Booze News: Bruce Willis Buys Into Belvedere Vodka; Red Hook Winery Release First Vintage
Movie star Bruce Willis is set to acquire 3.3 percent of Belvedere vodka, as part of a long-term investment, although the actor won't get a seat on the company's board of directors.
[Wall Street Journal]
The Red Hook Winery is selling its first vintage at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on Court Street. Napa Valley vintners Bob Foley and Abe Schoener were enlisted to make the wines, which include a white, rose, and red.
Todd Thrasher, a bartender from the D.C. area explains how to make homemade mixers. Grenadine is a quick and easy recipe incorporating pomegranate juice, lemon juice, sugar, and orange peels. Fresh cranberries, sugar, and water make cranberry juice.
The original gin -- called genever -- is making a comeback. Since Bols Genever launched last year with a recipe dating 1820, the company (itself dating the 16th century) has invested in training bartenders in trendy cafes across Amsterdam.
Port makers are trying to overhaul the fortified wine's image. Vintner Paul Symington, for example, consults his young viticulturist for modern ideas about port. It was once a drink reserved for men, and was supposed to be passed around the table to the right.