Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky

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Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt WhiskyA unique step away from Kentucky’s authentic Bourbon Whiskey is the always interesting is Rye Malt Whiskey. Bourbon lovers everywhere may be familiar with different bourbon whiskey alterations. For those who aren’t,  stay tuned. You may find more of a reason to try Old Pogue’s latest release, Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky.

Rye whiskey was very popular in the pre-prohibition era. Mostly used in cocktails, especially Manhattans. The difference between rye whiskey and bourbon is the amount of mash bill. The mash bill is a list of grains used for distillation. In America, rye whiskey must have a minimum of 51% rye with barley, wheat and corn. The rye gives the drink a unique savory and spicy flavor. The popularity of rye whiskey faded over time, but a recent spike in production from prominent brewers has brought this unique whiskey back to life. Premium brands such as Old Rip Van Winkle, Sazerac, and Old Pogue Distillery.

The Old Pogue Distillery recently released a limited edition of Kentucky Straight Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whiske. Bottled at 110 proof, you can expect spicy pepper and caramel flavors that give showcase the unique rye taste. The product is named after an original recipe long held in the Pogue family. It is named after the five generations after the founding of the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Kentucky. The product is even produced on its original distillery grounds to honor the tradition of the family recipe.

Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky is a drink that continues that heritage of the Pogue Distillery. Its recipe is authentic and perfected. If you’re new to rye whiskey, this is definitely one to try! If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle of this exclusive whiskey, contact us today. We hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

Blood Oath, Pact No.3 Bourbon

Blood Oath, Pact No. 3

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Blood Oath is once again turning heads of bourbon lovers. This well-bred Kentucky bourbon is crafted by Blood Oath’s connoisseur and perfectionist. Pact 3 starts with a strong and floral rye whiskey, finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for dry, blackberry and espresso complexities.

For the third release of Blood Oath, bourbon makers continue to partner with wine craftsmen in the heart of the California wine country. Blood Oath uses the leftover barrels from Swanson Vineyard, which is nestled in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The fertile, alluvial soil of the area gives Swanson the perfect grounds for award winning grapes and varietals. Swanson has been producing nationally known and limited, small batch Bordeaux style wines for over three decades. The Cabernet barrels give Blood Oath’s bourbon added intricate characters that have bourbon lovers coming back for more! This affair between Kentucky and California will leave your taste buds thanking you. Blood Oath Pact 3 Bourbon

What can you expect from this extraordinary bourbon? In the glass, you’ll find a deep, dark amber appearance with long legs. On the nose, you’ll experience strong scents as a result of the finish in Cab Sav barrels. Expect to smell caramel, vanilla, stone fruit, cocoa, and oak. Next, the palate. You’ll continue to taste creamy smooth flavors of caramel and vanilla from the barrel finish. You will also notice hints of toasted oak, apricots and higher spice than previous pacts. Despite the proof of 98.6, Pact 3 is still ultra smooth. The finish is long and lingers with spice, caramel and oak. It remains balanced and smooth.

Blood Oath’s 2017 is sure to be loved by bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. Pact 3 was recently released and we have limited quantities available at Payless Liquors! If you’re interested in trying this exclusive bourbon, contact us to reserve your bottle today. Let us know what you think. Cheers!

Feel Like You’re On A Beach With Blue Chair Bay’s Key Lime Rum Cream

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Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum CreamImagine this – it’s 75 degrees on a perfect, sunny day. Your toes are in the sand and all you hear is the crashing of the waves against the beach. You got a nice cold Key Lime Colada in your hand to quench your thirst. Life is good.

With Blue Chair Bay’s newest flavor, Key Lime Rum Cream, you’ll forget that you’re wherever you are and feel like you’re in a tropical oasis of paradise and delicious drinks.

Inspired by the owner and creator of Blue Chair Bay, Key Lime Rum Cream wants to take you to island life. This tropical rum is best used in cocktails such as a Key Lime Colada. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 oz. Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream
  • .5 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • 1 cup of ice

Blend all the ingredients together, and pour into a cup rimmed with coconut flakes. Garnish with a lime wheel and cherry.

In the mood for a deliciously sweet shot? Try the Keys with a Cherry on Top.

  • .5 oz. Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream
  • .5 oz. amaretto
  • .5 oz. grenadine

Chill the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass, and enjoy!

If you want to try it in other drinks, here’s a quick flavor profile for you. First, the nose. You can expect bright, fresh, and citrus aromas. The body is rich, buttery, yet well-rounded, as you would expect from a rum cream. On the palette, you can expect similar flavors to a key lime pie: fresh and tart. The Key Lime Rum Cream is balanced with a creamy meringue sweetness with hints of cinnamon, almond, and amaretto. On the finish, you can expect a rich graham cracker crust.

Interested in trying Blue Chair Bay’s Key Lime Rum Cream? Reserve your bottle at Payless Liquors!

Exclusive Teeling Irish Whiskey

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Dublin whiskey was once known as a holding the Premier whiskey in the world, with distillers and traditional practices dating as far back as the 1700s. A well renowned brand, Teeling Irish Whiskey, has been perfecting its Irish Whiskey since 1782. With over 230 years of tradition ran by the Teeley family, they know Irish Whiskey.

Starting with its initial release of the Teeling Small Batch, an Irish Blend, Teeling Irish Whiskey has developed a line of premium Irish Whiskeys. Regularly released, each batch includes a highly regarded single grain, a single malt, and poitin which is a traditional Irish distilled beverage. Its most recent release is a limited edition Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt whiskey. It has been awarded the Best Irish Single Malt by World Whiskies Awards, and it has definitely earned it! It was distilled in 1991, aged in ex-bourbon barrels, and finished in Sauternes wine casks.

To give you a sneak peak of what to expect, we have some tasting notes. In the glass, the quarter of a century old single malt has a rich, golden color, with long legs. On the nose, you can expect to find gentle notes of peat and wood smoke, fresh baked break, fresh gooseberries, and orchard fruit. On the palate, you’ll taste syrupy sweetness with more peat and soft fruits, especially apricots, balanced with almonds and fondant icing. The finish is long and spicy, yet balanced and pleasant, leaving you with the fruit aftertaste you would expect from the wine cask finish. Whiskey Reviewer said that the choice to finish in Sauternes casks is what truly sets this whiskey apart. It’s a great example of what time and a good choice in finishing can do.

Only 1,000 bottles of this limited edition was produced! Payless Liquors received a few bottles of this prestigious brand’s limited edition, and you can have the chance to try it. Reserve your bottle today, and let us know what you think!

 

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Barrel Selection

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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Legend has it that Elijah Craig discovered the method of producing true Kentucky Bourbon when the warehouse he stored his barrels in caught on fire and charred the barrels. Whether or not that is true, there is no doubt that he discovered a way to make a bourbon loved throughout Kentucky and the United States.

Elijah Craig Small Batch premium is an award-winning, true small batch bourbon. Payless Liquors, along with Joe and Grady from The Grady and Big Joe Show, had the opportunity to select a barrel of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. We are very excited for this barrel selection! Here are more details on what you can expect with our Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel selection.

Nose:  Dried orange and apricot zest with notes of custard and soft spiced wood that give a slight alcohol bite to the front of the nose.

Taste:  Up front flavors of dried cherries and ripe apples mixed with soft maple, and burnt brown sugar. Sweet soft char wood notes enter quickly in the middle and thru the end, bringing with it the slightest hint of vanilla, mixed with ever-growing spice notes that present strongly on the finish. The taste ends with just a dash of white pepper and more sweet wood char.

Finish: A medium finish with an oily texture allows its flavors to linger longer than most. Spice and sweetened wood flavors last to the end. Mostly infused with wood and fruit, yet enough subtle sweetness that keeps calling the glass back to your lips for yet another taste.

Joe and Grady
Joe and Grady with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon selection

Overall:  This is a very nice, unique pour that you hope to get when you purchase a single barrel bourbon. It presents with the combination of the healthy fruits and sassy spice that would draw Grady’s interest time and time again, yet has the right amount of decadent sweetness that will have Joe holding a bottle like Whinney the Pooh holds on to his honey.

Interested in trying our selection of Elijah Craig? Reserve your bottle online to make sure you get yours. Let us know what you think! Cheers!

Evolution of Guinness

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What’s Irish, black, and distinctive in harmony? Guinness.

The brand has been around more than 250 years, and while it’s iconic product is the original Guinness Draught, the brand has evolved over time. Adjusting to taste and preferences of its consumers is key. Guinness brew masters spin traditional methods in new ways to appeal to taste buds all around the world. From the Blonde American Lager to the Dublin Porter and Golden Ale, Guinness is broadening its options for beer lovers everywhere.

But how did this iconic brand get so popular? It started with Arthur Guinness, an Irish native with a relentless passion for creating brews people will love. At 34, Arthur took a stab at his own brewing. In 1759, he signed a 9000-year lease on a small, unused property to start off. Ten years later, six and a half barrels of Guinness beer left Dublin on a sailing ship for England. The small voyage marked a small victory for the future of Guinness beer. His 9000-year lease proved to be a good investment as Guinness grew rapidly, advancing with more flavors and brews. In order to perfect the areas of brewing, Arthur ceased brewing of ale in 1799 to focus on porters, a black beer in London that became popular in Dublin. Mastering the science of brews has paid off, as Guinness is now enjoyed and loved all over the world.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, now is the perfect time to stock up on Guinness, or try it if you haven’t before! But wait, there’s more. You can even engrave your own glass at our upcoming event on Thursday, March 16th. Get the details here, then mark your calendars so you don’t miss this unique experience! You’ll have a customized Guinness glass to rave about just in time for St. Paddy’s Day. Hope to see you there. Cheers!

Guinness Glass Engraving Event

Bring Out The Irish In You

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Every year on March 17th, the Irish and Irish at heart come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What originally started as a Roman Catholic feast day to honor the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating the Irish culture. People from all over the world unite with parades, dancing, drinking, and of course, green!

Whether you plan on visiting your local Irish pub or staying at home, green and Irish traditional drinks are a must! From Guinness to Irish Whiskey and cocktails, there are plenty of options for even the choosiest of drinkers. One of our favorites is a classic Irish Martini. 

It’s a simple version of a martini, with the perfect St. Paddy’s Day twist. Start with these ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • Lemon twist for garnish

First, pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass. Swirl the whiskey around the glass to coat the inside then dump the excess whiskey. You don’t want any other flavors in your glass affecting the taste of your cocktail! Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice, then shake well. Strain the liquid into the rinsed glass and garnish with a lemon.

When making a drink as naked as this, it is important to use premium cocktails. The lack of juices and heavily flavored ingredients would not mask the poor quality taste of cheap liquor. Lucky for you, Payless has you covered!

We have hot deals on premium liquor through March 18th, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Check out these hot deals:

  • John Jameson 750mL -$23.99
  • John Jameson 1.75L -$45.99
  • Jameson Caskmates 750mL -$27.99
  • Jameson Black Barrel 750mL – $34.99
  • Absolut 80 Proof 1.75L – $25.99
  • Grey Goose 1.75L – $39.99

Stop by your local Payless Liquors to pick up your premium spirits, or reserve yours online today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers!

America’s Oldest Brewery: Yuengling

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What is the oldest brewery in America?

Yuengling.

Like other stories of the first American immigrants, the founders of Yuengling settled in the United States looking for opportunity to build a legacy and lasting impression in their new home. The story begins with David G. Yuengling traveling from Wuerttemberg, Germany to settle in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. David established the Eagle Brewery in 1829, but a tragic fire destroyed the plant two years later. A new brewery was then established at its current site in Pottsville.

After David’s son joined him in 1873, the brewery name is changed to D.G. Yuengling & Son, which is its common name today. The brewery has been family owned and operating since its beginnings. But the company has had its struggles. When the eighteenth amendment was ratified, Yuengling was forced to switch production to near beer products, also known as non-alcoholic beers. They even opened a dairy to help survive prohibition. But when prohibition ended, they celebrated by producing “Winner Beer” and shipping a truckload to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Winner Beer isn’t available today, but the family has developed a brand any beer lover knows.

The brand became so popular that the demand for Yuengling exceeded the brewery’s capacity, so in 1966 they decided to withdraw sales from outside the local area. The company built two additional breweries to help meet demand of the product, and by 2009, they surpassed 2 million barrels in production. Thankfully the product was expanded to Ohio in 2011, and this year, they will be coming to Indiana!

It’s taken 188 years, but America’s oldest brewery is finally hitting Indiana shelves. Yuengling lovers in Indiana are ecstatic, and you can be one of the first to have your hands on some of this iconic beer. Through Payless Liquors, you can pre-order your keg of Yuengling and have it by March 6th! Check out our keg order form for more details and to order your keg today. Yuengling will also be available in bottles and cans in April. Stay up to date on Yuengling coming to Indiana on Payless Liquors Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

King of Bootleggers: George Remus

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A store clerk. Pharmacist. Optometrist. Lawyer. Entrepreneur. And bootlegger? George Remus was a man of many trades, including a bourbon legend that started his career during prohibition. Remus saw the potential to make millions during the prohibition age. During that time, alcohol could be stored in warehouses on legally owned property. It could then be sold for medical, scientific, or industrial purposes with the right authorization. Remus owned wholesale drug companies, and could legally buy and sell large quantities of alcohol, which he then diverted for illegal sale. Remus started his business in Cincinnati with buying his own distillery and trucking company to transport alcohol. At his peak, he owned 10 distilleries and warehouses in the greater Cincinnati area, and employed 3,000 people. He eventually became known as the “King of Bootleggers,” and now has a whiskey named after him!

The George Remus products include the George Remus Bourbon Whiskey, George Remus Rye Whiskey, and George Remus Limited Edition Rye Whiskey. All brands are available for purchase in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For today, we will focus on the standard George Remus Bourbon Whiskey. George Remus products are not long aged products, typically around 2-4 years. The young taste of the whiskey is prominent but could have potential with age. On the palate, you will taste mild spices, oak, and vanilla – very common aromas for younger whiskeys. It’s a smooth sipper without a whole lot of overpowering flavor and a mellow finish.

MPG recently acquired the Remus brands in 2016 from Queen City Whiskey, so we will see in the future if the product enhances further with production under MPG. But the name and legend of George Remus is what will drive this young brand into fame. A truly good bottle of bourbon has a good story behind it, and Remus’s story is one you won’t forget. Interested in try this legendary brand? Head on over to your local Payless Liquors or reserve your bottle of George Remus today!

Good Is Never Good Enough

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That quote is said routinely by bourbon brewers at Angel’s Envy. While creators at Angel’s Envy want to preserve the tradition of fine bourbons, they are always looking for ways to experiment and improve bourbon. The brand initially started with an idea that had not been tried in the bourbon industry: making a bourbon finished in port barrels. Lincoln Henderson, a legendary Master Distiller, came out of retirement to explore new barrel again ideas with his son Wes. And with over 200 years of bourbon heritage, Angel’s Envy holds award-winning brews that separate themselves from the rest.

Angel’s Envy prides themselves on perfection, and they ensure every barrel is up to Angel Envy standards. Every barrel is tasted throughout each step of the finishing process. Some say this load of perfectionism is a little overboard, but it ensures that their brews meet their expectations of fine bourbon.

One of their top products, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, was even ranked the “Best Spirit in the World” by Spirit Journal. This year, Angel’s Envy is releasing fewer than 8,000 bottles of this rare and delicious spirit! Aged in port barrels, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength is full of flavor bourbon lovers are sure to enjoy. Though the bourbon is darker in color, its smell on the nose is not as strength as usual with darker bourbons. It has hints of rose petals, fruit, black peppercorns, and clove. On the palate, it has distinct flavors of caramel coffee, dried fig, aged tobacco, and toasted sourdough bread. The finish is rich and buttery. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength is best neat or with a splash of water to help bring out the flavors and settle the burn in its finish. If you’re looking for an amazing bourbon that combines flavor, balance, and complexity, you should give Angel’s Envy Cask Strength a try!

Looking for a chance to get your hands on Angel’s Envy Cask Strength? How about an opportunity to visit Angel’s Envy distillery on a private tour as well? You can bid on your chance to win both at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Event this Friday, February 17th! Get your tickets to this fabulous event that benefits education and outreach programs by the Indiana Historical Society!

Product Over Profit: Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Bourbon

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“We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always, fine bourbon.”

That was Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle philosophy that guided him through his new ventures into bourbon. He didn’t always intend to enter the bourbon business, but when he did, he created simple recipes with dedication to producing fine bourbon.

Pappy started his career as a traveling whiskey salesman, and later became President of the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The prohibition era did not slow Pappy down from building a pristine reputation in the bourbon industry. His family carried the Julian Van Winkle name of perseverance and producing fine bourbon. Four generations later, the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is still producing original Pappy recipes, including the treasured family reserve labels.

The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bottles are very rare, and come in 15, 20, and 23-year-old versions. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery only releases 7,000 to 8,000 bottles of Family Reserve every year, making the availability of bottles extremely rare and highly collectable. In fact, Pappy Van Winkle has become so popular that the annual release of new Pappy Van Winkle bottles is commonly known as “Pappy Day.” One of the most sought after bottles is the 15 year aged bourbon.

While not the oldest member of the Pappy Van Winkle family, it’s well-aged, full-bodied flavors have won many awards. The bottles come from hand-selected, deeply charred oak barrels. They are aged for 15 years to allow flavor from the oak to mellow and the base ingredients strengthen. Similar to other Pappy Van Winkles, you can expect caramel flavors from beginning to end. The 15 year bourbon has a smoother finish, with rich notes of dried fruits, exotic spices, oak tannins, and a cooked sugary sweetness.

Interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve? You can bid on your chance to win an “All Things Pappy” gift basket, including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year bourbon, at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Affair. The event takes place Friday, February 17th at the Indiana Historical Society. You’ll have the chance to sample bourbons from various breweries, followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit education and outreach programs by the Indiana Historical Society. Click here to get your tickets for this fabulous event.

Starlight Distillery Payless Single Barrel Selection #1481

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Payless Liquors will now be offering an exclusive selection of bourbon from Starlight Distillery. Starlight Distillery is a branch of Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards began in 1843, when Simon Huber settled in Southern Indiana with his family. Simon brought with him years of experience in fruit growing and wine making from Germany. What was once an 80-acre farm has expanded to over 600 acres with generations of experience in crafting award-winning wines and brews.

Huber’s Starlight Distilleries now produces brandies much like their ancestors in the 1800s. Master distillers, Ted Huber and Jason Heiligenberg, commit to crafting the finest products inspired by artisanal European tradition. Starlight Distillery prides themselves on producing in individual batches allowing for the ultimate expression of the distiller’s art. Payless Liquors Single Barrel Selection #1481 is no exception.

The single barrel selection #1481 selected is an unusual barrel, in that the staves were pulled from their Huber wine inventory. They represent a 2 year, air dried wood from
Southern Indiana coopered in the traditional 53-gallon whiskey style barrel but toasted for 30 minutes like a traditional wine barrel over an open flame. In order to make this an official bourbon barrel by definition, the barrel must be charred so they decided to “flash” char to a rare #5 char.  This barrel is truly a hybrid one that brings together knowledge of wine and spirits to develop this unique flavor profile for this rare Starlight Distillery Bourbon.

Starlight Distillery rarely shares these exclusive barrels for off premise use. These specialty barrels are typically used in the Starlight Distillery single barrel program on property in their own tasting room. This distinctive bourbon will be available exclusively for retail at Payless Liquors in Central Indiana. Don’t miss out on your chance to try a handcrafted bourbon with a unique flavor you’re sure to love. Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!

Grey Goose

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“I didn’t approach this as stripping out the impurities – I never let them get in there in the first place,” said Francois Thibault, the maker and master of Grey Goose.

Grey Goose is made with only the finest of ingredients, that give the finished product the exceptional taste from which it is known by. Grey goose uses the highest grade of wheat grown in France; the same wheat that is traditionally used in bread and pastry making. After the wheat is transformed into a high-proofed spirit, it is distilled once using a continuous column distillation process, ensuring the quality of the wheat remains. The spirit is then transported to the Cognac region of France, where it is combined with artesian spring water that is naturally filtered through 500 feet of limestone, making it remarkedly pure for blending. Prior to bottling, each batch is taste tested and approved by Francois Thibault and tasting experts, to ensure every bottle is perfection. How can you make the most of your Grey Goose? We found unique cocktails you’re sure to love.

Looking for a refreshing spin on the vodka cranberry you love? Spritz it up with some club soda, simple syrup, and lime juice.

Check out how to make a Cape Fizz:
1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Original
2 Parts Club Soda
2 Part Cranberry Juice
1/2 Parts Simple Syrup
1/4 Parts Lime Juice
1 Slice of Lime

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice, stir gently, and enjoy! Not in the mood for bubbles? Try a martini inspired by the origin of Grey Goose itself with this French Martini.

1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Original
2 Parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
1/2 Chambord
Raspberries for Garnish

Build ingredients in a Boston glass topped with cubed ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a raspberry.

We even found a coffee cocktail that’s perfect for your next brunch or post dinner cocktail. Here’s how to make a L’Espresso Martini:

1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka
1 Part Single Origin Espresso
3/4 Parts Premium Coffee Liqueur
1 Pinch of Salt

Shake all ingredients together, strain into a martini glass and garnish with salted dark chocolate powder.

Looking for Grey Goose to make these yummy cocktails? Payless Liquors has you covered! Our 1.5L bottles are now just $39.99. Pick up yours so you can make one of these scrumptious cocktails. Stop by your local Payless Liquors or reserve yours today. Bon appétit!
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