Rhubarb Spritzer

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An Effervescent Spring Cocktail

Today we’re taking a closer look at rhubarb, those vibrant ruby stalks that brighten your local farmers’ market stands around early spring.  Or, if you’re lucky, in your home or community garden.

By horticultural standards, it’s considered a vegetable, though by culinary application it takes on a sweeter side, often prepared like a fruit with sugar and aromatic spices. Ingested for thousands of years for medicinal benefits, rhubarb has evolved into what it is today: a key ingredient in desserts, jams and, yes, even beverages.

We have just the cocktail for you to try this spring to make the most of this tart edible while it’s at its freshest – a delicious, refreshing and simple-to-prepare Rhubarb Spritzer Spring Cocktail.

MIXOLOGY TIP: Serve over Marvel Clear Ice for the best clarity, purity and flavor.  

Rhubarb Spritzer Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. rhubarb simple syrup (see details below)
  • Prosecco (to taste)
  • Marvel Clear Ice
  • Mint or rosemary sprig (optional garnish)
    Rhubarb Simple Syrup:
  • 2 stalks chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. First begin with the rhubarb simple syrup by combining chopped rhubarb with water and sugar in a small saucepan and placing over medium-low heat.
  2. Continue to stir as it cooks until the liquid reaches a syrupy consistency.
  3. Pour through a strainer to remove rhubarb and let cool.
  4. Next, fill a tumbler with Marvel Clear Ice.
  5. Stir in vodka and rhubarb simple syrup and top off with Prosecco.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint or rosemary, and enjoy! (MIXOLOGY TIP: To bring out the full flavor and aroma of your garnish, slap it between your hands before placing it in your drink.)
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Are You Ruining Cocktails by Using the Wrong Ice?

marvel-clear-ice-in-glass-macro-no-waterWhy bartenders say ice is the most important ingredient

Ice to a cocktail is what flame is to food – use it wisely, and the results can be phenomenal, use it incorrectly and you can completely alter the taste.

This practice dates back to 1805 when Frederik Tudor (dubbed the Ice King) changed drinking culture as we know it by introducing the concept of adding ice to enhance beverages.  Having your drink served over “Tudor Ice” was considered a luxury.

And in the modern cocktail, this still remains true.  As a matter of fact, expert bartenders insist that ice is the most important ingredient in making a great cocktail – and choosing the right kind can make or break your drink.

“Ice plays a crucial role in cocktail making. Not only does it chill a drink, but it also releases water into the cocktail, binding the ingredients, smoothing out the flavor, and taking the edge off the base spirit,” explains Michael Dietsch, Cocktail Contributor of Serious Eats.

ICE PURITY & CLARITY AFFECTS TASTE

It goes without saying the purer the ice, the better a drink will taste as the ice melts. And, clarity is the best indicator for purity, as is the case with the Marvel Clear Ice Machine, considered the clearest, most pure ice available for residential use.

“Cloudiness in ice comes from water impurities and air bubbles. Your average home refrigerator ice maker freezes ice really fast, which also leads to cloudier, imperfect ice. Crystal-clear ice is created when you freeze very pure water very slowly,” says Jim Meehan, recent winner of the first-ever James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program.

The Science Behind the Purity of Marvel Clear Ice 

Much like a fine chocolatier slowly tempers chocolate to a solid state for the best quality and flavor, Marvel Clear Ice employs a fractional freezing process to create high-density, slow-melting ice with the ultimate clarity and purity. As water runs over the cold plate, pure water freezes first.  Minerals, sediments and other water contaminants are carried away into the water reservoir, giving you clear, impurity-free ice that cools your drinks without affecting the flavor.

Additionally, owning a dedicated ice maker like the Marvel Clear Ice Machine will ensure no freezer odors are imparted into the ice as it freezes, which can change the ice’s flavor.

ice-cube-handsTHE RIGHT SIZE ICE CAN PROVIDE MAXIMUM COOLNESS AND EVEN DILUTION

Marvel Engineering Director Jim Holland took the physics of ice melting into great consideration when he developed the Marvel Clear Ice Machine. What he created was the optimal shape for keeping beverages cooler, longer, without taking up too much room in your glass.

“The ice shape was optimized to provide maximum cool down with minimum dilution,” Jim adds. “This was accomplished by utilizing a 3/4” cube to maximize the density of ice in the glass to cool the drink quicker, which minimizes melt.”

Chad Solomon, a New York cocktail consultant, understands the significance of this, “As the clock ticks, it’s going to be a totally different drink based on the size and density of the ice.”

Jason Cott, partner at the popular Pouring Ribbons bar in New York City, also considers dilution a critical factor in the perfect cocktail: “It’s not just about bringing the temperature of the drink down to the correct level. It’s about adding the correct water content to each drink. The hidden ingredient in every cocktail recipe is water.”

We agree with San Francisco bartender Thad Vogler when he says, “Once you’ve used good ice, it’s really hard to go back.”

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Pink Moscato Wine Cocktail with Spiced Rum and Cranberry

A Very Merry Moscato Wine Cocktail for the Season

A festive spirit for the holidays, this Pink Moscato Wine Cocktail is beautiful in presentation and delights with a perfect harmony of flavors. Pink Moscato is balanced with the warm flavor of spiced rum, the tartness of cranberry juice, and the sweetness of pineapple juice and grape soda. Sour mix and orange bitters add delicious depth sure to please your palate.

Pink Moscato Cocktail with Rum and Cranberry

Pink Moscato Cocktail with Rum and Cranberry

Credit: The Wine Bar

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle ROSE'N'BLUM™ PINK MOSCATO
  • 4 oz Captain Morgan® Spiced Rum
  • 16 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 8 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 12 oz Grape Soda
  • 4 oz Sour Mix (equal parts simple syrup, lime juice and lemon juice)
  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 4 dashes Aromatic Cocktail Bitters

Instructions

  1. To make the simple syrup, bring 1 cup of water to a boil and stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Reserve 1-1/3 oz to make the sour mix with equal parts lime juice and lemon juice.
  4. Store remainder in a container in your Marvel Refrigerator.
  5. Mix all ingredients in pitcher over Marvel Clear Ice. Stir.
  6. Garnish with lemon wheels, lime wheels or cherries.
  7. Cheers!
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More About Moscato Wine

Moscato d’Asti is expanding in popularity among wine enthusiasts for its lighter, sweeter flavor profile and lower alcohol content (5 to 8% abv). Known for its blend of sweet peach, orange blossom and nectarine flavors, Pink Moscato is typically created from Muscat Blanc grapes, possibly one of the oldest cultivated varieties in the world.

It dazzles wine enthusiasts with its aromatic fragrance, light fruit-forward palate, and spritzy character as a frizzante. Wine expert Stacy Slinkard describes its appeal as such:

Moscato’s inherent aromatics are simply stunning – orange blossom, honeysuckle, almonds, ginger and ultra expressive fruit dominated by green grapes, citrus tones and ripe peach nuances. From pear and apple, to orange and lime with consistent appearances in the ripe, juicy peach and apricot category, Moscato’s flavors are extraordinarily fruit-filled. The delicate cascade of bubbles, light body and sweet surprise culminate to woo and win many unsuspecting palates to the wide world of wine.

15" High Efficiency Single Zone Wine Cellar | MP15WSSo reach for that chilled bottle of Pink Moscato from your Marvel Wine Cellar, because this holiday wine cocktail is for you. Make sure you pair it with Marvel Clear Ice for a pure ice-cold chill that will keep your cocktail cooler, longer.

 

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Fresh Watermelon Mojito Recipe

Cool off this summer with this refreshing watermelon mojito recipe, served on Marvel Clear Ice.  Simply muddle two watermelon pieces with one juiced lime and add two teaspoons of sugar in each glass.  Stir in mint leaves to taste, then pour two ounces of white rum and Marvel Clear Ice.  Top with the spritz of ginger ale and garnish with mint.  Cheers!

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