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Ehrler’s Ice Cream Collaborates with Red Hot Roasters

The Ninth distilled orange gin finished in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.
(90 proof/45% ABV) $35/750mL
Available across Copper & Kings national distribution footprint and at the distillery.

This year, “moo meets brew” on Main Street. Ehrler’s Ice Cream is collaborating with Red Hot Roasters to bring you the Ultimate Hot Chocolate. The cool magic of Ehrler’s Ice Cream Milk is heating up with Red Hot Roasters’ decadent new dark chocolate ganache – made in house with 53 percent dark chocolate – and then topped off with a limited edition handcrafted crème brûlée cow-shaped marshmallow.

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate is available now through March 31. A 16 oz cup of this deliciousness is only $4.75.

This special treat will be available at both shops, 1399 Lexington Road and 1007 E. Main St. If you ask us at Red Hot Roasters, we recommend adding two shots and upgrading to a mocha, then taking a pint of Ehrler’s to go.


Copper & Kings Launches Two New Distilled Luxury Gins

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its two latest, pure copper pot-distilled American luxury gins: The History Of Lovers – a rose bouquet forward pink gin – and The Ninth – a bold, juicy, blood orange gin finished in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.

“We’re an excitable bunch, and we are incredibly energized by our gin expressions,” says Copper & Kings Founder Joe Heron. “We don’t do ‘Barbie’ gins, and we don’t do gin flavored vodka. We make extraordinary gin for grown-ups, with sophisticated palates, distinctive and differentiated. We make it our way, with no neutral spirits, distilled on our beautiful copper pot-stills using a brandy base, and we look to layer and retain complex flavors and sophisticated aromas without using artificial flavors or colors. These are authentic, luxury, natural distilled gins.”

The History Of Lovers is a gin distilled to retain the intense floral aromatics of rose flowers. Crushed whole juniper berries mixed with rose hips, rose water, honey, sweet orange, tangerine, lime and pink grapefruit peels, alongside jasmine and lavender petals, coriander, pink peppercorns and licorice root are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor-distilled rose hips, pink grapefruit peels and lavender in the gin basket. A flash post distillation maceration of rose hips, hibiscus tincture and strawberry juice concentrate is added for color and perfume.

Copper & Kings Creative Director Ron Jasin says, “If gin was a love letter, it would be this romantic. Redolent of fresh cut, richly fragrant roses, it’s ever so soft and sexy, with round red fruit sweetness. A gin to fall in love with and to fall in love over.”

Master Distiller Brandon O’Daniel is equally enamored. “It’s smooth, balanced and refreshing with beautifully integrated rose bouquet and zesty, crisp gin botanicals. It’s as delicious as it is attractive to the eye. Technically it was very challenging – we almost became perfumers in the process.”

The Ninth, a symphony in orange, is a bold juicy blood orange distilled gin. The name is a sly nod to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, music from the famed Stanley Kubrick film, “A Clockwork Orange.”

Double distilled crushed whole juniper berries together with orange blossom honey and Seville bitter orange peels, sweet orange and grapefruit peels, coriander, cardamom and grains of paradise are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor-distilled Seville blood orange peels, sweet orange peels and jasmine in the gin basket. They are then finished in Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao barrels for added complexity and depth.

“We wanted something unique, transportive and fabled, a Mediterranean beach in a bottle,” says O’Daniel. “It’s a bold, sun-soaked warm orange gin. Juicy, orange flesh, marmalade, crisp and not sweet with a touch of tart and hints of exotic spice. It’s extra smooth from the honey and barrel polish with accessible balance. Rich, lightly creamy and viscous.”