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Impress Your Guests With Your Knowledge of the Martini 

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Have you ever wanted to order a martini with the confidence of James Bond? It might be difficult if you don’t have a grasp of basic terminology. The ways in which you can customize a martini are virtually endless. However, knowing the foundation of a good martini – and the most common ways that people enjoy them – can make you a better host at your next get together. Here is what you need to know about mixing the perfect martini.

Start With the Base

There are two main types of martinis – vodka and gin. Historically, the original martini was created from gin and named a Martinez. During the San Francisco gold rush, a miner came into a bar and asked for a cocktail in exchange for a gold nugget. An enterprising bartender mixed a combination of dry gin, a dash of bitters, maraschino (cherry liquor), and sweet vermouth. He named it for the city in which the miners found gold, and a cocktail was born.

The idea of a vodka martini would not come around until an author named Ian Fleming would have a certain British special agent order one – half gin, half vodka, and Lillete – inspired by his love interest, Vesper. Today, this concoction is still called a Vesper Martini.

Shaken Versus Stirred

Shaken or stirred – is there a difference? A true bartender might tell you that stirring is the only way to have a true martini. Shaking the martini will make the vermouth less oily, and ice fragments in the glass will naturally dilute the drink. In other words, James Bond was asking for a weaker martini.

Wet Versus Dry

Whether a martini is “wet” or “dry” depends on the amount of vermouth you use. The more vermouth in the recipe, the “wetter” the cocktail will be. A dry martini, by contrast, has little vermouth and more vodka or gin.

Straight Up or On The Rocks

This one is pretty simple: when a drink is “on the rocks,” it’s served in a glass with ice. When it’s straight up, it is shaken or stirred with ice to bring it to temperature, then poured in a glass, leaving the ice behind.

Common Martini Variations

Today, the customization options for martinis are seemingly endless. Try one of these variations to impress your guests:

  • A naked martini. In this variation, there is no vermouth or dilution with ice. It is simply a thoroughly chilled, high quality gin or vodka, garnished with a twist (generally of lemon peel).
  • A Gibson martin. This dry martini calls for a garnish of pickled or pearl onion.
  • A dirty martini. You make a martini “dirty” when you add a splash of olive juice to the mix, complete with an olive garnish. To really wow you guests, consider offering olives stuffed with garlic or cheese.

Though martinis are historically made with gin and sweet vermouth, today there are several different ways to make them. No matter how you choose to mix, make sure you chill the glass and the liquor thoroughly before serving. Stop by Payless Liquors to find your perfect martini combination today!

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The Real (and Kind of Crazy) History of Gin

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Gin is a favorite libation for those who enjoy the fizz of a good tonic or the bite of a martini. While many of us know and love the herbal notes of gin, you might be surprised by its somewhat sordid history. Like many types of alcohol, gin has been the subject of controversy and vilification. Learn the history of this herbaceous spirit.

An Ancient Spirit

You can trace gin’s origins back as far as 70 A.D., where it was first used as medicine – specifically, a tonic of wine steeped in juniper berries to help ease symptoms associated with chest coughs. Fast forward to 1055, and the Benedictine Monks included similar recipes in their Compendium Solernita, a sort of medieval medical textbook.

By the 16th century, the Dutch were creating their own version of gin, a spirit comprised of a healthy dose of malt and juniper berries added to combat the harsh flavor of the fermenting grain. Gin, as we know it, however, came around the year 1714, when a British author shortened the liquor’s name, genever, to Gen, but misspelled it. Interestingly, this is the name that stuck, and gin’s history only gets more exciting.

Death and Taxes

It would be another few decades before Benjamin Franklin would quip about death and taxes, but the sentiment would still hold true in 18th century England. At a trade war with France, the King put exorbitant taxes on wine and Cognac, prompting people to get a little creative with their mixing. People began making their own gin. With no laws or restrictions on distilling, enterprising distillers began adding juniper to turpentine and even Sulphuric acid, which had some unintended health consequences. Faced with a mounting death toll and number of people with mental illness, distilling would soon become heavily restricted. Because of its ability to make people crazy – a literal “gin craze” – it would become vilified and high members of society would promote drinking beer and tea over the seemingly dangerous beverage.

Gin found its redemption in the mid-19th century, when a new still revolutionized the way we make liquor (crystal clear and without additives). The British Royal Navy kept gin on its ships, as it was not prone to spoiling like beer and wine. They also kept quinine aboard as a natural treatment for malaria. Quinine was notoriously awful, so seamen often mixed it with soda to quell the harsh taste. An enterprising sailor thought to add gin to the mix – and an iconic cocktail was born. The rest is history. Today, gin is a staple at bars across the world.

Find Your Perfect Gin at Payless Liquors

Gin comes in a variety of styles and proofs. It tends to be dry, though some types of gin take on a naturally more piney flavor profile than others. While the most popular gins like Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, and Tanqueray are distilled from Juniper berries, some local distillers make the spirit from grains and even blueberries. There are many ways to enjoy gin – come and try a bottle for yourself!

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Don’t Forget the Eggnog: 7 Recipes for Your Holiday Party

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Eggnog is one of the most treasured holiday beverages and a staple of countless holiday parties across the country. While a traditional eggnog recipe is easy to come by, you can kick things up a notch this holiday season by trying a few unique eggnog-inspired recipes for a new spin on a holiday classic.

Best Boozy Eggnog

Traditional eggnog has a bit of a kick thanks to the brandy or bourbon used to make it. If you want to really amp up the booziness of this holiday treat, then try this recipe for the Best Boozy Eggnog. It has far more alcohol than most traditional eggnog recipes. Experiment with some of your favorite liquor brands to make the best eggnog with the biggest kick you’ve ever tried.

Gingerbread Eggnog

Gingerbread is a hallmark of the holiday season, so why not infuse your eggnog with the timeless flavor of eggnog using this Gingerbread Eggnog recipe? Eggnog typically has a blend of winter spices, and the addition of ginger, cloves, molasses, and allspice offer the sweetness and aroma of gingerbread with the creamy taste of eggnog we all know and love during the holidays.

White Christmas

Let’s face it: eggnog isn’t for everyone, but this recipe offers the creamy taste of eggnog without the level of “eggyness” that turns some people off from traditional eggnog. Blend eggnog with Southern Comfort and white chocolate liqueur to create this creamy cocktail. Garnish with edible gold or chocolate flakes for a delightful presentation.

Vegan Eggnog

Believe it or not, it’s possible to enjoy eggnog without adding eggs at all! If you have friends or family who cannot or do not consume eggs, this Vegan Eggnog recipe is the perfect alternative. Silken tofu and soymilk replace the eggs, but this drink has the creaminess and spicy aroma you would expect from a cup of traditional eggnog.

Rompope

This Mexican holiday cocktail originates from Mexican egg punch, or ponche de huevo. The drink includes eggs and peeled and blanched almonds. Rompope is cooked over a stove and then cooled completely before adding rum to serve.

Polish Kogel Mogel

This cocktail is almost a dessert. Originating from the Jewish communities of Poland, it is a base of pasteurized egg yolks and honey. Chilled and served in drinking glasses or ramekins, it can be eaten with or without alcohol. Feel free to add extras like marshmallows, nuts, raisins, cocoa powder, vodka, and rum and spike it to taste.

The Tom and Jerry

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a warm, comforting drink, and you can serve eggnog warm as a Tom and Jerry. This is a somewhat complex recipe that requires making the base batter ahead of time. When you’re ready to serve the drink, you’ll need prewarmed mugs with a scoop of batter in each. Then add your rums and top with hot milk and stir until creamy.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful eggnog variations you could try this holiday season. Eggnog is a bit of an acquired taste for some, so experiment with these recipes and find one that’s a hit with your holiday crowd.

Boozy Gifts

Holiday Gift Alert: Consider These Bottles for Your Boozy Friends

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The holidays are the perfect time to show your friends and family you love and appreciate them. The right gifts can make all the difference to the people in your life. For your friends and loved ones who enjoy a high-class drink, a boozy gift could be the perfect thing to wrap under the Christmas tree or for your next Pollyanna exchange.

Holiday Spirit Gift Sets

Most of the major liquor brands release seasonal gift sets. The typical holiday gift set will include a bottle of liquor with holiday-themed branding or a special holiday blend and a few trinkets to accompany it. You’ll likely find liquor gift sets with holiday-themed etched drinking glasses, whiskey stones, coasters, decorative bottle pouches, and much more. If you’re looking for a great gift for a boozy pal, find out what their favorite liquor is and try to find a holiday gift set to match.

Liquor gift sets are one of the best ways to provide your friends and family with great drinks and functional extras they can use year-round. Every alcohol enthusiast is always keen to find new high-quality drinking glasses and other liquor-themed extras. Branded gifts will be well appreciated.

Bob Dylan Whiskey

Have a friend who loves whiskey as much as they love great music? The new Bob Dylan Whiskey from Heaven’s Door is a great gift idea for whiskey aficionados and Bob Dylan fans alike. As one of America’s most loved songwriters, you’re sure to have at least one Bob Dylan fan in your family or among your friends who would appreciate this limited-edition bottle.

Heaven’s Door Spirits worked with none other than Bob Dylan himself to develop this one-of-a-kind whiskey. As well as being one of the most well-known songwriters in American music, Bob Dylan was also a skilled ironworker. The iconic wrought iron gates he built in his own studio form the imagery on the front of every bottle of Heaven’s Door Bob Dylan whiskey.

Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Scotch

Scotch drinkers appreciate a fine aged scotch, and Lagavulin offers one of the best scotches to ever leave Scotland. This blend is an Islay single malt scotch whiskey aged for 16 years. Whether you have a friend who has only recently started drinking scotch or who is a seasoned scotch drinker, they are sure to appreciate the unmistakable quality of this fine bottle of scotch.

Johnny Walker White

The winter season may remind your friends who happened to be Game of Thrones fans about the abysmal series finale, and no one needs to be depressed around the holidays! Remind them of the glorious early seasons and cheer them up with a delicious stiff drink with a bottle of Johnnie Walker White. This finely brewed whiskey includes notes of vanilla, red berries, and caramelized sugar and is best served ice-cold. The bottle also showcases a brilliantly designed message when frozen thanks to thermochromic ink on the label!

These gifts are sure to please your boozy friends and family members this holiday season. Take time to find out which drinks they love best and try to find the perfect liquor to match.

Thanksgiving Wine

Here Are Our 2019 Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

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When it comes to drinking wine, there’s no wrong way to do it. Some prefer dry whites, while others prefer rich reds. Some are just as content drinking a box of commercial wine as they would be with a $200 bottle of a limited edition from the finest vineyard. This Thanksgiving, most dinner hosts want at least one variety of white wine and one red wine to accompany their holiday spreads. Payless Liquors has compiled the following recommendations based on customer reviews and our own personal preferences for great holiday meal accompaniments.

Best Reds for Thanksgiving 2019

Red wine typically pairs best with bold flavors. While most generally consider red wine to go best with red meat, it can also make the perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving turkey. The typical Thanksgiving meal includes lots of rich flavors, so the right red wine can be a great choice for many of your guests.

  • Pinot Noir. One of the most popular reds has subtle and earthy tones that pair very well with fatty foods and the traditional flavors of a Thanksgiving spread.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau. Harvested from the Gamay grape, Beaujolais Nouveau is a lighter and fruitier variety of red that pairs perfectly with turkey and stuffing.
  • California cabernet. These kings are often called the king of red wine grapes, with dark and rich fruit notes and earthy undertones. Whether you get your cabernet from Bordeaux or California, it’s sure to be a hit with your Thanksgiving dinner.

Top White Wines for Thanksgiving 2019

White wine generally pairs best with lighter flavors like fish and chicken, but it can also be a fantastic beverage with a Thanksgiving meal. Many wine enthusiasts believe white wines are best with light-intensity meals, and the average Thanksgiving spread is anything but light-intensity. However, the acidity and fruity notes of the right white wine can be an enjoyable choice for your Thanksgiving guests.

  • Sauvignon blanc. This variety of white wine generally includes citrus notes and herbal undertones, making it an ideal pairing with rich turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
  • Usually either very dry or quite sweet, Riesling contains notes of honey, apple, and apricot with an acidity that makes it perfect as an accompaniment to spiced sweet potatoes, turkey, and herb-rich stuffing.
  • Pinot grigio. This is a white wine meant for rich, sultry foods full of garlic, onions, and butter. Pinot grigio grapes produce a crisp, refreshing, acidic wine that enhances the flavors of the typical Thanksgiving spread.

The trick to a great wine pairing is to find fruity and earthy notes that complement the flavors of the meal. The wine should ideally be sweeter and more acidic than the food you’re eating, and Thanksgiving dinner generally involves rich, hearty, and generously seasoned flavors that go beautifully with the right wine. Payless Liquors hopes our recommendations for the best types of red and white wine for Thanksgiving 2019 inspire you to find the perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving celebration. Some of your guests may prefer the bold richness of a red while others prefer the dry crispness of a white, so offer them the best of both worlds so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest.

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2 Irresistible Ole Smoky Seasonal Cocktail Recipes 

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Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is one of the oldest and most treasured liquors to come out of the Smoky Mountains. Today, Ole Smoky offers a wide range of expertly crafted moonshines, each blended using traditional brewing techniques to create a range of signature flavors. Our tastes generally change with the seasons. While the summer months call for light, crisp, and refreshing beverages, the wintertime is the perfect time to enjoy heartier, creamier, and more filling beverages that warm body and soul.

Since Tennessee state law changed to allow spirit distillation, the brewers at Ole Smoky took advantage of this to provide moonshine lovers with an unparalleled selection of the finest moonshines, becoming the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee. Today, Ole Smoky offers a fantastic selection of moonshine recipes you can’t find anywhere else.

Moonshine for the Cold Weather

No spirit can keep you warm like real whiskey. Tennessee moonshine from Ole Smoky is the perfect example of moonshine done right. If you’re looking for seasonal cocktail recipes to stay warm this winter, Ole Smoky is the ideal addition to your liquor cabinet. The Ole Smoky line includes various blends that mix beautifully with your favorite winter flavors.

Hot Java

Looking for a pleasurable pick-me-up to keep warm and alert this winter? Hot Java made with Ole Smoky Mountain Java moonshine is the perfect choice. Combine two ounces of Ole Smoky Mountain Java with six ounces of your favorite hot coffee in a mug. Then top it with whipped cream and an Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry for a delightful twist on your typical cup of coffee. Coffee-flavored Ole Smoky Mountain Java offers a unique coffee flavor with notes of vanilla, and Hot Java is a great way to unwind without falling asleep!

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Butter Pecan Cream Hot Chocolate

If you’re interested in a rich and creamy new way to enjoy hot chocolate, Butter Pecan Cream Hot Chocolate is sure to please. Ole Smoky Butter Pecan moonshine includes notes of toasted pecans, caramel, cream, and butter. Add two ounces of Ole Smoky Butter Pecan moonshine to six ounces of your favorite hot chocolate to add a delightful buzz to one of everyone’s favorite holiday beverages. Top it with whipped cream and an Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry for the perfect winter warm-up beverage.

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Why Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries Are a Must-Have for the Winter

Ole Smoky put a new spin on maraschino cherries by soaking plump pitted cherries in 100-proof original Ole Smoky moonshine. These cherries make delicious toppers for your favorite winter cocktails. Once they’re gone, the remaining moonshine that has absorbed so much cherry goodness makes a delightful addition to cola, ginger ale, or tonic water for delightful blended cocktails.

If you plan on trying Hot Java or Butter Pecan Cream Hot Chocolate this winter, Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries are the perfect toppers. Ole Smoky also offers a wide range of fantastic Tennessee moonshine blends perfect for capturing the spirit of the season, such as their award-winning Apple Pie Moonshine, Tennessee Mud, and Salty Caramel.

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5 Delicious Fall Cocktails You Don’t Want to Miss 

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It is a great time to curl up in front of the fire and with delicious fall cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a libation for a celebration or simply gathering over a board game with close friends, these autumnal recipes are sure to impress. Gather, mix, shake, stir, and enjoy! If you’re looking for something new to celebrate the season, try one of these recipes.

Autumn Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is one of America’s oldest cocktails, and this fall themed spin is sure to give it an impressive twist while retaining its old-world charm and character. Baked apple syrup, made from fresh apples baked with brown sugar, replaces the simple syrup in this recipe for a warm, caramelly hint of sweetness. Be sure to use a good rye whisky such as Bulleit to create a flavor profile that is spicy, dry, and perfectly balanced. Sip with a large ice cube and garnish with apple slices or a cinnamon stick if desired.

Pumpkin Pie Mimosa

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser to bring to the next tailgate, this one is your ticket. Orange juice takes a back seat to homemade pumpkin spice juice in this autumnal cocktail. Simply mix pumpkin puree with water, pumpkin spice, and sugar to create the homemade base for this cocktail (be sure to strain well – we recommend a cheesecloth). Add juice to a glass of dry champagne, and don’t forget the rimming sugar! It also pairs well with Thanksgiving leftovers and Cyber Monday shopping.

Cranberry Orange Margarita

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and this seasonal spin on a summer favorite will put you on everyone’s nice list. A base of silver tequila, perfect for mixing, mixes with tart cranberry juice, sweet orange juice, and orange liqueur to create a cocktail that is zesty and fresh without becoming overbearing. Rosemary sprigs for garnish give it a seasonal touch. When choosing cranberry juice, opt for a fresh version, rather than a shelf stable option from concentrate whenever possible. This will naturally impart a more tart flavor.

Ginger Pear Bourbon Cocktail

You would be hard pressed to find a seasonal flavor pairing more satisfying than ginger and pear. The natural spicy, citrusy flavor profile of the ginger pairs perfectly with the sweetness of seasonal pears. Homemade ginger honey simple syrup combines with pear nectar, ginger ale, and bourbon to create this cocktail that will soon be in your fall classics collection. We recommend a sweet American classic like Jim Beam and an extra spicy ginger ale like Verner’s for this recipe.

Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch:

The next time you’re at the grocery store, keep an eye out for medium-sized oranges with pinkish-red spots in its flesh. These are blood oranges, and they make a perfectly sweet base for a champagne cocktail. Combined with dry brut champagne, white wine, cinnamon, and star anise, this cocktail is perfectly suited for Turkey prep and holiday season cocktail hours. If you cannot find blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges will work equally well.

 

Rosé

4 Reasons Why Rosé Should Be Your Go-To Fall Wine

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Have you jumped on the rosé bandwagon yet? If not, it might be time to take the plunge. This medium-bodied, dry wine with a pinkish hue will pair well with all your fall festivities. But what is rosé, and how can it find a place in your autumnal celebrations?

What Is Rosé?

There is a common misconception that rosé is the result of mixing red and white wine – this is not only frowned upon, it would be a mark of sloppy wine making. To create a beautiful blush hue, red grapes are macerated – or let to sit – for only a day or two. The grape juice’s contact with the red skin begins to create a pinkish hue. At this point, the juice and skins are separated, and the juice is left to ferment, creating a delicious Rosé. The Provence region of France is most famous for consistently producing high quality roses, but you can find good bottles from various regions, including California and at many price points. In general, Rosé is best served chilled and pairs well with all your autumn activities.

It’s the Best Your Transition Wine

People typically associate crisp, white wines with summer and robust, mouth warming red wines with the winter. It stands to reason that Rosé creates a delicious middle ground for your seasonal transitions. Rosé wines come in a variety of styles. Though most are dry, there are deeper, fuller bodied rosés that fit the bill for cooler weather. For tailgating and outdoor barbeques, there are lighter styles that make for easy and carefree sipping. Just like any other style of wine, there are a variety of flavor profiles that match your unique taste buds.

It Pairs with Your Favorite Fall Foods

Rosé can be an ideal pairing with the hearty, flavorful foods that come with fall. Try it with eggplant pizzas, dishes with smoky Gouda cheeses and mushrooms, grilled red meat, salads, chicken chili, and maple and miso glazed salmon. As a dry wine, Rosé also pairs perfectly with fall sweets like cookies, cakes, blondies, and s’mores.

It Is Crisp and Refreshing

Perhaps the most compelling reason to try Rosé this season is the nature of the wine itself. Touted as a crisp and refreshing wine, it emulates the spirit of the season itself. It can class up your next tailgate or accompany a tree-framed cookout with friends. No matter where your fall plans take you, Rosé can be a perfect accompaniment.

There is a Rosé For Everyone

As we approach the gift giving season, it’s nice to know that Rosé can meet a variety of tastes and price points. Choose a darker variety for your friend that loves a good Cabernet Sauvignon or a paler variety for your pal who sips Chardonnay. Tucked into gift baskets with locally made chocolates, meats, and other eats, Rosé can be the perfect, budget friendly wine for giving. Come in and buy a variety to see what you like – and pick some up for friends while you’re at it!

Bob Dylan and Whiskey: Welcome to Heaven’s Door

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Are you looking for a new whiskey to explore? Try Heaven’s Door Whiskey – a whiskey developed in partnership with Bob Dylan.

About

Heaven’s Door Spirits developed this award-winning handcrafted American whiskey in partnership with Bob Dylan. The bottle showcases the welded iron gates he crafted in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks, as a symbol of that partnership. The Chicago-based distillery recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s famed album, “Nashville Skyline”. They announced that the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts in downtown Nashville will open in Fall 2020.

Varieties

After working with Dylan himself to develop various flavor profiles, Heaven’s Door Spirits’ Ryan Perry and Master Distiller Jordan Via produced Heaven’s Door Whiskey as a trilogy in the following varieties:

  • Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey (90 Proof)
  • Double Barrel Whiskey (100 Proof)
  • Straight Rye Whiskey (92 Proof)

The Straight Tennessee Bourbon comes from a unique mashbill primitive to Tennessee and utilizes 30% small grains. These grains are complementary to the overall character imparted from a minimum of 8 years in American Oak Barrels. Overall a smooth and harmonious blend with notes of vanilla and baked bread layered with toasted oak.

Design

While Bob Dylan is renowned as a Nobel Prize winning poet, singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist, he also expresses his creativity as an iron sculptor. The artist’s ironwork, created from found objects discovered in farms and scrapyards yards across America, is in demand. The image of Dylan’s original iconic gates is featured on bottles of Heaven’s Door Whiskey, illustrating the close partnership the artist and the distillery enjoy.

Purchasing

Heaven’s Door Whiskey working its way across America and is currently available in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington

Don’t see your state? You can also purchase Heaven’s Door Whiskey online. If you’d rather purchase from a store, check the locator to see if a store near you may stock it. Continue to check in if your state is not on the list, as new stores add Heaven’s Door Whiskey to their selections.

Contact

Want to learn more about Heaven’s Door Whiskey? You can contact the distillery via email or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The employees are available to answer your questions or inquiries about the whiskey, a job, or general information. Heaven’s Door would love to hear from you.

Conclusion

A whiskey made in partnership with Bob Dylan and that focuses on his ironwork is something special. It’s a new way of drinking a high-quality whiskey in a commemorative bottle for you to add to your collection. If you’re looking for a new whiskey to try, get a bottle of Heaven’s Door and see what you think. It just might surprise you.

Contact Heaven’s Door to locate a store near you so you can give this exceptional whiskey a try. This is a special whiskey that’s also a work of art.

Blue Marble

Cocktail Hour: Introducing Blue Marble

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Looking for a new cocktail to delight your taste buds? Look no further than Blue Marble Cocktails! These award-winning cocktails are ready to show you why they are the best!

What are Blue Marble Cocktails?

Blue Marble Cocktails is the latest in pre-mixed cocktails and produces ultra-premium, all-natural, ready-to-drink, premixed cocktails in 9 flavors. Blue Marble is a family business with family values supporting global awareness, conservation and environmental initiatives through its “keep the blue marble blue” program and uses recyclable cans and SFI certified packaging. Every cocktail is made in house through Blue Marble’s state-of-the-art production facility located in Indianapolis, Ind. Blue Marble Cocktails has been awarded by WSWA the Double Gold medal, as well as Best of Show Pre-Mixed Cocktails, and just won World’s Best PreMixed Cocktail from the World PreMix Awards. Payless Liquors carries all nine Blue Marble Cocktails flavors:

  • Cosmo
  • Greyhound
  • Marble-Rita
  • Bloody Mary
  • Coconut Island
  • Screwdriver
  • Vodka Soda
  • Mojito
  • Moscow Mule

 

The best ingredients make the best cocktails

Why do Blue Marble Cocktails taste so good? It’s simple. They use real ingredients only found in nature. Each of Blue Marble’s delicious cocktails include the best fruits, vegetables, and ultra-premium distilled spirits. You have a choice about the type of products you consume and what they are made from. Blue Marble Cocktails is committed to providing a canned cocktail free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and dyes.

Blue Marble’s commitment to the environment

Take a sip of Blue Marble’s ultra-premium cocktails and feel good knowing they are committed to global conservation and environmental initiatives that will help keep the blue marble blue. Their goal is to also inspire other like-minded ambassadors of the world to get involved in local Earth focused organizations. Blue Marble cares as much about our packaging as the contents inside. Through recycling, their cans make it back to the shelf in as little as 60 days. It doesn’t stop there! Blue Marble’s packaging is SFI certified and contains 100% recycled paper, and within months of discarding one of their trays it is back in circulation as a new recycled item. Blue Marble’s 4 pack can toppers use HDPE post-consumer recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable. Blue Marble Cocktails is a company that is dedicated to reaching our sustainability goals.

Give it a try! These cocktails provide that refreshing taste of a true cocktail without the hassle of going to a bar and are convenient for so many activities and adventures wherever you go on our Blue Marble!

Keep in mind a few key facts: these drinks do contain alcohol. It is important that you drink responsibly and ensure you are in a safe environment. Do not drink and drive. Do not consume alcohol if you are underage.

Horse Soldier Bourbon

Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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American Freedom Distillery’s quartet of bourbons speak to the American bourbon drinker’s palate like no other spirit on the market today. American Freedom’s signature bourbon, Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is perhaps the best offering of the four, and is currently a feature spirit at Payless Liquors.

Origin of Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey

In the dark days after September 11, 2001, the US Military made the bold decision to send mounted teams of US Army Green Berets into the heart of Afghanistan. These “Horse Soldiers,” as they came to be known, were the tip of the spear and the carriers of the torch in what became the United States military campaign in Afghanistan. Today, these same soldiers that bravely ventured into Afghanistan distill one of America’s finest bourbons.

About Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

In order to be considered bourbon, a whiskey must be produced in the United States and its composition must be at least 51% corn. Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon whiskey is produced in the American South, of 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% barley, featuring American soft red winter wheat. American Freedom ages its bourbons for at least two years in charred, new oak barrels. The resulting bourbon is an 87 proof, non-blended – or “straight” – American bourbon whiskey.

Tasting and Nose

The essence of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey gives the drinker a preview of the sweet and savory notes to come – the nose includes caramel, cinnamon and dark fruit notes with toasted corn and oak to follow. At first sip, the warm vanilla and mild hints of black pepper give way to the light nutmeg and honey that linger on the palate. Warm oak notes round out the tasting experience.

Although Horse Soldier was born to be sipped neat or over ice, this bourbon gives a warm, spicy character to any favorite whiskey drink. The Manhattan – a classic whiskey cocktail that features the sweet notes of the spirit – is elevated with the addition of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds are similarly boosted by the inclusion of this elegant bourbon.

About American Freedom Distillery Horse Soldier Bourbon

American Freedom Distillery began in 2015 when a group of friends that had served together on various tours of duty with the United States military, fulfilled a lifelong dream of serving America’s people and distilling some of America’s best spirits. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, American Freedom boasts another flagship spirit honoring America’s finest; Rekker – Norse for “warrior” – Rum, dedicated to warriors everywhere.

Within the Horse Soldier line, American Freedom Distillery features Horse Soldier Small Batch, Horse Soldier Signature Barrel Strength, and a limited-edition Commander’s Select. Commander’s select bottles bear signatures by commanders of the actual Green Beret horse soldier campaign and feature a numbered military challenge coin and description of the unique mission fulfilled by the horse soldiers. Each bourbon and rum epitomizes the American Freedom Distillery motto – “Legendary Men, Legendary Spirits.”

Payless Liquors features 750 mL bottles of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 87 proof/43.5 ABV.

Redneck Riviera

Redneck Riviera Whiskey

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Eastside Distilling has teamed up with country music singer and songwriter John Rich to create a unique “American blended” whiskey that is unlike anything else available. The partnership ultimately resulted in Redneck Riviera Whiskey, a spirit that is part of Rich’s Redneck Riviera brand and is now available at Payless Liquors.

What Is Redneck Riviera Whiskey? 

Redneck Riviera

Redneck Riviera Whiskey is an American whiskey that is a blend of two premium whiskeys, both aged for at least two years in oak barrels. One of the whiskeys contains sweet grain and malted barley, while the other features Midwest corn that provides a smooth flavor that evokes caramel corn from a county fair. The overall whiskey blend contains at least 20% whiskey, which means the spirit has gone through the minimum aging requirement and is composed of around 51% grain.

Origin of American Blended Whiskey

Co-creator John Rich first came up with the concept for Redneck Riviera Whiskey in the middle of a tour while consuming Crown Royal, a Canadian blended whiskey. Rich asked himself if there was such a thing as an American blended whiskey. When he noticed the lack of this specific, all-American spirit, the country star teamed up with Eastside Master Distiller Mel Heim, throughout 2017, to create a smooth easily approachable whiskey. Rich dedicates the Red Riviera Whiskey to the hard-working American, which is consistent with the brand’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Hard.”

Tasting Notes

The aroma of Redneck Riviera Whiskey foreshadows the sweetness of the spirit, a combination of butterscotch, light vanilla, and caramel, all complemented with a touch of honey. Every sip of this whiskey introduces a rich, complex combination of honey, dark stone fruit, oak, and vanilla to the consumer’s palate, a blend that the earthy grains later round out. The whiskey tasting experience finishes with smoother, more subtle tastes of vanilla, honey, and oak.

Redneck Riviera Whiskey is the perfect companion to any cocktail of your choice. It is equally delicious with a splash of your favorite mixer or as the base for an Old-Fashioned cocktail recipe. The versatility of the smooth spirit makes it a great choice no matter how you like your whiskey, whether you prefer yours on the rocks, or neat in the glass. Its versatility and smooth flavor make this whiskey stand out and embody hard-working American values.

About Eastside Distilling

Eastside Distilling is the nation’s first publicly-traded distillery, located in Portland, Oregon’s distillery row. Since its founding in 2008, Eastside has been producing award-winning craft spirits using natural ingredients to guarantee both taste and quality. Some of Eastside’s notable products include Redneck Riviera Whiskey, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum, and Portland Potato Vodka.

Experience the Redneck Riviera Whiskey now at Payless Liquors, with a measure of 40% ABV or 80 proof, per 750 mL bottle, costing $29.99 each.

Redneck Riviera

In addition, look out for the upcoming Redneck Riviera Tasting event featuring John Rich himself. John will be at Payless Liquors, at Uptown Drive on April 27th from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Get your engines revving Indy!

Crown Royal Peach

Crown Royal Unveils New Peach Whiskey

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Peach and whiskey lovers alike can celebrate the latest limited-edition whiskey from Crown Royal, one of the leading producers of fine Canadian Whiskey, available from Payless Liquors. Crown Royal is renowned for its smoothness and unique flavor, and the master blenders at Crown Royal have successfully extracted the best bits of juicy Georgia peaches to create a vibrant and delicious new limited-edition whiskey.

Tasting Notes for Crown Royal Peach Whiskey

Whiskey connoisseurs know to spot great whiskey. Crown Royal Peach has a scent of fuzzy peach skins, oak, and hints of warm spice. On the palate you’ll enjoy the sweet tang of fresh Georgia peaches and creamy vanilla with the bold taste expected from one of the world’s most reputable whiskey manufacturers. The finish is sweet and smooth, and you can easily enjoy Crown Royal Peach Whiskey neat, on the rocks, or mixed with iced tea for a delicious and refreshing cocktail.

A Fantastic Addition to the Crown Royal Family of Fine Whiskeys

Crown Royal lovers will appreciate the newest addition to the line of flavored whiskeys from Crown Royal. If you enjoyed Crown Royal Apple, Vanilla, Texas Mesquite, or Salted Caramel, be sure to try Crown Royal Peach at your next opportunity. The delightful sweetness and rich, flavorful notes play well with the bold Canadian whiskey taste you expect from Crown Royal. Every batch is handcrafted and patiently aged to create the bold, yet smooth, flavor that has become the trademark of Crown Royal whiskey.

Established in 1939, Crown Royal has a nearly 100-year history of crafting some of the finest whiskey blends to ever leave Canada. Crown Royal is well-known for an unmistakable smoothness unmatched by other whiskey makers.

All Crown Royal varieties are fantastic on their own or mixed into cocktails. Enjoy your favorite whiskey cocktails with the signature smoothness of Crown Royal. The newest Crown Royal Peach Whiskey edition is sure to inspire some new creations. Customers can expect the same finely-crafted signature Crown Royal bottle in the usual cloth pouch, but the Peach edition fittingly comes with a peach-colored cloth pouch in lieu of the traditional purple.

Why Peach Whiskey?

Peaches are one of the most popular fruits in the country, and our Canadian friends to the north decided to blend the signature sweetness and flavor of fresh Georgia peaches with some of the finest-crafted Canadian whiskey for a remarkable new experience. Both whiskey aficionados and casual whiskey drinkers will enjoy Crown Royal Peach.Crown Royal Peach

While most whiskey drinkers do not enjoy super sweet whiskey blends, Crown Royal Peach manages to capture the deliciousness and intensity of Georgia peaches without erring on the side of being too sweet; whiskey lovers can sip it neat or on the rocks for a delightful twist on the usual whiskey drink. Flavored spirits are growing increasingly popular across the country, and Crown Royal Peach is sure to turn heads and create new whiskey lovers.

Visit Payless Liquors to find out more about Crown Royal Peach and try some for yourself. Experiment with this delightful limited-edition whiskey and find a new cocktail that’s perfect for relaxing in the summer months.