Scotchtails for Spring

New England is infamous for its quirky, quick-changing weather and that’s certainly been the case in Connecticut this month. Not two weeks ago our basements were flooded and the National Guard was actually called into our small town to help control the flood. Days later we had record high temps and sunshine. Currently, we’re somewhere in between but I’m hoping (if only for the sake of our newly-planted grass) that the weather starts leaning in Summer’s direction.

April’s Scotchtail is perfect for this time of year (no matter what the weather’s doing) and the flavor combo of grapefruit and honey is divine! Easy-to-make, too! What more could you ask for?

April Cocktail

1 ½ Chivas Regal 12 yo
1 ½ oz. Ruby Grapefruit Juice
2 barspoons honey
Dash Grapefruit bitters

Stir the honey in the empty old fashioned glass. Add the whisky and continue until dissolved. Following the addition of the Grapefruit Juice, top with crushed ice.

If grapefruit isn’t your style, try this light and refreshing drink that would be fantastic through summer!


1 ½ oz Chivas Regal 12 yo
¾ oz. Monin Mandarin Syrup
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Dash Peach Juice
Tonic water.

Shake all ingredients (except tonic) together in a Boston shaker. Pour over ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with sliced apple.




Gin is in the Air

Did you attend either of these launch events? We’d love for you to share your experiences with us!


New Yo
rk, NY (April 5, 2010) – Just as the weather and the gin-drinking season heat up, Beefeater 24, the inspired super-premium gin crafted by renowned Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne, is expanding to Chicago and Las Vegas. Beefeater 24 was previously launched to rave reviews and is making waves with bartenders and consumers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia.

Handcrafted with 12 botanicals including a rare blend of teas, Beefeater 24 is distilled in the heart of London. Its name is inspired by the city’s 24-hour stylish, sophisticated lifestyle, as well as the unique 24-hour steeping process designed to make the gin exceptional. Beefeater 24 is the ultimate creation of Payne - arguably the world’s most experienced Gin Master Distiller – and draws upon his more than 40 years of distilling expertise. Recent awards* are a testament to the superior quality and craftsmanship at the heart of Payne’s latest creation.

“Beefeater 24 is a gin of unrivaled smoothness and complexity,” said Maria Puente, Senior Brand Manager for Beefeater at Pernod Ricard USA. “To create 24, Payne spent 18 months adjusting and perfecting the recipe with today’s discerning spirit connoisseur in mind. The result is a subtle and sensuous gin that blends beautifully with other ingredients to create exceptional cocktails.”

Beefeater 24 is a blend of natural botanicals sourced from around the world, including hand-prepared grapefruit, bitter almond, orris root, Seville orange peel and accents of rare Japanese Sencha Tea and Chinese Green tea. In addition to different botanicals, Beefeater 24 is “cut” earlier during distillation to retain its freshness and vitality.

Puente added, “Many industry pundits predict that the gin category is poised for explosive growth as mixologists and consumers alike are discovering or rediscovering the qualities that make gin so unique. As such, this is the perfect time to extend the presence of our award-winning Beefeater 24. By capitalizing on the momentum we have built, as well as the rising interest in gin, we certainly can make a grand entrance into the Chicago and Las Vegas bar scenes.”

To support the U.S. expansion of Beefeater 24 and help introduce the super-premium gin to bartenders and consumers in new, interesting ways, the brand has enlisted reputable mixologists to develop a range of great-tasting Beefeater 24 cocktails. A sampling of these cocktail recipes include:

Triple Citrus 24 & Tonic
Created for Beefeater by Dan Warner
1 Part Beefeater 24™
2 Parts Premium Tonic

Decorate with thin slices of Lemon, Lime and Orange

24 Martini
Created for Beefeater by Dan Warner
5 Parts Beefeater 24™
1 Part Lillet** Blanc
2 Dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters

Stir and serve up with a Grapefruit Twist

Shifting Sands
Created for Beefeater by Sasha Petraske
1 & ½ Parts Beefeater 24™
1 & ½ Parts Fresh Grapefruit Juice
¼ Part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Bar Spoons of Maraschino Liqueur
Club Soda

Build ingredients into a high-ball filled with fresh ice. Top with Soda and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

* Beefeater 24 was awarded the prestigious Trophy for the Best Gin by the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2009.
* Beefeater 24 was awarded Best Gin, Double Gold Medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
* Beefeater 24 received a 96 point, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation at the inaugural Ultimate Spirits Challenge held in New York in March 2010
** BEEFEATER is a registered trademark of Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine Limited Company. LILLET is a registered trademark of Society Lillet Freres, which does not make or license BEEFEATER.

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Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. In July, 2008, Pernod Ricard completed the acquisition of the iconic ABSOLUT® Vodka brand from the V&S Group.
In addition to ABSOLUT®, Pernod Ricard USA’s leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Martell® Cognac, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod® and Ricard®; such superior wines as Jacob's Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
The company is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 1,000 employees across the country.
Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.