Breuckelen Gin is In!

We’re thrilled to offer you the first gin distilled in NYC.  Made in Sunset Park by Brad Estabrooke and Breuckelen Distilling Company, this gin combines juniper berries, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, ginger, and rosemary in a savory spirit.

Our first shipment comes in on Friday.  $35 for a 750 ml bottle.  Reserve yours by calling (718) 797-9463.  And if you want to try before you buy, we’ll host Brad for a special tasting on Saturday, October 30 from 5-8 pm.

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Ginger Ginger Ale Tasting & Moscow Mule Recipe

Today from 2-4pm at Provisions taste ginger ale made with real ginger, not ginger extract. This ginger ale was made in house at restaurants run by Bruce Cost and its popularity spurred him to bottle and sell it.

In three flavors, original, jasmine and pomegranate hibiscus, this gingery beverage is fast becoming one of our favorite summer sips. Real bits of ginger float in the bottom and give it a special kick. It mixes well in place of ginger beer or ginger ale with bourbon to make a Presbyterian cocktail or with vodka and lime in a Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule Recipe

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. ginger beer or ginger ale
lime wedge

Pour the vodka and the lime juice into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Top with ginger beer or ginger ale and stir briefly. Squeeze the lime wedge into the drink then drop it in.

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It’s a Nice Day for A White Whisky

Remember with a receipt from Provisions for $10 or more, you can take 5% off your wine or spirits purchase!

With apologies to Mr. Idol, we present our 2 American white whiskies: Corn Whisky from Tuthilltown Spirits in the Hudson Valley and Death’s Door White Whisky from Wisconsin.

As profiled in the Times this week, white whisky, “White Dog” or “moonshine” is the spirit base that ages in charred barrels to create bourbon or whisky. Prior to being put in barrels, the spirit is clear and a pure reflection of its base.

Death’s Door uses wheat and the resulting liquor reflects that grain with faint bready aromas. Tuthilltown distills from corn and their white whisky is permeated with corn notes, reminding us of buttered popcorn. Because of its vegetal origins, we’ve always thought it would make an amazing addition to a bloody mary, especially the McClure’s mix. Both of these white whiskies can be served chilled as a savory aperitif or digestif.

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Try Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur Tonight

Join us tonight in the Brooklyn wine store from 6-8pm to try ginger lemonade made with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and sparkling lemonade.

Inspired by the french tradition of infusing cognac and eaux de vie with herbs and fruits, Canton is a unique spirit. Hand-peeled fresh Vietnamese baby ginger macerates in V.S.O.P. & X.O. grande champagne cognacs along with Tahitian vanilla, Provençal honey and Tunisian ginseng until the cognac base is infused with flavor. No colorants or preservatives are used during the process so the flavor is pure.

We’ve found that Canton adds a spicy, vibrant, aromatic kick to whatever cocktail we’re mixing. We’ve used it to spice up a margarita by substituting it for 1/2 the triple sec and added it to pineapple juice and vodka. The possibilities for experimenting with cooking and baking are also limitless.

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Cherry Blossom Cocktail

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden just reported that the cherry blossoms are in full bloom now! There’s free admission today from 8am-6pm and you can find a map of the blooms here. After strolling around the garden, come home and try a cherry blossom cocktail. Even though cherry blossoms are not from the same trees that bear the fruit used to make cherry brandy, we think this drink, which marries sour and sweet flavors, captures the ephemeral beauty of these blossoms well.

1 1/2 oz brandy
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Old Tom Gin Tasting

Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom distillery in Oregon is barely 13 years old. The name refers to the amount of money founder Tad Seestedt needed to become self-employed. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian and Brooklyn resident David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a slightly sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. Produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals, its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel – truly a one of a kind spirit!

On Thursday, April 15 from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store, we’ll be sampling Old Tom Gin in a pre-prohibition Income Tax Cocktail. After the tasting, stop by Greenlight Books across the street. Their comedy cavalcade starts at 7:30 pm!

Income Tax Cocktail

1 1/4 oz gin
3/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
dash Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.

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Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale

We’ve got ginger ale made from fresh ginger, not extract, in the beverage cases. Made from fresh ginger, cane sugar and seltzer, it is unfiltered which means it is a bit cloudy with bits of real ginger in it. In addition to the original flavor, we also have one with jasmine tea in it and one with pomegranate and hibiscus. The NY Times article about these ginger ales last week recommended adding some dark rum to the fresh ginger flavor to make a Dark and Stormy Cocktail. With summer on the horizon, we also recommend using it in a Presbyterian cocktail, a great way to lighten up bourbon.

Presbyterian Cocktail

1.5 oz bourbon
3 oz ginger ale
3 oz soda water

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add bourbon, add ginger ale and soda and stir.

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Sombra Mezcal Tasting

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, April 8 from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store to sample Sombra Mezcal straight and in a Shady Margarita (recipe below). Remember, every Thursday in April you can sample a spirit and a cocktail at The Greene Grape!

Opening a bottle of Sombra Mezcal transported us Proust-madeleine-like to camping as a youth . . . our parents weren’t big cocktail drinkers but the smoky aroma of Sombra evokes the campfire smell that lingers after a night of toasting smores and hotdogs. Always an element in scotch whiskies, smoky flavor appears more and more in cocktails at establishments like Fort Greene’s own No. 7 Restaurant which currently features a spring cocktail combining mezcal, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and floral elements.

A natural pair to the flavors of barbeque, we’ve floated Sombra on a regular margarita, which gives the drink an additional earthy dimension. Of course mezcal marries well with tequila – both spirits derive from the piña, or heart of the agave cactus. The difference is that before distillation, the piñas for mezcal are roasted in rock pits, infusing the resulting spirit with essences of smoke.

Shady Margarita

1.5 oz Sombra Mezcal
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.75 oz agave nectar

Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with small grapefruit slice.

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Taste McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix & Tito’s Vodka Thursday

Join us for a spirit tasting every Thursday in April from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store. For our first event, April 1, we’re cracking open some jars of spicy Bloody Mary Mix from local pickler McClure’s and mixing it with Tito’s Vodka. Perfect for Easter brunches, McClure’s mixes spicy pickle brine with tomato paste, tomato juice, cucumber juice and spices to create a unique vegetable juice great even on its own.

McClure’s pickles and the mix are available at Provisions. The pickles are across from the cheese counter and the bloody mary mix is in with the juices and cocktail necessities across from the cold beverage case.

The rest of the cocktail schedule is:

Thursday April 8 – Sombra Mezcal

Thursday April 15 – Ransom ‘Old Tom’ Gin

Thursday April 22 – Canton Ginger Liqueur

Thursday April 29 – Pitu Cachaca

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