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  1. Hi Jonah, Darn, I keep missing your round ups. Sending along all the brands I am working with. Do you have any gin, liqueur, mezcal, corn whiskey or RTD/canned cocktail round ups in the works?

    -Cocktail Squad award winning canned cocktails created by Boulder based couple, Lauren and John Maggio. Premium ready-to-drink canned cocktails fresh from the Rocky Mountains. Cocktail Squad® is one of the few brands in the nation with a product line crossing over four real spirits. Two new products for the summer: Whiskey Sour—Handmade bourbon whiskey with a juicy finish from pressed lemon and orange juice and some gomme syrup lend a distinct richness to this classic cocktail. The Whiskey Sour is produced under nitro so it has a creamy mouthfeel and a luscious finish. Like the can reads, “Pucker up . . . now linger in that luxurious finish.” Bourbon Smash—The team mixes hand-crafted bourbon whiskey, Rocky Mountain blackberries, spearmint, and pressed lemons for a smash hit in this refreshing full-flavor cocktail. All products are 10% ABV, and the non-whiskey drinks are all gluten-free and have an MSRP of $4.99 per can or $20 per four-pack. Available in CO and AZ. Waiting on MA. They are not on Drizly.

    -NEFT vodka will be launching a limited edition Pride barrel in June with portions of the proceeds going to Project Angel Food. NEFT is currently available in NY, CA, and UT. SRP of $39.99 (750ml barrel); $44.00 (1 liter barrel); and $9.00 (100ml barrel). Founded in 2011, and first arriving in the U.S. in 2017, NEFT vodka is an ultra-premium vodka conceived in Russia and crafted in Austria incorporating 4 different types of non-GMO rye grain and pristine Alpine water.

    -Alpine Distilling , Park City’s award-winning locally-owned-and-operated craft distiller. Each hand-crafted spirit starts with mountain water from a deep aquifer in Silver Creek, which originates near Alpine Distilling’s state-of-the-art facility. Available nationally.

    Preserve Liqueur (ABV 20 percent) — Alpine Distilling’s original and most-decorated spirit, Preserve Liqueur is an all-natural combination of blood black tea, blood orange, candied raspberry, lemon balm and ginger inspired by sunset at the Swaner Nature Preserve. Distilled from 100 percent non-GMO corn and Orthodox Union certified kosher, Preserve is a one-of-a-kind tasting experience and an expression of the rejuvenating effects of time spent outdoors. Persistent Vodka (ABV 40 percent) — Distilled from 100 percent non-GMO corn, this vodka is filtered twice through activated charcoal which “softens” the distillate and results in the clean finish that earns this vodka its accolades. Triple reverse osmosis filtration is used to deionize and remove harsh minerals from the water that is used to proof the spirit. Summit Gin (ABV 90 percent) — Rob Sergent, Alpine Distilling’s founder, spent his young, impressionable years on the high street of Pinner, a beautiful village 20 minutes outside of London. At the very top of the street was a bar where his friend Bill bartended and where Rob first tasted gin and learned the fascinating history of its significance in British culture. Cigar & Spirits Magazine said Summit Gin is made “. . . in the spirit of Bombay Sapphire,” proof that gin can be modern and respectful of traditions at the same time. Distilled using a hand-made column still using full vapor extraction, Summit Gin has notes of Croatian juniper berry for its woody and spicy heart-of-gin flavor, coriander seed from Egypt for its complex pepper flavor and other spices including angelica root, ginger, cardamom and orange and lemon peel for their warm, spicy and slightly sharp citrus notes. Lafayette Spiced Bourbon (ABV 80 percent) — Finished Kentucky bourbon meets apricot, primrose and cinnamon to create this incredibly delicious “must-have” spiced whiskey inspired by Rob’s great-grandmother, Granny Babe, who would soak ripe stone fruit from her Kentucky farm in ’shine to add flavor. Technically a liqueur but bottled at 80 proof, Lafayette has enough sweetness to bring new drinkers to the brown spirits world. Alpine Liqueur (ABV 50 percent) — While Head Distiller Rob Sergent attended college in Munich, Germany, he was also skiing the Alps on the weekends. During those trips to the mountains, Rob discovered that each town had its own variety of digestif enjoyed after dinner. Upon moving to Park City to live the mountain lifestyle, he was inspired to create a Park City twist on the European classics of Chartreuse Vert and Absinthe. Alpine Liqueur is distilled from 100 percent non-GMO corn with botanicals (Spanish anise, green tea, peppermint, ginger, lemon balm, cinnamon, nutmeg and wormwood) macerated at different stages to create layered, complex flavors and balance the liqueur’s sweetness with a nice bitter finish. It can be consumed on its own as a classic digestif or be mixed one part spirit to three parts cold water for a “minty” refreshing cordial. Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt (ABV 45 percent) — Flagship whiskey is made of 100 percent American two-row barley. Distilled on a hand-made copper pot still, heads and tails cuts are removed to ensure the correct flavors and proof are achieved on a consistent basis. One of the few true American single malt whiskeys, Traveler’s Rest is aged in former Buffalo Trace American oak bourbon barrels and finished in new, toasted French oak to round out the flavor profile with vanilla, mocha and spice. -Located near the Wind River Mountain Range, Cowboy Country Distilling, uses only the most local ingredients, combined with hand-crafted distillation methods to produce spirits that have a true provenance and unique flavors. Cowboy Country Distilling’s diverse portfolio includes the mild and distinctive Brown Mule Gin; crisp, carbon and pure silver-filtered Silver Spur Vodka and playful Silver Spur Jalapeno & Bacon Vodka; French-style Rooster Rum; Red Roan Raspberry Cordial; Gold Spur Corn Whiskey; and Gold Spur Special Reserve Corn Whiskey, the official whiskey of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame. Available in WY and CO -Prolijo Mezcal, Headquartered in Detroit, MI., Prolijo Mezcal, a handcrafted Oaxacan spirit made using traditional, centuries-old Zapotec production methods, is expanding distribution to Florida and Nevada this summer, following successful launches in Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma.Prolijo Mezcal is the result of a collaboration between Co-Founder and CEO Juan Peña, a native of Mexico currently based in Chicago, and Co-Founder and President Katie Reichelt, who oversees marketing and distribution from their headquarters in Detroit, MI. Sharing backgrounds in the advertising industry, Juan and Katie have combined their skills and know- how with their passion for mezcal to produce an authentic, artisanal spirit that pays tribute to Mexican culture while encompassing traditional Zapotec customs. Prolijo Mezcal boasts four distinct expressions including Mezcal Blanco, Mezcal Reposado, Mezcal Añejo, and Tobalá, the latter of which is made from wild agave plants harvested in the hills outside of Oaxaca, making it extremely limited in production. All of Prolijo’s expressions use traditional production methods that are dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of the Oaxacan culture. With a suggested retail price of $48, their flagship Mezcal Espadín Blanco, delivers both authenticity, quality and value making it a fast favorite in both the on- and off-premise realm. Available in MI, IL, FL, and OK.


    Debbie Rizzo 617-233-8024



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