Friday, March 1, 2013

Adam Carolla's - MANGRIA

Full disclosure,  I'm a long time Adam Carolla fan.  So when I heard that he was releasing his own wine based concoction called Mangria, I could not wait to give it a try.  Well, as it turns out I did have to wait....

Let me back up a bit.  I knew that Adam was a nightly red wine drinker and remember hearing the story recounted on the back of the bottle firsthand on the Adam Carolla Podcast 

"As a nightly consumer of red wine, I was shocked one evening to find I had just half a glass left in the bottle. So I did what any decent alcoholic, ex-con, American would do… I went to the fridge and the liquor cabinet, then poured, mixed and measured. Thus Mangria was born."
- Adam Carolla
Turns out I was not the only Carolla fan waiting to get my hands on a bottle.  It took me a while to catch a bottle in stock at one of the two Los Angeles area liquor stores.  They were selling out shortly after the cases would arrive, so I purchased two bottles at $16.99 a pop.
I first tried it over ice (as recommended by Adam) and this is the best way I could describe the taste.  It's as if you took a bottle of Pinot Noir added a bit of muddled fruit, and just the right amount of vodka.  Very nice.  Kind of like a refined (and much less sweet) version of Boone's Farm with a kick - alcohol content 20.9% by vol.!

I must say Adam Carolla has a winner here, mostly because of its easy going down/not too sweet taste, plus high alcohol content.  Now that I think of it, Mangria may be the perfect high school party drink.  It is a little bit pricey but hopefully the price will go down as more bottles are sold.

All in all, I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Try these Mangria recipes:

The Better Man

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
*Shake well, and serve over ice.
Pour 2 oz. Mangria on top
Garnish w/ orange slice.

Mangria Sunrise

2 oz. Mangria
1 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
Muddled fruit (ie. grapes, orange slice)
*Shake well, serve over ice. Top with champagne.