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Catskill Distilling Company - The Art and Science 
Edward Nesta, Debra Argen - Catskill Distilling Company - Whiskey Barrels - photo by Luxury Experience When New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act in 2008, the Catskills got another reason to celebrate when the Catskill Distilling Company opened its doors in 2010 in Bethel, New York, and if the name Bethel seems familiar, it was the home of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival. We took a drive to the Catskill Distilling Company to take a tour and taste their award-winning product line of  The Most Righteous New York State Bourbon Whiskey, Catskill Straight Rye Whiskey, Fearless Straight Wheat Whiskey, The One And Only Buckwheat, Wicked White Whiskey, Curious Gin, Peace Vodka, and Bosco Monte Vecchio Grappa.
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The Most Righteous Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Catskill Distilling Company
The Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon WhiskeyThe Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon Whiskey  made by the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York celebrates the area's agriculture,  its history as the first New York State distillery with the 2008 passage of the New York State Farm Distillery Act, and uses locally grown grains and natural processes for its distillation and aging. The result is a stunning bourbon whiskey that has great character, body, aromas, and flavor, that lends itself to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, in cocktails or in culinary recipes. To celebrate its versatility, Luxury Experience created a special cocktail and culinary menu, Luxury Experience - The Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon Whiskey Taste of New York State Menu.
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Macchu Pisco La Diablada Italia Pisco
Macchu Piisco La  Diablada ItaliaMacchu Pisco, La Diablada Italia Pisco is a super-premium pisco made in Peru by the talented distilling sisters, Master Blender Melanie Asher and her sister, Lizzie. Exceptional care in the making and the use of high-quality Italia grapes, make this Peruvian pisco one to try. Stellar in cocktails or when used in culinary recipes, Macchu Pisco La Diablada Italia Pisco is a product to make Peru proud.
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Macchu Pisco La Diablada Pisco Acholado - Pisco Sour Centennial
Macchu Pisco - La Diablada Pisco Acholado Macchu Pisco, La Diablada Pisco Acholado Pisco Sour Centennial is a super-premium pisco made in Peru by the talented distilling sisters, Master Blender Melanie Asher and her sister, Lizzie. It is a blend of their best piscos and elicits sweet floral and citrus notes on the nose and on the palate, and is an inspiration for well-balanced, sophisticated cocktail and culinary creations made with Macchu Pisco.    
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Blue Ice Vodka - Handcrafted American Potato Vodka
Blue Ice Vodka American-made Blue Ice Vodka is a very smooth potato vodka handcrafted from the finest Idaho Russet Burbank Potatoes. "Big Jim" Myerson founded family-owned Blue Ice Vodka in 2002, creating handcrafted vodka in Rigby, Idaho in the heart of the Russet Burbank potato region. With gluten allergies on the rise, and the growing concern about GMOs, vodka aficionados will appreciate that Blue Ice Vodka is certified gluten free and non-GMO.
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Cocktail Demo with Audrey Saunders during NYCE 2016
Audrey Saunders - photo by Luxury ExperienceAudrey Saunders, the owner of New York's esteemed Pegu Club, dazzled the audience with her Cocktail Demo during lunch at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC), where participants in the 2-day gastronomical event had the opportunity to add to their cocktail knowledge as well as cooking with renowned toques. Cheers!
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Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka
Vermont Spirits Gold VodkaVermont Spirits Gold Vodka is one more reason why we love Vermont. Vermont Spirits Master Distillers Harry Gorman and Joe Buswell ingeniously incorporate 100% maple sap into the Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka, and with every sip you can taste the goodness of the region.
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Vermont Spirits Crimson Vodka
Vermont Spirits Crimson VodkaVermont Spirits Crimson Vodka made from Vermont apples from the Champlain Valley is the latest release in the family of Vermont Spirits vodka products that includes Vermont Spirits White Vodka distilled from whey, and Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka distilled from the sap of maple trees. Created by master distillers Harry Gorman and Joe Buswell using local products, they bring the best of Vermont from farm to bottle.
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Vermont Spirits Coppers American Style Gin
Vermont Spirits Coppers GinVermont Spirits Coppers Gin is an American-style gin, and like every one of the Vermont Spirits fine collection of spirits, it has an interesting story to tell. Coppers Gin was named after the coins issued by the Republic of Vermont in 1785. It is distilled by hand with a simple selection of botanicals, starting with wild Vermont juniper berries, and their own blend of coriander, cassia, and angelica root, orange peel and cardamom pods. They distill each batch with 100% grain spirits in their one-of-a-kind 150-gallon copper pot still they built themselves, and the result is genuine flavor and a strong character.
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Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
No. 14 Bourbon - Vermont SpiritsVermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey with Vermont Maple Syrup is destined to become an American classic. Vermont Spirits Master Distiller Joe Buswell created Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey by deftly combining five-year old Bourbon made in Vermont and Vermont maple syrup to create a smooth spirit with a warm and lasting finish. Sipped alone or used in a cocktail, Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey is gathering fans.
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BarSol Pisco Supremo Mosto Verde Italia
Barsol Pisco Supermo Mosto Verde ItaliaBarSol Pisco Supremo Mosto Verde Italia  made with the best selection of Italia grapes from the Ica Valley is another in the line of award winning hand-crafted Peruvian piscos from BarSol. Luscious, heady aromas on the nose continue on the palate for a sophisticated and elegant finish.
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BarSol Perfecto Amor
BarSol Pisco Perfecto AmorBarsSol Perfecto Amor, Spanish for "Perfect Love" is a gorgeous fortified wine made from Peruvian Muscat grapes and is the newest addition to the BarSol Pisco (Peruvian unaged brandy) family of excellent products.  Serve chilled as a luscious slightly sweet aperitif or use in place of sweet vermouth in your favorite cocktail recipes and the product will live up to its name. Luxury Experience found that it also was a delicious addition to culinary recipes.
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BarSol Pisco Selecto Italia
BarSol Pisco Selecto ItaliaBarSol Pisco Selecto Italia is an award-winning pisco from Peru, with luscious floral and tropical fruit aromas with citrus and raisins on the palate that distinguish this elegant pisco, made in small batches in copper alembic pot stills to bottle proof without the addition of water or any other ingredients, with only one distillation. The result is one of excellence marked by purity, clarity, and exceptional taste used in cocktail recipes: Luxury Experience - Pisco Punch, Luxury Experience - Summer Passion, Luxury Experience - Blushing Bride, Luxury Experience - Mango Ginger Basil Smash, Luxury Experience - Ruby Slippers. It is also delicious in culinary recipes: Luxury Experience - Chilled Carrot, Lotus Root Soup with Ginger, Lemongrass, and Orange Marmalade, Luxury Experience - Grapefruit Lemongrass Sorbet with Raspberry Lemongrass Coulis, and Luxury Experience - Spirited Peach Ice Cream with Spiked Peach Oatmeal Nut Crisp
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Whisky Live 2013 - New York
Whisky Live 2013 - New York - Photo by Luxury Experience "The Spirited Travelers" - Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta attended Whisky Live, "New York's Finest Whisky Experience," at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York for an enlightening evening of exquisite tastings and educational seminars for trade as well as consumers.
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Travis Hasse's Original Cow Pie Liqueur
Travis Hasses Cow Pie LiqueurTravis Hasse's Original Cow Pie Liqueur the latest "pie" in the award-winning Drink Pie family that includes Travis Hasse's Original Apple Pie Liqueur and Travis Hasse's Original Cherry Pie Liqueur, is a luscious blend of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and neutral grain spirits. Perfect served chilled or over ice or used in cocktail and culinary recipes Travis Hasse's Original Cow Pie Liqueur is a "pie" that you will enjoy eating as well as drinking!
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BarSol Pisco Selecto Acholado
BarSol Pisco Selecto AcholadoBarSol Pisco Selecto Acholado is an award-winning pisco from Peru distilled from the best selection of three pisco grape varietals: Quebranta, Italia, and Torontel. The result is heady and aromatic with a long, lingering, elegant finish. Rich floral, fruit, and spice notes make it a delectable ingredient in cocktail or culinary recipes like Luxury Experience's Bullseye, 21+, Mesmerized, Jazz, Apple & Vine, Spirited Shooters, Chilled Edamame and Leek Soup with Nori Powder and Nori Oil, Edamame Hummus on Baby Zucchini, and Scallops in a Roasted Corn and Onion Saffron Soy Milk Sauce.
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BarSol Pisco
Barsol Pisco - Primero QuebrantaBarSol Pisco Primero Quebranta is an award-winning pisco from Peru, so take a sip and drink in Peruvian tradition, culture, and history. Pisco, the oldest brandy produced in the Americas, became popular in the United States during the California Gold Rush days from 1849, and continued until a little thing called Prohibition came along. With the growing trend in all things Latin, pisco proves its versatility beyond the Pisco Punch and the Pisco Sour.
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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - April 15 - 21, 2013Exciting news, rum lovers! The "Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - a celebration of cane spirits in the new world" takes place from April 15 - 21, 2013. Whether you are in the business (distiller, retailer, distributor, restaurateur, or bartender), or a passionate consumer enthusiast, the festival will provide the opportunity to learn about, and experience, rare, artisanal, and small batch international rums, as well as larger brands, via tastings, celebrity seminars, VIP parties, and cocktail competitions.
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Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from Luxury Experience
Luxury Experience - Corn and Acorn Squash  Soup - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThanksgiving is a reflective time to spend with family and close friends to celebrate and give thanks. Luxury Experience celebrated its seventh anniversary in November 2012 of "Bringing the Experience of Luxury to You" and we are especially thankful for your continued support throughout the years. We would like to celebrate by sharing a few of our favorite Thanksgiving culinary and cocktail recipes with you. Happy Holidays!
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WhiskyFest New York - Whisky, Bourbon, Cognac, and more
Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta at WhiskyFest in New York - Photo by Luxury Experience"The Spirited Travelers" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta of Luxury Experience attended Whisky Advocate's WhiskyFest in New York where we swirled, sniffed, sipped, and savored whiskeys from around the world.
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Hot Days, Cool DNA Drinks (Delectable Non-Alcoholic)
Ocean Tide by Luxury Experience- Photo by Luxury ExperienceAs temperatures soar during these hot summer days, keeping hydrated is a necessity. As tasty alternatives to beer, wine, cocktails, or soda, treat yourself and your guests to Luxury Experience's DNA (Delectable Non-Alcoholic) Drinks, using fresh fruit, fresh citrus juices, fresh herbs, Fee Brothers Cordial Syrups and Fee Brothers Bitters incorporating the bitter with the sweet.
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Leblon Cachaca
Leblon CachacaMaster Distiller Gilles Merlet creates Leblon Cachaça in Patos de Minas, in Minas Gerais, Brazil from freshly crushed sugar cane, which is then slightly aged in French Cognac casks to smooth and round out its flavor without taking away the heart and soul of this delectable Brazilian spirit.
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Whisky Live New York
Whisky Live New York 2012 - Whiskey, WhiskyIn our continual quest for whisky knowledge, "The Spirited Travelers" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta attended Whisky Live, "The World's Premier Whisky Tasting Show," an evening of tastings, seminars, great food, and live entertainment held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York.
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Cedilla Liqueur de Acai
Cedilla Liqueur de AcaiCedilla Liqueur de Açai from Maison Leblon in Patos de Minas, Brazil is an exotic, delectable liqueur made from the pulp of the açai berry macerated in Leblon Cachaça, and blended with native ginger root, Brazilian orange peel, and natural cane sugar. The result is a singularly delicious and colorful liqueur that is perfect on its own or used in a variety of cocktail and culinary recipes. 
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Clement Premiere Canne Rhum Agricole, White Rum
Clement Premiere Canne Rhum Agricole White RumClément Première Canne Rhum Agricole, the premium white rum, from the French West Indies island of Martinique, is smooth and silky, has a lineage that dates to 1887, and is a perfect base for cocktails.
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Rhum Clement Rhum Vieux Agricole V.S.O.P. Rum
Rhum Clement Rhum Vieux VSOP RumRhum Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole V.S.O.P. Rum, made in Martinique, is  sensationally smooth rum with a heritage that dates to 1887. Today, Habitation Clément is one of the oldest estates on the island. Founder Homère Clément would be proud that his descendants continue his tradition of making exceptional rhum agricoles.
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Clement Creole Shrubb Liqueur d'Orange
Clement Creole Shrubb Liqueur dOrange - Rhum ClementClément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d'Orange, made in Martinique has a long tradition that dates to 1887. Made from a blend of white rum and aged rum infused with bitter orange peels and Créole spices, Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d'Orange is a winning combination that will enchant your palate as an aperitif, used in cocktails, or in your favorite culinary recipes.
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Tales of the Cocktail 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Edward Nesta and The Deep Eddy Girls at TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury ExperienceTales of the Cocktail, founded by Ann R. Tuennerman, and held in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the best ways to learn about the fine art and history of cocktails. Now in its 9th year, Tales of the Cocktail is an annual tradition and attracts bartenders, industry professionals, and consumers from around the world who come for the multi-day spirits industry conference.
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Cocktail Pairing Recipes - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Coquette Spirited Dinner - Bar Chef Edward F Nesta, Bar Chef Debra C Argen - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar - Photo by Luxury ExperienceEach year as part of the annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Dinner® Series, New Orleans, Louisiana restaurants match their Chef with Guest Bar Chefs to prepare a one-night only cocktail pairing dinner.  We had the opportunity to work with Chef Michael Stoltzfus, owner of Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, who opened the charming restaurant located on the corner of Magazine Street and Washington Avenue in the Garden District in 2008. Guest Bar Chef Debra C. Argen and Guest Bar Chef Edward F. Nesta share their cocktail recipes from the Spirited Dinner® at Coquette Bistro Wine Bar.
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Fee Brothers Bitters and Cordial Syrups
Fee Brothers Bitters and Cordial Syrups, Rochester, New York, USA Fee Brothers Bitters and Cordial Syrups are to cocktails, what jewelry is to a LBD (Little Black Dress), added not to distract, but rather to enhance, adding a bit of polished perfection. Bitters can be your secret weapon in your recipe repertoire, as they are highly concentrated flavors that when used sparingly, elicit amazing results. Joe Fee calls their line of bitters the "spice rack behind the bar," all well and good for cocktails, but I believe that chefs should revolt and add Fee Brothers Bitters to their own culinary spice racks in the kitchen.
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Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey
Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey is best described from the quote on the back of the bottle, "They say God created whiskey to prevent the Irish from ruling the world. Steeped in ancient Celtic origins, Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey would make any Irishman, or lady, proud. Distilled in classic copper pot stills according to true Irish traditions, its rich malt flavor truly reflects the character of the finest Single Malt Whiskey;" which was certainly inspiration enough to try it. Family owned and made in Kelso, Tennessee by Master Distiller, Phil Prichard, Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey is a real treat for whiskey lovers. 
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