Randall’s will be at Microfest on May 6th & 7th in Forest Park!!!

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We’re headed to Microfest in Forest Park! On May 6th & 7th we will be at Microfest with allocated brews for you to taste and some cool prizes to win!! Don’t have tickets yet? Make sure you head to any of our four locations to ENTER for your chance to WIN TWO FREE VIP TICKETS TO MICROFEST! Head straight to the beer section and find the Microfest display to enter! You can also purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE!

Now for in-store news…DID YOU KNOW WE DELIVER? WANT FREE DELIVERY? Place your online order by downloading the Drizly app to your mobile device and enter the code “MICROFEST” for FREE DELIVERY! Lift for Life Gym/Microfest will receive a $2.00 donation for each delivery using the “MICROFEST” code!

It’s Here — E-40′s Sluricane Hurricane

Sluricane“Hurricane, but you can call me Sluricane…” You know that’s the first thing you thought of when you read this blog title! Well, you’ve thought right, cause that’s where the idea of this rum and juice flavored ready to drink pre-mixed deliciousness was inspired from. Earl Stevens a.k.a E-40 a.k.a  40 Wata  a.k.a. Earl Poppin’ His Collar, well y’all get it…is a platinum selling recording artist veteran and actor from Cali who decided to focus on some of the other pleasures in life besides some of the best rap we’ve heard…booze.

Hurricane Sluricane has a fruity and exotic taste of rum and natural flavors that will enlighten your day. Best served chilled. 18% Alcohol by volume. The label is cool too…so E-40 you fancy huh? Love it!

Not newbie to the liquor industry, he launched his Earl Stevens wine collection in 2013 with refreshing flavors like Mangoscoto and Function Red Blend.

THROWBACK THURSDAY COCKTAILS PRESENTS: THE PINA COLADA

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Let us begin shall we? So, a Puerto Rican Pirate and Three Puerto Rican Bartenders…hey-hey now, this is not the beginning of some sketchy joke, people!! This begins the tale of the birth of the so festively fresh, creamy and delicious Pina Colada. Let’s get one thing straight – the story of this #TBT cocktail is no punchline, rather a short but sweet tale that provides a glimpse into one the world’s most exotic cocktails.

So, as I was saying… a Puerto Rican Pirate and three Puerto Rican bartenders…contest the ownership of Puerto Rico’s national drink! Let’s study the deets:

Dating back to the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale, gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost — so was this written on a map somewhere???

It seems possible, right? We’ve got pirates, rum, fresh coconuts and pineapple from whatever island they happened upon, easy right? Maybe not…

Remember those three bartenders??

Bartender #1 – Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero Pérez claims to have first made his Pina Colada at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan on August 15,1952, using the then newly-available coco lópez cream of coconut. Coco lópez was developed in Puerto Rico in 1948 by Don Ramón López-Irizarry, hence the Puerto Rican connection and the 1952 account of the drink’s creation. Some say the drink did not acquire its name until the 1960s.

Bartender #2 – Ricardo García, who also worked at the Caribe, says that it was he who invented the drink, while bartender #3 – Ramón Portas Mingot says he created it in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant, in Old San Juan. The restaurant stands by his claim to this day.

So WHO KNOWS! What do we know? It’s name means “strained pineapple,” and it’s made with some of the world’s most desirable dark and white rums born from the sugar canes of Asia, succulent and delicious pineapples native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, and the sweetest, most rich, coconut creams and milks that were born from some of the most pure and untouched islands of the world. So to me, I’m thinking that only a pirate would have gained virgin access to these exotic ingredients. Therefore, the pirate tale sounds a bit more plausible, and exciting…

Anywho, here’s how you make it…

1 ½ cups of ice
½ cup diced pineapple, frozen
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
1 ½ ounces white rum
1 ounce dark rum
Pineapple slices

Directions
Put the ice, fresh pineapple, juice, coconut cream and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth, creamy and frosty. Pour the drink into two glasses (or into one large “I’ma drink all this, by myself, right now” glass) and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

I’ma jump in there and say, add some cherries, a rum rummer and turn on some Rupert Holmes – Escape (the Pina Colada Song) to finalize your frosty cocktail and begin your tropical adventure!!

Thank you Wikipedia, Taste of Rums, Delish, You Tube and Food Network for all the deets.

See you next week!

 

Pure Sonoma Olive Juice – Randall’s Wines & Spirits – Jefferson

NEW PRODUCT!!! No. 31 Pure Sonoma Olive Juice is made with locally sourced and naturally cured (no lye used here) pure olive juice designed to create an all natural dirty martini with wine country taste and style.

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Randall’s Wines & Spirits to host Local Fest ’15

FREE EVENT! On Saturday, June 20th, Randall’s Wines & Spirits’ in Fairview Heights will be hosting Local Fest ’15! This is event has been coined “The Farmer’s Market of Booze” and it is here that you will be able to sample local beers, wines and spirits from over a dozen producers from around Missouri and Illinois! But it doesn’t end there…in addition to sampling, we will have fun activities, raffle prizes and much more!

As a locally owned and operated business, Randall’s is proud to support the area’s talented producers. See the attached flyer for more details! Local-Fest-Poster-smalle.rjpg

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?

Randall’s Jefferson Hosting Father’s Day Classic Car Show!

Don’t know what to do for Father’s Day? Well you are in luck! Join Randall’s Wines & Spirits at S. Jefferson & Hwy. 44 for a FREE Classic Car Show! In addition to over 30 beautifully restored classics, we will have beer tastings, scotch tastings, whisky tastings, bottle engravings, cigar rollers, discounts for dads AND free giveaways including — grills, guitars, fire pits, t-shirts, and much, much more! Come on out and join us! You owe Dad that much.classic-car-show-full-page

Rinaldi Moscato D’Asti “Bug Juice”

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Made from 100% moscato d’Asti, the bouquet is delicate and intense with aromas of fruit (apple, peach) and spices (sage). The palate is sweet and smooth with lingering aromatic persistence. A refreshing and pleasant wine, perfect for brunch, picnics or poolside.

“Each year, one of the finest Moscatos comes from Rinaldi, and the fabulous label and hilarious reference to ‘bug juice’ only adds to the fun. This light-bodied, low alcohol (4-5%) Moscato is bursting with notes of honeysuckle, lychee nuts, peaches, mangoes and spring flowers. The intoxicatingly intense aromatics are followed by a wine with some residual sugar, although that component is well-balanced by the wine’s acidity and freshness. These Moscatos are best drunk in their first 6-9 months of life, so drink this Bug Juice up immediately. “

- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 92 pts

 

Great Deal on a Classic Aussie Shiraz at Fairview

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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz 2010

The Yalumba Y Series of quality wines salutes our proud history of viticulture and winemaking in South Australia. Significantly, the individual icons on each label reflect the labours, inventive thinking and aspirations of all at Yalumba.

This Shiraz depicts our coopers toiling in our cooperage crafting magnificent oak barrels, a proud Yalumba tradition in a wine world that has precious few of these truly gifted artisans.

The 2010 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz is deep crimson red in colour. It displays aromas of boysenberry and ripe cherry, complemented by a hint of cinnamon oak. The palate shows a core of sweet fruit that make this variety so beloved. Flavours of boysenberry and ripe cherry continue with a moderate level of tannin, full body and hearty finish. A perfect accompaniment for Mediterranean inspired pizza.

89 points- The Wine Spectator (May 31, 2012) “Lithe, with a pepper character informing the dark berry and current flavors. All lingering effortlessly on a velvety finish.”

 

Control Pisco now at Fairview

control_piscoControl C is a premium Pisco from the Limari Valley in Chile. Once home to the Diaguitas, indigenous people dating back to the 8th through 16th century whose culture centered on the worship of the Sun, the valley basks in sunshine on average 300 days per year.

The clear, sunny skies coupled with the best Pedro Jimenez and Muscat of Alexandria grapes from the region give Control C its delicate flavors and aromas, making it the perfect emblem of one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Chile.

Control C is distilled 3 times in copper alembic stills. It is crystal clear, with a fresh, herbaceous aromas and a touch of citrus. On the palette, Control is soft, round and creamy and has a long, clean finish.