Posted On: 09/01/2017
A truly local product, Big O Ginger Liqueur is a favorite in our drinking repertoire. With lush hints of cinnamon, allspice and clove wrapped around fresh ginger, itís great for enhancing and updating classic recipes. Try it in a Big O Painkiller: In a shaker, combine 4 ounces pineapple juice, 1Ĺ ounces aged rum, 1Ĺ ounces Big O, 1 ounce cream of coconut and 1 ounce orange juice. Dry shake (meaning no ice) to combine, then pour into a large glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and enjoy! $32. Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.6282, winemerchantltd.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House
On a recent visit to the Martin Brothers Winery in Hermann, I discovered one of my new favorite beverages: Wildflower Dry Mead made from 100-percent wildflower honey. While still noticeably honey-like, this version of the ancient elixir was so well balanced that it paired well with savory foods. Imbibing with sushi made for an eye-opening complement, and the fruity honey flavors played nicely with wasabi. $20. The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Ave., Clayton, 314.727.8788, wineandcheeseplace.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís
In the dynamic world of beer, Odell Brewing Co. has the next new thing: Rupture Fresh Grind Ale. Odell uses a house-made grinder to crush entire fresh hops and rupture (get it?) the lupulin housed inside each cone. The ground hops give the beer an insanely fresh hop aroma full of citrus notes without a lot of added bitterness. With year-round availability, this light-bodied beer will be adored by hopheads everywhere. Friar Tuck Beverage, 9053 Watson Road, Crestwood, 314.918.9230, friartuckonline.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar
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