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Virtual Learning about Spirits and Brands

Virtual Learning about Spirit Brands

If you’re staying in, now is a great time to learn more about your favorite spirits brands.

TV and Cocktail Pairings

TV Shows + Cocktails

If you’re at home watching your favorite shows, explore which cocktails make the perfect match!

  • Rewatching Mad Men? Try a Rye Old Fashioned—Don Draper’s choice in season 3—by subbing rye whiskey for bourbon in the classic Old Fashioned recipe.
  • Catching up on seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta? The cast’s drink of choice is a classic margarita.
  • Sharing your living room with Monica, Chandler and the rest of the cast of Friends? Try a Coffee Soda—an homage to the show’s coffeehouse, Central Perk.
  • Are you watching The Great British Baking Show and trying to bake along at home? Mix up a Pimm’s Cup—it’s springtime in a glass and oh-so-British.

Whatever you’re watching, raise a glass to your favorite shows!

Classic Movies

Classic Movies + Cocktails

Are classic movies more your speed? Pair your favorite flick with a classic cocktail. Try one of these classic film and cocktail pairings:

  • Casablanca and French 75—Yvonne’s choice at the bar is a reference to World War I French artillery.
  • Some Like It Hot and Manhattan — Marilyn Monroe’s “Sugar” famously mixes Manhattans on the train.
  • Bonfire of the Vanities and Sidecar—When Bruce Willis’s Peter meets with Melanie Griffith’s character’s husband, the old man orders a Sidecar.
  • Blue Hawaii and Mai Tai—Featured in the 1961 film starring Elvis Presley, this tiki drink combines light and dark rums with juices and liqueurs for a fruity, complex taste.

Cheers to the movies!

Classic Bloody  Mary

The Classic Bloody Mary

A thick, rich blend of clam and tomato juices, spiced with Chesapeake Bay seasoning and freshly grated horseradish, Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mix is the perfect match for Grey Goose Vodka. Garnish with a celery stick, a pickle or an olive. For an extra garnish twist, check out our selection of stuffed olives.
Bloody Mary Variations

Bloody Mary Variations

Grab a bottle or can of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix and mix with Dr. Stoner’s Hierba Loca Tequila for a “South of the Border” twist. Use New Amsterdam Lemon Vodka for a Citrus Mary. Blend T.C. Trotter’s Moose Mix Bloody Mary with Ghost Pepper Infused Vodka from Chesapeake Bay Distillery for a spicier option.


Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a great time to learn more about how alcohol affects your body, and to learn how to mix up mocktails that are just as delicious as your favorite cocktails. Check out Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention section to learn about blood alcohol concentration, how long it takes to eliminate alcohol from the body and to learn tips for responsible entertaining. Get creative with your Mule and swap out the vodka for your favorite fruit juices, then add ginger beer to create a Mocktail Mule. A salt-rimmed glass and your favorite alcohol-free margarita mixer let you enjoy the fresh, citrus taste of this popular drink as a mocktail. It’s easy to blend a delicious, no-alcohol Piña Colada. Just toss your ingredients into a blender with ice minus the rum, blend and enjoy!

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