BEAM GLOBAL SPIRITS & WINE PUTS FULL FLAVOR BACK IN COCKTAILS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF PUCKER™ FLAVORED VODKA

Pucker™ Flavored Vodka’s distinctive, natural fruit taste is a flavored vodka worthy of being called a flavored vodka.

BEAM GLOBAL SPIRITS & WINE PUTS FULL FLAVOR BACK IN COCKTAILS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF PUCKER™ FLAVORED VODKA

Deerfield, Ill. (April 27, 2011) – Fans of flavored vodka finally have the naturally flavored vodka they have been looking for with the launch of new Pucker™ Vodka from Beam Global Spirits & Wine. Pucker Vodka stands out as a flavored vodka worthy of being called a flavored vodka. Unlike other flavored vodkas, Pucker Vodka relies on fruit – apples, grapes, cherries and oranges – to create its bold natural flavors.

“We created a vodka for a new generation of fans who understand that the brands they choose say a lot about who they are and where they’re going. As a leader and innovator, Beam Global Spirits & Wine saw this as an opportunity to reach this generation within a growing category,” said Kim Washington, Senior Director, Vodkas for Beam Global Spirits & Wine. “Pucker Vodka gives flavored-vodka drinkers the opportunity to liven up their old cocktail regime and pair with distinct tastes that perfectly suit their playful personalities.”

Which one fits your flavor profile?

Pucker Vodka offers full-bodied fruit flavors that reflect the playful personalities of flavored-vodka drinkers, including:

  • Sour Apple Sass: Crisp and tart Granny Smith Apple taste
  • Grape Gone Wild: Fresh sweetness of concord grapes
  • Cherry Tease: Tangy, deep cherry bite with a touch of berries
  • Citrus Squeeze: Juicy orange and tangerine burst

Pucker Vodka is 70 proof and made using natural ingredients. Distilled four times for clarity and smoothness with only the sweetness of natural flavors, Pucker Vodka provides a taste that is balanced and confident enough to enjoy with a simple mixer, served straight-up or in a playful cocktail creation.

Cocktail, anyone?

To demonstrate its stand-out and unique flavor, Pucker Vodka recommends these new cocktails:

Sweet & Sour Apple

  • 2 parts Pucker™ Sour Apple Sass Vodka
  • ¼ part Maple Syrup
  • 1 part Lime Juice
  • ¼ part Annisette Cordial

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Spray Annisette Cordial on top of cocktail.

It’s Cherry Thyme

  • 2 parts Pucker™ Cherry Tease Vodka
  • 4 parts Fresh Thyme
  • ½ part Honey Syrup (2 parts Honey to 1 part Water)
  • 1 part Orange Juice
  • 3 parts Orange Bitters
  • 1 part Soda

Muddle fresh thyme with a little bit of ice. Combine more ice, rest of ingredients (besides the soda) in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a highball glass with fresh ice. Splash with soda and garnish with orange quarter.

Pucker Vodka will be available in April with a suggested retail price of $16.99 for a 750ml bottle. For more information, please go to facebook.com/puckervodka.

ABOUT BEAM INC.:

Beam is one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies, encompassing a portfolio of nearly 100 brands (including 10 of the world’s top-100 premium spirits brands), more than a dozen global operating and commercial facilities and 3,200 employees worldwide. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher's® Scotch Whisky, Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos ™ Tequila, EFFEN® Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials, Knob Creek® Bourbon and Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Growth through innovation is a key strategy at Beam Global, with Red Stag by Jim Beam® Bourbon, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum, Maker’s 46™ Bourbon and Courvoisier® 12 Cognac and Courvoisier® 21 Cognac all being launched as new products over the past two years. Beam is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company.

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