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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cocktail ingredients Utah update – May 2015

Good Gin makes an Aviation
as fresh as the sky itself!
The number of items on SPA (Special Price Adjustment) at the Utah DABC State Liquor Stores this month dropped off again this month into the middle two-hundreds; that’s normal for May.  There are, still, some quality cocktail ingredients available this month, so you might be able to get what you need to shake up some great cocktails.  Here are some ideas on how to use this month’s sale items to improve your cocktail repertoire.

Once again, there weren’t a lot of Bourbons on sale for the derby last week; if you’re into Evan Williams, you’re set.  Otherwise if you want a Mint Julep or a BLT, I hope you still have some in your bar.  There’s not much in the way of blended Scotch Whiskies marked down this month either: liter bottles of Chivas Regal 12 YO are marked down around $5 to $40 and the 1750 ml bottles of Dewars White Label are marked down to $47.  If you’re searching for a Scotch cocktail to try this month, consider going outlaw with a Rob Roy.

Martini lovers will be pleased to know that they don’t have to go thirsty this month.  Hendricks Gin (8% to $34 makes an excellent Classic Martinis).  The other pick of the Gins this month is the large bottle of Tanqueray (marked down 4% to $45) goes well in a Campden Cocktail; this little known cocktail is one you should try. If you love Tanqueray Gin and Tonics while sitting in the yard in the summertime, this might be a good time to stock up.

The selection of Tequilas this month is not bad!  This month Milagro Silver is marked down 13% range to $26 and the Reposado is marked down 9% to $30. Combine them with Gran Gala Orange Liqueur (an excellent, low cost Triple Sec marked down 14% to $19) to make a dynamite Margarita.  You will also find 1800 Silver (9% to $30) on sale.

As to any other sale or clearance items, if you see a great deal on anything at your local state store that other cocktailians might enjoy, post a response to this article.  See the following list “Suggested by the author” for information on how to use the Utah DABC website.  You can check out what else is on sale (e.g. the wines, etc.) by clicking through to the “SPA Product List” to open an online price book in PDF format that shows all of the markdowns for the current month.


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    1. Hi Kami: Please accept my apologies, but I never saw the email notice from the Blogger system about your request. I wouldn't have been able to help, but at least you would have received a prompt response.