Alcohol Free Cocktail to Shake Things Up at Tales of the Cocktail® 2011
The Fre® Thyme, created by Liquid Muse Virgin Mixology® and Fre® Alcohol Removed Wines will be featured throughout Tales of the Cocktail®
NEW ORLEANS, LA—April 25, 2011 – For those cocktail lovers looking for a drink with a little less punch at Tales of the Cocktail® 2011, The Liquid Muse Virgin Mixology® and Fre® Alcohol Removed Wines have partnered to create Fre® Thyme, the festival’s official non-alcoholic cocktail. This refreshing drink combines Fre® Alcohol Removed Brut Sparkling Wine with fresh thyme and blood orange juice to create a sophisticated twist on the brunch-style mimosa. In addition to being featured at many of the week’s events, Tales of the Cocktail® is asking local bars to carry this alcohol-free option on their menu as well.
“Some people are surprised when they hear me say this, but you don’t need to love alcohol to love a great cocktail. The Fre® Thyme proves that,” said Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “Even the biggest boozehounds will love this fresh and alcohol-free cocktail.”
Natalie Bovis, better known as the Liquid Muse, was inspired to create the Fre® Thyme by her latest cocktail book, which focuses on balancing a healthier lifestyle with festive entertaining by using homegrown cocktail ingredients. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Liquid Muse has created a signature non-alcoholic cocktail for Tales of the Cocktail®. Natalie is recognized as a pioneer in bringing sophisticated mixology concepts to non-alcoholic cocktails and is the author of Preggatinis™: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be and The Bubbly Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Guide.
By Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse
2 ounces blood orange juice
¾ ounce The Liquid Muse Fresh Thyme Syrup
3 ounces Fre® Alcohol Removed Brut Sparkling Wine
The Liquid Muse Thyme Syrup
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
About 25 leaves plucked from the stem of an organic thyme plant
Bring the above to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Double strain into a glass bottle. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
This summer Tales of the Cocktail® returns to New Orleans July 20-24 to shake things up with another spirited schedule of seminars, parties, competitions, tastings, dinner pairings, workshops and more. Tickets to all Tales of the Cocktail® events are currently on sale at www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.
Fre® Wines, the number-one alcohol-removed wine, is wholly owned andoperated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces more than 23 brands of wine, including Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie a Deux, and Menage a Trois. The company also imports Angove Family
Winemakers of Australia, and markets and sells the Joel Gott Wines, Three Thieves and Bandit brands. For more information, please visit tfewines.com
About The Liquid Muse
Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse, bridges the gap between the beverage industry and the home entertainer through TV appearances; cocktail classes; magazine articles; her video show “Inspired Sips” (on SmallScreenNetwork.com); travel & tippling podcast “One For the Road” (on NewNormalMusic.com) and website (TheLiquidMuse.com). In addition to working with spirits and wine, Natalie is recognized as a pioneer in bringing sophisticated mixology concepts to nonalcoholic cocktails. She is the author of Preggatinis™: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be and The Bubbly Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Guide. Her next book is due in the coming year.
For information and email updates on what’s sure to be the most spirited event of summer, visit www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.