Blackstone Merlot California 2018
Red Wine of the Month
Review by Nicole Montrose
If you're finding yourself in the backyard with your trusty safety wine, we have a suggestion: Blackstone Merlot. This summer red is a great way to start branching out into the world of dry reds. Blackstone Merlot is a balanced, warming, fruity glass that will pair with fire pits, star gazing or just a long chat at the end of the day with a friend (wither in person or via video). There is a bit of spice on my pallet, but the stone fruits come through with ease. I find the heavy body slows me down; I can sip a glass for over an hour. While this is not an expensive bottle - around $10 - it's nice to have a wine that encourages slowing down and savoring the summer.
Pulse Rosé Wine with Natural
White Wine of the Month
Review by Nicole Montrose.
With our summer looking very different, I thought I'd share a different kind of wine for you to enjoy. Pulse has a rosé that's flavored with coconut. It's sweet, subtle, and refreshing. I wouldn't say a glass of Pulse with coconut water will usher your tastebuds to the beaches of Hawaii, but at under $8 a bottle, it will be a great addition to a day by a backyard pool, lake, or pond. I find the taste of coconut is only a tease; this is not an in-your-face flavor. The scent of coconut is there, but again, it's only a tease that there's more to this glass than just grapes.
Interestingly enough, the makers of this bottle suggest trying it at a spritzer. Add some sparkling water to your glass to enjoy a new take!
Cocktail of the Month - UV Liberty Cocktail
UV-Blue Vodka stands out with its bright blue color. The raspberry flavor is a nice addition to summer, but we really think the color is what pairs nicely with pool parties, beach days, and clear summer skies. By adding a scoop of raspberry sherbet and lemon-lime soda, UV-Blue Vodka becomes a summer bar must have!
1 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka (UV Blue)
1 scoop raspberry sherbet
2 ounces lemon-lime soda
In an old-fashioned glass filled halfway with ice, place a scoop of raspberry sherbet. Add UV Blue and top with soda. Serve and enjoy!
Frozen Mango Margarita Mocktail
Frozen + Fruity = the perfect summer drink! This moctail is the perfect drink for those hot June days that everyone can enjoy.
4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup frozen mango
3 cups crushed ice
Sea salt to salt the glasses
1–2 limes, sliced
Prepare two glasses and slide a lime slide across the rim of the glasses. Dip the rim into sea salt to coat the rim. Set aside.
Using a high-speedd blender, blend the orange juice, lime juice, honey and frozen mango. Blend for 15-20 seconds until a thick liquid.
Add the crushed ice and blend for 10 seconds to combine.
Pour the margarita mix into the glasses and serve with lime slices.