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Summer’s Last Cocktail Salute to Watermelon

September 12, 2017
Summer's Last Cocktail Salute to Watermelon | SwineAndSwill.com
By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

Watermelon: Like baseball and fireworks, it’s a summer tradition — it just wouldn’t seem like the season is complete without a taste of that sweet red fruit. And now that petite fruit options are available (branded as “personal watermelons”) it’s practical to buy a melon for just one or two.

Ocean Prime, the posh seafood venue in the shadow of The Crescent complex in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood offers a sophisticated summer cocktail that uses watermelon to good effect. The Watermelon Elyx combines premium vodka and gin, the flavors of lime, basil and ginger, and watermelon purée. Its presentation in a coupe glass with a garnish of melon balls makes it elegant. Click through to re-create it at home!

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Fire up Cinco de Mayo with hot new Ancho Reyes Verde

May 1, 2017
Fire up Cinco de Mayo with hot new Ancho Reyes Verde | SwineAndSwill.com
By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the 1861 Battle of Puebla, in which the 3-to-1 outnumbered Mexican army defeated Napoleon’s troops attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, an east-central Mexico town. The victory provided a much-needed morale boost to our southern neighbors. It’s now a day when Mexican culture and heritage is celebrated in the U.S. with festivals and parties. As such, it calls for regional libations. Margaritas? In this age of craft cocktails, a plain-Jane version seems, well frankly, boring.

Here’s a spirit to add some tasty style to your Cinco de Mayo celebration: Ancho Reyes Verde, a chile liqueur made with poblano chiles picked while green, and fire-roasted. The spirit became available in Texas just this spring.

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Wines for Winners on the Go!

March 4, 2017
Wines for Winners on the Go! Get to Know Backpack Wines | SwineAndSwill.com
By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

[Ed. note: We’re happy to add wine — or rather, sWine — to our coverage area. Big thanks to our super-knowledgeable contributor, Valerie Jarvie!]

Mild weather already reminds us picnic season is just around the corner. Just in time, is a portable new sipper on the market — actually two! Backpack Wine sent me samples of an innovatively packaged new wine product available in the Dallas — wine in white and rosé blends that come in four-packs of 250-milliliter cans, a lightweight and eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass, perfect for picnics, glamping and pool parties.

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