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Milagro Tequila

Posted in Products with tags on September 2, 2011 by Trader Vince

The folks at Milagro were kind enough to send me over a couple bottles of their Limited Edition Select Barrel Reserve, one an amber Reposado, the other a crystal clear Silver. Before even cracking them open, you can’t help but notice the beautiful glass agave sculptures in the heart of the bottles.

The Silver is triple-distilled in small batches from 100% estate-grown blue agave, then mellowed in French white oak barrels for approximately 35 days. The Reposado, for 10 months. Both have taken home gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

They also sent along some delicious recipes. As Swabbie Laura and I were headed out the door for a magic-filled night at Los Angeles’s own Magic Castle, we opted for the simplest of them: the Freshest Margarita. It’s aptly named, because we both found it incredibly smooth and fruity—in other words, everything you need for a refreshing Labor Day cocktail.


2 oz Milagro Silver

1 oz Lime Juice (fresh squeezed)

.75 oz Agave Nectar

Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with a salt rim & lime.


Coconut Snow RIP?

Posted in Products with tags on May 14, 2011 by Trader Vince

I have it on good authority from the boys down at the Tiki-Ti that Coconut Snow has gone the way of the Dodo. Don’t know if this is permanent, but as of right now you can no longer get it. From the back of the can: “Produced from an exotic blend of ripe coconuts and other fine ingredients, Hawaiian Coconut Snow is the answer to a richer, creamier Pina Colada. It’s also perfect for creating other delicious tropical beverages and foods. ALOHA!” In this case, aloha appears to mean goodbye. If you’d like to try and re-create it from scratch, here’s the ingredients: Sugar, Whey, Coconut, Nonfat Milk, Egg Whites, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Salt.

Trader Tiki’s Exotic Syrups

Posted in Products with tags , on September 24, 2010 by Trader Vince

If you’re looking for tropical cocktails you can easily make at home, check out Trader Tiki’s amazing syrups. Just add some rum and a little lime juice and you’re off like a Space Pilot. I’m particularly fond of Don’s Mix which makes an amazing Zombie. The Syrups are FDA approved and made in a commercial kitchen in Portland, OR. They’re also Beachbum Berry endorsed, so you know they’re quality.

My first Zombie. I’ve also tried making them with Kraken, Appleton Special, Sailor Jerry, Captain Morgan, Whaler’s, Trader Vic’s Dark, and as of yet don’t have a favorite: I love them all!

Buy them here:

Fee Brothers Cordial Syrups

Posted in Products with tags on May 31, 2010 by Trader Vince

Don’t Squeeze Use Fees. So says the Fee Brothers marketing slogan, but we all know there’s nothing better than fresh squeezed juice to bring a cocktail to life. As a user of the amazing Fee Brothers bitters in my home bar (the exclusive Dark Penguin Speakeasy), I thought I’d try their cordial syrups and bought an introductory starter kit. It’s shocking how many flavors the syrups come in: I count 41 on their website, English Toffee, Praline, Papaya, Kiwi, Grape, Caramel, Butterscotch, and Apricot to name just a few. My only knock is that the sweetener is high fructose corn syrup instead of cane or rock sugar, but I’m enjoying them and use them sparingly for a splash of flavor.

For more info on Fee Brother products, go here.

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