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Wine & Spirits

by Peter Proko
Mixology Monthly
Beer cocktails are all the rage—and they’re perfect for cooling off in the summer. So, we turned to Ori Geshury of Cherry Hill’s Mixology Wine Institute for a recommendation. He knew just the libation: the Michelada, a Mexican drink blending beer, tomato juice, hot sauce, spices and more. By using beer in the concoction, Geshury says it’s the “mixology equivalent of stuffing your face with bread or rice to round out the intensity of flavors.”

2 oz. Tomato juice
¾ oz. Lime juice
½ oz. Juice of blood orange
Splash of soy sauce
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Hot sauce of your choice
1 to 3 drops Angostura bitters (optional)
Maggi seasoning (optional)
12 oz. beer
Combine first 10 ingredients in a 20 oz. tall pilsner glass and stir aggressively. Fill with ice, then add beer (Negra Modelo, Corona or any light lager will work well). Garnish with a pickle slice or a lime wedge.

Drink Up
When we need expert advice on wine, we turn to Bill Brandt, owner of Traino’s Wine and Spirits in Marlton and Voorhees. We asked Brandt what bottle of wine he would buy for someone as a one-of-a-kind special gift. Here’s what he had to say:

“Something that’s a real special wine gift is by a winemaker named Bill Harlan, and that would be a bottle of Harlan 2006. This retails at Traino’s for $699.99. It’s special first of all because of the quality, the scarcity, and it also has 96 rating.”

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 4 (July, 2011).
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