Rosé Popsicles!

It’s mid-August and summer is nearly over (don’t shoot the messenger). We might be sick of tomato sandwiches, sick of already seeing Halloween decorations and sick of seeing school supplies (why does that still make me anxious when I’m not even a student or a teacher?!) One thing that we are definitely not sick of, however, is rosè. It’s been the star of the summer and for these last couple weeks of sweltering August heat, we recommend serving it up all icy and on a stick, or in a good ‘ole push-up bag.

Below is a recipe for our rosè popsicles. Since the batch we make yields a large amount, we should tell you to serve them at your next BBQ or picnic, but there is no reason you couldn’t scale this down and whip up a batch to keep in your freezer for any night of the week. You deserve it.

PS. Any leftover unfrozen rosè juice makes a delicious drink to sip over ice!

Alex’s Famous Rosè Popsicles

Ingredients

One 750ml bottle rosè of your choice (we recommend something dry but with a good boost of fruitiness. Ask a Bottles team member and they’ll steer you in the right direction.)

One 750ml bottle sparkling water

8 oz. simple syrup

16 oz. fruit juice (we recommend watermelon, berry or grapefruit. Take a sip of your rosè and see what flavors you think would match best.)

Tools

Mold of choice (we’ve used things from loaf pans to muffin tins to plastic cups to inexpensive plastic bags easily found on Amazon.)

Popsicle sticks, if using

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and stir vigorously. Pour your concoction into your desired molds, freeze for at least12 hours (it’ll be worth it). If you’re using the push-up bags, be sure to leave an inch or more at the top, as the popsicle will expand as it freezes.

Serve ’em up and enjoy those last licks of summer.

xoxo Alex

El Diablo – An Easy Late-Summer Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re not entirely sure why this iconic tequila-based cocktail isn’t more popular among the general drinks-lovin’ public. After all, it’s easy to make, distinctive, delicious and a perennial bartender favorite.

To right that wrong we’ve teamed up with our friends at The East End to concoct an updated spicy take on the classic El Diablo. Bar Manager Kayleigh Speck swapped out tequila for mezcal, and amp’d up the spice with the addition of a habanero shrub. She shakes it with creme de cassis, and lime juice, adds ginger beer and presto: the  iconic cocktail gets the attention it deserves.

More on that mezcal: We’ve chosen the Mezcales de Leyenda given its superior taste and its commitment to quality and the environment: its business practices are responsible straight through farming to bottling. For this recipe we’re using the Oaxaca Blanco for its lemongrass aromas and flavors of lemons, herbs and cooked agave.

Head to the store to pick up your bottle — $5 off through August 2017 — for this cocktail (or just for sipping – it’s that good) then head to The East End to taste their El Diablo on tap!

The East End’s El Diablo

1½ oz Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca
½ oz Merlet Creme de Cassis
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 Dashes Habanero Shrub (Bittermens Hellfire is a good one)
Approx. 4oz Ginger Beer
Lime wedge for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, to a shaker with ice and shake. Fine-strain into highball or Collins glass with fresh ice, top with ginger beer and garnish.

Cheers!

Which Rosé is Right For You?

It’s midsummer and the wine world is swimming in a sea of rosé. Let our life-raft of a chart help you pick the one that’s right for you and your palate.

Do you solely drink light whites? Stick with those in the lower left quadrant. Like reds and wines with savory notes? Make the bottles in the upper right your new BFFs.

Enjoy!

Prices subject to change

The Bottles Guide To Surviving Summer: Tip #4

We’ve saved the best for last, in this, the final installment of our “Summer Survival” series. So while you’ll want to remember to drink light (Tip #1), keep cool (Tip #2), and make it refreshing (Tip #3), the most important words of advice we can share is to have fun. ‘Tis the season, after all.

TIP #4:
HAVE FUN!
Because it’s summer!

“Tiki drinks, such as Pina Coladas, Mai Tais, Zombies and others, are pure summer fun in a glass (or coconut). Privateer Rum is my go-to mixer for this season in particular: it’s priced as a well-crafted, locally-made mixer, but delicious enough to enjoy on its own, too, up or on the rocks, at the end of a long summer day.” – Josh

“Celebrate summer sunsets by popping open a bottle of the Mirabella Franciacorta Rosé. It’s made in the same method as is Champagne but it’s a fraction of the price. And it’s pink. AND it’s great with grilled steaks.” – Michael

 

 

 

 

 

“Can their be a more fun way to enjoy wine than when it’s in a can? Take it with you to the beach, to the ball park, on the boat. Just take it easy – there’s typically more than 2 glasses of wine per can!” – Alex

 

 

 

 

 

Missed last week’s tip?

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Don’t forget to wear sunscreen – and happy summer!

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Top 4 Beertails For Summer

Take your favorite beer, add a flavorful mixer and fresh or frozen fruit, and you have the beertail. We love drinking ‘em, especially in the summer: They’re super simple to make, and refreshing. Experiment with your go-to beer, or follow our easy recipes below. Just add the ingredients to a glass, stir, e voila. Your beertail is ready.

Here are 4 of our favorites, perfect for the season.


The Siesta Reviver
12oz summer ale, such as Brooklyn Summer Ale
4oz lambic, such as Lindemans Peche
Frozen peaches or berries for garnish

The Kremlin
Juice of at least 1 lime
12oz light beer, such as Narragansett Summer Citra
Splash of ginger ale


Summer Juice
4oz lemonade, such as Llanllyr Source
4oz pomegranate juice
8oz white ale, such as Two Roads’ Bergamonster
Lemon for garnish

The Sloe Greyhound
2oz Sloe Gin, such as Plymouth
4oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
8oz summer ale, such as Wash Ashore’s Boy Meets Girl

Cheers & enjoy!

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A Wine to Pair with Roasted Pork Loin, Summer Vegetables & Herbs

If you haven’t yet spent time with the summer issue of Edible Rhody, you’re missing out on coverage of some of the best seasonal eating and drinking our state has to offer. To tide you over until you do pick up a complimentary copy at Bottles, we’re happy to present a pairing of a terrific wine with a summer-style roasted pork loin dish from Metacom Kitchen’s Chef/Owner Richard Allaire.

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Said Chef Richard: “This recipe embraces the simplicity of summer cooking when you can let the ingredients shine through. You can adapt this using other vegetables, citrus or herbs depending on what is available at the farmers’ market.”

chinonKate Miceli, our Wine Assistant, paired this seasonal dish with the 2016 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé. Said Kate: “Made from 100% cabernet franc, the Couly-Dutheil is punchy with pronounced flavors of ripe plums, mulberries, fresh thyme and lilac flowers. It has a luscious mouthfeel that is perfect with roasted pork, and the herbaceous tones mingle fantastically with the herbs and the carrot cumin sauce. Enjoy!”

 

 

 

Roasted Pork Loin, Grilled Corn, Pearl Couscous Salad with Warm Carrot Cumin Sauce.(Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Kosher salt
Extra-virgin olive oil
4 ears fresh sweet corn, shucked
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 shallots, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
1 lime
25 snow peas (or use snap peas or green beans), blanched
4 ounces Israeli couscous
1 large heirloom tomato, seeded and diced
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

METHOD

Preheat oven to 300°F. Preheat grill or prepare coals. Season pork with coriander and salt, then rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place on grill and sear on all sides (this should take just a few minutes), then transfer to a cooking rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the oven for approximately 35 to 45 minutes. Using a thermometer, remove from oven when internal temperature is 140°F. Set aside and let rest at room temperature while you prepare the salad.

Meanwhile, coat corn with 1 tablespoon olive oil and char on the grill on all sides. Let the cobs cool, then cut corn kernels off of the cob. Reserve the kernels and place the shorn cobs in a pot with the carrots, minced shallots and ground cumin seed. Add 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook until carrots are very tender, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard corn cobs. Transfer carrots, shallots and liquid to a blender. Add juice from ½ lime and ¼ teaspoon salt. Blend until carrot purée is very smooth (add more water if needed for desired consistency). Keep warm.

Bring approximately 3 quarts of water to a boil with 3 tablespoons salt added. Add snow peas and blanch 1 minute (2 minutes for green beans) and then remove with a slotted spoon. In the same water, cook couscous for about 6 to 8 minutes until al dente, strain. Coat couscous with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.

Combine cooked corn, snow peas, diced heirloom tomatoes, juice from the other 1⁄2 lime plus the chopped cilantro in a bowl, along with the couscous. Add salt to taste. Place pork back on grill for 3 to 4 minutes to warm slightly (if desired) and then slice into large 4 pieces. Spoon carrot purée on each of 4 plates, then divide couscous salad equally. Place pork on each plate and serve immediately.

Cheers & Enjoy!

The Bottles Guide To Surviving Summer: Tip #3

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One foolproof way to beat the heat is to ensure what you’re drinking is fresh, lively and invigorating. In Part Three of our “Summer Survival” series, we present a few staff favorites will help you do just that.

TIP #3:
KEEP COOL
Quench your thirst with refreshing fruit flavors…

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 10.52.25 AMMalfy Gin, distilled with lemons from the Italian coast, makes the ultimate summer Gin & Tonic, but I love it mixed with iced tea and lemonade for a boozy Arnold Palmer.” – Michael

berg“You know that amazing fragrance you get when slicing up honeydew melon and cantaloupe fresh from the farmer’s market? Imagine getting to drink that. That’s the Berger Gelber Muskateller, a white wine out of Austria. Enjoy it alone, or pour it in a glass with ice, and top with Campari & club soda for a super refreshing cocktail.” – Alex

 

 

 

 

yozu“And now for something completely different: The Yuzu Shuwah shandy/radler style beer, coming to us from the Kizakura Sake house. It’s your new riding-lawn-mower companion. Its zesty citrus flavors will wake you up and may make you forget it’s 7% ABV (but who doesn’t love a hammock nap on a summer afternoon?)” – Josh

 

 

 

 

Click here for our previous tip, and tune in next week for Part 4!

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The Bottles Guide To Surviving Summer: Tip #2

Heat got ‘ya down? Here’s the second installment of our Summer Survival Guide!

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TIP #2:
KEEP COOL
…With icy cold drinks

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“It isn’t summer in RI without Del’s or Narragansett beer. For an extra cold treat, put a can of their combo beverage (the Narragansett Del’s Shandy) in the freezer for about 90 minutes, or until it feels thick and slushy. No spoons or straws allowed!” – Alex

koozie“The Capsule Stainless Steel Koozie is worth every. single. penny. We tested this ourselves last year (someone had to) and this puppy kept bottles and cans nice and cool in the sweltering summer heat.” – Alex

 

 

 

 

 

salvard“Forget what you’ve learned about how to serve red wine, and chill them down! Low-tannic reds in particular, such as the TK zwiegelt and Salvard Cheverny Rouge, are wonderfully refreshing while still being food-friendly when served cool. Also great chilled: wines from the Beaujolais. Put them on ice about 1 hour before you take the burgers & steaks off the grill, or before the sun sets.” – Michael

 

 

 

Click here for our previous tip, and tune in next week for Part 3!

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How To Tap A Watermelon

watermelon8If you’re looking for a way to amp up your summer get-together that requires minimal effort but delights even the most cynical New Englander, look no further. For some unknown reason, filling a non-conventional vessel with fresh juice and booze provokes giddiness and pure joy. I should know – I’ve tapped countless pumpkins and pineapples and still get excited to see fresh cocktails come out of the spout.

Below are some tips and instructions on how to tap a summer classic – the watermelon. With a couple of simple tools and about 20 minutes of effort (tops), you (and your watermelon) will be the hit of the summer.

I used our June Spirit of the Month, Square One Cucumber Vodka (on sale now!), to spike our juice, but feel free to get creative and mix it up with other spirits. Whether you want to tap a watermelon (or a cantaloupe)! you can follow these instructions. Add gin, vodka, tequila – whatever your heart desires, and feel free to garnish with fresh herbs for extra flair!

You will need:

1 watermelon (or fruit vessel of your choice)
1 keg spout (Amazon is your friend – it shouldn’t cost more than $15)
A cutting board
A chef’s knife
A paring knife
A large, sturdy spoon or ice cream scoop
A large bowl
A small bowl (to rest the melon on)
A blender
Booze of your choice (a 750ml bottle is plenty for average sized melons), such as Square One Cucumber Vodka, on sale thru July 2017!

When selecting your melon, look for one that can stand upright on its own and has somewhat of a flat-sided surface (that’s where you’ll put your tap). For a juicy watermelon, be sure to select one with a yellow base or side. It may not be pretty to look at, but it’s a sign that the melon is ripe, as the yellow spot is where it sat during the ripening process.

Using the chef’s knife, level the bottom of your melon (if it doesn’t stand totally straight on its own). Cut slowly, taking off just a little at a time. The exposed fruit should be mostly pith and rind, with little to no pink showing.
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Next, cut 1/4 off of the top of the melon, giving yourself enough room to scoop out the flesh and plenty of space to insert the spout. Scoop out the insides, reserving them in your large bowl. Be careful not to scoop too close to the bottom. Save the top as a lid for the finished watermelon “keg.”
watermelon3Place the small bowl upside down and rest your melon on it. From there you can gauge where you’d like to insert the spout. Keep in mind that it will have to be submerged low within in the cocktail for it to work, but not so low that your guests will have a hard time pouring into their drink. I’ve always had luck cutting about two inches below the middle of the melon.

Once you have your designated spot, make an indentation by carefully putting medium pressure on the pourer, and twisting it lightly into the fruit. Once you have an outline, carefully use your paring knife to cut the hole out, starting out small and cutting away slowly, stopping now and then to test and see if your pourer fits.
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Once your spout is inserted, assemble the washers inside the melon according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These washers will hold the spout in place.

Next, put the fruit you’ve carved out of the melon into a blender, and liquify.

Now you’re ready to assemble your cocktail. I recommend using a 3:1 ratio of juice to booze. This keeps the cocktail fairly light if you’re out soaking up the New England sun on a hot day. The ratio will change, though, based on the size of your melon. If it’s on the larger size, you’ll want to use a touch more spirit.
watermelon7Once you have your liquids measured, add them to your melon, stir, and get to drinking! If you plan on putting the top of the melon back on to cover the juice, keep it slightly ajar, as some air circulation is needed to ensure a robust cocktail stream.

Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh mint, basil or cucumber.
watermelon9I’ll be serving our Watermelon Cucumber Vodka Cooler from a watermelon in store on Saturday, July 1st, from 2-4pm. Come on by and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cheers – have fun with this, and Happy Summer!
-Alex

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The Bottles Guide To Surviving Summer: Tip #1

You’ve heard them since you were a kid. They’re the rules our grandmothers repeated summer after summer, said with love, to keep us safe: Wear sunscreen. Wear a life jacket. Don’t go swimming on a full stomach.

Well we’ve updated that list for the 21+ set. Consider them the new rules for surviving summer for those of legal age, created by us, to keep you safe while enjoying a drink or two in the summer heat. We’re sharing our tasty tips over the next few weeks, in a 4-part summer series. Herewith, Part 1:

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TIP #1:
DRINK LIGHT

Keep your alcoholic intake low when the sun is high.

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“Sprizters are my go-to when the sun is blazing. And they couldn’t be more simple to make: Just add a splash icy club soda to a cold glass of white wine, or, for a cocktail spritzer, just add a splash of Aperol to your club soda!” – Glorie

FEVERWEBFEVER TREE TONIC WATER 

“When the mercury rises, my summer life saver is high quality tonic water.  I find it indispensable, particularly when I want to quench my thirst without the bang of an adult beverage.  My favorite is Fever Tree Tonic Water. All natural ingredients. No artificial sweeteners – just pure cane sugar, natural bitter orange , and the best available quinine. When I do want something more interesting, I mix the tonic with Junipero Gin at ‘San Francisco’ strength: 98.6 proof!” – Don

 

 

MAEWEBCLUB MATE YERBA MATE TEA

“I won’t be able to survive this summer without Club Mate!  A delicious (non-alcoholic) and cold yerba-mate tea with a big boost of caffeine is just what I need to keep the long summer nights going!” –Kate

 

 

 

 

jamSIXPOINT JAMMER GOSE

“Gose: This super popular beer style packs a lot of refreshing flavor into a low-alc brew. The Sixpoint Jammer is tart and briney, like the Rhody shoreline, but isn’t too sour.” – Alex

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for next week’s survival tip, and in the meantime, keep cool – and Happy Summer!
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