Turns out that 49 out of 50 states have gotten snow so far this year which got me to thinking about cocktails that involve snow.
There is something called the "Snow Melt" that combines 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Amaretto and hot chocolate, which can be made in the Rabbit Fliptop Stainless Cocktail Shaker. Alas, although I checked several web sites for recipes, there is no actual snow used in the "Snow Melt".
The summer is all about casual: poolside picnics, family BBQ's, cocktails and wine coolers. But the colder weather (and what qualifies as "colder" is definitely a matter of preference) seems to bring out the more buttoned up in all of us.
Pool parties give way to dinner parties and wine coolers give way to…well, just wine.
Gregory Cartier of AskMen (http://www.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archiv...) put it best: "Seasons change, and when they do, so do the wines we drink. Unless you live in a climate like Arizona or Hawaii, where your concept of winter is nonexistent in comparison to someone in Vermont, for example, your selection of wines probably changes when the mercury drops. If that is not the case, you should consider the climate and season next time you choose a wine for dinner."
"The idea of "winter wines" is not so much about specific vintages being appropriate in one season and unacceptable in another. Rather, it is about which characteristics of certain wines not only match well with the season, but more importantly, with the foods we associate with the season."
"In the heat of summer, I doubt you eat a lot of thick, hearty soups or stews, or roasts for that matter. Winter is the traditional time to eat these dishes, given the need to warm up when the temperature dips and to get some meat on your bones."
One thing that shouldn't change, however, are the accessories you use for opening, serving and preserving your wine. And so it should go without saying that you should pick up the new Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50)—one for yourself and a couple for gifts. The set combines a premium Electric Corkscrew with a polished chrome Foil Cutter and the Rabbit Wine Preserving Stopper. They are all displayed and stored in a sensational Lucite presentation case (kind of like an upscale Swiss Army Kit for wine drinkers).
So put on an extra sweater, a couple of wine glasses and grab a bottle or two of red. Just because the temperature has dropped doesn't mean its time to stop celebrating!
Fall is the time for change. The kids go back-to-school, the leaves start to turn and--most importantly for wine lovers--it's "Crush Season", aka one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking. The period culminating in the crush (in the Northern Hemisphere) begins when the grapes start to change color in mid-to-late summer, with the actual the harvest season typically falling between August & October.
Thanks to Metrokane, you can pay attention to the timing of the "Crush Season" and leave it to us to worry about the details of opening, serving and preserving the wine.
What's new for fall at Metrokane?
Start with the new Rabbit Wine Preserving Stoppers, small but effective vacuum pumps (in chic black or red) that also serve as an attractive stopper ($10.00).
Or, for those who prefer high-tech, there's the battery-powered Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver (+ two stoppers!), a faster, easier and more effective way to preserve red wine ($39.99). A vacuum (strong enough to give you a hand hickey!) preserves the wine's flavor in 10 to 15 seconds and preserves the bouquet for a week or more.
Next there's the Rabbit Bottleneck Gift Collection, a great way to include a Rabbit--from Bottle stoppers ($4.99), Flipper Pourer/Stoppers ($7.99), Bottle Toppers ($4.99) or a Zippity Waiter's Corkscrew ($9.99) to bump up a bottle of wine or champagne (the little devils are ingeniously packaged to loop around the bottle top).
And finally, if design is your thing, you'll want to check out Rabbit's Space Saving Wine Rack (included MOMA's collection), which fits into a fridge, providing cool storage for white wine. Crafted of high-tensile-strength steel and structural plastic, it's the perfect solution to convenient wine storage. And for only $20 bucks, you'll be able to snag one for yourself.
As it always seems to, summer has gone especially fast this year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in less than the time it takes to pull a cork from a bottle of rose.
While Labor Day follows a familiar pattern of mall sales, backyard BBQ's and heavy traffic coming home from the beaches, it too—like Memorial Day and July 4th before it—had a more illustrious beginning.
Labor Day is a US federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers and was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike, during which workers died at the hands of the US military and US Marshals (President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the strike was settled).
The initial celebration was outlined in the first proposal of the Labor Day holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Selector movement.
How far we've come. These days, more than anything, Labor Day weekend marks the official end to summer and (here in the east, anyway) the start of school. It may also mark the last time this year you'll use your Rabbit Wine Trek to tote a bottle of chilled wine to a neighbor's pool party or your Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe to keep things cool in the sweltering days of summer.
So gather your friends and family for one last summer blow-out, grab your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and whip up a batch of Sweet & Spicy Margarita's (http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_No... ). Come Tuesday, it's time to say hello to fall!
1 part Chocolate Chili Liqueur
2 parts Tequila
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a margarita glass with ice.
Revised from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day)
Is it me? Or do the birds seem to be chirping extra loud these days? And why is the grocery store filled with Easter eggs, Irish soda bread…and matzoh? The answer is easy…spring is (finally!) in the air! (Note to people in the Northeast…we're expecting a snow storm this week).
The first holiday on the calendar is St. Patrick's Day, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. Named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), it was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. Celebrating the day usually involves parades and festivals, the wearing of green attire (Old Navy is great for t-shirts) and green beaded necklaces. It is also observed—in the US anyway—by excessive drinking (be sure to have a Rabbit Pocket Flask).
Not in the mood for green beer? (If you are, here's a recipe…12oz. beer-any beer will do, although lighter colored beers will display the green better and one drop of food coloring). How about an emerald colored cocktail, mixed up with a Rabbit Electric Cocktail Shaker?
There are many green-colored liquors, including Midori or a sour apple schnapps, or, for a stronger green tint, try green crème de menthe. Measure what you need to use with the Rabbit Double Jigger. Additional recipes can be found here: Green Cocktail Recipes.
More on St. Patrick's Day next week! But gird your loins…this is a holiday that requires a lot of stamina, especially as this year it takes place on Sunday!