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Gervasi Spirits – Blood Orange Gin The Negroni: When Everything Else Just Isn’t Cutting it

Posted on September 17, 2020 in Gervasi Spirits Blog Series

Gervasi Vineyard Negroni Drink

Some cocktails are born from necessity, others from the love of the craft. The Negroni, however, seems to have been created from the desire to simply make a stronger drink to consume.

It was 1919 in Italy and one of the most popular cocktails was the Americano (comprised of Campari, vermouth, and soda). The Americano was light and refreshing; overall a great choice when dealing with the Italian summer heat. Count Camillo Negroni desired something more. After spending some time living in London, he became accustomed to the more potent nature of the spirits abroad. (more…)

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Gervasi Spirits – The Gimlet: How Gin as Medicine Made it Mainstream

Posted on September 10, 2020 in Gervasi Spirits Blog Series

Gimlet at Gervasi Vineyard

Just like the Moscow Mule, sometimes cocktails are created to solve a problem rather than inspired by creativity or passion. There’s a saying that “necessity is the mother of invention”.  This is exactly the case for a cocktail that became known as the Gimlet. (more…)

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Gervasi Spirits – Wine Barrel Bourbon: The Manhattan Makes its Mark

Posted on September 3, 2020 in Gervasi Spirits Blog Series

Gervasi Spirits Manhattan

If you ask a bartender to list a couple of classic cocktails, the Manhattan is undoubtedly going to appear on or near the top.  It’s iconic, despite being over a hundred years old, and still finds ways to make a showing on a large percentage of cocktail lists around the world.  The Manhattan is also one of those drinks whose origin is murky at best and, quite often, a tall tale.

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Do you need a wedding planner?

Posted on August 27, 2020 in Weddings

Wedding Coordinator

Photo Credit: Frog on a Lily Photography

You’re ready to start planning what may be the most momentous event of your life. With so many decisions to make, the first question you might ask is, “Do I need a wedding planner?” The range of services provided by wedding planners varies as widely as their required fees, so consider the following factors before choosing whether or not to hire a professional. (more…)

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Gervasi Spirits – The Old Fashioned Ways

Posted on August 27, 2020 in Gervasi Spirits Blog Series

Old Fashioned and Wheated Bourbon

The Original Cocktail

What makes the Old Fashioned “old”?  For hundreds of years, the drinking of distilled spirits was a relatively simple affair. Up until the 15th century, distilled spirits were almost exclusively used as a medicine and drunk ‘neat’ or without any additional ingredients (wines and beers were preferred for everything else).  Spirits were just barely starting to be drunk for enjoyment during social events in the 17th century. (more…)

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