offer- ings that can be nicely mixed into low-cal cocktails without high-sugar additives, and the classic expression is clean and smooth. Poolside Appeal: The brand’s Mixologist Extraordinaire, Rico Miller, a U.K.-native who flew to Scottsdale by way of Royal Oak, MI to present to our panel, blew us away with his sun-wor- shipping cocktail, the Ginger Solaris. “When it’s hot you need something light and refreshing,” explains Miller. Our Panel’s Palate: “There’s a lot of drama, labor and visual appeal here; possibly the most innovative drink of the day.” —Trudy Thomas “Red and white grapes are unde- rused in summer cocktails and the vanilla syrup is very cool!” —Mike Muncal THE GINGER SOLARIS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 1½ oz. Dragon Bleu White Ginger ½ lemon, squeezed ¾ oz. limoncello ¾ oz. Rock Saké Junmai Daiginjo 6-8 white grapes 1 barspoon house-made vanilla sugar Garnish with a lemon-wheel “sun.” 88 / the tasting panel / july 201 1 Michigan-based mixologist Rico Miller. brands to join us at the spectacular Montelucia Resort & Spa, where five (!!) pools offer a refreshing refuge from the intense Arizona heat. Each brand’s mixologist made a presentation to our panel of top AZ buyers, and the results were, across the board, fresh, mouthwatering options that are perfect for those long summer days—with or without a pool. Persuasion W hat better setting than the sun-drenched landscape of Scottsdale, AZ to explore some of the most inventive and refreshing cocktails for summer sipping? We invited 15 spirit photos by David Huff

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of The Tasting Panel magazine - JULY 2011