We created a new Vya website this year and we've been meeting a lot of inspired bartenders, who've inspired us to showcase their drinks. This list was vetted by Andrew and Laurel Quady and only the tastiest and most holiday of cocktails made the cut. We're sure they'll bring some more holiday cheer to your days and nights. My personal favorite, because I can both easily make and drink a lot of it, is the Mulled Vya. Vya is already full of spice and when you make it into a warm mulled drink with even more spice it all fits together perfectly and you're ready to cozy up by the fire and chat long into the evening. Plus, it includes Essensia, which adds that perfect orange marmelade element and brightens up the drink. Check out the Mulled Vya, last on the list, on our holiday cocktails page!
Andy Geanacopoulos publisher of Wine in Glasses has blogged about a Margarita made with Essensia. The recipe is found in Quady Cock-Tails, a drink book available from the winery with our wines as ingredients. We got it from the head bartenders at a popular Mexican restaurant, Barrio, in Seattle Washington after Barrio's Margarita was voted "Best Margarita in Seattle". It was originally published it in the December 2010 edition of our newsletter: Dessert Wine Digest. Several years of our newsletters can be found archived on the Quady Winery web site. Using Essensia, which is made from the Orange Muscat grape variety (in place of triple sec) instills a new level of sophistication to this classic cocktail. Although Petron tequila (shown in the photo) can be used, the recipe called for El Jimador.
From Barrio Restaurant, Seattle where Essensia is used in place of the typical Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur.