Refreshing Summertime Vodka Cocktails

“Eye candy” cocktails? Have you ever clicked through the internet and found cocktail recipes that your eyes enjoyed and you wanted to try? We have. In today’s blog, we are sharing some of the best vodka summer cocktail recipes we have found. These three websites share mixed drinks that are enjoyable to sip on visually and try at your own home bar. Cheers!

Our Favorite Vodka Cocktail Recipes from the Spruce Eats team:

When you are exploring on the internet and you find a great website it is exciting, isn’t it? For our team to get excited about a website it needs to be “the complete package.” We admire websites that have beautiful photos, great recipes and a well designed website. These are the reasons that the Spruce Eats is as the top of our sharing list. Their team does a fabulous job with their website. Peruse these recipes and click on their logo to drink in their top level website. Yes, we were impressed.

Madras –

High ball drink worth knowing! This cocktail created with cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka garnished with a lime wedge can make a hot summer day a delight. A classy classic for certain.

Sex on the Beach –

Classic fruity vodka mixed drink, right? Even the classics need to be crafted well to return the smile of drinks gone by to your face, don’t they? The Spruce Eats folks know how to make this cocktail and they share their recipe online. Just the picture is refreshingly familiar, isn’t it?

Hairy Navel –

What is a “Hairy Navel” cocktail made with? The Spruce Eats version of this delicious looking cocktail is a simple creation of vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice. Definitely a refreshing summer cocktail!

The Spruce Eats team shares 17 more recipes on this article “20 Essential and Popular Vodka Cocktails” and lots more on their webpage dedicated to cocktail recipes, Drinks & Cocktail webpage.

Our Favorite Vodka Cocktail Recipes from the Town & Country magazine team:

Since 1846, classic style and uncompromising taste are what this well regarded Hearst company magazine has shared with many readers.

For many years, Town & Country has been known as a magazine of class and distinction. It is not surprising that their team would share some tasty vodka cocktail recipes and pictures.

Recently their writer, Lauren Hubbard shared “24 Vodka Cocktails That Aren’t a Vodka Tonic – Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Here are easy ways to take your vodka drinks up a notch.” Here are three of her 24 easy sipping suggestions.

The Berry Sip –

Town & Country’s recipe for this tantalizing cocktail is concocted with four simple ingredients – vodka, raspberries, vanilla syrup and a splash of tonic. This cocktail is a refreshing splash for your tastebuds for certain.

Raspberry Cosmopolitan –

Cosmopolitans are a bit more involved in this recipe requires both vodka and Prosecco. Add a bit of honey syrup, lemon juice and a few raspberries to craft this lusciously fizzy summertime easy sipping drink.

Limoncello Mule –

Moscow Mules have become popular for lots of easy drinking reasons. For the summer, why not mix it up a bit with some limoncello? Ms. Hubbard’s recipe for her summery Limoncello Mule adds a bit of lemon lime soda and an ounce of limoncello. Great to try out by the pool, right?

Our Favorite Vodka Cocktail Recipes from Martha Stewart team:

While their recipes can be a bit more involved, Martha Stewart and her team know how to mixup deliciously tasty beverages, don’t they? While it is difficult to select just a few to share, here were some that were of interest to our exporting team.

Coconut Water Vodka Cocktail –

An interesting new twist on Coconut-water = a Martha Stewart Vodka Cocktail.

Coconut water is quite popular here in the United States. It only makes sense to make a summer cocktail out of this refreshing beverage, right? Who better than Martha Stewart and her team to create a delicious cocktail recipe with it?

Sparkling Pomegranate Fizz –

Sparkling Pomegranate Fizz please …

What a lovely drink! This would make a beautiful pitcher for any of your summertime gatherings. Mix up some of this pomegranate vodka cocktail for your next get together.

Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail –

Martha’s refreshingly different Mint, Cucumber Vodka Cocktail – Yum!

One thing that Martha Stewart and her team do very well is find unusual flavor pairings that truly work together to please our palates. Their mint cucumber cocktail definitely lives up to their reputation.

Watermelong Slushie –

Fun adult party time Watermelon Slushie!

One more bonus recipe … Watermelon Slushies for the adults. What a terrific way to end our recipe sharing!

Tasty Summertime Temptations, Right?

We thought our readers would agree that each of these recipes is a tempting way to add to your summer cocktail recipe rotation. Hopefully, you enjoyed sipping these lovely cocktails with your eyes. Please let us know if you try them at your home bar.

Another Blog CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Post That May Interest You:

Refreshing Pear Cocktail Recipes by Todd Wetzel

Our Team’s Favorite Chardonnays

All of us have favorites, right? However, our favorites have a time and a place to shine. Our favorite big meeting at work outfit isn’t the one we choose to wear when we watch TV on a stay at home day, is it? So … knowing that there are different times to enjoy Chardonnay, we are sharing a list of our team’s favorites in honor this great classic enjoyable varietal.

It will come as no surprise that a team of West Coast alcohol exporters has a few suggestions of great white wines to pair with your summer days, will it? LOL!

White Wine Emoji Flora Springs Winery

Yes, all of these Chardonnays are available for export with CKJY Exports. It would be cruel to share wines that weren’t, wouldn’t it? Now … to name names …

Be sure to click the links embedded below to see visit the winery websites and to see the many awards our favorite Chards have won in various competitions.

Our Favorite Chards and Why …

Treat yourself and give our favorite’s a try!

Chardonnay from Oregon –

Claire Logsdon, our CEO, loves to have an easy drinking bottle on hand. Eola Hills Wine Cellars’ Chardonnay is just the right wine for her. This wine pairs easily with light summer food fair and is very refreshing. Claire says this is an easy sipping favorite of hers.

While Jihoon Kim is relatively new to wine tasting, he knows what he likes. Cathedral Ridge Winery‘s Chard is a white wine he enjoys. Drinking this with a meal of crab cakes makes a great summer evening.

Chardonnay from California –

Enjoying a glass of wine as a prelude to a summer meal is Kooshali’s preferred way of enjoying a wine. She likes to fully enjoy a glass of wine so that she can detect all the nuances and flavors. Flora Springs Winery creates some lovely complex wines that lend themselves to being enjoyed this way. On a summer day, Kooshali likes to unwind with a lovely glass of their Family Select Chardonnay.

Our staff’s quintessential connoisseur would have to be Todd Wetzel. Not only does he have a knowledgeable wine palate, but he is also our team’s Supplier Relations manager. His favorite is the StageCoach Vineyard Chardonnay that Krupp Brothers Winery beautifully crafts.

Sharing a bottle of this over a lovely meal of a lobster with his lovely wife makes Todd a very happy man on a summer evening.

Bursting with gardenia and white peach, the 2017 Chardonnay envelopes the senses with ripe apricot and caramel. This wine is beautifully balanced showing bright acidity with mouthwatering Granny Smith apples and tangy lemon zest throughout the rich, creamy palate. 

A favorite of Kevin Perkins is pairing a nice Chard with a lovely grilled fish meal. As his family celebrates all their summer birthdays, he particularly enjoys a lovely Patland Estate Vineyards Chardonnay.

Ruth, our Operations Officer, totally recommends Merlo Family Estate Vineyards‘ Chard. She appreciates the way winemaker, Ray Merlo, crafts his version of this classic white wine. It is refreshing.

Their website says “The wine displays a deep golden straw color and brilliant clarity. The aromatics of pear and apple mingle with a hint of baking spices while retaining a sense of freshness. On the palate the wine is full, but not overtly buttery or fat. If you look for it, the note of vanilla and toast from the oak are there, but they are discrete and well integrated to the wine serving a supporting rather than leading role.”

Everyday Team’s Favorite

Looking for an everyday favorite chard to enjoy? This Lodi Chardonnay contains refreshing tropical flavors pineapple with a smooth caramel and vanilla finish. Our CKJY Exports team recommends, the Thomas Allen Vineyard & Winery‘s Chardonnay.

Recipe Paring Bonus

As we were discussing our favorite Chards, we mentioned some delicious pairings to go with it. We thought it would be classy to give you some tasty recipes to pair with these wines as you try them.

AllRecipes had shared a terrific recipe collection to pair with Chardonnay. So, with one button you can get 11 different meal ideas. These will definitely “Up” your summer dinner party game!

Hope you have enjoyed learning our CKJY Exports team favorite Chardonnays.

Give them all a try and sip for yourself!

Thirsty to Import These Wines?

Contact us if you would like to discuss importing one of these lovely Chardonnays.

Thirsty for More?

Here are a couple other CKJY Exports blog posts that may interest you –

Chardonnay Wine for Life by Claire Logsdon

Gregarious Pinot Gris by Todd Wetzel

Chardonnay – Wine for Life

You can’t go wrong with the classics – especially when you are building a wine list for a restaurant, selecting wines for your store or just a wine for your friends coming over to dinner.  Chardonnay is a classic crowd pleaser. With warm summer days here, it is time to transition from red wine focus to white.

Chardonnay Grapes - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog (1)

Now… not all Chardonnays are created the same. The 2 main styles of Chard to be aware of are: Crisp & Clean and Oakey & Rich. Let’s explore them a bit more …

Crisp & Clean Chardonnays

Fresh, fruitier and zesty, this style of Chardonnay is a lesser known gem. Pure and unoaked, this style of Chard is great for wine lovers who prefer Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.

My ideal pairing for crisp and clean Chard is a beautiful summer salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, mandarin oranges and a zesty salad dressing.

Where you can find great Chards like this? Oregon! Oregon has been turning out some great, unique Chardonnays that contrast the mainstream trend of Chardonnay.  

A part of what gives this style of Chardonnay the crisp, clean flavor is where the grapes are grown. Cooler climates produce clean, green flavors with the colder growing seasons.

Additionally, when the grapes were harvested determines the flavor of the wine. According to our friends at Wine Folly, the earlier in the season the grapes are harvested you will experience lemon and green apple notes. While the Chardonnay grapes are harvested later in the season so they are very ripe, flavors of pineapple and fig.   

Oakey & Rich Chardonnay

Bold and beautiful, this bodacious style of Chardonnay is a crowd pleaser.  Aged in oak barrels this wine delivers a sense of vanilla, baked apple, toasty oak, cinnamon, clove and coconut.

Excellent when paired with rich, creamy meals or an excellent stand alone as a treat. Personally I enjoy pairing creamy pasta dishes or rich risottos. When I am cooking dinner and have an oaked chardonnay planned, I work in toasted almonds into the dish to compliment the wines flavor.

Where can you find mouth watering oakey and rich Chardonnays? New world regions with a lot of sun and warm growing seasons make outstanding. California has established a reputation for bold, beautiful Chards that everyone enjoys.

Want to Learn More About Chardonnay?

Here are some terrific resources that we sampled as we prepared for our Chardonnay blog.

First two are from Wine Folly:

Wine Folly shares this terrific Chardonnay guide with lots on interesting information.

Rude Wines – Top 10 Types of Chardonnay

Chicago Tribune’s – Uncorked: Finding the Eats for Styles of Chardonnay

Curious about Other Wines to Pair with Summer? Here are some suggestions from our CKJY Exports team …

American Chardonnay for Export?

No surprise, right? Our CKJY Exports team has several different styles and price points we can help you import to enjoy. Contact us with questions –

Great News! CKJY Exports Inc. has been approved for the USDA FAS Export Credit Guarantee Program

Our CKJY Exports Inc. team is working to maximize what we can do for both our import customers and the product producers we represent abroad. There are many ways we can do that by putting in long hours and providing excellent service, of course.

However, with a bit of research and effort we can maximize the impact of money spent by utilizing existing U.S. government programs designed to grow American export opportunities. This new approval is another improvement in the services we are able to offer.

What does Approval for the Export Credit Guarantee Program mean?

This means that working with CKJY Exports Inc. is more secure because we can guarantee that payments will be made when we follow the export credit guarantee program guidelines.

As our letter from the Deputy Director of the Credit Programs Division states, this is not an endorsement of our company; however, it opens the door for our company to participate in this worthwhile program.

Truly, this is one more positive step in building our company’s ability and strength as exporting partners. Our CKJY Exports Team continually strives to grow our business and this is another step on the path of doing that.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service –

Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102)

The GSM-102 program provides credit guarantees to encourage financing of commercial exports of U.S. agricultural products. By reducing financial risk to lenders, credit guarantees encourage exports to buyers in countries — mainly developing countries — that have sufficient financial strength to have foreign exchange available for scheduled payments.

USDA Foreign Agriculture Service – Export Guarantee Program

From the USDA’s Information Page “About the Export Credit Guarantee Program” page –

In order to participate, a company must be vetted and approved for the program before participating in it. This is the approval that CKJY Exports Inc. recently was granted.

CCC must qualify exporters for participation before accepting guarantee applications. Financial institutions must meet established criteria and be approved by CCC. CCC sets limits and advises each approved foreign financial institution on the maximum amount CCC will guarantee for that bank.  Requirements for exporter and U.S. and foreign financial institution participation are available in the program regulation and on the FAS website.

Once approved to participate, the exporter negotiates terms of the export sale with the importer. Once a firm export sale exists, the qualified U.S. exporter must apply for a payment guarantee before the date of export. The exporter pays a fee calculated on the dollar amount guaranteed. Fee rates are currently based on the country risk that CCC is undertaking, including country-specific macroeconomic variables; risk of the foreign obligor (bank); the repayment term (tenor); and repayment frequency under the guarantee.   

USDA Foreign Agriculture Service – Export Guarantee Program

Other Programs CKJY Exports Inc. Works With to Maximize Opportunities for Those We Work With …

WUSATA Program Logo - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog

CKJY Exports Proudly Participates in WUSATA’s Programs

The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association or WUSATA sponsors many programs that benefit agricultural based businesses. As the representative of over 30 wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, CKJY Exports Inc. participates in their programs to grow the markets for these family run businesses that we represent.

Claire Logsdon in Seoul, South Korea - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog
Claire Logsdon, our CEO, participating in the joint WUSATA & USDA Outbound Trade Mission in November 2018.

As the WUSATA website says their dedicated team works to increase United States exports by connecting agribusinesses to the world. Meeting the rising global demand for U.S. exports of high-quality food and agricultural products is their collective goal. Truly it has been a pleasure for us to get to know these wonderful folks over the past few years as we have participated in many of their trade missions both domestically and abroad.

Utilizing the Knowledge of our U.S. Commercial Service

International Trade Specialist, Ms. Bernadette Rojas, has been extremely insightful and helpful for our CKJY Exports Inc. team! Her expertise with vetting potential clients and advising us regarding export procedures have been invaluable to us over the last couple of years.

She has welcomed us to programs offered by her Fresno office and worked with us on a one on one basis as well. Bernadette’s dedication to helping U.S. exporters is impressive. Happily we continue to consult with her regarding upcoming sales and shipments.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a wealth of information and programs for small businesses like ours. We have participated in several of their programs and researched many things through their online resources.

Women Run Small Business Certification

Last summer, CKJY Exports Inc. was awarded the designation of being a Women Run Small Business. While we did pursue this, we are honored to have been awarded it and are working to maintain our certification through their annual renewal procedures.

This certification provides a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program. Each year the U.S. Federal Government’s contracting goal is to have 5% of all federal contracts awarded to Women Run Businesses. These contracts are for industries where women-owned small businesses (WOSB) are underrepresented.

Working Toward Future Opportunities …

One of the reasons our team has worked to become certified as a Women Run Business through the SBA certification process is that it will aid us in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management listing.

By being listed as a Women Run Business, it will make our offerings more attractive to U.S. military bases and embassies as we complete our qualifications toward this goal.

It is easy to see that if there is a helpful government offered resource that can aid our clients or the companies we represent, our CKJY Exports team maximizes those resources as we grow all our businesses together. This is one of the things we will always do to provide the best care along with the best wine, craft beer, ciders, whiskeys and distilled spirits.

Interested in Learning How Any of These Programs Can Assist You in Importing Wine, Craft Beer, Cider, Whiskey or Distilled Spirits?

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us using this form:

Tell Us What You Want to Import … What You Really Want

Constantly seeking alcohol products to import into your market for your customers? That can be a challenging job.

What if you search our CKJY Exports website and think … these aren’t exactly the alcohol products you looking for? What then?

You didn’t see the exact product you or your client want.  You thought … CKJY Exports must not be able to source it for you. Wrong!

3 Different Ways CKJY Exports Can Help Find Your Product –

If CKJY Exports does not represent exactly what you are looking for, talk with our team. We are happy to source what you are in need of. There are 3 different ways we can meet your specific alcohol product needs. 

1. If the product is available for your market, CKJY Exports will work with the producer and export it directly to you. How do we do this? Our supplier relations manager has wide alcohol contacts. We can connect and build an exporting relationship to supply you with the exact product you are searching for to import.

Or …

What if the product is not available for export to your market? For example, it is already being distributed with a market exclusivity agreement in place.

2. CKJY Exports can offer a similar products that meet the same market fit as the wine, whiskey, craft beer, cider or other spirits. This is a great route to go as you already have seen a demonstrated market fit. Offering a new, competitive product is an ideal situation. 

Or …

3. OEM – Custom Brand. If none of our brands and products are “an exact match” for what you are creating … then what? Our CKJY Exports’ Custom Product team will work with you to bring your product to life. Create your own unique brand concept with our experience in crafting different alcohol products. 

So, let’s talk today and see what CKJY Exports can do for your product needs

Simply Said Ways We Can Help You Find What You Seek –

In other words …

1. We recruit the alcohol product you requested.

If that is not possible, 

2. We provide you with similar products that have same general product fit for your market.

3. Design a specific product that meets your exact needs.

Crafting Oregon’s Drinkable Gems – The Cathedral Ridge Winery Team

How would you create beautiful wines? Yes, we understand the care of your grapevines, best vintner practices and all that goes into building a winery. It is so much more than one person can accomplish, isn’t it? A task of this magnitude requires a talented and dedicated team. Robb Bell has built his terrifically dedicated team and together they have built a beautiful winery that crafts lovely wines!

90 … 91 … 92 … James Suckling Agrees They Have Delicious Wine Making Talent!

Awarded to Cathedral Ridge Winery’s – 2016 Dampier Pinot Noir

Dampier Pinot Noir

“This delivers a very fresh and vibrantly fruited style with a crunchy, red-fruit core and terrific, lithe, juicy fruit that really pops. Succulent and appealing.”

– World Renowned Wine Critic, James Suckling

Recently Awarded to Cathedral Ridge Winery’s – 2016 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve

2016 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve

“A fresh, red-fruit style that has attractive sous-bois character on the nose, leading to a bright and juicy palate that carries plenty of rich and gently grippy, fresh red cherries.”

– World Renowned Wine Critic, James Suckling
Recently Awarded to Cathedral Ridge Winery’s –
2016 Chardonnay


“Some rather mealy aromas with cashews, praline and lemon peel, leading to a quite fluid palate with long, succulent fruit flavors. Nutty finish.”

– World Renowned Wine Critic, James Suckling

However, Mr. Suckling’s latest awards are simply added to a long list of honors Cathedral Ridge Wines have been awarded. Robert Parker, the San Francisco International Wine Competition, NW Wine Summit, Wine Enthusiast and many more have awarded these wines many titles. “Best of Show,” “Best in Class,” Double Golds are but a few of the many accolades this terrific winery team has earned. (If you are interested in seeing a more complete listing of Cathedral Ridge Winery’s awards, please click here to visit that page of their website.)

The Heart of the Cathedral Ridge Winery Team

Bringing good things to life for a community and using the best efforts of their team to craft beautiful enjoyable wine is what the team at Cathedral Ridge Winery does. As far as your eye can see, it is as if Mother Nature has created her own cathedral when Columbia Gorge was created.

In fact, the climate this winery cultivates their grapes in has similarities to other well known wine regions. Sharing many of the same latitudes and growing conditions also yields high quality grapes to craft into wine. The well regarding Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhine regions have many similarities to the Cathedral Ridge Winery’s vineyards. (Please click here to visit that page and to learn more about the fascinating comparisons to Old World Wine regions.)

This lovely area is where Cathedral Ridge Winery is found. Their team brings the fruit of their 13 distinctly differentiated microclimate Oregon vineyards to their winery. Their carefully cultivated grapes are crafted to create twenty seven deliciously unique wines.

This family owned and run winery showcases the talents of a fourth-generation winemaker with traditional techniques and the best of modern methods blended to perfectly pair with your favorite friends and recipes.

Growing a Winery with Teamwork

Employing his marketing career experience, Robb Bell began to build his winery in 2003. Building a terrific team has been his primary business mission. Robb himself will tell you that the success of this winery is due to his very experienced and capable team. They have worked together to build Cathedral Ridge Winery and to earn their awards.

Long time family friend, Michael Sebastiani became the Master Winemaker for Cathedral Ridge Winery. Tyler McCafferty, Francisco Chairez and Rolando Trejo work together making the grapes from their varied thirteen vineyards into wine.

No Surprise … Their Winery’s Personality Shines Through Their Website Beautifully

It is quite obvious that this winery team truly enjoys what they do. In fact, one of the things they freely share on their website is recipes their team enjoys pairing with their wines. They include a couple pages of wine pairing recipe suggestions. Yum! (Click here to visit their recipe and wine pairing pages.)

Interested in throwing a party and enjoying some wine with your family and friends? The Cathedral Ridge team can help. They offer this fun taste testing party kit you can pair with many of their beautiful wines. Sandy Ison, Gina Van Hoose and Christina Rees are the dynamic team that works to share the wines they crafted with others.

Host your own Blind Tasting Wine Party at home!
As an added bonus, purchase 6 (or more) bottles with this kit and receive 10% off each bottle!

You may want to peruse their wine club offerings as this is one of them! Cool, right? If you are in the United States, we urge you to visit or to join their wine club. If you would be interested in importing some of this fabulous Cathedral Ridge Winery team’s wines, our CKJY Exports team would be happy to assist. Please reach out to us using this contact form –

Gregarious Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris has led a long and interesting life. Sharing what our wine investigation discovered plus … some tasting notes and recommendations.

Where Does It Come From?

This varietal was born hundreds of years ago in France. Since then, it has traveled all over the world: Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Romania, and, finally, the United States, where it is known as both Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. In the U.S.A., its favorite place to live is Oregon, but it’s no stranger to California and Washington.

It’s parents were Pinot Noir. That’s right, Pinot Gris is a mutant clone of Pinot Noir. You may also know Pinot Gris by its Italian name, Pinot Grigio. Yes, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape. What’s the difference, you ask? The biggest difference is when the grape is picked and where it is growing. Pinot Grigio grows in Italy and, sometimes the USA, and is picked much earlier, making it a brighter, crispy wine. Pinot Gris is picked later to add more richness and texture.

There are two different styles of Pinot Gris in Oregon. There is early harvested Pinot Gris that has a lighter, fruity style that doesn’t touch any oak. This style is ready to drink 6-8 months after harvest. The other style is a medium bodied, richer, more viscous wine with a golden colored hue that is sometimes aged in oak. This style can age, sometimes beyond 5-10 years. Fruit characteristics of lemon, peach, lime, grapefruit, apple, and melon are common in Pinot Gris, as are floral notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom, savory notes of almond and flint, and sweet hints of vanilla and honey. Yes, this wine pairs beautifully with seafood, spicy cuisines, cheeses, and charcuterie.

Great Oregon PBottles for You to Try!

Pinot Gris finally arrived in Oregon around 1970 and has had huge success since then; so much so that Pinot Gris now out produces Chardonnay in Oregon. The region of Eola Hills makes fantastic Pinot Gris that is full of citrus with a firm backbone that begs for spice and heat as well as seafood. Mt. Hood’s Pinot Gris is the perfect bottle to bring to any sushi bar. This wine boasts aromas of Asian pear, white peach, and a hint of apple.

I like to think of Cathedral Ridge as the perfect picnic bottle. Vibrant spring salads, cheeses, and light pasta dishes are a match made in heaven for this wine. This delicious wine is made with grapes from vines that are surrounded by apple, pear, and peach orchards and it shows!

Wy East has full flavored Pinot Gris that is the perfect wine for grilled fish tacos with a spicy pineapple salsa. It has beautiful apple, peach, and melon aromas that are balanced by its bright acidity.

Last but certainly not least, we have Van Duzer Pinot Gris. This one has it all. It is springtime in a glass. Big citrus notes are followed by juicy fruits and finish with floral blossoms and a touch of minerality.

Great Idea!

This wine drinks great alone or is the perfect companion to any night out or party…as long as I’m invited!

Still Thirsty for More White Wine Knowledge?

pair white wine with recipes - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog

Why Try Riesling & Relax? by Todd Wetzel


Pair White Wines with Recipes = Summer Tastebuds Win! by Claire Logsdon

Refreshing Pear Cocktail Recipes

As the seasons change it is nice to add a few new cocktail recipes to your drink rotation for your guests and yourself, isn’t it? Our CKJY Exports Mix Master, Todd Wetzel, shares a few of his pear cocktail drink recipes for you. With all the spring celebrations we all have coming up, these may be welcome additions to your toasts.

By adding an unexpected ingredient like pears to your cocktails, you can surprise and please your drinking audience. These pear cocktail recipes are both refreshing and tasty!

The Sour Pear Cocktail - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog
The Sour Pear

The Sour Pear

2 oz St. George Pear Brandy

1 oz Lemon Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

Egg white from 1 egg

Build this in a tin shaker. Give it a long hard shake. Double strain it into a coupe glass.

Add a few angostura bitters on top.

Serve to a friend or enjoy yourself!

Fire Pear

1 oz Mezcal

1 oz Tequila

.25 oz Benedictine

.25 oz Ginger Syrup

.75 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Pear Puree

Siracha salt for the rim of your glass.

Shake ingredients together and double strain over ice or in a coupe glass.



2 oz. Pear Vodka

.5 oz Pineapple Juice

.5 oz St Germain

Cinnamon rim for your serving glass.

Shake these ingredients together and double strain into a coupe glass.


Perhaps these pear recipes will add a bit of unexpected zest to your drink repertoire. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, maybe these would be a great addition to your celebration of mom. Or they can be a celebratory toast for your graduation celebration and toasting the accomplishment of your graduate.

Do you have a pear cocktail recipe that you would want to share? Please email us and let us know. We will add it to our post and tag you for credit after our team tastes it.


Thirsty for More Celebration Ideas …

DIY – Self Serve Mimosa Party Bar! by Todd Wetzel