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Whip Up Kicked Up Hot Chocolate and a Tropical Piña Colada with Spodee Country Wine with Moonshine!

It’s Spodee time anywhere you can mix up a cocktail!

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Snuggle up with your sweetie and keep warm with this kicked up hot chocolate or sip on a colada if your on a beach! Just celebrate life and the upcoming New Year with a hand-crafted hooch!

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That’s right! Spodee’s modern recipe is fashioned from the coveted recipes of Depression Era hooch. It began as secretive way to sell moonshine and only those with the right handshake or wink could get there hands on it. Today, it is handcrafted and brewed at Brotherhood Winery which is one of the oldest wineries since 1839.

Around the holidays, you are bombarded with Spiced Pumpkin Lattes, Eggnog and Mulled Wine. We thought it would be fun to sample Spodee’s and celebrate in a not-so-traditional style.

Spodee Wine  is a white wine with notes of pineapple, coconut, and amaretto — both are fortified with moonshine, which kicks the ABV content up to 36 proof!

Spodee Piña Colada was cool, refreshing and hit the spot, YES, even during the holiday season. The flavors of pineapple, coconut, and amaretto created a perfect colada. And the best part? We will be enjoying these throughout the warmer months too! Spodee, you are very fashionable anytime of the year!

Spodee Red is port wine with note of cherries and chocolate which is fortified with moonshine, which kicks the ABV content up to 36 proof!

Spodee Wine Piña Colada

3 parts Spodee Wine

1 part fresh lime juice

1 part coconut cream

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Add all ingredients to a blender, whirl until smooth, garnish and enjoy!

Kicked Up Hot Chocolate with Spodee Red Wine  

Put the kids to bed! Whip up your favorite hot chocolate recipe and leave a little bit of room for a splash or three of Spodee Red. This grown up treat is just for us! Find someone to snuggle with quickly! You will both be smiling!

Spodee’s website has sooo many thirst-quenching recipes, you must check them out!

Cheers to 2015 in Spodee-style!


12 2014

Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka from North Carolina is The “Best Yam Vodka” on Earth Which Makes The Best Moscow Mule on Earth!

Covington’s Sweet Potato Vodka from North Carolina is America’s Vodka. Actually, it makes every cocktail the best!


Vodkas around the world should take notice! There’s a new vodka on the horizon distilled from sweet potatoes and it is exquisite! Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka is a beautiful reflection of our proud Southern heritage and the fruits or sweet potatoes from North Carolina. Covington is actually the name of the species of sweet potatoes that make the vodka.

The wildly popular 2014 Music City Food and Wine Festival in Nashville hosts many new products on the market, especially artisan spirits. The Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato sign caught my eye and I couldn’t resist finding out more because I am passionate about artisan small batch spirits that reflect the local farmers, especially in the South.

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On the left is Mary Rich, PR and Marketing. The gentleman in the photo is Jimmy Burch’s son, Jared Burch and on the right is Elizabeth Revell, who helps with the Vodka brand and helps run Burch Farms. The owners are Jimmy Burch and Bobby Ham, who live in eastern North Carolina. They have a 7000 acre farm in Faison, NC, on the way to Wilmington, just off of I-40 where the famed, Covington Sweet Potatoes are grown.

How I drink sweet potato vodka….

Lately, I have enjoyed creating cocktails with vodka because that’s what I like! Little did I know that this gourmet vodka from North Carolina would kick my Moscow Mules in the beautiful Oggi Moscow Mule Copper Mugs way up at to the top of my cocktail list. Or, a couple of splashes over ice is another way to enjoy it. I can’t say that I have enjoyed that experience with other vodkas. You don’t even need an olive to enjoy the velvety mouthfeel and delicate creamy flavors. Keep a chilled bottle of this exceptional vodka so you can share an authentic flavor of the South with your friends.

Listed below is my favorite Moscow Mule recipe. Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka adds a rich, balanced layers of flavor that pair well with a exceptional  Bundaberg Ginger Beer that has big flavors of fresh spicy ginger and lots of bubbles. I do like to add freshly made ginger syrup to give it yet another layer of flavor and because I love ginger! A splash of fresh lime juice and mint leaves  completes this recipe for a refreshing vodka cocktail.



The Best Moscow Mule on Earth!
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
  • Ingredients
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Fresh, homemade Ginger Syrup (optional but I really love this addition)
  • 2 ounces Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato vodka
  • 4 to 6 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer
  1. In a saucepan, simmer 1 C water, 1 C sugar and 4 or 5 slices of fresh ginger until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cool in pan and then place is a sealed container.
  3. Squeeze lime into a copper mug and drop in half lime.
  4. Fill the copper much halfway with crushed ice,
  5. Pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer and a good slash of ginger syrup.
  6. Stir and serve with a lime slice and fresh mint.



11 2014

Imbibe and Aviation Gin are Heading to Austin’s Half Step Bar on Rainey St to Host an Afternoon of Booze and Texas BBQ on Saturday, September 27th

Come On to a Texas throw-down for a Texas-style BBQ and  Cocktails at Half Step

Saturday, September 27 with Aviation American Gin from 1 – 4 PM.

Tickets are $25 dollars and include and three drink tickets



Along with with the latest in liquid culture information, Imbibe Magazine, pairs up with batch-distilled  97 point-rated Aviation Gin  and Texas BBQ at Half Step on Rainey Street for an afternoon of food and cocktails, Austin-style!

You can buy TICKETS or purchase at the door until we reach capacity.

Rainey Street Rocks!

One of my most favorite areas in Austin, Rainey Street , is considered one of the most vibrant nightlife spots and is now morphing into a mixed-use area burgeoning with boutique hotels and stylish Austin living as well as some of the best watering holes and restaurants around. On Saturday, September 27th, come to Half-Step to eat, drink and party Austin-style!

Half Step‘s owner and bartender Chris Bostick and chef andbartender Rob Crabtree have collaborated on an amazing food and drink menu, making for the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. What’s in store? Think Caja China Pig Roast with crispy skin and all the fixings alongside four refreshing cocktails.

What’s on the menu?

Pig Roast
La Caja China Whole Roasted Pig with Crispy Skin
Heirloom Cherry Tomato and White Cheddar Salad
Spiced Heirloom Carrot Slaw with Aviation Soaked Currants
Half Step Macaroni Salad
Soft Pretzel Breadsticks from Easy Tiger

Flight Path – Aviation American Gin, raspberry, lemon and dry cider
Aviation Red Snapper – Aviation American Gin, tomato juice, lemon, spices
Draft Aviation Americano – Aviation American Gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Campari, Soda
Aviation American Gin & Tonic



09 2014