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Cocktails For A Crowd

When entertaining at home there’s perhaps no more stressful time than those first few minutes when guests have arrived, but you’ve yet to light the candles, put the roast in the oven, or get dressed. 

To lessen that crunch-time agita, consider setting out a simple but impressive drinks spread that your guests can easily help themselves to while you finish your prep. And with just a little bit of advance planning, you can offer bar-quality cocktails without having to play bartender when there’s so much else to do. 

What we like best about this first recipe, created by Kayleigh Speck, bar manager at The East End, is that you can make it three days in advance. This means you can have your Thanksgiving cocktails done and off your mind on the Tuesday before. 

One batch of this seasonally-spot-on and absolutely delicious recipe makes enough for a welcome cocktail for 8-10 people. It’s a snap to make, and can be easily stored and served in 33oz glass swing-top bottles. We sell this version at Bottles for just $5.99 (plus tax).

So whip up and bottle a batch or two on Tuesday and forget about it until Thursday, just before your guests arrive. All you’ll have to do then is set the bottles out on ice, alongside cocktail glasses and a bowl of orange peels for garnish, then get back to the business of the million last minute bits that will need your attention.
The Apple of My Eye, For A Crowd
8 oz bourbon
8 oz apple brandy
6 oz sweet vermouth
4 oz cointreau
3 oz water (for dilution)
8 – 10 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: orange peel

Makes approximately 32 oz, enough for 8-10 guests

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. This batch can be pre-bottled up to 3 days in advance, sealed in latch top bottles, and refrigerated. Serve chilled, poured into cocktail glasses and garnished with an orange peel.

Equally as impressive – and just as easy – is the tried, true, traditional and totally cool punchbowl presentation. All that the recipe below, also created by Kayleigh, requires is that you 
pour all of the ingredients together in a punchbowl over a big block of ice just before you guests arrive. (And if you forget to prepare your large-format ice the night before, don’t fret: the punch is just as good over individual ice cubes in the punch mugs.)
FINE-Apple Punch, For A Crowd
Makes approximately 32 oz, enough for 8-10 guests
6 oz gin
2 oz cointreau
½ oz Allspice Dram***
6 oz lemon juice
8 oz pineapple juice
10 oz sparkling apple cider (non-alcohol)
Large format ice (formed in a bundt pan, or large cubes)
Garnish: cinnamon stick

 
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl over large ice cubes or an ice-mold. To serve, ladle into punch glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

***A note on Allspice Dram: this bitter and super sweet rum based liqueur is spiced (with allspice, natch), and is a key component in many of the tiki drinks that Kayleigh and her team make at The East End. It’s also terrific in an Old Fashioned, and several tequila-based cocktails. Given its unique flavor and versatility, It should be on any serious home bar.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Top 9 Holiday Wines!

holiday-vert1 The Holidays are busy times for all of us, with numerous family gatherings, parties, and special dinners to attend or even host. The wine experts at Bottles are here to take the stress out of the Holidays by helping you select great wines for any occasion. Need a handsome hostess gift? Having a few people over to your home? Choose from our top 9 Holiday wine picks – they are sure fire bets to please any wine lover, novice or expert.

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Laetitia Chardonnay, California – Mouth filling and spirited fruit flavors of Bosc pear, pineapple and ripe lemon.  Great to sip on as an aperitif or with warm appetizers.

sonoma-cutterSonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California – One of the most iconic wines from California!  Great balance between lively acidity and rich flavors of Golden Delicious apple, white peach, a hint of vanilla and a touch of butter.

Cheveau Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Les Vieilles Vignes’, France Made from 50 to 70 year old vines!  A powerful wine of great depth and length.  Only 1200 bottles of this elite cuvée are imported into the U.S.

gruetGruet Brut, New Mexico – Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles.  A wonderful, fine aroma dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors.  A true classic!

perrierPerrier-Jouët Grand Brut, France Delicate, elegant and balanced with striking freshness of the floral and fruity fragrances of lemon and bergamot orange coupled with richer notes of butter, vanilla sugar and hazelnuts.

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Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, France  From one of Champagne’s oldest houses and is bottled in the traditional bottle shape from the 1800s.  Impressive power and elegance with exotic ground spice, orange zest, anise and jasmine flavors and aromas.  An invigorating finish and an excellent gift for anyone, including yourself!

chateau-vaisinerieChâteau Vaisinerie St Emilion, Bordeaux, France – Smooth, lush and voluptuous wine – a really special treat for yourself or any wine lover.  Mostly Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc blended in for an expressive nose and flavors of ripe bramble fruit, wet crushed stones, cedar and graphite.  Excellent with prime rib, roast lamb, or rib eye steaks.

chateau-mathelineChâteau La Matheline Bordeaux Superieur, France Impressive wine at an unbelievable price!  From a great vintage and from just outside the famous St Emilion region.  Big, ripe flavors of dark red currant, cherry and raspberry fruits coupled with cedar, tobacco and dark chocolate.  Great with lamb or roast beef.

chateau-blaignanChâteau Blaignan Medoc, Bordeaux, France A new top pick for staff and customers alike.  Almost half and half Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc for added perfume and complexity.  Pronounced notes of blackcurrant, black cherries and a hint of spice with a rich, smooth body and velvety tannins.

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Happy Holiday! (Good luck….)

Cheers, 

The Bottles Team

Top 9 Bubbly Wines for the Holidays!

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There is no other category of wine in the store that can do or say so much than Sparkling Wine! Regardless of price, a glass of bubbly is the best way to start any occasion.  The ‘pop’ of the cork is the official sound of party time, and perfectly sets the tone of any gathering. Not only is sparkling wine delicious and one of the most versatile wines for food pairing, but also is the perfect way to say Thank You, I love you or Congratulations!

With so many choices, names and styles it can be difficult to pick a sparkling wine that suits your occasion or meal. We’ve simplified your decision making process by creating a list of our Top 9 Sparkling Wines for this holiday season. Cheers!

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Pol Roger Champagne – Good enough to be served at Kate and William’s royal wedding so it’s definitely good enough for any occasion at your home.  Classic Champagne with plenty of structure and delicious complex flavors.

Charles de Fère Blanc de Blancs – Made in the same style as Champagne, but much less expensive.  Made with 100% Chardonnay, it’s light and lively but has a deep and complex toastiness that makes it a great value.

Ca’ Furlan Prosecco – Our most popular wine in the store!  Beautiful and crisp and a perfect pairing with party time!  Superb value!

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs – California’s premier sparkling wine producer and often poured at the White House for fancy state dinners.  Packed with gorgeous tropical fruit flavors, fresh green apple, roasted nuts and a long creamy finish.  Also available in a 1.5L!

Mercat Cava Brut – Beautiful Cava in a beautiful package. Aromas of creamy pear and apple burst out of the glass coupled with flavors of papaya and hints of toasted hazelnuts. So good!

Egly-Ouriet ‘Brut Tradition Grand Cru’ Champagne – The King of the ‘Grower Champagnes’! Made by the same people that grow the grapes, this is an absolute sleeper of a Champagne.  Dry, perhaps even austere, with some much complexity of flavor that you’ll be thinking of it for days after.

Mionetto Brut Prosecco – Perhaps the most iconic Prosecco in the world!  Intensely fruity aromas – very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.  Perfect alone as an aperitif or as a complement to appetizers.  Also excellent as a base for Bellinis and other sparkling wine cocktails.

Möet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne – So much elegance and complexity wrapped up in one bottle!  Vibrant intensity of green apples and citrus fruits, freshness of mineral nuances and white flowers and elegance of brioche and fresh roasted nuts.

Chandon Rosé – A dramatic sparkling wine from California!  Deep pink color with intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon and fresh red cherry fruit flavors and aromas.  A very creamy and seductive wine that is bold and sure to make a big impact at any occasion.

Cheers!
Eric Taylor

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Custom Engraved Wine & Glassware

Custom Etched Wine Bottles
Rhody Heart design with 3 lines of custom text.

Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie this year? Etch your personalized message directly on a wine, champagne, or whiskey bottle! We can even engrave their monogram on mugs, flasks, and wine glasses, or you can choose from our selection of Valentine’s Day glassware. For ordering details, please visit www.bottlesfinewine.com/engraving.

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Personalized Glass Flask
Love Potion No.9 design on Glass Flask
Rhode Island Beer Mug
Rhody Heart design on beer mug.
Mason Jar Mug for Valentine's Day Gift
Doily Heart design on mason jar.
XOXO Shot Glasses - Custom Engrave a Monogram or Letter
Single letter monogram on shot glasses.
Moustache, Lips Beer Glass - Add a Personalized Message
Moustache and Lips design on pub glass.

Your Heirloom Eggnog Recipe

Christmas parties call for one classic drink: Eggnog. There are plenty of good pre-mixed eggnog options, but don’t you think there’s something special about food and drinks lovingly made from scratch? Edible Rhody Magazine has provided us with an easy but delicious homemade Eggnog recipe that will please all you guests. You’ll just need a few basic ingredients, brandy, rum, and a blender.

We recommend that you adjust this basic recipe to your taste buds. Don’t like nutmeg? Try using cinnamon, clove, allspice, or a combination of these spices. Need variety in your life, and want to explore other liquors other than brandy or dark rum? Applejack, bourbon, or madeira are interesting flavor twists. Experiment, enjoy, and create a tradition!

Your Heirloom Eggnog

by Chris Amirault, Cook & Brown Public House

INGREDIENTS
2 large, fresh farm eggs
3 ounces (by volume) white sugar
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3 ounces brandy
3 ounces dark rum
6 ounces whole Rhody Fresh milk
4 ounces heavy cream

DIRECTIONS
Beat eggs in blender for 1 full minute on medium. Sprinkle in sugar while blending for another minute, then add remaining ingredients while blending thoroughly. Chill completely in the refrigerator and serve with additional nutmeg grated on top. Serves 2 generously, or 4 in moderation.

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Cheers! Swing by Bottles for all your cocktail ingredients! www.bottlesfinewine.com

Perfect Holiday Wines for Gifts, Dinners & Parties

Visit our Providence wine store for wonderful selection of festive wines, great for easy gifts and for all of your holiday celebrations this season. Watch the Bottles Wine Manager, Nick, give his advice and recommendations for wines that are great to give as hostess gifts, bring to parties, and that pair wonderfully with holiday dinners.

If you are in the area, look for our holiday wine display, full of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. These make great holiday gifts and easy choices for any celebration this season.

BV napa valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is a recognizable grape, and are generally nice, sturdy, structured wines. BV Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with classic cherry flavors and sturdy tannins, making it an easy grab if you are attending a party and need a hostess gift.
Pouilly Fuisse marie antoinette

Marie Antoinette Pouilly-Fuisseé will please any white Burgundy or Chardonnay fans. With an elegant label, Pouilly-Fuissé is rich, round, and elegant, with minerals and white flowers.

underwood cellars pinot noir oregon wine

Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir is great for parties, and is from Oregon. Reasonably priced, this delicious Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with dry, earthy fruit.

Feel free to contact us for wine selections, food pairings and anything else!