Drinks of the Week: Colorado Coolaid, Shochu Breeze, Red Raider

Thanks to our good friends over at Breckenridge Distillery, Blanton’s, and Harrmonii, we’re bringing to you yet another installment of “Drinks of the Week.” This week, we’re reviewing three new and exciting booze brands and showing off three more killer drink recipes just in time for the weekend! What the hell are you waiting for? Find all our reviews and delicious drink recipes after the jump!

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Named after Colonel Albert Blanton and touted as the world’s very first single barrel bourbon, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon was only made available to ambassadors, dignitaries and truly important VIPs for a very long time. Thankfully, everyone has access to this truly unique bourbon now!

Recent Accolades Include:

2011 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2010 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2010 Very Good / Recommended – Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2010 Silver Medal – Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition

Blanton’s has also made TV appearances on EntourageTrue BloodDesperate HousewivesBig Bang Theory, SouthlandNCIS, and CSI.

Proof: 93 (46.5% ABV)

Age: To maturity, in charred white oak barrels

Flavors: Caramel, honey, citrus and vanilla

TasteA (Amazing!)

Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)

Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)

Price: $63.59 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon an A- (Highly Recommended). Absolutely one of the finest bourbons we’ve ever tasted, and it is easily one of our favorites! Blanton’s Original is ultra smooth and quite potent, a mix that isn’t that common. Don’t ever pass up a chance to get your hands and taste buds on some Blanton’s.

Mix It Up With: “Red Raider”

Ingredients: 1 oz. Blanton’s Original Bourbon, 1/2 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 dash grenadine

Directions: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Breckenridge Vodka

Created using the finest tasting water mother nature has to offer, Breckenridge Vodka conveniently sources its water for production from an all-natural Colorado snow melt, drained through acres of mineral rich soil and stone from a 14,000 ft elevation. This makes Breckenridge Distillery the highest distillery in the world!

Breckenridge Vodka is said to be precisely distilled to reach very high levels of purity. Before being bottled, this vodka endures a slow filtration process through a bed of natural coconut shell charcoal strips… Sounds fancy!

When asked to review this Rocky Mountain elixir, we jumped at the opportunity!

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Neutral

Taste: B+ (Very Good)

Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)

Buzz Factor: C+ (Above Average)

Price$27.99 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Breckenridge Vodka a (Recommended). It has a very clean taste, and virtually no after taste. If you’re looking for a new vodka to try, we recommended Breckenridge Distilleries newest addition.

Disclaimer: No yellow snow was used in the production of this vodka!

Mix It Up With: “Colorado Coolaid”

Ingredients: 1 oz. Breckenridge Vodka, 1 oz. Southern Comfort liqueur,  1/2 oz. sloe gin, 1 oz. amaretto almond liqueur, 1 oz. orange juice,
2 oz. cranberry juice, splash of 7-Up soda

Directions: Mix ingredients in a shaker with a scoop of ice, and pour into a highball glass.

Haamonii Smooth Shochu

Crafted in San Francisco and produced in small batches, Haamonii Smooth Shochu has won 7 medals, including a gold medal awarded by the same judges that voted Grey Goose the #1 vodka in the world! Now, that’s some high praise if we’ve ever heard it.

Okay, okay… First things first, what the hell is Shochu anyway? It actually originated in China over 400 years ago and is characterized by its transparent “vodka-like” color, clean aroma, and a pure taste. Believe it or not, shochu one of the most popular distilled spirits in the world, even though many of you may have never heard of it!

All that being said, we were extremely excited when a bottle of Haamonii showed up at the office a few weeks ago.

Proof: 44 (22% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Neutral

Taste: B+ (Very Good)

Mix-ability: A- (Excellent)

Buzz Factor: C- (Below Average)

Price: $31.99 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Haamonii Smooth a B+ (Recommended). The name says it all, this version of shochu is extremely smooooooth! So much so, we even liked it straight over ice. It’s a great way to get the night started or extinguish your hangover from the night before. When mixed, it’s awesome and we’ve got the recipe to prove it! Check out our delicious drink concoction below…

Mix It Up With: “Shochu Breeze

Ingredients: 3 oz. Haamonii Smooth Shochu, 1 oz. fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, splash of soda water

Directions: Pour the shochu and grapefruit juice over ice. Stir, and splash with sparkling water. Add garnish.

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