Spirits & Mixers

News from the spirits, craft spirits, cocktail mixers and other beverage alcohol categories.

Ole Smoky Distillery Preps National Fall Whisky Line Launch

Ole Smoky Distillery announced today the national launch of its whiskey line. The company plans to build off the success of the whiskeys’ local Tennessee launch in 2016 by introducing the top three flavors to bars, restaurants and retail stores across the U.S.

Saxco Assists With Packaging For Premium Ayate Tequila

Savage And Cooke, of Vallejo, California in partnership with the Ramirez family of Guanajuanto, Mexico is introducing its new premium Ayate Tequila in two expressions to Tequila drinkers in the United States marketplace.

Egan’s Introduces its First Single Grain Irish Whiskey

The new expression will be the second to be released to the U.S. market following the successful launch of the brand’s Single Malt in 2015. It will be available nationwide as part of the Intrepid Spirits portfolio, with concentrated distribution in select markets.

Black Infusions Adds Five New Markets for Black Fig Vodka

Boston-Based Black Infusions, LLC has gained two new distribution partners for Black Fig Vodka across five statewide markets. The brand has partnered with Lanterna Distributors for its release in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC, as well as Smart Distributors for its debut in Missouri.

Jim Beam Releases Vanilla Offering

Continuing a 222-year family tradition of innovation and exploration, Jim Beam distillers have struck the balance of subtle Madagascar vanilla bean with hints of oak and caramel bourbon notes, producing a sweet vanilla aroma and golden brown color.

Mezcales de Leyenda Introduces 4 Limited Artisanal Mezcal Expressions

Mezcales de Leyenda has announced the release of four limited release mezcals that each benefit a specific social or environmental cause. These mezcals are produced in partnership with unique species of agave and hyper-small mezcaleros to ensure that they are like no other agave-based spirits available today.

New Old Forester Distillery Installs Column Still

Produced by Vendome Copper and Brass Works, the Old Forester still is 24 inches wide and 44 feet tall, weighing in at 4700 lbs. The column still's key role in bourbon making is the separation of the fermented mash (corn, rye, malt and barley) to create 'new spirit,' essentially serving as the heart of the distillery.

Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails Launch in Maryland

Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails has launched in Maryland, the home state of founder and CEO Sandy Mazza. The product is currently available in 28 retailers in Maryland, as well as hotels including The MGM National Harbor, The Hollywood Casino Perryville, and the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.