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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cocktail ingredients Utah update – July 2012

July is usually the hottest month of summer, and this record-setting year seems to be no exception, bringing plenty of hot weather to Utah.  Hot weather means that when cocktail hour rolls around, Utah’s amateur mixologists should have plenty of takers for their cocktails. The number of items on SPA (Special Price Adjustment) this month dropped from around 350 in June to a more penurious 243 in July, but there are some quality cocktail ingredients on sale this month at the Utah DABC State Liquor Stores, so you can get what you need to make some great cocktails.  What’s needed this month are some great summer cooler cocktails in time for your barbecue or pool party.  Here are some suggestions that will save you money by taking advantage of items that are marked down this month.

The classic Gin cooler for hot weather is the Gin and Tonic.  This month you might want to try one using New Amsterdam Gin (1750ml CS# 031473 down 10% to $24), an excellent economy Gin.  It goes well in a Tom Collins, too.  If you’re more interested in a Classic Martini, pick up some Hendricks Gin (CS# 028625 down 12% to $29) or some Bombay Gin (CS# 028206 down 14% to $18).

Two great Tequila coolers are the Margarita Cooler and the Tequila Mojito.  Some of my favorite mixing Tequilas are marked down this month: try Milagro Tequila Reposado (CS# 089583 down 12% to $28), Milagro Silver (CS# 088116 down 13% to $25), or El Jimador Reposado (CS# 089278 down 15% to $17).  All three of these go well in a classic Margarita, too.

Deals on Vodka this month include Ketel One (CS# 034456 down 12% to $22), Absolut (CS# 034006 down 15% to $17), and liter bottles of Stolichnaya (CS# 034747 down 11% to $24).  Try these in a Cosmo Cooler, a descendant of the classic cocktail.

Two of my favorite Rum coolers are the Mojito and the classic Rum and Coke (with lime, of course).  This month try some Mount Gay Eclipse Rum (CS# 042666 down 16% to $15).  If you’re in the mood for some Bourbon instead, try some Buffalo Trace (CS# 018006 down 12% to $21).

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