Celebrate Independence Day…Drink American!
The long holiday is upon us and the options for beverages in every category are loaded with imports from across the globe. But in every economy… there are plenty of All-American products that should be considered when filling the coolers, planning the parties and ordering the cocktails.
Beer: Certainly we can pick out craft beers from all parts of our own country that can deliver the full bodied flavors or the boldness of imports. Full Sail, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Blue Point Brewing and of course Samuel Adams all have seasonal selections and line extensions to satisfy ever palate. Be sure to throw in a six pack of ‘craft brew’ in the ‘frig along with the 4th of July holiday deals that Bud, Miller and Coors are pitching in the grocers and off-premise picnic displays.
Wine: Bubbly from Sonoma will start the day off perfect in your Florida Orange Juice and warm weather means a chilled bottled of California white works to enhance or accompany lunch but don’t forget to put a light chill on that California Red for anything coming off the grill. Pinot Noirs, Merlots and even California Cabs iced to about 60°-65° will make that burger taste great and that porterhouse taste better.
Spirits: American products have great range in quality and price and while most well items and typical ‘bar brands’ are made in the USA, it doesn’t mean there aren’t find quality spirits found in certain categories. Certainly there are categories like Scotch and Canadian Whiskeys, London and Holland Gins, Rums from every island and tequila just from Mexico…but there are plenty of Independence day cocktail options. Vodka: Smirnoff is an American Brand and while it gets great ratings at its price point there are others to consider. Rain Vodka is an award-winning certified organic vodka made in America and 360º Vodka is the first ‘Eco-friendly’ Vodka that is quadrupled distilled and five times filtered. All three have extended their flavor lines with Sminoff offering more than 18 flavors. Bourbons and American Whiskey: Bourbon is OUR whiskey…distilled and bottled in Bourbon County Kentucky and with heritage names like Jim Beam, Elijah Craig, Elmer T. Lee, Pappy Van Winkle and George T. Stagg you know the men behind the labels were authentic American Distillers. Certainly Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford reserve are Bourbon icons as well, but other whiskey like Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash also belongs under your red white and blue holiday drink list. Laird’s Applejack: The oldest American made spirit is ‘applejack’ made fro the concentrated cider from apples. In 1780, Robert Laird established America’s first commercial distillery in the tiny community of Scobeyville, NJ and was issued License #1.
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