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2017 is the year of the Rooster, specifically the Fire Rooster. People born in a Rooster year tend to be courageous, hardworking, and confident. To celebrate the year ahead, we're enjoying the "This Little Lychee of Mine." This cocktail is light and refreshing, with just a touch of sweetness.
 
 
This Little Lychee of Mine

1.5 oz KOVAL Dry Gin
1 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz Lychee juice*
1/4 tsp Rose water
 
Combine all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime peel.
 
*For the lychee juice, blend one 20 oz can of lychees in syrup. Strain through a mesh sieve and discard the solids. Refrigerate the juice for about an hour, until chilled.

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KOVAL Distillery is proud to distribute our spirits in over 30 countries around the world, and now that the holiday season is upon us we want to examine how some of our international partners celebrate the holidays. We feel that learning about festivities from around the globe is a great reminder of how much this time of year means to many of us.

1) Germany's Pickle Ornament 

On Christmas Eve, parents hide a pickle ornament in the tree and the first child to find it receives a small gift. The origin of the pickle hiding tradition isn’t entirely clear, and there are many legends about where, why and how it started. One legend begins with a family story of a Bavarian-born, prisoner of war who was in poor health and starving. He begged a guard for one pickle before he died. The guard took pity on him and found a pickle for him. The pickle, by the grace of God, gave him the physical and mental strength to survive. Other believe that in the 1880s when Woolworth stores started selling glass ornaments shaped in various fruits and vegetables, it’s likely that pickles must have been among the selection. Overall, it seems that the real essence of this tradition is to take the time to cherish the moment with family and friends. While the children search for the pickle hidden in the tree, parents hope they savor the beauty of the season and not focus only on the gifts under the tree.



2) Slovakia's Loksa Pudding 

Every Christmas the most senior man in each household takes a spoonful of the traditional loksa pudding and throws it at the ceiling. Supposedly the more that sticks, the luckier you will be! 

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The Prince Park Tower's Yukiko Watanabe mixes up a KOVAL Dry Gin cocktail inspired by the transition from summer to fall in Japan. The beautifully knotted lime peel is a symbol for the bridge connecting American-made spirits and Japanese ingredients. 

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Susan for President: KOVAL Distillery Introduces New Line of Products with Release of Barreled Peach Brandy

 

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We're hiring an Outreach Assistant!

KOVAL is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team as our Outreach Assistant! The Outreach Assistant supports the Outreach Coordinator and the Inside Sales Director, promoting KOVAL through interacting with the public at on-site and off-site events. This is a part-time hourly position. The core duties of the Outreach Assistant include but are not limited to:

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As it begins to cool off outside, there's no better way to stay warm than with this duo of autumnal beer cocktails featuring our deliciously unique Sunchoke Spirit and offerings from Chicago's own Begyle Brewing Company

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