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By L. Fitzgerald


Following are our recommendations when raising a glass for the holidays. We selected Fairmont Hotel Barware, Apothic Inferno wine, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Raphael Merlot.


Apothic Inferno is inspired by the whiskey-making techniques of barrel-aging, The wine is aged in white oak, whiskey barrels, bringing wine and whiskey enthusiasts alike a new way to experience wine. The process blends red and dark fruits with layers of maple and spice. We found Apothic Inferno to be full-bodied and rather strong with tannins. Pair it with a pot roast or lamb chops.

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Raphael Merlot is made from the vintner’s finest estate grown fruit on Long Island. We found it to be a well-balanced, full-bodied wine full of complexity and flavor, softened by velvety tannins. Their reserve grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and wild fermented. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels before bottling unfiltered and unfined. Try a glass for toasting holiday guests and pair it with a cheese platter and charcuterie.

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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum makes the perfect holiday punch. This rum has a deep affinity for ginger root, a spice that originated in Southeast Asia. We recommend it for a holiday punch. Here are the ingredients: 1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, ¼ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part homemade ginger syrup, 3 parts black tea, however we also added 1 pint of lemon sorbet and a little bit of orange juice. Delicious!

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The new Fairmont Store barware section features a curated array of awesomely designed premium home bar products such as the brand’s Classics Perfected signature Schott Zwiesel crystal glassware, BIRDY bartools designed by Fairmont Tastemaker Erik Lorincz, small batch Bittered Sling bitters and N.A.D Syrups formulated by Fairmont Tastemaker Nader Chabaane. We find the barware sleek, sophisticated and the perfect gift idea for your favorite host, hostess or mixologist. The VSOP Boulevardier is sating and made with Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac, Compari and sweet red vermouth. It’s served on the rocks and garnished with a lemon wheel.

The perfect cocktail to deck the halls.

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Cheers to all!

Originally published December 2016

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