Verve Liqueurs: The proof is in the taste

Auckland City Harbour News - - Lifestyles -

It all started with a de­sire to make a great tast­ing nat­u­ral beer in the 1960’s.

Since then wine­maker Noel Smith of Verve liqueurs has cre­ated a large range of al­co­hol prod­ucts in­clud­ing nat­u­rally brewed beers, bou­tique home wines, fruit liqueurs and the re­cently launched ex­it­ing range of KO Kool liqueurs.

Verve pure fruit liqueurs come in a range of de­li­cious flavours, in­clud­ing, pas­sion­fruit, golden queen peach, straw­berry, black­berry and doris plum. They are fan­tas­tic over ice­cream and in cock­tails or to sip on their own.

Noel is pas­sion­ate about us­ing all nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents to get the purest flavours in all his drinks, and he has de­vel­oped a unique process of `freeze con­cen­trat­ing’ the fruit al­low­ing only pure and nat­u­ral fruit flavours to in­fuse the liqueurs.

Cock­tails are the drink of the mo­ment, and the re­cently re­leased KO Kool range of liqueurs are per­fect for use in cock­tails and aper­i­tifs. Avail­able in five flavours in­clud­ing licorice, co­conut, spearmint, wa­ter­melon and Croa­t­ian pear, th­ese smooth liqueurs are flavoured with na­ture iden­ti­cal com­mer­cial essence and pack a hit at 40 per­cent proof, they are awe­some for shots and over ice.

The KO Kool range is used by Manukau In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy hos­pi­tal­ity tu­tors who have de­signed some mouth wa­ter­ing cock­tail recipes. (See the web­site for th­ese).

KO Kool liqueurs are now avail­able at se­lected bars at Sky City.

Verve liqueurs are a great gift idea. Gift packs with a se­lec­tion of liqueurs are avail­able for $35. For the dis­cern­ing drinker a 1997 tawny fruit port is a great gift, beau­ti­fully pre­sented in a glass carafe and a wooden case.

Stop in to the cel­lar at 129 Wainui Rd, Sil­verdale for tast­ing and to check out the full range from Verve Liqueurs (book­ings rec­om­mended). Visit the web­site for some great cock­tail recipes and or­der to on­line. (Free de­liv­ery na­tion- wide.) Call Noel on 029 4752601 any­time.

Check the next is­sue for de­tails of the fan­tas­tic KO Kool re­lease party at Ar­ti­san wines in Ora­tia.

Noel would like to thank his GP Dr Martin Denby for mak­ing life sav­ing de­ci­sions with re­gards to Noel’s re­cent en­counter with prostate can­cer. Noel strongly urges any men over 55 to get a P.S.A. (prostate serum anti­gen) blood test reg­u­larly.

Verve Liqueurs: Us­ing only pure fruit con­cen­trate for flavour­ing the Verve range of fruit liqueurs are great in a glass of bub­bly or over ice cream.

KO Kool: The new KO Kool liqueurs avail­able in 5 unique flavours are fan­tas­tic for cock­tails or as shoot­ers.

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