Join Vizcaya At Old Westbury Gardens for “A Night In Old Havana”

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If you’re a Vizcaya fan who lives on the East Coast, mark your calendars now for May 19, 2012. That’s the date of “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana,” which is the theme for this year’s Old Westbury Gardens annual Gardeners’ Fair.

Vizcaya is proud to sponsor this event, which is attended each year by hundreds of high-profile attendees from New York’s philanthropic, social and business communities, and to be the only brand of rum that is poured throughout the evening. Vizcaya Cristal and Vizcaya Cask 12 will provide a smooth, delicious basis for signature Cuban cocktails, while Vizcaya VXOP, the ultimate sipping rum, will be on hand for those guests who prefer to savor their rum straight up or on the rocks.

Additionally, a case of Vizcaya VXOP will be one of the featured auction items. Come place your bid for 12 bottles of the very best rum around, with proceeds to benefit a fantastic charity!

Old Westbury Gardens boasts 60,000 annual visitors. Located on Long Island’s North Shore, the 200-acre estate is home to many events, including children’s programs, concerts and festivals, horticultural classes, tours and talks. The Gardeners’ Fair is a much-anticipated annual extravaganza, and the funds raised on the evening of May 19th will help Old Westbury Gardens achieve its goals of providing environmental education and ensuring that beautiful green spaces are available to all.

Vizcaya is a natural partner for the 2012 “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana” event, since its family of Cuban-style rums, distilled using premium sugar cane and traditional methods, are rich with flavor and character. Anyone who appreciates the sophisticated nuances of a premium sipping spirit will enjoy the taste of Vizcaya VXOP, its smoothness embued with notes of spice, brown sugar and smoke. For fans of classic Cuban-inspired cocktails like mojitos, El Presidentes and daiquiris, Vizcaya Cristal and Vizcaya Cask 21 fit the bill. These, the newest addition to the Vizcaya line, offer the same high quality as Vizcaya VXOP, while maintaining a more subtle flavor profile. This allows them to be made into top-notch cocktails.

Come hobnob with some of New York’s elite society, drink fabulous cocktails inspired by 1950s Havana, bid on auction items like a case of the ultimate sipping rum, Vizcaya VXOP, and dance in the gardens. It’s “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana” at the Old Westbury Gardens, and it wouldn’t be the same without you!

For more information, please visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.

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Published in: on March 12, 2012 at 6:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya Cristal Is A Mixologist’s Dream

Whether you are a professional mixologist, or just a rum enthusiast who likes to shake up a cocktail at home now and again, you’ll want to add new Vizcaya Cristal to your repertoire of rums. Cristal, one of the newest additions to the refined Vizcaya family of ultimate sipping rums, is a white rum that can certainly be enjoyed on its own or over a few cubes of ice, but which also lends itself to amazing cocktails. Here are a few classic cocktail recipes to start you out.

Cristal Cuba Libre 

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
juice of 1/2 lime
Cola

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with lime twist or wedge.

Cristal Mojito

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
handful mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz. club soda

Place mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add crushed ice, Cristal, sugar, and lime juice. Muddle. Add soda and garnish with mint leaves.

Ti-Punch

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
1 oz. simple syrup
1 fresh lime

Wash lime, remove top and bottom, and thinly slice into half rings. Add lime pieces to glass and crush with the flat end of a barspoon. Add rum and sugar syrup, top with broken ice, and muddle together. Add a short straw, and serve.

Cristal Cubano

1 part fresh lime juice
1 1/2 parts orange liqueur
3 parts Vizcaya Cristal
1 egg white

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with fresh lime or mint.
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Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Classic Cocktails Are Even Better with Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

The simple pleasures in life — an exquisite cigar, a perfectly cooked ribeye, the smooth Vizcaya after a long day of work — are undeniable. Yet there are also moments when cocktails a little more complex are called for, and that’s when you’ll pull a bottle of Vizcaya Cask 12 out of your liquor cabinet. Cask 12 offers the same refinement that you enjoy when you drink Vizcaya VXOP, but its smooth mixability means that it’s easy to combine with other ingredients to create refreshing, classic cocktails. Here are a few favorites to get you started — but don’t be afraid to invent your own drinks using Vizcaya Cask 12. If you hit upon something fantastic, please share it with us!

Vizcaya Havana

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 21 Rum

juice of 1/2 lime

ginger ale

Mix Vizcaya and lime juice in an ice-filled glass. Add ginger ale to taste. Garnish with mint.

Vizcaya Dark and Stormy

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

8 oz. ginger beer

Pour Vizcaya over ice in a tall glass. Add ginger beer slowly. Stir and enjoy.

Vizcaya Rum Sling

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

6 oz. club soda

Combine Vizcaya and Angostura Bitters in a highball glass over ice. Add club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.

Vizcaya Rum Rickey

1 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

1/2 oz. lime juice

1 tsp. simple syrup

club soda

Pour light rum, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into an ice-filled collins glass, and fill with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.

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Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Introducing new Vizcaya Cristal!

The makers of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum—the ultimate sipping rum—are proud to announce a new addition to the Vizcaya family of fine rums. Vizcaya Cristal is a premium quality white rum with a satin-smooth finish, making it a versatile spirit to add to your bar.

Sip Vizcaya Cristal on the rocks or neat, to savor its nuances of vanilla, sherry and walnuts. We like to think of this as the world’s finest white sipping rum, and just like the VXOP, it pairs perfectly with your favorite cigar. Just because this rum can be enjoyed for its own merits, however, doesn’t mean that it’s not ideal for making a wide array of rum-based drinks. A mixologist’s dream, Vizcaya Cristal lends sophisticated undertones to any cocktail, elevating even the most pedestrian of mixers to create a uniquely satisfying drink.

Made with the same dedication to detail as the award-winning Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, Vizcaya Cristal is distilled from the juice of freshly pressed sugar cane, using time-honored methods. It is rested in carefully selected oak barrels, to give it the signature complexity that characterizes all Vizcaya rums. Yet make no mistake—Vizcaya Cristal is mellow, mixable and ready to drink.

You already know the pleasures of relaxing with a glass of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21. Now, it’s time to experience Vizcaya rum in a whole new way. Cristal delivers unparalleled flavor, subtle complexities and a polished finish. It is equally enjoyable served neat or as the starting point for cocktails that will make you the toast of the town. And because it carries the Vizcaya name, you know it is made with premium ingredients and a commitment to perfection.

New Vizcaya Cristal—its merits are crystal clear.

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Come Drink Vizcaya at Brooklyn’s Friendly, Funky Roneria Caracas

Summer is drawing to a close, and that makes people melancholy, even while it sends them to the streets, seeking to wrest just a little more pleasure from this most hedonistic of seasons. If you happen to find yourself in Brooklyn, feeling a little restless and perhaps more than a little thirsty, may we suggest that you head over to Roneria Caracas for a rum flight featuring Vizcaya VXOP?

Located inside Caracas Arepa Bar Brooklyn, Roneria Caracas is an unusual little venue. The atmosphere is casual, funky, colorful and cozy all at once. With aluminum-siding (yes, we said aluminum siding) and plywood (yup, plywood) décor, a chalkboard listing its collection of premium rums, and a clientele that’s largely comprised of indy hipsters in various array of body modification, Roneria Caracas is not the most sophisticated venue in which to enjoy your Vizcaya—but don’t let that stop you.

Not only are their rum flights a fantastic way to venture into the world of “devil water” if you’re not already an aficionado, but the extremely knowledgeable bartenders will be happy to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a cocktail. In fact, Roneria Caracas has developed a bit of a reputation for creating fresh, fun versions of old favorites—drinks that are at once surprising and true to the spirit of the original. A mojito with just a soupcon of absinthe; an old fashioned with port-marinated blueberries and bay leaf reduction; a pina colada accented with coconut bitters—these are some of the ways that the cocktails of yore are being reimagined by the mixologists at Roneria Caracas. Naturally, the slightly-smoky, honeyed and spiced notes of Vizcaya VXOP would provide an excellent counterpoint to any of these cocktails, as well as excellent enjoyed on its own.

While you’re at Roneria Caracas, make sure to try the speciality of the house at Caracas Arepa, arepas. These pocket-sized flatbreads can be stuffed with meat, chicken, cheeses or combinations of vegetables, and make the perfect snack to pair with a snifter of Vizcaya, or to nibble in between tastes of the rum flight.  If your appetite is already whetted when you arrive, try one of Caracas’s full plates, or order a tableful of arepas, empanadas and delectable side dishes to share.

Weather permitting, enjoy your smooth distinctive Vizcaya on Roneria Caracas’s patio and watch the fascinating parade that the Brooklyn streets provide. Cheers!

Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP Helps You Stock Your Home Bar

A well-stocked bar is an absolute must-have for the spirits aficionado. Having the proper tools to craft a cocktail—or even just the right sort of glass for drinking your Vizcaya VXOP in cocktails or on the rocks—will complement your entertaining experience. Whether you have a dedicated room in your home as your bar, or simply a bar cart in the living room from which to serve yourself and your guests, it’s important to make sure you have supplies on hand before you need them.

So what should the well-stocked bar include? Obviously, you’ll want to keep the ingredients for a variety of cocktails on hand:

A selection of premium liquor, including a few bottles of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Cuban-style rum
Standard mixers–club soda, tonic water, sodas, fresh and canned juices, Grenadine and bitters
Garnishes—olives, citrus wedges, cocktail onions, cherries or other fruit

Besides liquor and mixes, you will want to ensure that you have the proper glassware and mixology tools:

Shot glasses, which can double as a jigger
Tall and short rocks glasses
Champagne flutes
Wine glasses for both red and white wines
Pint or pilsner glasses
Martini glasses
Wine opener
Bottle stoppers/pourers
Cocktail shaker
Bar towels
Cutting board and knife for preparing garnishes

Don’t forget the little touches such as straws, stir sticks, cocktail picks, napkins and coasters. If you or your guests are cigar smokers, you should have cigar cutters, lighters and ashtrays close at hand. Having these items readily available for your guests can truly make the difference between a sophisticated, elegant home-bar experience and one that is sub-par.

Since many fans of Vizcaya VXOP enjoy our premium sipping rum either neat or on the rocks, we’re sometimes asked what the ideal glassware for Vizcaya would be. Our recommendation is a brandy snifter if you like the rum neat—in order to fully appreciate its spicy, aromatic nose—or a rocks or highball glass if you like it slightly chilled by a few ice cubes. Yet there’s no wrong way to enjoy the lush, delectable flavors of this Cuban-style rhum agricole, so don’t stress over it. Just pour yourself a glass of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 and—most importantly—enjoy.

Published in: on July 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM  Leave a Comment  
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The Many Renaissances of Rum Culminate with Vizcaya VXOP

Rum is one of the oldest spirits in the world, with a fascinating and storied tradition. Even Marco Polo recorded an account of tasting “a very good wine of sugar” offered to him in what is now Iran, in the 14th Century. A slightly more modern origin of rum is described by spirits historian Anthony Dias Blue in his Complete Book of Spirits: A Guide to their History, Production and Enjoyment. Blue quotes a document from 1651 which describes the fermentation of rum in Barbados: “The chief fuddling they make in the island is Rumbullion, alias Kill-Divil, and this is made of sugar canes distilled, a hot, hellish and terrible liquor.”

Thankfully, the process of distilling rum has become much more refined, and today’s rums, like Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, are a vast improvement over such “kill-divil,” or “demon water,” as rum was once called.

Rum has had a valuable place in American history—some estimates say that before the American Revolutionary War, every man, woman and child in the colonies drank an average of over 13 liters of rum per year—as well as in British. One of the most abiding associations with rum is as a ration issued to Naval seamen, after the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica. Mixed with lime juice, sugar and water into a concoction called grog, the daily rum ration was a staple of seafaring life until 1970. Today, the rum ration is still issued on special occasions such as marriages or births within the Royal Family.

In the mid-20th Century, rum enjoyed a renaissance thanks to the burgeoning Tiki culture, and was featured in such drinks as the mai tai and the Zombie. Americans fell in love with fruity, tropical drinks that complemented Asian-inspired food and could be sipped pool- or beachside—or even just in a suburban backyard lit by tiki torches. Those who were slightly too young to enjoy tiki drinks may have discovered rum through another pop-cultural phenomenon: the pina colada, which soared in popularity after the Rupert Holmes song “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” hit the charts.

Today, rum has become more sophisticated than ever before. Take Vizcaya VXOP, the ultimate sipping rum. This is no ordinary rum, to be mixed and drunk and forgotten about. Vizcaya is a rum that commands your full attention and all your senses. Enjoy it neat or on the rocks, with or without a good cigar, or take the time to craft a cocktail with premium ingredients that will showcase the spicy, intricate notes inherent in Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum.

Whether you enjoy your drinks with a paper umbrella or a wedge of lime, while gazing out over still waters or rough, treat yourself to the very finest in spirits—Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum. Here’s to the history of that noble spirit, rum!

Published in: on June 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya and La Descarga: Two Tastes of Old Havana

If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing the sensuous heat, lush scents and vibrant nightlife of Havana, the men behind Los Angeles’s newest classic cocktail venue have created a dream come true.

La Descarga is the newest venture of twins Mark and Jonnie Houston, and this East Hollywood nightspot transports guests to another time and place. Step inside, and you’ll find a venue that seems lifted right from 1950s Cuba, down to the foyer turntable playing salsa, cumbia and mambo music. Authentic touches are everywhere, from the ceiling fans and wrought iron decorations, to the cigar smoke that swirls on the smokers’ patio, to the colorful atmosphere and even more colorful dancers.

What really sets La Descarga apart, however, are its cocktails. Premium rums like Vizcaya VXOP can be sipped neat or on the rocks, but if you really want the full Old Havana treatment, have the mixologists make you a classic: a Hemingway daiquiri (double the rum, natch!), say, a rum punch, or a minty and refreshing mojito. In the mood for something new? Try a Bad Spaniard, a Tropical Holiday, a Honey Swizzle or another offering from the cocktail list.

La Descarga’s owners have hinted that rum flights and punch bowls may soon be available, which gives rum aficionados something to look forward to. For now, sip a Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum or rum-based drink and enjoy the Latin beat of the shows at La Descarga, which feature congas, fire sticks, bar-top dances and some of the curviest performers in L.A.

The vibe at La Descarga is a perfect match for the flavor of Cuban-style Vizcaya VXOP. Close your eyes as you sip; listen to the beat of the drum as you taste the warm caramel and spice that the rum offers up. The combination of Vizcaya’s sensual tastes, soul-stirring music and the murmur of beautiful women will make you feel you’re in Old Havana–you may just forget all about the here and now.

The Details:

La Descarga
1159 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Reservations are encouraged: (323) 466-1324

reservations@ladescarga.com

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM  Leave a Comment  
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