NEW PRODUCT: TILLEN FARMS CHERRIES AT S. JEFFERSON STORE!

Tillen Farms brings back the peace of mind and great taste you want from your cherries WITHOUT using artificial colors, artificial flavors, sulfites and preservatives!

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Finally, a maraschino cherry not just for decoration, but one that you can actually enjoy eating! Dirty Shirley anyone?

THROWBACK THURSDAY COCKTAILS PRESENTS: Moscow Mule (a.k.a Vodka Buck)

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The Moscow Mule, also known as a “Vodka buck”, is made with a high quality vodka, a spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is usually served in a copper mug…

Now, there are ALOT of tales behind the history of this fashionably refreshing drink and how it came to be, but here’s what I got after reading way too many articles on it…

Back in the early 1940′s, John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc.,  “Jack” Morgan President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in LA (catering to lots of celebs) and Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division, were in a bar knocking ‘em back. According to Wikipedia, John Martin had problems peddling his Russian vodka in an American market. Jack Morgan says, “Hey let’s put your vodka with my ginger beer over a crap ton of ice and squeeze in some citrus.” Thus the Moscow Mule was born.

How the mug came to be? Martin, who went around the country to sell Smirnoff Vodka and popularize the Moscow Mule, asked bartenders to pose with any copper mug they had in house and a bottle of Smirnoff. He took two photos, leaving one with the bartender to display, and the other to be put into a collection to be used as proof to the next bar that Martin visited of the popularity of the Moscow Mule.

So here’s what we got, a few liquor distributors met by fate, had a few, got inspired and combined their products. “Put that in one of them there mugs!” Done.

But seriously, all I know is that this drink is freakishly refreshing, and why do I love this copper mug so much? I need a  set, I’m just saying. (Did I mention we sell ALL of these products the Randall’s Jefferson store? YES, the mugs too!!)

Anywho, here’s how you make it…

2 oz Vodka

4-6 oz Ginger beer,

Splash of lime juice

Half a lime

Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Splash lime juice, stir gently and garnish with a lime slice. Serve and ENJOY!

Definitely beats the heat, and oh boy St. Louis, is the heat on its way or what?!?!

Thank you Wikipedia, Huffington Post, and Epicurious for all the deets.

See you next week!

 

 

 

 

North County Wine Wall Refurbishment!!

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Attention wine lovers and explorers: The wine wall at North County Randall’s is getting a facelift! We are going to have all varieties of wines with scores and ratings all 90 points and higher, while still looking for the best values possible! Come check us out and watch the selections grow, and continue wow and amaze you with great wine at great prices! Come watch it grow with us at 11000 Old Halls Ferry Rd, right off Interstate 270!

This weekend’s tastings in North County

We’ve got a busy Saturday (3-23) ahead of us- we’re tasting a few new products and some old favorites, so make sure you stop by!

 

From 1 -4pm, we will be tasting Kraze Vodka and Frutella Moscato.

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3-5pm will be Wild Turkey American Honey, and Wild Turkey 81.

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4:30-7:30 we will be tasting the new Three Olives Marilyn Monroe Strawberry Vodka, Birdwell’s Vodka, and 1800 Skinny Margarita.

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Spring Cleaning in North County!

It’s that time of the year – the weather’s getting warmer (sort of), and all you want to do is enjoy it with a nice cold beer in hand. Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve found a bunch of beers hidden on our shelves and we want you to drink them. We want you to drink them so bad, we’ll even sell them at a discount.

First off – Odell Woodcut #4

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Woodcut No. 4 Oak Aged Lager provides an exceptional “base” for showcasing the importance of hand selected, hand coopered, medium toast, American virgin oak barrels. By choosing a double Marzen style lager, our brewers were able to design a beer that showcases the caramel malty characters of a Marzen along with the clean warming alcohol character only an 11% lager can provide. The nose of this beer is rich in complexity, providing pineapple, dried apricot, raisin and a pleasantly soft muskiness. Toasted oak overtones balance these aromas with a light cedar quality. As the warming alcohol coats the palate a soft vanilla lingers on the tongue imparted by the medium toast virgin oak.

Was $24.99 – Now $19.99!!

 

Goose Island Fleur 2010

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A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.

Was $6.99 – Now $5.99!!

 

New Belgium Lips of Faith – Prickly Passion Saison

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Prickly pear and passion fruit mingle together for New Belgium’s return to farmhouse ales. Prickly Passion Saison is truly a beer for Belgian inspiration. The combination of passion fruit and prickly pear juices with the tropical esters of a traditionally earthy Saison yeast create a wonderfully broad and reaching mango-like character. Ostentatiously amber, this Prickly Passion Saison is sure to provoke the palate with a passionate prick, turn that bottle over and take a sip.

Was $12.99 – Now $8.99!!

Rouge Santa’s Private Selection 22oz

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Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops–including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brewer John “more hops”.

Was $6.99 – Now $5.99!!

 

And for the most exciting part….. drum roll please…

We’ve still got a small selection of Mikkeller beers. This may be your last chance to buy these beers in Missouri for the foreseeable future. Here’s what we’ve got:

Mikkeller/Brew Dog I Harcore YoU

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I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ’n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count.

Was $6.99 – Now $5.99!!

 

Mikkeller – I Beat YoU

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A double IPA heavily hopped with Hercules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus hops.

Was $6.99 – Now $5.99!!

 

Mikkeller Black Tie

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Black Tie was first dubbed Mandeøl (Man Beer). It was brewed for the Swedish market and only as draught beer. After spending four months in Scottish whiskey barrels and then being bottled it earned it’s present name, Black Tie. Black Tie is an imperial stout with honey and smoked barley. Sweet, smokey and sophisticated – slick and sexy like a black tie.

Was $17.99 – Now $14.99!!

 

Get them while they last! These beers are in limited supply and once they’re gone, so are the great prices.

Great Divide Colette in today at North County

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Our homage to the beers that have quenched the thirst of Belgian farm workers for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Saison is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats–a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV.

Great Divide Orabelle

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Great Divide Orabelle now in stock in North County!

Orabelle is brewed with barley, wheat, and rye. This Belgian-style tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel, and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let Orabelle’s nature fool you, this is one flavorful brew. Watch out, she’s a charmer- one sip and you’ll be in love.