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WSWA: Get to know Kalikia, a brandy that’s Armenia’s answer to Cognac

I chat with Henrik Sargsyan of Prowood Wine & Spirits, importer of the Armenian Cognac-like brandy, Kalikia, at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention in Orlando.

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WSWA: Chat w/ David Solomon of Brod Irish Whiskey & Golia Mongolian vodka

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A few words with David Solomon, importer of Brod Irish Whiskey and Golia Mongolian vodka.

The Drinkable Week: Back in Vegas (yet again)

Yep, back in Vegas yet again for the latest showcase of new spirits. This time it’s the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) 73rd convention and expo. Baijiu, poitin (Irish moonshine) a couple of hemp spirits and a hops-infused gin are among the new products that make the cut.

Some spring sips

The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention is coming up (April 18-21 at Caesars in Las Vegas) and I’ll be there scoping out some new drinkable innovations. To set the mood, here are a couple of cocktails using a couple of the spirits that will be exhibiting at the convention’s expo.

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Barrel Hidden in the Tropics

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Beach Day

“Barrel Hidden in the Tropics” by Chris Chamberlain of @PhiladelphiaDistilling – last
year’s winner in the Call for Cocktails competitions, featuring a unique blend of BlueCoat Barrel Finish gin:

  • 1.5 oz Bluecoat Barrel Finish gin
  • 0.25 oz Montenegro Amaro
  • 0.75 oz Honey Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon juice
  • 1.25 oz Smoked Pineapple juice
  • Bar spoon of Greek Yogurt

Beach Day by Troy Clarke @1224Cocktails features Boodles Gin and Licor 43

  • 2 oz Boodles gin
  • .5 oz Licor 43
  • 1.5 oz coconut water
  • .5 lime juice
  • 2 bar spoons of pineapple preserves

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled double rocks glass that’s been rimmed with coconut palm sugar. Troy also made the umbrella, beach towel and surfboard to match the drink’s beachy theme.