The Iconic Spirits Blog

Square One Organic Vodka

July 25, 2012

Tags: square one organic vodka, allison evanow

The concept of organic spirits is relatively new, at least in the popular or commercial sense. Even though Americans have gained an appreciation of natural, organic and sustainable products in recent years, many consumers might still regard organic spirits to be an oxymoron---how, exactly, can booze be good for you?

Organic spirits aren’t likely to turn up in health food stores anytime soon, but there’s a wide gap between them and their mass produced, high-volume cousins. They are more likely to be made from carefully grown and selected ingredients; production tends to be small-batch, allowing the distiller to devote more attention to detail; they are usually marketed from the ground up, relying on bartender education and targeted retail placement rather than multi-million dollar ad campaigns featuring rappers or supermodels. (more…)

Flavored Rye

July 18, 2012

Tags: rye whiskey, flavored rye, Tap 357, Spicebox

As we know, everything old eventually becomes new again---this is why you still shouldn’t throw out those bell-bottoms and leisure suits.

Rye whisky is one of the hottest spirits on the market at the moment, despite the fact that it goes back hundreds of years. Rye became the center of controversy during the Whiskey Rebellion, when a tax was levied against farmers and distillers to help pay off America’s Revolutionary War debt. The citizens rebelled, and President George Washington dispatched a militia to put down the uprising. The President, ironically, was distilling his own rye at Mount Vernon (the restored distillery is operating again today, courtesy of the Distilled Spirits Council, and produces a limited quantity of whiskey). (more…)

National Daiquiri Day

July 11, 2012

Tags: daiquiri, National Daiquiri Day, Hemingway Daiquiri

National Daiquiri Day is July 19, one week from tomorrow. I usually remember the date because it happens to be my wife’s birthday (or perhaps I remember her birthday because…).

Like many of the classics, the origins of the daiquiri are mysterious. We do know that Daiquiri is the name of a beach located near the Bacardi home town of Santiago de Cuba. The most-repeated story is that the cocktail was invented by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer working in Cuba during the Spanish-American War of 1898. However, it’s curious to note that the daiquiri also bears a close resemblance to a drink served to sailors in the British Imperial Navy from the mid-19th century onward, which consisted of rum, water, sugar, and lemon or lime juice (a friend of Jennings Cox, who was present when the drink was created, confirms that this was the origin of the daiquiri). (more…)

Chocolate Martinis

July 4, 2012

Tags: chocolate martini, white chocolate martini, Godiva chocolate martini, chocolate mint martini

I recently did some research on chocolate martinis for a major women’s magazine. I won’t tell you the name of the publication, but it’s sold in the supermarket check-out line. 95% of the readers are female; roughly half are employed full-time outside the home, nearly half have children, and one-third are working mothers. The magazine wanted to examine the premise that a chocolate martini was a relaxing and pampering indulgence that a woman could give to herself at the end of a long, hard day. (more…)