It's Valentine's week and love is in the air. We here have been celebrating all of the relationships in our lives; spouses, parents, loyal pets and best friends. We all know February 14th is Valentine's Day. But did you know February 13th is also a very special holiday? 'Galentine's Day', first introduced during NBC's Parks and Recreation, is a holiday that was created to celebrate friendship and the very special relationships you have with your girlfriends (ladies celebrating ladies). So, how will you celebrate this Valentine's Week? How about brunch with your best girlfriends? Or send out some handmade valentines? We know one thing is for sure – we will be celebrating love with wine.
Preparing a romantic dinner for two? Add a touch of elegance with the new Rabbit Stainless Steel Wine Pourers with Stoppers ; perfectly pours each glass with no drips or spills. And the Stainless Steel body looks great while serving.
As the year comes to a close, we begin to look forward to the new year. What better way to toast to 2015 and ring in the new year than with a Classic Champagne Cocktail? And really, who doesn't love to pop bottles on New Years Eve? Whether hosting your own New Year's party or getting ready for a night out with friends, you will be sure to impress with this bubbly favorite:
Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 Sugar Cube
3-6 Dashes of Angostura bitters
4-6 Ounces of Brut Champagne
Lemon Twist (garnish)
Soak the sugar cube with bitters. Place the Champagne in a flute. Slowly pour the Champagne into the glass until it is within an inch of the rim. Add lemon twist as a garnish.
Pro Tip: 'Dodge the cork' should not be one of your next party games. Let's be honest, uncorking Champagne can be difficult. Stubborn corks, spills, and the always nerve-wracking 'flying' cork are some real problems when opening a bottle of Champagne. Stop the struggle with the Rabbit Velvet Champagne Set – not only will you and all of your friends be able to open Champagne like a pro with the Rabbit Champagne Pliers, you will look good doing it too. Added bonus: if you do by chance have leftover Champagne after the festivities have ended – don't throw it away! Keep it fresh and bubbly using the Rabbit Champagne Sealer (included in the set).
The holiday season is officially upon is. And tis the season for family, friends and memories to be made. Whether you are enjoying a cozy night in or entertaining for your next holiday party, we have a few festive holiday cocktails that will be sure to impress.
The Classic Hot Toddy
1 ½ oz brown liquor (whiskey, brandy or rum)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish (optional)
Too cold to go out? Turn on your favorite holiday movie and relax with this classic winter drink. To make measuring simple, use the new Rabbit Adjustable Jigger to measure out liquids for perfect precision. Combine the liquor of your choice, honey, lemon juice and hot water into a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
4 in piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups vodka or gin
2 cups cranberry juice
Splash club soda
To make the ginger syrup, place all syrup ingredients (4 inch piece of ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water) in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup (about 20 minutes). Strain and allow to cool fully.
Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and the ginger syrup. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full and top off with club soda. Garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Pro Tip: Want to keep your cocktail cool without watering it down? Keep the pitcher in the fridge (without ice) and when you are ready to serve, place a new Rabbit Jumbo Chilling Stone at the bottom of the glass. Then simply fill, serve and enjoy!
Hot Spiced Sangria
2 bottles red wine
2 bottles white wine
1 cup brandy
1 sliced orange
2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup simple syrup
This has to be the easiest cocktail recipe, especially if you are making drinks for a large get together. Simply combine all of the ingredients listed above into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then keep warm on low until ready to serve. If you do not have a slow cooker, keep the drink warm on a stovetop in a saucepan over low heat. Pro Tip: That's a lot of wine – to save time on opening bottles, use the new Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew. No buttons, no fuss. Simply place on top of the bottle and the corkscrew automatically removes and ejects the cork for you! This recipe just got a whole lot easier.
Whether you plan to celebrate Old Year's or Saint Sylvester's Day, or just plain New Year's Eve, December 31st has long been a day to party.
In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where people dance, eat, drink and watch fireworks to mark the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new one. And what a better way to pop the cork on that bottle of champagne than with Metrokane (try our Velvet Champagne Pliers)? Prefer a cocktail or two? We've got you covered there too with our Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer.
So whether you're among the first to welcome the New Year (Kiribati and Samoa) or the last (that would be in Hawaii), we at Metrokane wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
Having stocking stuffer issues? Looking for a great hostess/wine-lover gift for under $10 bucks? Or something that will impress? Look no further than Metrokane's selection of great holiday gifts!
It all begins with the Rabbit Bottleneck Gift Collection, a great way to include a Rabbit--from Bottle Stoppers ($4.00), Flipper Pourer/Stoppers ($8.00), Bottle Toppers ($5.00) or a Zippity Waiter's Corkscrew ($10.00) to bump up a bottle of wine or champagne (the little devils are ingeniously packaged to loop around the bottle top.
Next on the stocking stuffer list is the new Rabbit Wine Preserving Stoppers, small but effective vacuum pumps (in chic black and holiday red!) that also serve as an attractive stopper ($10.00).
If you have more money in your budget, check out 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.
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.
For bigger spenders there's the New Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50) 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. Opening and preserving wine has never been so dazzling!
And for those who were very good this year, the VIP Rabbit ($120) is the ultimate, top-of-the-line model of the Rabbit Corkscrew. It comes in a presentation case of genuine leather (red for the holidays!) and polished chrome with an engraveable plaque. The VIP Rabbit itself is the sterling model—die-cast metal body finished with polished chrome. The grip pads are matching leather. Polished chrome foil cutter and spiral included. It's the consummate gift.
Last week we talked about the unusual convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah. This week we're going to talk wine (and Metrokane wine tools and accessories, natch!).
Choosing wines for Thanksgiving courses and flavors—from salty stuffing to spicy pumpkin pie and everything in between—is never easy. And when you figure in the potato latkas for Chanukah it makes it even more challenging (food bloggers have been running amok, calling it Thanksgivukkah and suggesting cross-cultural recipes like turkey brined in Manischewitz with challah stuffing and sweet potato latkes).
The one thing that does remain constant (and much simpler than the final wine selection!) is how you'll open, serve and preserve whatever it is that you're drinking. To open the wine—and perhaps try a sparkling wine this year—pull out your Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50) the combines a premium Electric Corkscrew with a polished chrome Foil Cutter and the Rabbit Wine Preserving Stopper.
If sparkling wines aren't to your taste, give the Rabbit Aerating Decanter System a try ($60) with a bottle of red (Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel are all good choices). This innovative gadget breaks red wine down into tiny droplets that spray down the side of the decanter, instantly picking up oxygen that enhances both flavor and aroma. The Super-Aerating system includes a hand-blown crystal decanter, crystal glass wine-spray funnel and super-fine sediment screen. Allowing wine time to "breathe" is now a thing of the past.
For white wines, the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe is the perfect way to keep white wines chilled while the candles are lit. (No plastic ice chamber! No freezable chemicals!). It's a more effective chilling carafe because the stainless ice chamber is a highly efficient cold-transfer material, far superior to glass or plastic.
There probably won't be much wine left (but hopefully enough food for left-overs) so we won't talk about preserving until a later post.
However (and whatever!) you celebrate, there's nothing better than family, food and good wine. We at Metrokane wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
The talk around the water-cooler this year (even the virtual ones!) is how late Thanksgiving falls, and how early Chanukah (there's actually an overlap of two days!).
According to Chabad.org (http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cd...), "Chanukah was declared a Jewish national holiday 2178 years ago. Thanksgiving was declared a national American holiday on the last Thursday of every November by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Before then, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different dates in different states, so we won't count those. But, using the Chabad.org Date Converter, you will see that Thanksgiving coincided with the first day of Chanukah on November 29, 1888. It also coincided with the fifth day of Chanukah on November 30, 1899.
On November 28, 1918, Thanksgiving was on Chanukah eve. But since it's still Thanksgiving until midnight, and Jewish days begin at night, that would still mean that Jewish Americans would have eaten their turkeys that Thanksgiving to the light of their first Chanukah candle.
It gets more complicated. Originally, Thanksgiving was always on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, FDR decided it would be good for the economy to push Thanksgiving back a little, so he declared the fourth Thursday of that November to be Thanksgiving—even though there were five Thursdays to November that year. In 1942, that became federal law. But not all states went along with it. As late as 1956, Texas was still celebrating Thanksgiving a week later than the rest of the country."
So now that we've cleared that up a bit, next week we'll talk about what wine to drink for each holiday.Thanksgiving/Chanukah
On the east coast we had a relatively late Indian summer and its finally starting to feel like Fall. In our house that means switching the screen doors for the storm ones, making sure the generator still works and laying in some new wine (just in case we get snowed in).
According to the calendar, the next holiday is Columbus Day—commemorating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12th, 1492. According to Wikipedia, it became a federal holiday in 1937. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event when teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism (for those out there counting, this year will mark the 521st anniversary…boy, does time fly!).
Since 1970, the Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October and is generally observed by banks, the bond market, the US Postal Service and other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts.
So let's raise a glass of wine, on this 521st anniversary (opened via the battery-powered Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver and the Rabbit Aerating Pourer and toast to Columbus' successful journey!
July 4th marked the unofficial halfway point of the summer (that, and all the back-to-school commercials appearing on TV).
All that's left to do is plan as many beach weekends and backyard BBQ's as possible (and don't forget to slather on the sunscreen!).
As always, Metrokane has you covered, whether your plans include cocktails by the pool or a reunion with friends and family. Rabbit Wine Trek will ensure you get the goods where you're going, chilled (if you're able, check it out on July 30th on The Talk). The Rabbit Pocket Corkscrew—a patented invention with all the features of the Rabbit Self-Pulling Corkscrew—stores safely in your pocket to make sure you're prepared for whatever comes up.
Heat a problem? Not for Metrokane. From our Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe, (which features a stainless ice chamber, far superior to glass or plastic) to our new Wine Chillers (insulated with Neoprene, used in divers' "wet suits"), we help keep you and your beverages cool.
Vive la summer!
Interestingly enough, July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years), marking 180 days remaining until New Year's Day. Here in the US, it is also known as Independence Day, celebrated as a federal holiday marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Independence Day is usually celebrated with fireworks, parades, pool-side barbecues and the like and the red white and blue theme often extends to what people are drinking.
The following recipes can be mixed up with the Rabbit's electric cocktail mixer ($20).
Blue Hawaiian (from the website http://mixthatdrink.com/blue-hawaiian/)
◦ 1 ounce Blue Curacao
◦ 1 ounce white rum
◦ 3 ounces pineapple juice
◦ 1 ounce sweetened coconut cream
Put the ingredients and the ice into your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and celebrate!
◦ 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel
◦ ½ ounce Zacapa rum
◦ ¼ ounce allspice dram
◦ 1 ounce iced coffee
◦ 1 cinnamon stick
Add Baileys Irish Cream, Zacapa rum, allspice dram, and iced coffee into a Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer full of ice and let her rip! Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Red, White, and B-Lucid Punch (from http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/drink_recipes/indepe... )
This punch packs…. well, a punch! Absinthe, Gin, fresh berries, ginger and OJ. Not exactly Apple Pie, but maybe we could start a new tradition.
1 oz Lucid Absinthe
1 oz gin
2 strawberries, 2 blackberries
1/2 oz. Ginger Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Muddle the berries in the ginger syrup and orange juice. Add remaining ingredients and add to the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer. Strain over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries and blackberries.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, have a happy 4th!